Rdl Financial Cut Express Scripts Hldg Co (ESRX) Stake; Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund (CSQ)’s Sentiment Is 1

September 17, 2017 - By Vivian Park

Rdl Financial Inc decreased Express Scripts Hldg Co (ESRX) stake by 32.5% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing. Rdl Financial Inc sold 10,662 shares as Express Scripts Hldg Co (ESRX)’s stock declined 14.09%. The Rdl Financial Inc holds 22,149 shares with $1.52 million value, down from 32,811 last quarter. Express Scripts Hldg Co now has $36.18B valuation. The stock increased 0.50% or $0.31 on September 15, reaching $62.65. About 7.85 million shares traded or 168.84% up from the average. Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has declined 16.92% since September 17, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 33.62% the S&P500.

Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The company has market cap of $1.84 billion. The Fund’s investment strategy is to provide total return through a combination of capital appreciation and current income. It currently has negative earnings. The Fund invests in a diversified portfolio of equities, convertible securities and high yield securities.

Rdl Financial Inc increased United Therapeutics Corp Del (NASDAQ:UTHR) stake by 8,280 shares to 14,465 valued at $2.08 million in 2016Q4. It also upped Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) stake by 8,460 shares and now owns 56,108 shares. Principal Finl Group Inc (NYSE:PFG) was raised too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.56 in 2016 Q4. Its down 0.07, from 0.63 in 2016Q3. It is negative, as 86 investors sold ESRX shares while 505 reduced holdings. 74 funds opened positions while 263 raised stakes. 502.37 million shares or 2.68% less from 516.19 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported. 231,214 are owned by Sg Americas Lc. Andra Ap has invested 0.17% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Barbara Oil holds 0.77% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) for 14,500 shares. Rothschild Asset owns 0.01% invested in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) for 14,855 shares. Trexquant Invest LP reported 26,800 shares. Brown Advisory Ltd Liability Com stated it has 50,601 shares. Neuberger Berman Gp Limited Liability reported 1.60M shares. 13,839 are owned by Renaissance Tech Lc. Ledyard Bancshares has invested 0.65% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Linscomb Williams Incorporated holds 0.1% or 14,932 shares in its portfolio. 458,762 are held by Strs Ohio. Becker Capital Management Incorporated reported 386,370 shares. Swiss Retail Bank, Switzerland-based fund reported 1.76M shares. Meyer Handelman holds 12,600 shares or 0.04% of its portfolio. Burns J W Co accumulated 8,182 shares.

Among 20 analysts covering Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX), 8 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 40% are positive. Express Scripts had 34 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) earned “Buy” rating by Maxim Group on Tuesday, July 18. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Bank of America on Tuesday, June 7. Cowen & Co maintained Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) on Thursday, June 8 with “Buy” rating. On Wednesday, July 26 the stock rating was maintained by Maxim Group with “Buy”. The firm earned “Market Perform” rating on Wednesday, March 23 by Leerink Swann. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, October 6 by UBS. Morgan Stanley downgraded Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) rating on Monday, June 20. Morgan Stanley has “Underweight” rating and $70 target. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Monday, October 5 by Leerink Swann. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, November 4 by Deutsche Bank. The rating was downgraded by Wells Fargo to “Underperform” on Wednesday, March 15.

Analysts await Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) to report earnings on October, 24 after the close. They expect $1.90 EPS, up 9.20% or $0.16 from last year’s $1.74 per share. ESRX’s profit will be $1.10B for 8.24 P/E if the $1.90 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.73 actual EPS reported by Express Scripts Holding Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 9.83% EPS growth.

Shaker Financial Services Llc holds 1.59% of its portfolio in Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund for 261,695 shares. Cornerstone Advisors Inc owns 630,421 shares or 1.2% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Mcgowan Group Asset Management Inc. has 0.73% invested in the company for 341,614 shares. The Illinois-based Calamos Wealth Management Llc has invested 0.44% in the stock. Aviance Capital Partners Llc, a Florida-based fund reported 95,121 shares.

The stock increased 0.08% or $0.01 on September 15, reaching $11.93. About 429,868 shares traded or 24.66% up from the average. Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund (CSQ) has risen 18.40% since September 17, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 1.70% the S&P500.

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