Most Active Volume Stock: Astoria Financial Corporation (AF)

LLC increased its stake in Astoria Financial Corp by 11.1% in the third quarter. The stock now has a Market Cap of $12.58B. Macquarie Group Ltd.'s holdings in Cardinal Financial Corp. were worth $14,464,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period. BlackRock Fund Advisors increased its stake in Cardinal Financial Corp.by 2.5% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 61,402 shares of the company's stock worth $896,000 after buying an additional 32,485 shares during the last quarter. The stock appeared $12.48 above its 52-week highs and is up 1.84% for the last five trades. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.16 earnings per share. Insiders sold a total of 174,764 shares of company stock worth $3,272,048 over the last 90 days. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC now owns 619,857 shares of the company's stock worth $13,600,000 after buying an additional 293,103 shares during the last quarter. LLC now owns 1,982 shares of the financial services provider's stock worth $142,000 after buying an additional 1,269 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 88.38% of the company's stock.

Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:WTFC), maintained return on investment for the last twelve months at -, higher than what Reuters data shows regarding industry's average. (NASDAQ:CFNL) traded up 1.08% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $31.95. They now have a United States dollars 20.5 price target on the stock. However a year ago during same quarter Regions Financial Corp (NYSE:RF) reported $0.2 EPS. The company has a 50-day moving average of $19.33 and a 200-day moving average of $17.00.

The company is expected to report earnings of $0.23 a share for the next quarter. On average, equities analysts predict that First Financial Corp will post $2.75 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.58, for a total value of $55,740.00. This is built on a simplified 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell. Carolina Financial Corp's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is now 11.35%.

CARO has been the topic of a number of research reports. Rafferty Capital Markets raised shares of Capital One Financial Corp. from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $109.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Thursday, January 26th. Boenning Scattergood cut shares of Cardinal Financial Corp. from a "neutral" rating to an "underperform" rating in a research note on Thursday, November 17th.

02/05/2015 - EverBank Financial Corp. had its "hold" rating reiterated by analysts at Evercore ISI. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index. The Company conducts its business operations through its subsidiary, Yadkin Bank, which is a chartered community bank that provides services in approximately 110 branches across North Carolina and SC. It operates through a segment, which is providing general commercial banking and financial services to individuals and businesses located in North Carolina and SC, and to customers in various states through its Small Business Administration (SBA) lending program.

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