Stephens Lifted By $2.65 Million Its General Dynamics (GD) Position; Shorts at Essent Group Limited (ESNT) Raised By 2.74%

January 18, 2018 - By Ellis Scott

Stephens Inc increased General Dynamics Corp (GD) stake by 249.04% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Stephens Inc acquired 12,920 shares as General Dynamics Corp (GD)’s stock rose 3.60%. The Stephens Inc holds 18,108 shares with $3.72 million value, up from 5,188 last quarter. General Dynamics Corp now has $62.19B valuation. The stock increased 0.29% or $0.61 during the last trading session, reaching $208.29. About 234,745 shares traded. General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) has risen 36.41% since January 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 19.71% the S&P500.

Essent Group Limited (NYSE:ESNT) had an increase of 2.74% in short interest. ESNT’s SI was 730,900 shares in January as released by FINRA. Its up 2.74% from 711,400 shares previously. With 825,400 avg volume, 1 days are for Essent Group Limited (NYSE:ESNT)’s short sellers to cover ESNT’s short positions. The SI to Essent Group Limited’s float is 0.89%. The stock increased 0.84% or $0.4 during the last trading session, reaching $48.29. About 316,053 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.

Stephens Inc decreased Ishares Tr (IWV) stake by 2,115 shares to 70,070 valued at $10.46 million in 2017Q3. It also reduced Hollyfrontier Corp (NYSE:HFC) stake by 8,742 shares and now owns 21,746 shares. Abbvie Inc (NYSE:ABBV) was reduced too.

Among 20 analysts covering General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD), 12 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 60% are positive. General Dynamics Corporation had 62 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Monday, January 30 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Outperform”. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co with “Buy” on Monday, July 17. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Citigroup on Monday, October 9. Cowen & Co maintained General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) rating on Monday, September 18. Cowen & Co has “Buy” rating and $210.0 target. The stock has “Hold” rating by Deutsche Bank on Monday, December 5. Citigroup maintained the shares of GD in report on Friday, August 11 with “Neutral” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, June 2. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Friday, August 11 with “Buy”. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, November 15 report. Goldman Sachs maintained the shares of GD in report on Monday, May 2 with “Neutral” rating.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.08 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.17, from 0.91 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 52 investors sold GD shares while 313 reduced holdings. 89 funds opened positions while 304 raised stakes. 255.81 million shares or 0.28% less from 256.53 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. 13,600 were reported by Capital Guardian Trust. Reliance Of Delaware owns 0.13% invested in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) for 4,130 shares. Weybosset Research & Mgmt Limited Liability Com has 5.48% invested in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD). Madison Invest Incorporated stated it has 0.23% in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD). Ontario – Canada-based Tdam Usa Inc has invested 0.05% in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD). Credit Suisse Ag stated it has 479,723 shares or 0.1% of all its holdings. Telemus Cap Limited Liability Company owns 6,512 shares. Exchange Management, Michigan-based fund reported 400 shares. Arcadia Inv Mngmt Mi reported 0.04% stake. Metropolitan Life Insurance Ny accumulated 135,651 shares. 59 are owned by Northwest Inv Counselors Limited Co. Vaughan David Il reported 380,606 shares stake. Sigma Planning Corp holds 3,814 shares. Sequoia Advisors Ltd Liability Com, Ohio-based fund reported 1,285 shares. Btc Cap has 48,511 shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.75 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.39, from 1.36 in 2017Q2. It improved, 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. Renaissance Tech Lc owns 878,400 shares. Natixis reported 10,136 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Insight Capital Rech Management Inc reported 23,626 shares. Point72 Asia (Hong Kong) Ltd owns 36 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa accumulated 34,461 shares. Susquehanna Grp Incorporated Llp has 0% invested in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) for 59,662 shares. Quantbot Techs L P stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Amp Capital Investors Limited reported 37,115 shares. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement, a Florida-based fund reported 73,139 shares. Nuveen Asset Mgmt Llc has invested 0.01% in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Alpine Woods Cap Lc, New York-based fund reported 8,254 shares. Moreover, Eaton Vance Mngmt has 0.04% invested in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Teachers & Annuity Association Of America owns 0.02% invested in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) for 22,228 shares. Invesco Limited has invested 0% in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Td Asset reported 0% of its portfolio in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT).

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 $4.75 billion. The firm also provides information technology maintenance and development services; customer support-related services; and contract underwriting services. It has a 16.2 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 insider purchases, and 9 insider sales for $1.53 million activity. Shares for $203,305 were sold by Gibbons Mary Lourdes on Monday, October 16. $125,130 worth of Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) was sold by WEINSTOCK DAVID B on Monday, October 16. The insider MCALEE LAWRENCE E JR sold $315,070.

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