Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Fidelity National Financial (FNF) Stock Price

Media coverage about Fidelity National Financial (NYSE:FNF) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Fidelity National Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.2964122677485 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Shares of Fidelity National Financial (NYSE:FNF) traded down $0.27 on Thursday, reaching $39.60. 1,636,100 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,592,162. The company has a quick ratio of 0.85, a current ratio of 0.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.17. Fidelity National Financial has a 12 month low of $22.83 and a 12 month high of $40.12. The firm has a market cap of $10,912.42, a PE ratio of 15.39 and a beta of 0.93.

Fidelity National Financial (NYSE:FNF) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.71 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.67 by $0.04. Fidelity National Financial had a net margin of 7.77% and a return on equity of 11.05%. The business had revenue of $1.99 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.96 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.69 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.0% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts anticipate that Fidelity National Financial will post 2.54 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.27 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. This is a boost from Fidelity National Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.25. This represents a $1.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.73%. Fidelity National Financial’s dividend payout ratio is 55.79%.

FNF has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Fidelity National Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $54.00 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday, August 17th. ValuEngine raised shares of Fidelity National Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Finally, SunTrust Banks, Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $41.00 target price on shares of Fidelity National Financial in a report on Friday, October 20th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $44.17.

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In other Fidelity National Financial news, Director Janet Kerr sold 786 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.41, for a total value of $38,050.26. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 11,817 shares in the company, valued at approximately $572,060.97. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Brent B. Bickett sold 80,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.21, for a total transaction of $3,856,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 584,367 shares in the company, valued at $28,172,333.07. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 5.00% of the company’s stock.

About Fidelity National Financial

Fidelity National Financial, Inc (FNF) is a holding company. FNF, through its subsidiaries, provides title insurance, mortgage services and diversified services. FNF operates in four segments: Fidelity National Title Group, Remy, Restaurant Group and Corporate and Other. The Fidelity National Title Group segment consists of the operations of FNF’s title insurance underwriters and related businesses.

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