Keefe Bruyette slashes price target on Jefferies Financial Group Inc. [JEF] – find out why.

Jefferies Financial Group Inc. [NYSE: JEF] gained 1.11% on the last trading session, reaching $24.63 price per share at the time. The company report on January 5, 2021 that Jefferies Financial Group Announces 2020 Financial Results.

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Quarterly Cash Dividend Increase of 33% to $0.20 per Jefferies Common ShareShare Repurchase Authorization Increased to $250 million.

Jefferies Financial Group Inc. represents 272.90 million in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $6.44 billion with the latest information. JEF stock price has been found in the range of $24.21 to $24.92.

If compared to the average trading volume of 1.73M shares, JEF reached a trading volume of 4585313 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Jefferies Financial Group Inc. [JEF]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for JEF shares is $30.50 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on JEF stock is a recommendation set at 1.50. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Keefe Bruyette have made an estimate for Jefferies Financial Group Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on September 16, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Keefe Bruyette raised their target price to Mkt Perform. The new note on the price target was released on July 11, 2019, representing the official price target for Jefferies Financial Group Inc. stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Jefferies Financial Group Inc. is set at 0.74, with the Price to Sales ratio for JEF stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.05. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 0.71, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 34.65. Price to Free Cash Flow for JEF in the course of the last twelve months was 3.70.

Trading performance analysis for JEF stock

Jefferies Financial Group Inc. [JEF] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 6.53. With this latest performance, JEF shares dropped by -0.77% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 51.10% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 9.42% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for JEF stock in for the last two-week period is set at 50.20, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 50.00, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 51.89 for Jefferies Financial Group Inc. [JEF]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 24.31, while it was recorded at 24.06 for the last single week of trading, and 18.84 for the last 200 days.

Jefferies Financial Group Inc. [JEF]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Jefferies Financial Group Inc. [JEF] shares currently have an operating margin of +31.57 and a Gross Margin at +88.93. Jefferies Financial Group Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +11.17.

Return on Total Capital for JEF is now 6.86, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 3.96. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 8.01, with Return on Assets sitting at 1.50. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Jefferies Financial Group Inc. [JEF] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 242.60. Additionally, JEF Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 70.81, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 43.52. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 109.79, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 31.63.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Jefferies Financial Group Inc. [JEF] managed to generate an average of $155,803 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 1.11 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.13.

Jefferies Financial Group Inc. [JEF]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Jefferies Financial Group Inc. posted 0.37/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.21/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 76.20%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for JEF. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Jefferies Financial Group Inc. go to 18.00%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Jefferies Financial Group Inc. [JEF]

There are presently around $4,560 million, or 76.50% of JEF stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of JEF stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 20,437,999, which is approximately 5.168% of the company’s market cap and around 10.70% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 18,206,275 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $448.42 million in JEF stocks shares; and FIRST PACIFIC ADVISORS, LP, currently with $424.15 million in JEF stock with ownership of nearly -4.617% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Jefferies Financial Group Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of January and at the time of the January reporting period, where 139 institutional holders increased their position in Jefferies Financial Group Inc. [NYSE:JEF] by around 12,685,814 shares. Additionally, 209 investors decreased positions by around 20,572,014 shares, while 77 investors held positions by with 151,864,179 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 185,122,007 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. JEF stock had 63 new institutional investments in for a total of 3,750,188 shares, while 47 institutional investors sold positions of 1,901,895 shares during the same period.

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