Credit Suisse Reports Ensco (ESV) Downgrade from Outperform; Virtus Investment Advisers Has Lifted By $744,471 Its Northern Tr (NTRS) Holding

January 23, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

Among 34 analysts covering Ensco Plc (NYSE:ESV), 12 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 17 Hold. Therefore 35% are positive. Ensco Plc has $25 highest and $4.0 lowest target. $11.24’s average target is 61.73% above currents $6.95 stock price. Ensco Plc had 81 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Susquehanna maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, January 12 report. Bank of America initiated the shares of ESV in report on Monday, June 13 with “Underperform” rating. The company was upgraded on Friday, April 15 by Morgan Stanley. The firm has “Hold” rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Tuesday, July 11. Jefferies maintained Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) rating on Thursday, November 19. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $19 target. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Clarksons Platou given on Thursday, September 22. Johnson Rice upgraded Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) on Monday, June 13 to “Accumulate” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, September 28 by Jefferies. The stock has “Hold” rating by DNB Markets on Tuesday, April 19. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets on Tuesday, October 17 with “Hold”.

Virtus Investment Advisers Inc increased Northern Tr Corp (NTRS) stake by 253.44% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Virtus Investment Advisers Inc acquired 8,181 shares as Northern Tr Corp (NTRS)’s stock declined 0.30%. The Virtus Investment Advisers Inc holds 11,409 shares with $1.05M value, up from 3,228 last quarter. Northern Tr Corp now has $24.43B valuation. The stock increased 0.88% or $0.94 during the last trading session, reaching $107.43. About 1.01 million shares traded or 8.90% up from the average. Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS) has risen 22.45% since January 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 5.75% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.99 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.02, from 1.01 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 48 investors sold Ensco plc shares while 86 reduced holdings. 48 funds opened positions while 84 raised stakes. 328.54 million shares or 9.34% more from 300.48 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Royal Bank & Trust Of Canada holds 0% in Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) or 115,501 shares. Majedie Asset Mngmt Ltd stated it has 6.38M shares. Voya Invest Mgmt Ltd Com holds 138,049 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Nuveen Asset Management Limited Liability Company reported 0% in Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV). J Goldman Company L P has 62,900 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio. Prudential Financial invested in 194,450 shares. Wright Investors Ser Inc owns 16,927 shares. Selway Asset Mgmt owns 12,663 shares or 0.04% of their US portfolio. Contrarius Inv Limited invested 2.93% of its portfolio in Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV). Brigade Cap Limited Partnership owns 1.82 million shares or 0.88% of their US portfolio. Rhumbline Advisers holds 618,201 shares. Cwm Ltd Llc holds 146,353 shares. Petrus Tru Lta holds 0.77% or 544,800 shares in its portfolio. Robeco Institutional Asset Management Bv accumulated 0.03% or 786,446 shares. Geode Mngmt Limited Liability Com invested in 0.01% or 2.50 million shares.

The stock increased 1.16% or $0.08 during the last trading session, reaching $6.95. About 9.38M shares traded. Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) has declined 23.23% since January 23, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 39.93% the S&P500.

Analysts await Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) to report earnings on February, 26. They expect $-0.30 earnings per share, down 433.33% or $0.39 from last year’s $0.09 per share. After $-0.05 actual earnings per share reported by Ensco plc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 500.00% negative EPS growth.

Ensco plc provides offshore contract drilling services to the gas and oil industry worldwide. The company has market cap of $3.04 billion. It operates through three divisions: Floaters, Jackups, and Other. It currently has negative earnings. The firm owns and operates an offshore drilling rig fleet of 68 rigs, including 30 located in the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific, which comprise 4 rigs under construction; 21 situated in North and South America, including Brazil; and 17 located in Europe and the Mediterranean.

Since August 7, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 13 insider sales for $32.91 million activity. The insider Parker Teresa sold 8,000 shares worth $736,000. The insider Blake Aileen B sold $92,000. 5,581 Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS) shares with value of $502,290 were sold by Schreuder Jana R. MORRISON WILLIAM L sold $1.04M worth of stock. BROWNE ROBERT P sold $992,310 worth of stock. The insider St Clair Joyce sold $1.23 million. WADDELL FREDERICK H had sold 100,000 shares worth $9.20 million.

Virtus Investment Advisers Inc decreased Ishares (EWA) stake by 18,362 shares to 143,555 valued at $3.22M in 2017Q3. It also reduced Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (NYSE:TMO) stake by 3,349 shares and now owns 24,711 shares. Alphabet Inc was reduced too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.97 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.20, from 1.17 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 43 investors sold NTRS shares while 183 reduced holdings. 65 funds opened positions while 154 raised stakes. 183.65 million shares or 1.21% less from 185.90 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Papp L Roy Associates reported 10,730 shares stake. North Star Investment Management Corp holds 0.15% or 12,667 shares. Fjarde Ap holds 0.09% in Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS) or 54,017 shares. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust holds 0.08% or 623,896 shares in its portfolio. Cubist Systematic Strategies Lc reported 6,419 shares stake. 2.77 million are held by Primecap Company Ca. Magnetar Financial Limited Liability Company reported 20,111 shares. Amundi Pioneer Asset Mngmt reported 0.08% of its portfolio in Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS). Brown Brothers Harriman And holds 0% or 75 shares. Personal Capital Advsr has 204,704 shares. Thompson Investment stated it has 1.13% in Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS). Laffer Invs has invested 0.46% of its portfolio in Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS). Lpl Fincl Ltd Liability Co invested in 0% or 10,512 shares. Lateef Investment Mgmt LP stated it has 2.35% in Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS). Palisade Asset Mngmt Limited Company reported 5,880 shares.

Among 16 analysts covering Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS), 6 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 38% are positive. Northern Trust Corporation had 61 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, March 17 by Deutsche Bank. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, May 27 by Deutsche Bank. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with “Underweight” on Thursday, July 20. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of NTRS in report on Friday, August 18 with “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, January 9 by Jefferies. As per Wednesday, October 18, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. Raymond James upgraded the stock to “Strong Buy” rating in Tuesday, October 13 report. The stock has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, September 26. The stock of Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS) earned “Hold” rating by on Monday, October 10. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of NTRS in report on Wednesday, June 28 with “Buy” rating.

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