Friday, 23 February, 2018


$0.78 EPS Expected for Essent Group Ltd. (ESNT)

Conrad Doyle | 14 January, 2018, 01:45

First Foundation Advisors sold 25,000 shares as the company's stock rose 0.42% with the market. The Skyline Asset Management Lp holds 529,050 shares with $21.43 million value, down from 552,950 last quarter. Essent Group Ltd now has $4.63B valuation. LP now owns 1,206,810 shares of the financial services provider's stock worth $48,876,000 after acquiring an additional 228,715 shares during the last quarter. About 293,890 shares traded. It has outperformed by 64.99% the S&P500. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.00, for a total value of $230,000.00.

The stock decreased 0.92% or $0.25 during the last trading session, reaching $26.85. About 6.99M shares traded. NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR) has risen 2.67% since January 12, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 22.69% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.75 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.39, from 1.36 in 2017Q2.

Ameriprise Financial Inc. increased its stake in shares of Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) by 83.4% during the third quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 44 funds opened positions while 91 raised stakes. Pnc Serv Grp Inc reported 0.01% of its portfolio in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). The financial services provider reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.75 by $0.07. Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) has risen 81.69% since January 11, 2017 and is uptrending. Northern Tru reported 1.03M shares stake. Company insiders own 18.10% of the company's stock.

Shares of Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) traded up 0.23% during trading on Tuesday, hitting $34.51. Mutual Of America Capital Mgmt Limited Liability Company holds 0% of its portfolio in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) for 1,350 shares. Clark Cap Mngmt Group has invested 0.5% in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT).

Among 24 analysts covering Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM), 13 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 11 Hold. Washington State Bank invested in 250 shares. The Us-based Ancora Advisors Llc has invested 0.09% in the stock. After having $0.82 EPS previously, Essent Group Ltd.'s analysts see -4.88% EPS growth. They expect $0.57 EPS, up 9.62% or $0.05 from last year's $0.52 per share. ESNT's profit will be $76.78 million for 15.08 P/E if the $0.78 EPS becomes a reality. The business's revenue for the quarter was up 23.9% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts predict that Essent Group will post 3.08 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 9 selling transactions for $1.53 million activity. Gibbons Mary Lourdes sold $188,784 worth of stock or 4,600 shares. In the last quarter, insiders sold 53,858 shares of company stock worth $2,414,044. 7,000 shares were sold by MCALEE LAWRENCE E JR, worth $315,070 on Friday, October 20. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Essent Group from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Therefore 92% are positive. Wunderlich maintained it with "Buy" rating and $66 target in Thursday, September 8 report. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Thursday, July 27 report. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) rating on Monday, May 29. Goldman Sachs downgraded the shares of BPL in report on Thursday, December 15 to "Neutral" rating. As per Monday, May 8, the company rating was maintained by Barclays Capital. 8,794 are held by Us Bank & Trust De. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital on Monday, May 8 with "Overweight".

Essent Group Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides private mortgage insurance and reinsurance for mortgages secured by residential properties located in the United States. The stock has "Buy" rating by Susquehanna on Thursday, January 4. Finally, BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. increased its stake in Essent Group by 12.4% in the third quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 12,826 shares of the financial services provider's stock worth $516,000 after acquiring an additional 1,438 shares during the last quarter. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) was reduced too. It now has negative earnings. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital on Thursday, May 12 with "Equalweight". Bank of America downgraded the shares of ESNT in report on Wednesday, September 28 to "Neutral" rating. $2.46M worth of The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) shares were sold by BEATTIE ART P. BOWERS WILLIAM P had sold 85,151 shares worth $4.26 million.

Among 2 analysts covering Angle PLC (LON:AGL), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. Starbucks Corporation had 84 analyst reports since July 28, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Monday, October 9, the company rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity. SunTrust maintained it with "Hold" rating and $50.0 target in Tuesday, December 26 report. The company was maintained on Monday, August 7 by Barclays Capital. The company presently has an average rating of "Buy" and an average target price of $49.40. The rating was initiated by JP Morgan with "Overweight" on Wednesday, September 16. On Tuesday, October 3 the stock rating was maintained by Citigroup with "Sell". The firm has "Neutral" rating by Compass Point given on Tuesday, February 16.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.16 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.17, from 0.99 in 2017Q2. It fall, as 51 investors sold SO shares while 353 reduced holdings. California Public Employees Retirement reported 142,669 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Numeric Investors Ltd Liability Corp accumulated 0.12% or 372,800 shares.

Several analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Rand Wealth Ltd Co holds 0.02% of its portfolio in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) for 4,380 shares. 114,465 are held by Amalgamated Financial Bank.

First Allied Advisory Services Inc increased Ishares Tr (IJR) stake by 13,988 shares to 264,427 valued at $19.62 million in 2017Q3. Verity Asset Mngmt invested in 0.2% or 5,217 shares. Renaissance Group Incorporated Lc invested in 24,423 shares. Retirement Of Alabama holds 484,897 shares. Gemmer Asset Mngmt Limited Company has invested 0.01% in eBay Inc.

Other large investors have also modified their holdings of the company. New Vernon Investment Management Llc owns 57,605 shares or 2.59% of their USA portfolio. Also, Director Andrew Turnbull sold 5,000 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 6th.

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