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Shares of First Niagara Financial Group (NASDAQ:FNFG) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the fourteen ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Analyst Ratings Network.com reports. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $9.94.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on FNFG shares. Analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of First Niagara Financial Group in a research note on Monday, April 28th. They now have a $9.50 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at Citigroup Inc. reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of First Niagara Financial Group in a research note on Monday, April 28th. They now have a $9.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Portales Partners initiated coverage on shares of First Niagara Financial Group in a research note on Wednesday, April 9th. They set an “underperform” rating on the stock.

First Niagara Financial Group (NASDAQ:FNFG) traded down 0.64% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $8.545. 838,927 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. First Niagara Financial Group has a 52-week low of $8.19 and a 52-week high of $11.34. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $8.98 and a 200-day moving average of $9.68. The company has a market cap of $2.991 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.78.

First Niagara Financial Group (NASDAQ:FNFG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, April 25th. The company reported $0.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $347.47 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $363.18 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.17 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that First Niagara Financial Group will post $0.70 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

First Niagara Financial Group, Inc provides a range of retail and commercial banking, as well as other financial services through its wholly owned bank subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.

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