$0.82 EPS Expected for Microsemi (MSCC); Profile of 11 Analysts Covering Essent Group Ltd. (ESNT)

January 18, 2018 - By Darrin Black

Among 12 analysts covering Essent Group (NYSE:ESNT), 11 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 92% are positive. Essent Group had 40 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Wood maintained the shares of ESNT in report on Monday, May 1 with “Hold” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by BTIG Research on Wednesday, December 20. Keefe Bruyette & Woods upgraded Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) on Wednesday, August 23 to “Buy” rating. Deutsche Bank maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, October 25 report. Bank of America downgraded Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) on Wednesday, September 28 to “Neutral” rating. The firm has “Underperform” rating given on Thursday, October 27 by Bank of America. As per Friday, November 10, the company rating was maintained by Barclays Capital. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) rating on Thursday, December 21. Keefe Bruyette & Woods has “Buy” rating and $55.0 target. As per Monday, August 7, the company rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. As per Tuesday, May 9, the company rating was upgraded by Bank of America. See Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) latest ratings:

08/01/2018 Broker: Deutsche Bank Old Rating: Hold New Rating: Buy Upgrade
04/01/2018 Broker: Susquehanna Rating: Buy New Target: $60.0 Maintain
21/12/2017 Broker: Keefe Bruyette & Woods Rating: Buy New Target: $55.0 Maintain
20/12/2017 Broker: BTIG Research Rating: Buy New Target: $54.0 Maintain
20/12/2017 Broker: RBC Capital Markets Rating: Outperform New Target: $54 Initiates Coverage On
28/11/2017 Broker: Wells Fargo Rating: Buy New Target: $52.0
09/11/2017 Broker: BTIG Research Rating: Buy New Target: $49.0 Maintain
09/11/2017 Broker: Keefe Bruyette & Woods Rating: Buy New Target: $51.0 Maintain
10/11/2017 Broker: Barclays Capital Rating: Overweight Old Target: $45 New Target: $46 Maintain
03/11/2017 Broker: Deutsche Bank Old Rating: Buy New Rating: Hold Old Target: $49 Downgrade

Analysts expect Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) to report $0.82 EPS on January, 25.They anticipate $0.20 EPS change or 32.26% from last quarter’s $0.62 EPS. MSCC’s profit would be $96.35M giving it 17.82 P/E if the $0.82 EPS is correct. After having $1.02 EPS previously, Microsemi Corporation’s analysts see -19.61% EPS growth. The stock increased 1.60% or $0.92 during the last trading session, reaching $58.46. About 997,966 shares traded or 26.07% up from the average. Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) has risen 52.60% since January 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 35.90% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.75 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.39, from 1.36 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 19 investors sold Essent Group Ltd. shares while 58 reduced holdings. 44 funds opened positions while 91 raised stakes. 83.02 million shares or 4.73% more from 79.27 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. The Delaware-based Dupont Capital Management has invested 0.18% in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Monroe Bancshares And Mi has invested 0% in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Cim Ltd Liability Corporation owns 0.44% invested in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) for 26,100 shares. Avalon Advisors Ltd Liability Com has invested 0.05% in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement accumulated 73,139 shares. Amer invested in 0.01% or 53,890 shares. Robeco Institutional Asset Management Bv, a Netherlands-based fund reported 1.21M shares. Federated Invsts Pa holds 52,259 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Macquarie, a Australia-based fund reported 1.34 million shares. Gotham Asset Mngmt Limited Liability Corp reported 7,830 shares. Financial Bank Of Mellon Corporation reported 0.01% in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Mutual Of America Capital Management Limited Liability Com owns 1,350 shares. Quantitative Systematic Strategies Limited Com holds 0.15% or 14,389 shares in its portfolio. Moreover, Millennium Mngmt Ltd Liability Corp has 0.03% invested in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Jacobs Levy Equity Management Inc holds 26,300 shares.

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 $4.71 billion. The firm also provides information technology maintenance and development services; customer support-related services; and contract underwriting services. It has a 16.07 P/E ratio. It serves originators of residential mortgage loans, such as regulated depository institutions, mortgage banks, credit unions, and other lenders.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 9 sales for $1.53 million activity. WEINSTOCK DAVID B sold $125,130 worth of stock or 3,000 shares. 3,118 Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) shares with value of $124,720 were sold by MCALEE LAWRENCE E JR. Gibbons Mary Lourdes sold $184,046 worth of Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) on Friday, August 4.

The stock increased 0.23% or $0.11 during the last trading session, reaching $47.89. About 620,789 shares traded. Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) has risen 81.69% since January 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 64.99% the S&P500.

Since August 2, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 15 sales for $3.89 million activity. $152,294 worth of Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) shares were sold by LEIBEL DENNIS R. 5,167 shares valued at $267,244 were sold by Goerner Frederick C on Friday, October 20. 1,650 shares were sold by FOLINO PAUL F, worth $86,736. $610,900 worth of stock was sold by HOHENER JOHN W on Thursday, October 5. 1,000 shares were sold by ANDERSON THOMAS ROBERT, worth $51,081 on Wednesday, August 9. Goren David sold $437,582 worth of Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) on Thursday, October 5. Pickle Paul H sold $773,895 worth of Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) on Thursday, October 5.

Among 19 analysts covering Microsemi (NASDAQ:MSCC), 16 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 84% are positive. Microsemi had 47 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, November 8 by Deutsche Bank. The stock of Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) earned “Buy” rating by Topeka Capital Markets on Friday, January 29. As per Friday, November 10, the company rating was maintained by Susquehanna. As per Thursday, July 6, the company rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Monday, September 21 by Zacks. The stock has “Buy” rating by Mizuho on Friday, January 27. As per Wednesday, August 26, the company rating was upgraded by Zacks. Wells Fargo upgraded the shares of MSCC in report on Friday, January 29 to “Outperform” rating. The rating was downgraded by Goldman Sachs to “Neutral” on Wednesday, January 4. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, September 9 by Stifel Nicolaus.

Microsemi Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets analog and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The company has market cap of $6.87 billion. The firm offers analog mixed-signal integrated circuits; field programmable gate arrays; system on chip solutions and application-specific integrated circuits; power management products; and timing and synchronization devices, and precise time solutions. It has a 38.72 P/E ratio. It also provides voice processing devices, radio frequency solutions, discrete components, enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products, Ethernet solutions, and power-over-Ethernet integrated circuits and midspans, as well as custom design capabilities and services.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.13 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.09, from 1.22 in 2017Q2. It dived, as 34 investors sold Microsemi Corporation shares while 99 reduced holdings. 54 funds opened positions while 96 raised stakes. 112.73 million shares or 0.48% more from 112.18 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. State Treasurer State Of Michigan holds 43,400 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Rmb Cap Mngmt Llc owns 113,540 shares. Moreover, Credit Suisse Ag has 0.01% invested in Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) for 192,217 shares. The Connecticut-based Axiom Investors Limited Liability Co De has invested 0.05% in Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC). Hudson Bay Cap Management Ltd Partnership reported 0.13% in Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC). Eagle Boston Investment Inc reported 366,214 shares. Cornerstone Capital Management Ltd has invested 0.04% in Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC). Los Angeles Cap Management Equity Rech holds 33,583 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Oakbrook Investments Ltd Liability Com has invested 0.02% in Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC). Rice Hall James And Assoc holds 0.11% of its portfolio in Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) for 46,596 shares. Principal Financial Group Incorporated has invested 0.02% of its portfolio in Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC). Retirement Of Alabama has invested 0.11% of its portfolio in Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC). Marshall Wace Llp accumulated 0.08% or 32,218 shares. Waddell And Reed Fincl Inc stated it has 0.86% of its portfolio in Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC). Edgepoint Investment Gp holds 2.64% of its portfolio in Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) for 3.44M shares.

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