State Auto Financial Corporation trades as part of the property and casualty insurance industry and financial services sector. The company CEO is Michael E. Larocco. State Auto Financial Corp is a property and casualty insurance holding company. It is engaged in writing both personal and business and specialty insurance.



Previous Intraday Performance:

The STFC shares had a previous change of 0.12% which opened at 34.36 and closed at 34.30. It moved to an intraday high of 34.43 and a low of 34.11.

Business Wire:  State Auto Financial Declares 112th Consecutive Quarterly Dividend

Historical Performance:

Over the last five trading days, STFC shares returned -0.58% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 1.93%. Over three months, it changed 2.39%. In one year it has changed 8.48% and within that year its 52 week high was 35.05 and its 52 week low was 28.57. STFC stock is 20.06% above its 52 week low.

Our calculations result in a 200 day moving average of 32.99 and a 50 day moving average of 33.91. Right now, STFC stock is trading 3.96% above its 200 day moving average and may be a good opportunity to buy.

Business Wire:  State Auto Financial Declares 112th Consecutive Quarterly Dividend

Liquidity:

The company has a market cap of $1.5b with 43.4m shares outstanding and a float of 42.1m shares. Trading volume was 45,819 shares and has experienced an average volume of 69,023 shares. Our calculation, using the current average volume and close price, leads me to believe that the liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.

Earnings:

The last annual reported EPS for State Auto Financial Corporation was 0.28 which ended on 31st of December 2018, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 122.50. Based on 1 analyst estimate, the estimated EPS for the next quarter is 0.35. The trailing twelve month EPS reported is 1.20 (trailing twelve month diluted EPS is 1.45).

Below was the last reported quarterly diluted earnings per share:

1stQtr 2019Reported 05-02-2019: 1.12
4thQtr 2018Reported 02-14-2019: -0.57
3rdQtr 2018Reported 11-01-2018: 0.76
2ndQtr 2018Reported 08-06-2018: 0.14
1stQtr 2018Reported 05-08-2018: -0.05

The growth of the EPS is critical in understanding the current valuation of State Auto Financial Corporation; it is usually expressed as a percentage and is then referred to as the EPS growth rate, which at this time is hard to estimate, but revenue growth has been -8.50% over the last twelve months.

Indicators Also to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 3.00% of insider ownership.



The beta was calculated to be 0.34.

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Fundamental Numbers:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on assets is 2.19%, profit margin is 4.88%, price-to-sales is 1.13 and price-to-book is 1.66.

Company Score Card:

Results are out of six:
 2  : Growth Expectations Result
 2  : Financial Safety Result
 1  : Past Performance Result
 0  : Valuation Result
 2  : Dividend Safety Result
 1  : Overall Result

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Jake McWilliams
I am an independent trader, analyst and algorithmic trading expert, having worked both for the sell side (brokerage) and the buy side (fund administration). I have been trading professionally for about 20 years. I trade stocks and forex and I play both long and short positions in underlying asset or through options. I have experience with discretionary and fully automated systems (Metatrader and Quantshare).

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