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 potential capital gains of 9.76 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 26, implying a possible loss of 1.92 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is -226.39 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised downwards by -19.96 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -55.85 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 2 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of STFC's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 56.31 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of STFC is 1.42.

In the trailing 52-weeks, STFC hit 27.97 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 19.54. Today's price is 30.55 percent above the 52-week low, and 8.8 percent lower than its 52-week 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 will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.