Provident Financial PLC (LON:PFG) Hit By Societe Generale Downgrade. Has GBX 1050.00 Target; Shorts at SPOT COFFEE LTD ORDINARY SHARES CANADA (SCFFF) Lowered By 54.82%

February 28, 2018 - By David Stenberg

Societe Generale gave Provident Financial PLC (LON:PFG) shares a new Hold rating in a report revealed to investors on 28 February. The firm’s PT on the stock is GBX 1050.00.

SPOT COFFEE LTD ORDINARY SHARES CANADA (OTCMKTS:SCFFF) had a decrease of 54.82% in short interest. SCFFF’s SI was 8,900 shares in February as released by FINRA. Its down 54.82% from 19,700 shares previously. With 131,400 avg volume, 0 days are for SPOT COFFEE LTD ORDINARY SHARES CANADA (OTCMKTS:SCFFF)’s short sellers to cover SCFFF’s short positions. The SI to SPOT COFFEE LTD ORDINARY SHARES CANADA’s float is 0.01%. The stock decreased 4.65% or $0.006 during the last trading session, reaching $0.123. About shares traded. Spot Coffee (OTCMKTS:Canada Ltd) has 0.00% since February 28, 2017 and is . It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500.

Among 17 analysts covering Provident Financial PLC (LON:PFG), 5 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 29% are positive. Provident Financial PLC has GBX 3845 highest and GBX 479 lowest target. GBX 1648.44’s average target is 58.05% above currents GBX 1043 stock price. Provident Financial PLC had 208 analyst reports since July 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) earned “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital on Thursday, June 16. The company was maintained on Tuesday, September 6 by RBC Capital Markets. On Monday, May 9 the stock rating was downgraded by Beaufort Securities to “Hold”. The company was maintained on Wednesday, August 23 by Beaufort Securities. Barclays Capital maintained it with “Equal Weight” rating and GBX 3000 target in Monday, October 19 report. J.P. Morgan maintained the shares of PFG in report on Thursday, February 4 with “Overweight” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by Shore Capital on Friday, October 13. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, October 14 by Peel Hunt. Barclays Capital maintained Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) rating on Wednesday, January 31. Barclays Capital has “Underweight” rating and GBX 584 target. As per Tuesday, April 4, the company rating was maintained by Shore Capital.

Analysts await Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) to report earnings on April, 26. They expect $1.37 EPS, up 7.87% or $0.10 from last year’s $1.27 per share. PFG’s profit will be $1.99 million for 190.33 P/E if the $1.37 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.19 actual EPS reported by Provident Financial plc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 15.13% EPS growth.

Provident Financial plc provides personal credit products to non-standard lending market in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Poland. The company has market cap of 1.52 billion GBP. The firm offers credit cards, guarantor loans, home credit loans, online instalment loans, and car finance under the Vanquis Bank, glo, Provident, Satsuma Loans, and Moneybarn brand names. It has a 7.4 P/E ratio. It serves 2.4 million clients through its network of branches, call centers, and Websites.

Since September 5, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 12 selling transactions for $27.50 million activity. Houston Daniel Joseph sold $2.59M worth of stock or 38,097 shares. On Thursday, October 19 Everett Nora Mary sold $88,196 worth of Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) or 1,297 shares. Another trade for 60,814 shares valued at $3.78M was sold by MCCAUGHAN JAMES P. SHAFF KAREN E sold $720,090 worth of Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) on Thursday, October 19. Valdes Luis E. also sold $3.34M worth of Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) shares. $1.74 million worth of Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) shares were sold by SCHOLTEN GARY P.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.18 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.12, from 1.06 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 36 investors sold Provident Financial plc shares while 151 reduced holdings. 48 funds opened positions while 173 raised stakes. 194.42 million shares or 0.40% more from 193.64 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Cleararc holds 0.07% of its portfolio in Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) for 6,921 shares. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Mngmt Group Inc Ltd Liability Co, a Nebraska-based fund reported 478 shares. Wealthcare Capital Lc holds 0% or 25 shares. 113,387 are held by Arizona State Retirement. Manning And Napier Advsr Limited Liability Com owns 10,326 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Wellington Gru Llp holds 0.18% of its portfolio in Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) for 12.38 million shares. Indiana-based Horizon Services Limited Liability Corporation has invested 0.13% in Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG). Tci Wealth Advsr holds 707 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Amer National Registered Investment Advisor has 20,113 shares. Bokf Na reported 0.02% stake. Westpac Bk owns 17,541 shares. Huntington Commercial Bank holds 0% of its portfolio in Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) for 1,736 shares. Manufacturers Life Insurance The reported 0.02% in Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG). Kentucky Retirement Insurance Tru Fund reported 7,088 shares. Utah Retirement holds 48,878 shares.

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