Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI) Analysts See $2.02 EPS; Old Republic International Boosted Entergy (ETR) Stake

June 22, 2018 - By Darrin Black

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Analysts expect Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) to report $2.02 EPS on July, 5.They anticipate $0.01 EPS change or 0.49% from last quarter’s $2.03 EPS. AYI’s profit would be $81.92 million giving it 14.60 P/E if the $2.02 EPS is correct. After having $1.72 EPS previously, Acuity Brands, Inc.’s analysts see 17.44% EPS growth. The stock decreased 1.68% or $2.02 during the last trading session, reaching $117.96. About 407,043 shares traded. Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) has declined 28.09% since June 22, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 40.66% the S&P500. Some Historical AYI News: 14/05/2018 – International Value Advisers Buys 2.2% of Acuity Brands; 02/05/2018 – Lucid Announces BuildingOS Facilities, Providing a Unified View of the Operating Performance of Commercial Building Portfolios; 17/04/2018 – Acuity Brands May Be Pressured, Industry Posts 8th Straight Drop; 04/04/2018 – ACUITY BRANDS 2Q ADJ GROSS MARGIN +40.2%, EST. +41.4%; 07/03/2018 – ClinicalTrial US: Evaluation of Near Visual Acuity With ODYSIGHT, a Smartphone Based Medical App in Comparison to a Standardize; 08/05/2018 – Acuity Healthcare Names John Baron Vice President – Operations Support; 10/05/2018 – Acuity Brands, Inc. Products Win Best of Category Design Excellence Awards During LIGHTFAIR® International 2018; 04/04/2018 – ACUITY BRANDS – BELIEVE PRICE OF CERTAIN LED COMPONENTS TO CONTINUE TO DECLINE THOUGHT AT DECELERATING PACE, SOME OTHER COSTS TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE; 06/04/2018 – FBO:Veteran Aff: Veterans Affairs Contract Award – 65–SUPPLIES: Visual Acuity Charts . – 36C24718Q0429; 02/04/2018 – Acuity Brands Inc expected to post earnings of $2.11 a share – Earnings Preview

Old Republic International Corp increased Entergy Corp (ETR) stake by 39.35% reported in 2018Q1 SEC filing. Old Republic International Corp acquired 90,500 shares as Entergy Corp (ETR)’s stock rose 3.61%. The Old Republic International Corp holds 320,500 shares with $25.25 million value, up from 230,000 last quarter. Entergy Corp now has $14.44B valuation. The stock decreased 0.51% or $0.41 during the last trading session, reaching $79.84. About 1.84 million shares traded or 19.35% up from the average. Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR) has risen 2.40% since June 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 10.17% the S&P500. Some Historical ETR News: 02/04/2018 – EPA: EPA Honors Entergy Mississippi, Inc. as 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year; 16/05/2018 – ENTERGY RAISES ARKANSAS NUCLEAR 1 TO 1% POWER FROM 0%: NRC; 28/03/2018 – Burns & McDonnell Adds Entergy Project to $3.2 Billion Slate in Texas, Louisiana, an Industrial Info News Alert; 03/05/2018 – S&P REVISES ENTERGY LOUISIANA HOLDINGS INC. OUTLOOK TO ‘STABLE’ FROM ‘POSITIVE’; RATING ‘BBB+’; 26/03/2018 – ENTERGY’S PALISADES REACTOR IN MICH DROPS TO 30%: NRC; 16/03/2018 – Fitch Affirms Three Entergy U.S. Utility Tariff Bond Transactions; 25/04/2018 – ENTERGY SEES 2018 SPECIAL ITEMS EFFECT $2.55 ON EPS; 30/04/2018 – ENTERGY CUTS PILGRIM 1 REACTOR POWER TO 0% FROM 98%: NRC; 29/03/2018 – Entergy Corporation Releases 2017 Integrated Report; 25/04/2018 – ENTERGY CEO DENAULT SAYS HAD BEEN CONSIDERING 800 MEGAWATTS

Since March 5, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 insider sales for $1.53 million activity. $816,086 worth of Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR) was sold by Mount Alyson M on Monday, March 5. May Phillip R Jr sold $631,400 worth of stock or 7,700 shares. FISACKERLY HALEY had sold 500 shares worth $39,010 on Monday, March 5.

Among 16 analysts covering Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR), 6 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 38% are positive. Entergy Corporation has $101.0 highest and $59 lowest target. $82.54’s average target is 3.38% above currents $79.84 stock price. Entergy Corporation had 68 analyst reports since July 28, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Morgan Stanley maintained it with “Equal-Weight” rating and $76 target in Tuesday, February 13 report. The stock of Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR) earned “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan on Tuesday, April 10. Citigroup maintained the stock with “Neutral” rating in Wednesday, July 20 report. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Friday, June 10 by Jefferies. The stock of Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR) has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Wednesday, December 13 by Morgan Stanley. Citigroup maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, June 20 report. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, November 17 by Mizuho. The rating was maintained by Mizuho with “Neutral” on Wednesday, October 14. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Sunday, August 20 report. The rating was maintained by Mizuho with “Buy” on Thursday, April 19.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.96 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.18, from 1.14 in 2017Q4. It is negative, as 42 investors sold ETR shares while 178 reduced holdings. 62 funds opened positions while 149 raised stakes. 146.60 million shares or 1.33% more from 144.68 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt stated it has 16,176 shares. Heartland Advisors stated it has 128,529 shares or 0.68% of all its holdings. James Investment reported 65,656 shares or 0.19% of all its holdings. Anchor Advisors Ltd Co owns 253,193 shares. Hartford Invest stated it has 41,372 shares. Glob X Mgmt Lc accumulated 119,271 shares or 0.19% of the stock. Fjarde Ap holds 28,573 shares or 0.03% of its portfolio. Systematic Financial LP has 740,313 shares for 1.29% of their portfolio. Tcw Gp Incorporated holds 0.01% or 15,705 shares. Security has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR). Da Davidson & accumulated 3,300 shares. Bp Public Lc reported 21,000 shares. Stadion Money Mgmt Ltd Llc holds 0.01% or 3,740 shares in its portfolio. Johnson Counsel Inc has 2,625 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Moreover, Advisors Asset Mgmt has 0.43% invested in Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR).

Another recent and important Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) news was published by Seekingalpha.com which published an article titled: “S&P indexes swap firms due to shifting market caps; FSB to SmallCap 600” on June 08, 2018.

Acuity Brands, Inc. designs, produces, and distributes various lighting solutions and services for commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure, and residential applications in North America and internationally. The company has market cap of $4.78 billion. The firm offers lighting and controls products and solutions, including recessed, surface, and suspended lighting; down, decorative, emergency and exit, track, daylighting, special-us, street and roadway, parking garage, and underwater lighting; area pedestrian, flood, and decorative site lighting; landscape lighting; occupancy sensors; photo controls; relay panels; architectural dimming panels; and integrated lighting controls systems. It has a 14.58 P/E ratio. It also provides modular wiring products, light emitting diode drivers, glass products, and inverters; and services across applications that primarily relate to monitoring and controlling lighting systems through network technologies and the commissioning of control systems.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.1 in 2018 Q1. Its up 0.15, from 0.95 in 2017Q4. It increased, as 55 investors sold Acuity Brands, Inc. shares while 107 reduced holdings. 61 funds opened positions while 118 raised stakes. 42.61 million shares or 1.13% more from 42.13 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Federated Invsts Pa stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI). Fil Ltd invested 0.11% in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI). 2,781 are held by First Personal Serv. Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt accumulated 0.3% or 1,200 shares. Tiaa Cref Mgmt Limited Co reported 0% of its portfolio in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI). Amica Mutual Insurance Co holds 0.19% or 11,049 shares in its portfolio. Norinchukin National Bank The holds 3,863 shares. Bronson Point Management Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 110,000 shares or 5.45% of its portfolio. Northern Tru Corp owns 452,698 shares. Cornerstone Advisors stated it has 107 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Bluemountain Capital Mgmt owns 25,167 shares or 0.08% of their US portfolio. State Street invested 0.02% in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI). Jacobson Schmitt Lc, Wisconsin-based fund reported 28,668 shares. Suntrust Banks, a Georgia-based fund reported 1,915 shares. Acadian Asset Ltd Liability Corp holds 0% in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) or 49 shares.

Among 21 analysts covering Acuity Brands Inc. (NYSE:AYI), 10 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 48% are positive. Acuity Brands Inc. has $306 highest and $10500 lowest target. $221.38’s average target is 87.67% above currents $117.96 stock price. Acuity Brands Inc. had 67 analyst reports since August 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) earned “Sell” rating by Roth Capital on Tuesday, June 27. The firm has “Sell” rating by Roth Capital given on Friday, January 27. The rating was maintained by Oppenheimer on Monday, July 17 with “Buy”. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Tuesday, December 1 by Oppenheimer. The company was initiated on Thursday, August 25 by TH Capital. Oppenheimer maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Friday, February 12 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, September 5 by Robert W. Baird. The firm earned “Market Perform” rating on Thursday, March 22 by William Blair. Canaccord Genuity maintained the shares of AYI in report on Wednesday, August 16 with “Buy” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, October 4 by Cowen & Co.

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