Vertex One Asset Management Cut Ensco Plc (ESV) Holding; Prospect Capital (PSEC)’s Sentiment Is 1.15

December 7, 2017 - By Peter Erickson

The stock increased 0.15% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $6.7. About 538,594 shares traded. Prospect Capital Corporation (PSEC) has risen 10.36% since December 7, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 6.34% the S&P500.

Vertex One Asset Management Inc decreased Ensco Plc (ESV) stake by 71.86% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Vertex One Asset Management Inc sold 438,700 shares as Ensco Plc (ESV)’s stock declined 27.69%. The Vertex One Asset Management Inc holds 171,800 shares with $886,000 value, down from 610,500 last quarter. Ensco Plc now has $2.48B valuation. The stock increased 0.71% or $0.04 during the last trading session, reaching $5.65. About 1.44M shares traded. Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) has declined 23.23% since December 7, 2016 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 $-0.24 earnings per share, down 366.67% or $0.33 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 380.00% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.01 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.19, from 0.82 in 2017Q1. It is positive, as 51 investors sold ESV shares while 94 reduced holdings. 51 funds opened positions while 96 raised stakes. 300.48 million shares or 19.02% more from 252.47 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Arizona State Retirement Sys reported 0.01% stake. Bartlett & Limited Com, a Ohio-based fund reported 1,600 shares. Capstone Inv Advsr Ltd Company has invested 0% in Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV). South Dakota Inv Council holds 487,200 shares. Court Place Lc holds 0.04% or 15,200 shares. New York State Teachers Retirement System has 380,200 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. California-based Parallax Volatility Advisers Limited Partnership has invested 0% in Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV). Fairfield Bush & holds 0.49% or 294,254 shares. Empyrean Capital Prtnrs Ltd Partnership has 3.20 million shares. Gsa Cap Prtnrs Llp holds 0.04% or 117,275 shares in its portfolio. Rhumbline Advisers invested in 616,566 shares. Envestnet Asset Management Incorporated owns 3,678 shares. Ledyard Retail Bank owns 0% invested in Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) for 4,649 shares. Qcm Cayman has invested 0.62% in Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV). Crawford Inv Counsel invested 0% of its portfolio in Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV).

Vertex One Asset Management Inc increased Dominion Diamond Corp (NYSE:DDC) stake by 122,440 shares to 345,040 valued at $4.33M in 2017Q2. It also upped Mobileye N V Amstelveen (NYSE:MBLY) stake by 73,700 shares and now owns 143,700 shares. Level 3 Communications Inc (NYSE:LVLT) was raised too.

Among 34 analysts covering Ensco Plc (NYSE:ESV), 14 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 15 Hold. Therefore 41% are positive. Ensco Plc had 76 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was initiated by Howard Weil on Wednesday, September 14 with “Outperform”. The rating was downgraded by DNB Markets on Tuesday, July 19 to “Sell”. Citigroup initiated Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) on Tuesday, October 20 with “Buy” rating. On Monday, September 25 the stock rating was upgraded by UBS to “Buy”. The rating was upgraded by Clarksons Platou to “Neutral” on Tuesday, October 25. The stock of Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Friday, April 15 by Morgan Stanley. The firm has “Sector Outperform” rating given on Friday, July 31 by Howard Weil. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, October 19 by HSBC. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Friday, June 30 by Jefferies. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co with “Hold” on Tuesday, September 5.

Analysts await Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:PSEC) to report earnings on February, 14. They expect $0.18 EPS, down 25.00% or $0.06 from last year’s $0.24 per share. PSEC’s profit will be $64.88 million for 9.31 P/E if the $0.18 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.18 actual EPS reported by Prospect Capital Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 0.00% EPS growth.

Muzinich & Co. Inc. holds 7.36% of its portfolio in Prospect Capital Corporation for 10.37 million shares. Camelot Portfolios Llc owns 665,323 shares or 2.67% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Messner & Smith Theme Value Investment Management Ltd Ca has 2.39% invested in the company for 168,990 shares. The Tennessee-based Barnett & Company Inc. has invested 1.72% in the stock. Beck Capital Management Llc, a Texas-based fund reported 336,129 shares.

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