Shares of Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eleven ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and three have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $33.38.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. Raymond James Financial, Inc. reissued an “underperform” rating on shares of Hilltop Holdings in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. UBS AG lowered shares of Hilltop Holdings from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. Stephens upgraded shares of Hilltop Holdings from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and raised their price objective for the stock from $31.00 to $47.00 in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Hilltop Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Hilltop Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 10th.

Shares of Hilltop Holdings (NYSE HTH) traded down 0.08% on Friday, hitting $26.08. 279,851 shares of the stock traded hands. Hilltop Holdings has a 12-month low of $21.47 and a 12-month high of $30.60. The stock has a market cap of $2.51 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.59 and a beta of 1.00. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $24.50 and a 200 day moving average price of $25.88.

Hilltop Holdings (NYSE:HTH) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The financial services provider reported $0.63 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.20. Hilltop Holdings had a net margin of 10.02% and a return on equity of 9.39%. The company had revenue of $460.67 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $431.80 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.32 earnings per share. On average, analysts anticipate that Hilltop Holdings will post $1.54 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director Charles Clifton Robinson acquired 20,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 31st. The shares were acquired at an average price of $24.97 per share, for a total transaction of $499,400.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 1,255,024 shares in the company, valued at approximately $31,337,949.28. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director J Markham Green sold 4,389 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.98, for a total transaction of $114,026.22. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 114,763 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,981,542.74. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 22.60% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank grew its stake in shares of Hilltop Holdings by 93.2% in the first quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 3,648 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $100,000 after acquiring an additional 1,760 shares during the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in Hilltop Holdings by 32.9% during the first quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 5,644 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $155,000 after buying an additional 1,398 shares in the last quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. acquired a new stake in Hilltop Holdings during the first quarter worth $178,000. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC acquired a new stake in Hilltop Holdings during the second quarter worth $241,000. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its stake in Hilltop Holdings by 2.1% during the second quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 9,246 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $242,000 after buying an additional 186 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 56.32% of the company’s stock.

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About Hilltop Holdings

Hilltop Holdings Inc is a financial holding Company. The Company provides business and consumer banking services from offices located throughout Texas through PlainsCapital Bank (the Bank). It has three operating business units, which include PlainsCapital Corporation (PCC) (banking and mortgage origination), Hilltop Securities Holdings LLC (Securities Holdings) (broker-dealer) and PlainsCapital Company (NLC) (insurance).

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