Bank of Montreal Can lowered its stake in Jefferies Financial Group Inc (NYSE:JEF) by 3.1% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 189,396 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 6,169 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can owned about 0.29% of Jefferies Financial Group worth $3,865,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of the company. Ameriprise Financial Inc. increased its position in shares of Jefferies Financial Group by 2.9% during the 3rd quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 4,215,677 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $96,237,000 after purchasing an additional 103,086 shares during the period. GSA Capital Partners LLP purchased a new stake in shares of Jefferies Financial Group during the 3rd quarter worth about $295,000. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan increased its position in shares of Jefferies Financial Group by 5.7% during the 3rd quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 4,102,631 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $95,856,000 after purchasing an additional 236,024 shares during the period. Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC increased its position in shares of Jefferies Financial Group by 54.5% during the 3rd quarter. Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC now owns 155,074 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $3,165,000 after purchasing an additional 50,736 shares during the period. Finally, CIBC Asset Management Inc increased its position in shares of Jefferies Financial Group by 1.9% during the 3rd quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc now owns 156,605 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $3,331,000 after purchasing an additional 3,853 shares during the period. 84.97% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Jefferies Financial Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, December 31st. Wells Fargo & Co upgraded shares of Jefferies Financial Group from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $19.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, December 3rd. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Jefferies Financial Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 12th.

Shares of Jefferies Financial Group Inc ( JEF ) opened at $19.01 on Wednesday. Jefferies Financial Group Inc has a 52-week low of $13.80 and a 52-week high of $20.43. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70, a current ratio of 0.97 and a quick ratio of 0.96. The firm has a market cap of $5,310.00, a PE ratio of 36.50, a PEG ratio of 3.51 and a beta of 1.09.

Jefferies Financial Group (NYSE:JEF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.32 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.34 by ($0.02). Jefferies Financial Group had a net margin of 3.30% and a return on equity of 4.25%. The company had revenue of $711.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $621.70 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.13 EPS. Jefferies Financial Group’s revenue was up 3.6% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that Jefferies Financial Group Inc will post 1.1 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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