Here’s Why Stifel Financial Corp. (SF) Soared As Much As 4.61% Today

Big changes are happening at Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF), which makes the stock worth watching today. The company is among the top gainers of the stock market today, skyrocketing 4.61% or (2.41 points) to $54.67 from its previous close of $52.26. Does this growth mean it the best stock to buy right now? The shares seem to have an active trading volume day with a reported 332761 contracts so far this session. SF shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 398.8 thousand shares, but with a 67.25 million float and a 2.01% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for SF stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $68.2 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 24.75% from where the SF share price has been trading recently which is between $51.72 and $52.58. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $59. Flipping the other side of the coin, an analyst who is fully bullish set a price target as high as $70.

During the recent trading session for Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF), the company witnessed their stock rise $3.01 over a week and tumble down $-3.78 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $61.94, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 07/31/19. The recent low of $38.39 stood for a -11.74% since 12/26/18, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 1.92 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is greater than one, it implies that the stock is more volatile than the market, a data that traders are keeping close attention to. At the moment, the median target price for SF is set at $67, a figure which is above the recent 1-year high the stock witnessed.

Looking at the current readings for Stifel Financial Corp., the two-week RSI stands at 52.37. This figure suggests that SF stock, for now, is neutral, meaning that the shares are stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current SF readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 36.5% at this stage. This figure means that SF share price today is being neutral.

Technical chart claims that Stifel Financial Corp. (SF) would settle between $52.65/share to $53.05/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $51.79 mark, then the market for Stifel Financial Corp. becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $51.33 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the green zone of MACD, with the indicator reading 0.66. Traders are always alerted for the move of a stock above or below the zero line due to the fact that the reading is an indicator of the position of the short-term average relative to the long-term average. If the MACD is above the zero line, then the short-term average relative is above that of the long-term average, thus implying an upward momentum. Vice versa is the case if the MACD is below the zero line.

Analysts at Compass Point, assumed coverage of SF assigning Buy rating, according to their opinion released on May 30. Goldman analysts bumped their rating on Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF) stock from Neutral to Buy in a separate flash note issued to investors on May 09. Analysts at Wells Fargo lowered the stock to a Market Perform call from its previous Outperform recommendation, in a research note that dated back to December 19.

SF equity has an average rating of 2.57, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 5 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 1 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 4 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while no rated it as a sell. 4 analysts rated Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF) as a buy or a strong buy while not a single analyst advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.

Moving on, SF stock price is currently trading at 8.21X forward 12-month Consensus EPS estimates, and its P/E ratio is 10.1 while for the average stock in the same group, the multiple is 13.7. Stifel Financial Corp. current P/B ratio of 1.2 means it is trading at a discount against its industry’s 2.

Stifel Financial Corp. (SF)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly 7.6% to hit $794790, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over 5.2% from $3.02 billion to a noteworthy $3.18 billion. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Stifel Financial Corp. is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly 8.9% to hit $1.47 per share. For the fiscal year, SF’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly 9.1% to hit $5.76 per share.