Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (HTLF) Reaches $51.90 After 6.00% Up Move; Agco (AGCO) Shorts Raised By 6.52%

December 6, 2017 - By Marie Mckinney

The stock of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) is a huge mover today! The stock increased 1.47% or $0.75 during the last trading session, reaching $51.9. About 79,853 shares traded. Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) has risen 36.11% since December 6, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 19.41% the S&P500.The move comes after 6 months positive chart setup for the $1.55B company. It was reported on Dec, 6 by Barchart.com. We have $55.01 PT which if reached, will make NASDAQ:HTLF worth $93.24 million more.

Agco Corporation (NYSE:AGCO) had an increase of 6.52% in short interest. AGCO’s SI was 4.82M shares in December as released by FINRA. Its up 6.52% from 4.52M shares previously. With 755,600 avg volume, 6 days are for Agco Corporation (NYSE:AGCO)’s short sellers to cover AGCO’s short positions. The SI to Agco Corporation’s float is 7.26%. The stock decreased 0.45% or $0.32 during the last trading session, reaching $71.18. About 269,357 shares traded. AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO) has risen 25.79% since December 6, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 9.09% the S&P500.

Among 7 analysts covering Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 29% are positive. Heartland Financial USA had 13 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) on Monday, June 26 with “Hold” rating. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Sector Perform” on Tuesday, January 26. Piper Jaffray initiated Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) on Friday, March 11 with “Overweight” rating. Sandler O’Neill downgraded Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) on Tuesday, July 26 to “Hold” rating. The company was initiated on Tuesday, January 10 by FBR Capital. Sandler O’Neill upgraded the shares of HTLF in report on Tuesday, January 26 to “Buy” rating. Raymond James upgraded Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) on Tuesday, January 26 to “Strong Buy” rating. FBR Capital maintained it with “Hold” rating and $50.0 target in Tuesday, November 14 report. Piper Jaffray maintained Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) on Wednesday, November 15 with “Buy” rating. As per Tuesday, October 3, the company rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods.

Analysts await Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) to report earnings on January, 29. They expect $0.79 EPS, up 6.76% or $0.05 from last year’s $0.74 per share. HTLF’s profit will be $23.65 million for 16.42 P/E if the $0.79 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.72 actual EPS reported by Heartland Financial USA, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 9.72% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.15 in Q2 2017. Its down 0.06, from 1.21 in 2017Q1. It is negative, as 18 investors sold Heartland Financial USA, Inc. shares while 36 reduced holdings. 20 funds opened positions while 42 raised stakes. 12.53 million shares or 4.21% more from 12.02 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. California Employees Retirement Systems owns 12,300 shares. 301,737 are held by Fincl Bank Of Ny Mellon. Buckhead Limited Liability Co has invested 0.1% in Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF). Affinity Advsrs Limited Liability owns 4,633 shares. Congress Asset Mgmt Ma reported 0% of its portfolio in Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF). Jbf holds 0% or 326 shares in its portfolio. Hgk Asset reported 0.07% stake. The Ontario – Canada-based Manufacturers Life The has invested 0% in Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF). Susquehanna Intll Gru Llp owns 48,302 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Stifel Financial Corp has 0.03% invested in Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) for 171,966 shares. Dimensional Fund Lp owns 1.01 million shares. Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) reported 0% in Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF). Pittenger Anderson owns 3,875 shares or 0.02% of their US portfolio. Royal Bancshares Of Canada reported 372 shares. 30,591 are held by Rhumbline Advisers.

Heartland Financial USA, Inc., a multi-bank holding company, provides commercial and consumer banking services to individuals and businesses in the United States. The company has market cap of $1.55 billion. It accepts various deposit products, including checking and other demand deposit accounts, NOW accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, and other time deposits. It has a 17.58 P/E ratio. The firm also offers commercial and industrial loans; commercial real estate loans; small business loans; agricultural loans; real estate mortgage loans; consumer loans comprising motor vehicle loans, home improvement loans, home equity line of credit, and fixed rate home equity and personal lines of credit; and credit cards for commercial, business, and personal use.

Among 19 analysts covering Agco Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), 5 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 26% are positive. Agco Corporation had 62 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Bank of America maintained AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO) on Friday, September 25 with “Neutral” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, August 9 by Piper Jaffray. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Sector Perform” rating in Thursday, April 28 report. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the shares of AGCO in report on Tuesday, October 31 with “Hold” rating. The firm has “Sell” rating given on Tuesday, October 10 by J.P. Morgan. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Hold” rating and $70.0 target in Monday, November 6 report. JP Morgan downgraded it to “Underweight” rating and $44 target in Monday, June 27 report. The rating was upgraded by William Blair on Tuesday, July 11 to “Outperform”. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, July 27 report. The company was maintained on Friday, October 20 by UBS.

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