ValuEngine Upgrades Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (FNF) to “Buy”

ValuEngine upgraded shares of Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report issued on Friday.

Other equities analysts have also recently issued reports about the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Fidelity National Financial from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $53.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a buy rating and set a $48.00 price objective on shares of Fidelity National Financial in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Finally, SunTrust Banks, Inc. reiterated a buy rating and set a $41.00 price objective on shares of Fidelity National Financial in a research report on Friday, October 20th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. Fidelity National Financial presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $44.17.

Fidelity National Financial (NYSE FNF) opened at $38.74 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.17, a current ratio of 0.85 and a quick ratio of 0.85. The stock has a market cap of $10,551.14, a P/E ratio of 14.88 and a beta of 0.93. Fidelity National Financial has a 12-month low of $22.83 and a 12-month high of $38.83.

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 (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ 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 firm had revenue of $1.99 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.96 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.69 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 2.0% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Fidelity National Financial will post 2.54 EPS for the current year.

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The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be given a dividend of $0.27 per share. This represents a $1.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.79%. This is a boost from Fidelity National Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.25. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. Fidelity National Financial’s payout ratio is presently 55.79%.

In other news, Director Janet Kerr sold 786 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.41, for a total transaction 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 filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Brent B. Bickett sold 80,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on 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 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. Insiders own 5.00% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of FNF. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its holdings in shares of Fidelity National Financial by 7.3% during the 1st quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,338,595 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $52,126,000 after acquiring an additional 90,956 shares in the last quarter. KCG Holdings Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Fidelity National Financial during the 1st quarter valued at $232,000. AQR Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of Fidelity National Financial by 3.9% during the 1st quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 116,120 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $4,522,000 after acquiring an additional 4,361 shares in the last quarter. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB grew its holdings in shares of Fidelity National Financial by 1.0% during the 2nd quarter. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB now owns 44,801 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,008,000 after acquiring an additional 430 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Fox Run Management L.L.C. purchased a new position in shares of Fidelity National Financial during the 2nd quarter valued at $493,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 81.92% of the company’s stock.

Fidelity National Financial Company Profile

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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