Dowling & Yahnke Has Decreased Its Express Scripts (ESRX) Stake; Mfa Financial (MFA) Shorts Down By 5.52%

November 15, 2017 - By Kurt Siggers

Mfa Financial Incorporated (NYSE:MFA) had a decrease of 5.52% in short interest. MFA’s SI was 6.16M shares in November as released by FINRA. Its down 5.52% from 6.52M shares previously. With 1.70 million avg volume, 4 days are for Mfa Financial Incorporated (NYSE:MFA)’s short sellers to cover MFA’s short positions. The SI to Mfa Financial Incorporated’s float is 1.67%. About shares traded. MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA) has risen 16.50% since November 15, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 0.20% the S&P500.

Dowling & Yahnke Llc decreased Express Scripts Inc. (ESRX) stake by 15.89% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Dowling & Yahnke Llc sold 4,893 shares as Express Scripts Inc. (ESRX)’s stock declined 14.09%. The Dowling & Yahnke Llc holds 25,894 shares with $1.65M value, down from 30,787 last quarter. Express Scripts Inc. now has $34.12B valuation. The stock declined 1.54% or $0.93 reaching $59.32 per share. About 22,818 shares traded. Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has declined 16.92% since November 15, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 33.62% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.41 in 2017 Q2. Its up 0.62, from 0.79 in 2017Q1. It improved, as 19 investors sold MFA Financial, Inc. shares while 61 reduced holdings. 29 funds opened positions while 84 raised stakes. 311.54 million shares or 6.04% more from 293.78 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Jpmorgan Chase And Company reported 1.83 million shares or 0% of all its holdings. Moreover, Webster National Bank & Trust N A has 0.01% invested in MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA). Rothschild Asset Mgmt invested 0.04% of its portfolio in MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA). Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo & reported 28,200 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Manufacturers Life Insur The stated it has 11,375 shares. Her Majesty The Queen In Right Of The Province Of Alberta As Represented By Alberta Inv holds 0.08% or 966,500 shares. Point72 Asia (Hong Kong) Limited holds 0.02% in MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA) or 1,750 shares. 74,785 were accumulated by Aqr Management Limited Liability Corp. 86,864 are owned by Mckinley Limited Liability Corporation Delaware. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement holds 439,782 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Fincl Bank Of America Corporation De invested 0% of its portfolio in MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA). Garrison Bradford & Inc holds 20,000 shares. Amalgamated National Bank holds 71,484 shares. Clarivest Asset Management Ltd Llc reported 0% in MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA). North Carolina-based Wedge Capital Mgmt L L P Nc has invested 0.62% in MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA).

MFA Financial, Inc. is engaged in the real estate finance business. The company has market cap of $3.20 billion. The Company’s subsidiaries invest in residential mortgage assets, including Non-Agency mortgage-backed securities , Agency MBS, residential whole loans and credit risk transfer (CRT) securities. It has a 11.05 P/E ratio. The Company’s Non-Agency MBS portfolio primarily consists of Legacy Non-Agency MBS and 3 Year Step-up securities.

Among 8 analysts covering MFA Mortgage (NYSE:MFA), 1 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 13% are positive. MFA Mortgage had 15 analyst reports since January 15, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, November 3 by FBR Capital. As per Tuesday, August 9, the company rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank. The firm has “Overweight” rating by JP Morgan given on Tuesday, January 26. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, September 6 by FBR Capital. Wells Fargo downgraded the shares of MFA in report on Monday, January 18 to “Market Perform” rating. The firm earned “Market Perform” rating on Friday, January 15 by Wells Fargo. The rating was downgraded by JMP Securities to “Market Perform” on Friday, October 20. The stock has “Hold” rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Tuesday, June 6. The rating was downgraded by Compass Point on Wednesday, June 15 to “Sell”. The company was maintained on Tuesday, September 12 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods.

Among 21 analysts covering Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX), 6 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 29% are positive. Express Scripts had 40 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, May 26 by Jefferies. Morgan Stanley downgraded the shares of ESRX in report on Thursday, January 21 to “Equal-Weight” rating. Cowen & Co upgraded the shares of ESRX in report on Monday, April 4 to “Outperform” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, June 8 by Cowen & Co. Maxim Group maintained Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) on Tuesday, July 18 with “Buy” rating. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, January 19 by Leerink Swann. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Hold” rating and $66.0 target in Wednesday, October 25 report. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has “Overweight” rating given on Thursday, February 18 by Barclays Capital. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has “Underperform” rating given on Wednesday, March 15 by Wells Fargo. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Monday, October 2 by Needham.

Analysts await Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) to report earnings on February, 13. They expect $2.06 EPS, up 9.57% or $0.18 from last year’s $1.88 per share. ESRX’s profit will be $1.18 billion for 7.20 P/E if the $2.06 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.90 actual EPS reported by Express Scripts Holding Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 8.42% EPS growth.

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