EPS for Benefitfocus, Inc. (BNFT) Expected At $-0.21; Point72 Asia Hong Kong LTD Has Raised Philip Morris Intl (PM) Position

February 15, 2018 - By Vivian Currie

Analysts expect Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ:BNFT) to report $-0.21 EPS on February, 22.They anticipate $0.03 EPS change or 12.50% from last quarter’s $-0.24 EPS. After having $-0.20 EPS previously, Benefitfocus, Inc.’s analysts see 5.00% EPS growth. The stock increased 1.28% or $0.3 during the last trading session, reaching $23.75. About 127,040 shares traded. Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ:BNFT) has declined 9.60% since February 15, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 26.30% the S&P500.

Point72 Asia Hong Kong Ltd increased Philip Morris Intl Inc (PM) stake by 1704.27% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Point72 Asia Hong Kong Ltd acquired 6,391 shares as Philip Morris Intl Inc (PM)’s stock rose 10.69%. The Point72 Asia Hong Kong Ltd holds 6,766 shares with $751,000 value, up from 375 last quarter. Philip Morris Intl Inc now has $159.27B valuation. The stock decreased 0.49% or $0.51 during the last trading session, reaching $102.54. About 4.25 million shares traded. Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) has risen 16.65% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 0.05% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.97 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.09, from 0.88 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 55 investors sold PM shares while 524 reduced holdings. 112 funds opened positions while 452 raised stakes. 1.10 billion shares or 0.12% more from 1.10 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Magnetar Financial Lc holds 5,966 shares. Deprince Race Zollo Inc holds 0.4% in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) or 159,711 shares. Balyasny Asset Ltd Co has 0.02% invested in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Hirtle Callaghan & Communication Ltd Liability Company reported 184 shares. Baystate Wealth Management Limited Co invested 0.04% of its portfolio in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Coho Limited reported 1.25 million shares. Barr E S & Com stated it has 0.07% in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Waldron LP holds 0.79% or 25,501 shares in its portfolio. Banced accumulated 2,518 shares or 0.49% of the stock. 17.09M are owned by Jpmorgan Chase Com. Mckinley Cap Mngmt Ltd Liability Delaware has invested 1.4% in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Tower Capital Lc (Trc) has invested 0.05% in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Marathon Cap Mgmt has 0.16% invested in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Motco holds 0.01% or 860 shares in its portfolio. Intrust Bancorp Na holds 0.43% or 11,775 shares in its portfolio.

Among 19 analysts covering Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM), 13 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 68% are positive. Philip Morris International had 54 analyst reports since August 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) earned “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Wednesday, September 21. On Thursday, October 19 the stock rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Buy”. Jefferies maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Tuesday, June 20 report. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, November 15 by Wells Fargo. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, October 13 by Piper Jaffray. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, July 17 by Stifel Nicolaus. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, October 12 by Jefferies. The company was upgraded on Friday, August 11 by SBG Securities. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Bank of America on Wednesday, January 4. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Wednesday, October 5 with “Hold”.

Since August 30, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 sales for $13.44 million activity. Shares for $1.62 million were sold by Azinovic Drago. Shares for $11.81 million were sold by CAMILLERI LOUIS C on Tuesday, October 24.

Benefitfocus, Inc. provides cloud-based benefits management platform for consumers, employers, insurance carriers, and brokers in the United States. The company has market cap of $742.74 million. It operates through Employer and Carrier divisions. It currently has negative earnings. The company's products for insurance carriers include Marketplaces, which are online shopping environments; eEnrollment that provides online enrollment for benefits; eBilling, an electronic invoice presentment and payment solution; eExchange, a solution for communication; eSales for carriers and brokers to organize and manage accounts, track leads, generate quotes, and create proposals for products; and Core & Advanced Analytics, a data analytics solution.

Among 11 analysts covering Benefitfocus (NASDAQ:BNFT), 7 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 64% are positive. Benefitfocus had 32 analyst reports since July 28, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Jefferies maintained the shares of BNFT in report on Friday, August 18 with “Buy” rating. On Tuesday, July 28 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Sector Perform”. The company was maintained on Thursday, March 10 by Canaccord Genuity. The stock of Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ:BNFT) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, September 3 by Zacks. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, October 12 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Monday, May 29 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Sunday, October 29 by Canaccord Genuity. As per Friday, August 12, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. The stock of Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ:BNFT) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, September 11 by Piper Jaffray. Raymond James downgraded Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ:BNFT) on Friday, November 4 to “Outperform” rating.

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