Analyst Ratings for State Auto Financial Corp. (STFC)

Updated: 2017-07-27

Analysts covering State Auto Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:STFC) have given it a consensus rating of Hold. STFC had previously received a consensus rating of Hold a month ago.

0 analysts declared STFC a buy, 0 issued an overweight rating, 5 issued a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

STFC was given price targets by several analysts. The maximum price target given was 28, implying a possible profit of 9.76 percent. The lowest price target was 26, implying a possible loss of 1.92 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. That number becomes -226.39 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised downwards by -19.96 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -55.85 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, which can be compared to the 2 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of STFC's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 56.31 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. The PEG ratio of STFC is 1.42.

STFC has traded between a high of 27.97 and a low of 19.54 over the past year. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 30.55 percent, and 8.8 percent lower than its 52-week high. STFC has a P/E ratio of 79.72. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The STFC value stock report compares STFC to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of STFC is $1.07 billion. STFC is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.