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Long or Short: Stewart Information Services Corporation (NYSE: STC)

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Stewart Information Services Corporation is in the financial services sector and property and casualty insurance industry. The company CEO is Matthew W. Morris. Stewart Information Services Corp is a title insurance and real estate service company. It is engaged in offering products and services through its direct operations, network of approved agencies and other companies.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The STC stock showed a previous change of -0.11% with an open at 44.71 and a close of 44.75. It reached an intraday high of 44.94 and a low of 44.67.

Business Wire:  Stewart Expands Maryland Operations with New Commercial Underwriter

Liquidity:

The stock has a market cap of $1.1b with 23.7m shares outstanding, of which the float is 22.8m shares. Trading volume reached 47,087 shares compared to its average volume of 83,629 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, Stewart Information Services Corporation shares returned 0.00% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 4.70%. Over three months, it changed 7.49%. In one year it has changed 15.93% and within that year its 52-week high was 47.37 and its 52-week low was 34.48. STC stock is 29.79% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 42.03 and a 50 day moving average of 43.78. Currently STC stock is trading 6.48% above its 200 day moving average.

Business Wire:  Stewart Expands Maryland Operations with New Commercial Underwriter

Earnings:

The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 2.05 that ended on 31st of December 2017, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 21.83. The TTM EPS is 2.15, which comes to a TTM PE of 20.81.

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
06-30-2018:  0.95
03-31-2018:  -0.01
12-31-2017:  0.75
09-30-2017:  0.46

The dividend per share is currently 1.20, which is a dividend yield of 2.68%. Also, the payout ratio is 55.81%, therefore the dividend is safe according to our calculations.

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 26.29, which means it may be overvalued by -70.21%

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 4.20% of insider ownership and 84.10% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 355,609, which is 1.50% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 3.53. This stock has some short interest, but it may be normal and no cause for concern if long the position.

The current calculated beta is 0.74

SeekingAlpha:  Steve Madden beat estimates in Q2

Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company's return on equity is 6.76%, return on assets is 3.28%, profit margin is 2.85%, price-to-sales is 0.54 and price-to-book is 1.61.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 1  :Valuation Score
 1  :Past Performance Score
 4  :Financial Strength Score
 3  :Future Growth Score
 4  :Dividend Score
 2  :Overall Score

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John Jones
Worked for several Wall Street firms: Salomon Smith Barney, UBS, and Charles Schwab. Has developed skills and gained extensive experience over the years that is used today to uncover winning penny stocks. Also was an attorney for small businesses in Scottsdale, Arizona. That experience and understanding of law provides a unique perspective and edge in discovering quality companies in various industries.

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