Hancock Holding (HBHC) Investors: KBW Reaffirms Buy Rating, Sees $62.0/Share; Esterline Technologies (ESL)’s Sentiment Is 0.87

January 21, 2018 - By Vivian Currie

Among 15 analysts covering Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC), 10 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 67% are positive. Hancock Holding Company has $63.0 highest and $25 lowest target. $49.45’s average target is -11.85% below currents $56.1 stock price. Hancock Holding Company had 47 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Stephens on Wednesday, July 19 with “Hold”. The company was upgraded on Friday, July 24 by Stephens. The firm has “Neutral” rating by SunTrust given on Monday, September 19. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Friday, January 19 with “Buy”. SunTrust maintained Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC) on Tuesday, October 3 with “Hold” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, July 19 by Piper Jaffray. The stock of Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC) earned “Hold” rating by Stephens on Thursday, January 18. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Hovde Group given on Wednesday, December 27. The stock of Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC) earned “Neutral” rating by Suntrust Robinson on Monday, September 19. On Friday, April 8 the stock rating was maintained by Wood with “Market Perform”.

Esterline Technologies Corporation designs, makes, and markets engineered products and systems primarily for aerospace and defense clients in the United States and internationally. The company has market cap of $2.26 billion. It operates through three divisions: Avionics & Controls, Sensors & Systems, and Advanced Materials. It has a 19.46 P/E ratio. The Avionics & Controls segment offers global positioning systems, head-up displays, enhanced vision systems, and electronic flight management systems for control and display applications; lighted push-button and rotary switches, keyboards, lighted indicators, panels, and displays; and control sticks, grips, wheels, and switching systems.

First Pacific Advisors Llc holds 2.34% of its portfolio in Esterline Technologies Corporation for 3.37 million shares. North Point Portfolio Managers Corp Oh owns 150,622 shares or 2.29% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Snyder Capital Management L P has 2.09% invested in the company for 464,741 shares. The Massachusetts-based Anchor Capital Advisors Llc has invested 0.81% in the stock. Ironwood Investment Management Llc, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 9,075 shares.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 1 insider purchase, and 3 selling transactions for $6.61 million activity.

The stock increased 2.49% or $1.85 during the last trading session, reaching $76. About 204,343 shares traded. Esterline Technologies Corporation (ESL) has risen 43.50% since January 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 26.80% the S&P500.

Analysts await Esterline Technologies Corporation (NYSE:ESL) to report earnings on February, 1. They expect $0.52 EPS, down 36.59% or $0.30 from last year’s $0.82 per share. ESL’s profit will be $15.46 million for 36.54 P/E if the $0.52 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.27 actual EPS reported by Esterline Technologies Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -59.06% negative EPS growth.

Ratings analysis reveals 50% of Esterline Techs’s analysts are positive. Out of 2 Wall Street analysts rating Esterline Techs, 1 give it “Buy”, 0 “Sell” rating, while 1 recommend “Hold”. ESL was included in 2 notes of analysts from January 12, 2017. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, January 12 by Jefferies. The stock has “Buy” rating by SunTrust on Thursday, January 19.

The stock increased 0.45% or $0.25 during the last trading session, reaching $56.1. About 489,974 shares traded. Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC) has risen 80.63% since January 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 63.93% the S&P500.

Hancock Holding Company operates as the bank holding firm for Whitney Bank that provides a range of community banking services to commercial, small business, and retail customers. The company has market cap of $4.78 billion. The firm offers various deposit products, including noninterest-bearing demand deposits, interest-bearing transaction accounts, savings accounts, money market deposit accounts, and time deposit accounts. It has a 22.62 P/E ratio. It also provides commercial and industrial; commercial real estate; construction and land development; and residential mortgages, including fixed and adjustable rate loans; and consumer loans comprising second lien mortgage home loans, home equity lines of credit, and nonresidential consumer purpose loans.

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