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.

A number of analysts gave price targets for STFC. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 28, implying potential capital gains of 9.76 percent. The lowest price target was 26, implying a possible loss of 1.92 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -226.39 percent. 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. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

STFC has an estimated earnings growth rate of 56.31 percent as forecasted by analysts. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of STFC is 1.42.

In the last 52-weeks, STFC has achieved a high of 27.97 and a low of 19.54. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 30.55 percent, and 8.8 percent below the high. STFC has a price/earnings 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 stock has a market capitalization of $1.07 billion. STFC's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.