B.Riley FBR Reconfirms a “Hold” Rating on WesBanco (WSBC) and $40.0 Target; Equifax (EFX) Shorts Down By 50.51%

November 14, 2017 - By Darrin Black

Equifax Incorporated (NYSE:EFX) had a decrease of 50.51% in short interest. EFX’s SI was 3.80M shares in November as released by FINRA. Its down 50.51% from 7.67M shares previously. With 1.88M avg volume,

2 days are for Equifax Incorporated (NYSE:EFX)’s short sellers to cover EFX’s short positions. The SI to Equifax Incorporated’s float is 3.18%. It closed at $108.79 lastly. It is down 11.28% since November 14, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 5.42% the S&P500.

Among 7 analysts covering Wesbanco Inc. (NASDAQ:WSBC), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 14% are positive. Wesbanco Inc. has $43 highest and $33 lowest target. $38.25’s average target is -1.72% below currents $38.92 stock price. Wesbanco Inc. had 15 analyst reports since July 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Thursday, October 27, the company rating was maintained by FBR Capital. The firm has “Hold” rating by Zacks given on Friday, September 4. The rating was upgraded by Macquarie Research on Tuesday, August 11 to “Neutral”. The rating was maintained by Boenning & Scattergood on Wednesday, June 7 with “Hold”. The company was downgraded on Thursday, April 21 by Boenning & Scattergood. FBR Capital maintained WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ:WSBC) rating on Thursday, October 22. FBR Capital has “Mkt Perform” rating and $35 target. The stock of WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ:WSBC) has “Market Perform” rating given on Thursday, July 23 by FBR Capital. As per Thursday, January 28, the company rating was maintained by FBR Capital. The company was upgraded on Friday, June 2 by DA Davidson. FBR Capital maintained the shares of WSBC in report on Wednesday, July 19 with “Hold” rating.

Since May 23, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for $1.91 million activity. 14,000 shares were sold by GAMBLE JOHN W JR, worth $1.91 million.

Among 17 analysts covering Equifax Inc (NYSE:EFX), 10 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 59% are positive. Equifax Inc had 53 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Barclays Capital maintained the stock with “Overweight” rating in Friday, February 10 report. Robert W. Baird downgraded Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) rating on Friday, July 24. Robert W. Baird has “Neutral” rating and $108 target. The stock has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Friday, September 8. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Thursday, July 27 with “Buy”. Barclays Capital maintained Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) rating on Friday, March 18. Barclays Capital has “Overweight” rating and $125 target. The rating was initiated by RBC Capital Markets with “Outperform” on Tuesday, August 4. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Friday, October 28 by RBC Capital Markets. The company was maintained on Thursday, September 14 by Barclays Capital. Robert W. Baird maintained Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) rating on Monday, November 13. Robert W. Baird has “Outperform” rating and $125 target. The stock has “Buy” rating by SunTrust on Friday, October 13.

Equifax Inc. is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The company has market cap of $13.06 billion. The Firm operates in four divisions: U.S. It has a 24.58 P/E ratio. Information Solutions , International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.04 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.13, from 0.91 in 2017Q1. It improved, as 28 investors sold Equifax Inc. shares while 181 reduced holdings. 66 funds opened positions while 151 raised stakes. 105.18 million shares or 0.34% more from 104.82 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Segall Bryant And Hamill Limited Liability holds 0.51% or 158,872 shares in its portfolio. Gam Ag reported 4,735 shares. Moreover, Walleye Trading Ltd Llc has 0.01% invested in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) for 6,752 shares. 2,792 were reported by Meiji Yasuda Asset Management. 2,157 are owned by Park Natl Corporation Oh. Ny State Common Retirement Fund invested in 0.06% or 350,984 shares. Frontier Capital Mgmt Company holds 1.07% in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) or 1.06M shares. Artemis Inv Mngmt Ltd Liability Partnership has 121,497 shares. Louisiana State Employees Retirement Systems holds 0.05% or 7,500 shares in its portfolio. Voya Invest Ltd Liability Co invested 0.02% in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX). Atlanta Mgmt Company L L C reported 234,402 shares. Ftb holds 0% or 176 shares. Toth Financial Advisory Corp, Virginia-based fund reported 46,995 shares. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board has invested 0.1% in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX). Td Asset Mngmt Inc holds 0.05% of its portfolio in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) for 253,442 shares.

Analysts await WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ:WSBC) to report earnings on January, 23. They expect $0.62 earnings per share, up 5.08% or $0.03 from last year’s $0.59 per share. WSBC’s profit will be $27.24M for 15.69 P/E if the $0.62 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.60 actual earnings per share reported by WesBanco Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 3.33% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.32 in 2017 Q2. Its up 0.08, from 1.24 in 2017Q1. It is positive, as 14 investors sold WesBanco Inc shares while 39 reduced holdings. 20 funds opened positions while 50 raised stakes. 24.67 million shares or 0.34% less from 24.75 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Meeder Asset Mngmt holds 357 shares. The New York-based Amalgamated State Bank has invested 0.01% in WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ:WSBC). New York-based Citigroup has invested 0% in WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ:WSBC). Ubs Asset Americas Incorporated accumulated 29,485 shares. Fifth Third Bank & Trust owns 448 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Deprince Race And Zollo Inc holds 625,592 shares or 0.51% of its portfolio. Brandywine Mgmt Limited holds 133,948 shares. Tower Rech Cap Limited Liability Corp (Trc) stated it has 0% of its portfolio in WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ:WSBC). Vanguard has 0.01% invested in WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ:WSBC). Zebra Cap Mngmt Ltd Co owns 50,200 shares for 0.62% of their portfolio. Nuveen Asset Mngmt Limited Company invested in 15,237 shares or 0% of the stock. Pub Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado holds 11,984 shares or 0% of its portfolio. The North Carolina-based Carroll Associate has invested 0% in WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ:WSBC). Blair William Il invested in 11,033 shares. First Tru, a Pennsylvania-based fund reported 22,954 shares.

WesBanco, Inc. is a bank holding company. The company has market cap of $1.71 billion. The Firm offers a range of financial services, including retail banking, corporate banking, personal and corporate trust services, brokerage services, mortgage banking and insurance. It has a 16.68 P/E ratio. WesBanco offers its services through two divisions: community banking, which offers services, such as commercial demand, individual demand and time deposit accounts, as well as commercial, mortgage and individual installment loans, and trust and investment services, which offers trust services, as well as various alternative investment products, including mutual funds.

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