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

Jeannie Matthews
January 14, 2018

ESNT's SI was 730,900 shares in January as released by FINRA. ValuEngine lowered Essent Group from a "strong-buy" rating to a "buy" rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. The stock increased 0.50% or $0.24 during the last trading session, reaching $48.08. About 158,249 shares traded. It has outperformed by 64.99% the S&P500. Btc Capital Management Inc acquired 9,284 shares as Facebook Inc (FB)'s stock rose 10.88%. Laurion Mngmt Ltd Partnership reported 0.02% of its portfolio in eBay Inc. The stock decreased 0.21% or $0.3884 during the last trading session, reaching $187.4516. Aarons Inc (NYSE:AAN) was raised too. It has outperformed by 27.75% the S&P500. The stock of ANGLE plc (LON:AGL) earned "Speculative Buy" rating by Beaufort Securities on Tuesday, March 22. Therefore 92% are positive. The Southern Company had 54 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Thursday, January 4, the company rating was maintained by Susquehanna. BTIG Research downgraded shares of Essent Group from a "buy" rating to a "neutral" rating in a report on Tuesday, December 6th. As per Wednesday, June 28, the company rating was maintained by Bernstein. The company was maintained on Tuesday, October 17 by Mizuho. (NASDAQ:NTGR) on Wednesday, January 4 with "Buy" rating. As per Wednesday, October 11, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.73 in 2017 Q3. Shares for $184,046 were sold by Gibbons Mary Lourdes. 32 funds opened positions while 57 raised stakes. General Amer Invsts has invested 2.76% of its portfolio in eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR) on Monday, October 2. Raymond James Finance Service Advsrs invested in 0.03% or 100,828 shares. (NASDAQ:FB) for 93,567 shares. Atalanta Sosnoff Capital Limited Liability, New York-based fund reported 542,234 shares. Cibc Asset Management invested 0% of its portfolio in Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL). Town Country Bancorp Tru Dba First Bankers Tru invested in 0.11% or 4,479 shares. (NASDAQ:FB). Eagle Asset Inc invested 0.05% in Facebook, Inc. Teacher Retirement System of Texas purchased a new stake in shares of Essent Group during the second quarter valued at $208,000. Moreover, Da Davidson & has 0.19% invested in Facebook, Inc. Vanguard Group Inc holds 0.02% or 8.75M shares. New York-based Howard Cap has invested 3.5% in Facebook, Inc. After $0.82 actual earnings per share reported by Essent Group Ltd. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -4.88% negative EPS growth. Utah-based Utah Retirement has invested 1.65% in Facebook, Inc. NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR) has risen 2.67% since January 12, 2017 and is uptrending. LO PATRICK CS also sold $943,071 worth of NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) shares. Shares for $6.77M were sold by Schroepfer Michael Todd. Mckinley Mgmt Ltd Delaware reported 108,554 shares. (NASDAQ:FB) was sold by Zuckerberg Mark. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.00, for a total value of $230,000.00. (NASDAQ:FB) shares were sold by Wehner David M.

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Investors sentiment increased to 1.75 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.17, from 0.99 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 19 investors sold ESNT shares while 58 reduced holdings.

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Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ESNT. Ellington Mngmt Gru Incorporated Ltd Liability Corporation holds 0.18% of its portfolio in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) for 26,500 shares. The institutional investor owned 165,905 shares of the financial services provider's stock after selling 15,908 shares during the period. Investec Asset Mngmt stated it has 0.08% in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Quantbot Technologies L P reported 2,593 shares. Finemark National Bank & Trust has 0.02% invested in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Alliancebernstein Limited Partnership has invested 0.1% of its portfolio in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Cornercap Inv Counsel has invested 0.11% in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). The stock of Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) earned "Overweight" rating by Barclays Capital on Wednesday, September 7. During the same period a year ago, the company earned $0.44 earnings per share. Icon Advisers stated it has 0.11% of its portfolio in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Cubist Systematic Strategies Llc bought 36,153 shares as the company's stock rose 0.42% with the market. Essent Group's revenue for the quarter was up 23.9% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that Essent Group will post 3.08 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Essent Group Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides private mortgage insurance and reinsurance for mortgages secured by residential properties located in the United States. The company has market cap of $168.12 million. It has a 16.13 P/E ratio. It serves originators of residential mortgage loans, such as regulated depository institutions, mortgage banks, credit unions, and other lenders. Compass Point restated a "buy" rating and set a $50.00 price target (up previously from $38.00) on shares of Essent Group in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. Bank of America downgraded the stock to "Underperform" rating in Thursday, October 27 report. The firm has "Hold" rating given on Monday, May 1 by Wood. The rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird on Friday, September 15 with "Buy". Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company's stock. As per Friday, August 25, the company rating was downgraded by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The stock has "Neutral" rating by Compass Point on Friday, August 5. Barclays Capital maintained Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) on Friday, November 10 with "Overweight" rating.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 9 insider sales for $1.53 million activity. Essent Group Ltd. (ESNT) has $4.74B valuation. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 3,145 shares of the financial services provider's stock valued at $117,000 after buying an additional 288 shares during the last quarter.

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