Analysts See $0.15 EPS for Hostess Brands, Inc. (TWNK); Ghost Tree Capital Cut Nuvasive (NUVA) Stake By $3.85 Million

January 13, 2018 - By Adrian Mccoy

Ghost Tree Capital Llc decreased Nuvasive Inc (NUVA) stake by 70% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Ghost Tree Capital Llc sold 70,000 shares as Nuvasive Inc (NUVA)’s stock declined 4.50%. The Ghost Tree Capital Llc holds 30,000 shares with $1.66 million value, down from 100,000 last quarter. Nuvasive Inc now has $2.72 billion valuation. The stock increased 1.60% or $0.84 during the last trading session, reaching $53.33. About 1.56 million shares traded or 77.44% up from the average. NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) has risen 33.31% since January 13, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.61% the S&P500.

Analysts expect Hostess Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWNK) to report $0.15 EPS on February, 14.TWNK’s profit would be $19.57 million giving it 24.75 P/E if the $0.15 EPS is correct. After having $0.09 EPS previously, Hostess Brands, Inc.’s analysts see 66.67% EPS growth. The stock increased 0.54% or $0.08 during the last trading session, reaching $14.85. About 592,392 shares traded. Hostess Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWNK) has risen 69.90% since January 13, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 53.20% the S&P500.

Among 22 analysts covering Nuvasive Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA), 19 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 86% are positive. Nuvasive Inc. had 63 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Leerink Swann maintained NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) on Thursday, October 12 with “Buy” rating. The stock of NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) earned “Buy” rating by Cowen & Co on Wednesday, September 6. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity with “Buy” on Thursday, January 4. Jefferies maintained NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) rating on Friday, July 28. Jefferies has “Buy” rating and $7900 target. The stock of NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) earned “Buy” rating by Piper Jaffray on Thursday, August 24. On Thursday, January 4 the stock rating was upgraded by Needham to “Buy”. The stock of NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) earned “Buy” rating by Cowen & Co on Wednesday, June 28. The stock has “Buy” rating by Canaccord Genuity on Friday, July 28. Barclays Capital maintained it with “Overweight” rating and $71 target in Wednesday, July 27 report. As per Thursday, September 28, the company rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray.

Analysts await NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) to report earnings on February, 8. They expect $0.56 EPS, up 5.66% or $0.03 from last year’s $0.53 per share. NUVA’s profit will be $28.54M for 23.81 P/E if the $0.56 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.52 actual EPS reported by NuVasive, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 7.69% EPS growth.

Ghost Tree Capital Llc increased Argenx Se stake by 56,247 shares to 252,534 valued at $5.71 million in 2017Q3. It also upped Zogenix Inc (Put) stake by 550,000 shares and now owns 650,000 shares. Entellus Med Inc was raised too.

Since August 17, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for $256,621 activity. HOWE LESLEY H had sold 3,970 shares worth $256,621.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.95 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.28, from 1.23 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 67 investors sold NUVA shares while 69 reduced holdings. 47 funds opened positions while 82 raised stakes. 53.88 million shares or 3.45% less from 55.81 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. The Ohio-based Public Employees Retirement Systems Of Ohio has invested 0.03% in NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA). Dimensional Fund Advsr Ltd Partnership has invested 0.02% in NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA). Prudential Fin holds 0% or 34,586 shares. Weaver C Barksdale & Associate invested in 91 shares. Millennium Mgmt Limited Liability holds 0% or 40,421 shares in its portfolio. Moreover, Stevens Management LP has 0.07% invested in NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) for 33,111 shares. Raymond James & Assoc holds 0% of its portfolio in NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) for 39,980 shares. Next Grp Incorporated Inc, Texas-based fund reported 740 shares. Parametric Associate Limited Company reported 48,987 shares. Barclays Public Ltd Company holds 0.01% or 117,341 shares in its portfolio. American Grp Incorporated holds 0.03% in NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) or 137,977 shares. Stoneridge Investment Prns Limited Liability Com reported 0.11% stake. Campbell Newman Asset Mngmt Incorporated holds 0.04% or 4,174 shares in its portfolio. Blair William & Il has invested 0.14% in NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA). Profit Investment Mgmt Ltd Liability Company reported 35,336 shares.

Among 8 analysts covering Hostess Brands (NASDAQ:TWNK), 4 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Hostess Brands had 12 analyst reports since February 14, 2017 according to SRatingsIntel. On Wednesday, October 25 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. The firm has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Monday, September 18. Morgan Stanley maintained it with “Equal-Weight” rating and $12 target in Thursday, November 9 report. Deutsche Bank initiated Hostess Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWNK) on Wednesday, February 15 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Hostess Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWNK) has “Sell” rating given on Friday, October 13 by UBS. UBS initiated Hostess Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWNK) on Monday, July 31 with “Hold” rating. The company was initiated on Wednesday, October 11 by J.P. Morgan. The firm has “Buy” rating by Stephens given on Friday, October 13.

Hostess Brands, Inc., a packaged food company, focuses on developing, manufacturing, marketing, selling, and distributing fresh sweet baked goods in the United States. The company has market cap of $1.94 billion. The firm operates in two divisions, Sweet Baked Goods and Other. It currently has negative earnings. The Company’s principal product lines include Twinkies, Zingers, Donettes, coffee cakes, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, Ding Dongs, honey buns, fruit pies, Sno Balls, mini muffins, Chocodiles, Ho Hos, brownies, Suzy Qs, bread and buns, danishes, jumbo muffins, iced cookies, eclairs, and madeleines.

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