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Discover Financial Services (DFS) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Instinet


Capital Fund Management S.A. raised its stake in Discover Financial Services by 46.1% in the third quarter.

A number of other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on the company. Discover Financial Services's dividend payout ratio is now 20.76%. $680,000 worth of stock was sold by Minetti Carlos on Thursday, December 1. Salem Counselors Incorporated holds 0.34% in Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) or 41,531 shares. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. set a $85.00 price objective on shares of Discover Financial Services and gave the company a "buy" rating in a report on Tuesday, January 24th. In that case, its shares would mark a 1.54% decline from the most recent price. Norges Bank bought a new stake in Discover Financial Services during the fourth quarter valued at $258,887,000.

The stock has actually made strong gains in the past year, as the company has gathered a 11.7% return in the past twelve months. Prudential Fincl, a New Jersey-based fund reported 481,592 shares.

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Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) was up 0.75% at $59.28 on Thursday, in a 52-week range of $49.32 to $73.64 and with a consensus analyst target price of $78.15. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 98,905 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $6,379,372.50. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $63.84 and a 200 day moving average price of $67.65. The company has a market cap of $22.72 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.21 and a beta of 1.42. The lowest target is $43 while the high is $84. Earnings-per-share growth gives a good picture of the rate at which a company has grown its profitability per unit of equity. The company generated a return on equity (ROE) of 21.60%. The business's revenue for the quarter was up 5.2% on a year-over-year basis. In contrast to the year ago quarter EPS was at 1.57. More interesting news about Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: "Discover Financial Services (DFS) Q1 2017 Results - Earnings Call Transcript" published on April 26, 2017 as well as Nasdaq.com's news article titled: "Discover Financial Services (DFS) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for May 09, 2017" with publication date: May 08, 2017.

Since November 28, 2016, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 insider sales for $11.30 million activity.

On 4/14/2016 Discover Financial Services announced a quarterly dividend of $0.28 with an ex dividend date of 5/3/2016 which will be payable on 5/19/2016. Old Mutual Invsts (Uk) has invested 2.41% in Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS). If you are viewing this news story on another publication, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of USA & worldwide trademark & copyright laws. FMR LLC now owns 9,844,614 shares of the financial services provider's stock valued at $709,698,000 after buying an additional 355,684 shares in the last quarter.

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Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in DFS. Discover Financial Services (DFS) now trades with a market capitalization of $22.86 Billion. Pacific Crest upgraded the stock to "Overweight" rating in Tuesday, April 4 report. The firm has "Neutral" rating given on Thursday, January 14 by JP Morgan. DA Davidson initiated Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) rating on Wednesday, January 13. Zacks Investment Research lowered Discover Financial Services from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Monday, January 16th. It seems that the stock might see strength given an ABR of 1.9 or Buy rating. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank on Wednesday, October 5 with "Buy". The stock was sold at an average price of $67.73, for a total transaction of $677,300.00. State Street Corp now owns 21,146,396 shares of the financial services provider's stock valued at $1,524,446,000 after buying an additional 1,207,103 shares in the last quarter. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link.

On 5/1/2017 Roger C. Hochschild, COO, sold 15,258 with an average share price of $62.28 per share and the total transaction amounting to $950,268.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

The Stock had a 1.53 Consensus Analyst Recommendation 30 Days Ago, whereas 60 days ago and 90 days ago the analyst recommendations were 1.53 and 1.5 respectively. Georgia-based Synovus Fincl has invested 0.01% in Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS). The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with "Hold" on Thursday, February 18. The Company's Direct Banking segment includes consumer banking and lending products, specifically Discover-branded credit cards issued to individuals and small businesses on the Discover Network and other consumer banking products and services.

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