Hilltop (HTH) Given Daily News Sentiment Score of 0.14

Headlines about Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Hilltop earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.7514780266567 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Hilltop stock opened at $23.57 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $2,276.83, a PE ratio of 14.20 and a beta of 1.12. The company has a current ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.03. Hilltop has a 1-year low of $21.47 and a 1-year high of $28.86.

Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.44 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.42 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $399.15 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $390.05 million. Hilltop had a net margin of 7.74% and a return on equity of 8.46%. research analysts expect that Hilltop will post 1.98 EPS for the current year.

Hilltop declared that its board has authorized a share repurchase plan on Thursday, January 25th that allows the company to buyback $50.00 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization allows the financial services provider to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are often a sign that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on HTH. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Hilltop from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $30.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Piper Jaffray reissued a “hold” rating and set a $30.00 target price on shares of Hilltop in a research note on Sunday, January 28th. Finally, Stephens lowered shares of Hilltop from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, January 29th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. Hilltop has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $34.38.

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Hilltop Company Profile

Hilltop Holdings Inc provides banking and financial products and services. Its Banking segment offers savings, checking, interest-bearing checking, and money market accounts; certificates of deposit; lines and letters of credit, home improvement and equity loans, loans for purchasing and carrying securities, equipment loans and leases, agricultural and commercial real estate loans, and other loans; and commercial, industrial, and single family residential mortgage loans.

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