Analysts See $0.56 EPS for Employers Holdings, Inc. (EIG); Statoil Asa (STO) Sellers Decreased By 5.7% Their Shorts

February 15, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

Analysts expect Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG) to report $0.56 EPS on February, 28.They anticipate $0.39 EPS change or 41.05% from last quarter’s $0.95 EPS. EIG’s profit would be $18.16 million giving it 18.24 P/E if the $0.56 EPS is correct. After having $0.65 EPS previously, Employers Holdings, Inc.’s analysts see -13.85% EPS growth. The stock increased 0.74% or $0.3 during the last trading session, reaching $40.85. About 144,343 shares traded or 25.08% up from the average. Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG) has risen 35.79% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 19.09% the S&P500.

Statoil Asa (NYSE:STO) had a decrease of 5.7% in short interest. STO’s SI was 4.95M shares in February as released by FINRA. Its down 5.7% from 5.24 million shares previously. With 1.39 million avg volume, 4 days are for Statoil Asa (NYSE:STO)’s short sellers to cover STO’s short positions. The stock increased 0.99% or $0.22 during the last trading session, reaching $22.35. About 2.06 million shares traded or 27.10% up from the average. Statoil ASA (NYSE:STO) has risen 12.95% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 3.75% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment is 1.15 in 2017 Q3. Its the same as in 2017Q2. It is flat, as 7 investors sold Employers Holdings, Inc. shares while 53 reduced holdings. only 29 funds opened positions while 40 raised stakes. 25.00 million shares or 0.02% less from 25.00 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Blackrock, a New York-based fund reported 4.08M shares. Indexiq Lc owns 22,840 shares or 0.04% of their US portfolio. Morgan Stanley reported 184,305 shares stake. Tiaa Cref Inv Management Limited Liability Co holds 0% or 94,466 shares. Qs Ltd holds 0.02% or 41,582 shares. Vanguard accumulated 0.01% or 2.91M shares. Comerica Bancorp owns 0.01% invested in Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG) for 34,243 shares. 258,578 were accumulated by Geode Cap Mgmt Limited Liability Co. 13,100 were reported by Louisiana State Employees Retirement Sys. First Trust Advsr Limited Partnership owns 0% invested in Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG) for 36,490 shares. Ohio-based Bowling Portfolio Mgmt Limited Liability has invested 0.21% in Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG). Us Bankshares De holds 0% or 207 shares. Massachusetts-based State Street has invested 0% in Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG). Kistler stated it has 0% in Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG). Parametric Assoc Ltd invested in 108,048 shares or 0.01% of the stock.

Employers Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the commercial property and casualty insurance industry primarily in the United States. The company has market cap of $1.33 billion. It offers workers' compensation insurance to small businesses in low to medium hazard industries. It has a 12.77 P/E ratio. The firm markets its products through independent local, regional, and national agents and brokers; and alternative distribution channels comprising its partners, as well as through national, regional, and local trade groups and associations.

Among 3 analysts covering Employers Holdings (NYSE:EIG), 1 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 33% are positive. Employers Holdings had 3 analyst reports since December 2, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating by SunTrust given on Thursday, October 26. Buckingham Research initiated the stock with “Sell” rating in Monday, September 11 report. Macquarie Research downgraded Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG) on Friday, December 2 to “Neutral” rating.

Since December 15, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 sales for $892,774 activity. 2,000 shares valued at $86,460 were sold by Nelson John P on Thursday, January 25.

Among 21 analysts covering Statoil Asa (NYSE:STO), 7 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 33% are positive. Statoil Asa had 32 analyst reports since September 11, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets downgraded the shares of STO in report on Tuesday, May 31 to “Underperform” rating. As per Monday, August 21, the company rating was downgraded by Barclays Capital. As per Tuesday, January 23, the company rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray. UBS upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Wednesday, December 21 report. Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock to “Sell” rating in Tuesday, June 21 report. The company was upgraded on Wednesday, November 2 by JP Morgan. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Hold” on Tuesday, August 8. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, May 26 by HSBC. Jefferies downgraded the shares of STO in report on Friday, September 11 to “Underperform” rating. The company was maintained on Friday, February 9 by Piper Jaffray.

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