Shares of Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the fourteen research firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have given a hold recommendation and eight have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 3,227.78 ($40.83).

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on PFG shares. Peel Hunt reissued an “add” rating and set a GBX 3,365 ($42.57) target price on shares of Provident Financial plc in a research note on Monday, March 27th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and set a GBX 3,732 ($47.21) target price on shares of Provident Financial plc in a research note on Friday, March 31st. Shore Capital reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Provident Financial plc in a research note on Thursday, March 30th. Finally, Canaccord Genuity reissued a “buy” rating and set a GBX 3,215 ($40.67) target price on shares of Provident Financial plc in a research note on Wednesday, March 1st.

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Shares of Provident Financial plc (PFG) traded down 1.59% during trading on Friday, hitting GBX 2854.00. 955,070 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm has a 50-day moving average of GBX 3,104.42 and a 200-day moving average of GBX 2,939.99. Provident Financial plc has a 1-year low of GBX 2,125.00 and a 1-year high of GBX 3,402.27. The firm’s market capitalization is GBX 4.14 billion.

In other Provident Financial plc news, insider Ken Mullen sold 7,522 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, April 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 3,106 ($39.29), for a total value of £233,633.32 ($295,551.32). Insiders acquired 16 shares of company stock valued at $49,032 over the last 90 days.

About Provident Financial plc

Provident Financial plc is a United Kingdom-based non-standard lender. The Company’s divisions include Vanquis Bank Limited (Vanquis Bank), Consumer Credit Division (CCD) and Moneybarn. Its segments include Vanquis Bank, CCD, Moneybarn and Central. The Company serves non-standard credit customers with a range of products from credit cards and car finance, to home credit and online unsecured, and guarantor loans.

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