Cna Financial Has Increased Its Express Scripts Hldg Co Com (ESRX) Position; Last Week Heartland Express, Inc. (HTLD) Analysts

January 19, 2018 - By Stephen Andrade

Cna Financial Corp increased Express Scripts Hldg Co Com (ESRX) stake by 74.01% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Cna Financial Corp acquired 10,959 shares as Express Scripts Hldg Co Com (ESRX)’s stock declined 14.09%. The Cna Financial Corp holds 25,767 shares with $1.63 million value, up from 14,808 last quarter. Express Scripts Hldg Co Com now has $45.35B valuation. The stock increased 0.09% or $0.07 during the last trading session, reaching $80.07. About 360,270 shares traded. Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has declined 16.92% since January 19, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 33.62% the S&P500.

Among 13 analysts covering Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD), 1 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 8% are positive. Heartland Express had 26 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Underweight” rating by Barclays Capital given on Tuesday, January 12. The firm has “Underperform” rating by Wells Fargo given on Monday, May 9. As per Wednesday, August 2, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. KeyBanc Capital Markets downgraded the shares of HTLD in report on Thursday, April 7 to “Sector Weight” rating. The stock of Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) earned “Underperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, January 7. UBS upgraded Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) rating on Monday, July 10. UBS has “Hold” rating and $2200 target. On Friday, September 29 the stock rating was upgraded by Stifel Nicolaus to “Buy”. Macquarie Research maintained Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) rating on Wednesday, October 28. Macquarie Research has “Neutral” rating and $19 target. The firm earned “Equal-Weight” rating on Friday, October 21 by Stephens. Robert W. Baird maintained it with “Hold” rating and $26.0 target in Thursday, October 5 report. See Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) latest ratings:

01/11/2017 Broker: Barclays Capital Rating: Underweight Old Target: $21 New Target: $20 Maintain
30/10/2017 Broker: UBS Rating: Neutral Old Target: $22 New Target: $23 Maintain
12/10/2017 Broker: JP Morgan Rating: Underweight Old Target: $19 New Target: $21 Maintain
05/10/2017 Broker: Robert W. Baird Rating: Hold New Target: $26.0 Maintain
29/09/2017 Broker: Stifel Nicolaus Old Rating: Hold New Rating: Buy Upgrade
14/09/2017 Broker: Robert W. Baird Rating: Hold New Target: $24.0 Maintain
02/08/2017 Broker: Stifel Nicolaus Rating: Hold New Target: $22.0000 Maintain

Investors sentiment increased to 0.62 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.06, from 0.56 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 66 investors sold ESRX shares while 414 reduced holdings. 72 funds opened positions while 224 raised stakes. 486.80 million shares or 2.59% less from 499.72 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Gibraltar Cap Management Inc has 2.78% invested in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Highland Cap Mgmt Llc reported 12,154 shares stake. 1,800 were reported by Ckw Gru. Hl Services Lc has 0.05% invested in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) for 37,656 shares. Fukoku Mutual Life Insur has invested 0.03% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Lpl Ltd Liability holds 0.02% or 86,677 shares in its portfolio. World Asset Incorporated accumulated 57,256 shares or 0.12% of the stock. Citigroup Inc invested 0.03% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Cullinan Assoc owns 54,990 shares for 0.27% of their portfolio. Quantitative Systematic Strategies Ltd holds 0.33% or 19,850 shares. 102,147 are held by Wellington Shields And Ltd. Illinois-based Hedeker Wealth Limited has invested 0.21% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Blackrock Inc invested in 0.12% or 36.85 million shares. Ing Groep Nv holds 55,769 shares. Gamco Invsts Et Al reported 11,940 shares.

Cna Financial Corp decreased Comcast Corp New Cl A (NASDAQ:CMCSA) stake by 35,400 shares to 127,800 valued at $4.92 million in 2017Q3. It also reduced Spdr Gold Trust Gold Shs (GLD) stake by 10,000 shares and now owns 214,000 shares. Eaton Corp Plc Shs (NYSE:ETN) was reduced too.

Among 24 analysts covering Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX), 10 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 42% are positive. Express Scripts had 52 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was initiated by UBS on Thursday, October 6 with “Neutral”. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, June 1 by Credit Suisse. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Friday, December 15 with “Buy”. The rating was maintained by Raymond James with “Sell” on Friday, December 15. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Thursday, July 30 by RBC Capital Markets. Leerink Swann downgraded Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) on Tuesday, January 19 to “Market Perform” rating. The rating was downgraded by Deutsche Bank to “Sell” on Monday, February 22. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Wednesday, October 25 by RBC Capital Markets. As per Tuesday, April 26, the company rating was maintained by Credit Suisse. The firm has “Hold” rating by Deutsche Bank given on Friday, November 4.

Since September 11, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 1 sale for $161,071 activity. The insider COSAERT JOHN P sold $161,071.

Heartland Express, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a short-to-medium haul truckload carrier in the United States and Canada. The company has market cap of $1.93 billion. The firm primarily provides nationwide asset dry van truckload service for shippers from Washington to Florida and New England to California; and temperature-controlled transportation services. It has a 38.81 P/E ratio. It transports appliances, automotive parts, consumer products, paper products, packaged foodstuffs, and retail goods.

The stock decreased 0.29% or $0.0679 during the last trading session, reaching $23.1321. About 16,901 shares traded. Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) has risen 9.15% since January 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 7.55% the S&P500.

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