Verition Fund Management Cut Its Voya Finl (VOYA) Position; Shorts at Horace Mann Educators N (HMN) Lowered By 2.49%

November 14, 2017 - By Adrian Erickson

Horace Mann Educators Corporation N (NYSE:HMN) had a decrease of 2.49% in short interest. HMN’s SI was 457,800 shares in November as released by FINRA. Its down 2.49% from 469,500 shares previously. With 179,100 avg volume, 3 days are for Horace Mann Educators Corporation N (NYSE:HMN)’s short sellers to cover HMN’s short positions. The SI to Horace Mann Educators Corporation N’s float is 1.14%. About 122,097 shares traded. Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE:HMN) has risen 12.86% since November 14, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 3.84% the S&P500.

Verition Fund Management Llc decreased Voya Finl Inc (VOYA) stake by 50.54% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Verition Fund Management Llc sold 17,120 shares as Voya Finl Inc (VOYA)’s stock declined 15.66%. The Verition Fund Management Llc holds 16,754 shares with $618,000 value, down from 33,874 last quarter. Voya Finl Inc now has $7.40B valuation. The stock rose 0.44% or $0.18 reaching $41.17. About 757,903 shares traded. Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA) has risen 11.06% since November 14, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 5.64% the S&P500.

Among 14 analysts covering Voya Financial (NYSE:VOYA), 11 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 79% are positive. Voya Financial had 32 analyst reports since August 26, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods given on Tuesday, July 25. The firm has “Top Pick” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Thursday, November 5. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, July 10 report. The stock of Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, January 26 by Citigroup. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Tuesday, September 8 by Zacks. On Monday, October 9 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Wednesday, November 9 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has “Underweight” rating given on Tuesday, January 3 by JP Morgan. The firm has “Buy” rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods given on Friday, November 10. The stock of Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, August 31 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods.

Verition Fund Management Llc increased Nrg Energy Inc (Call) (NYSE:NRG) stake by 377,540 shares to 742,200 valued at $12.78 million in 2017Q2. It also upped Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) stake by 48,296 shares and now owns 68,296 shares. Teva Pharmaceutical Inds Ltd (NYSE:TEVA) was raised too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.72 in Q2 2017. Its down 0.23, from 0.95 in 2017Q1. It dropped, as 48 investors sold VOYA shares while 121 reduced holdings. 34 funds opened positions while 88 raised stakes. 170.81 million shares or 3.71% less from 177.38 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. 55,970 are owned by Paradigm Asset Management Commerce Llc. Dnb Asset Mngmt As reported 13,100 shares. The New York-based Loews Corporation has invested 0% in Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA). Fjarde Ap holds 0.04% or 59,943 shares. Invesco Ltd reported 8.18M shares. Bank Of America Corporation De holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA) for 1.85 million shares. Apg Asset Nv invested 0.09% in Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA). 7,150 were reported by Brown Advisory Securities Ltd Llc. Scout holds 542,269 shares. Prudential Fincl Inc owns 0.02% invested in Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA) for 379,048 shares. Tillar, a Alabama-based fund reported 81,505 shares. Monarch Partners Asset Mgmt Ltd accumulated 149,785 shares. New York-based Tower Capital Limited Liability Corp (Trc) has invested 0% in Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA). Montag A Assocs Inc holds 0.09% or 21,288 shares in its portfolio. Moreover, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Hldg Incorporated has 0.04% invested in Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA) for 677,091 shares.

Since June 2, 2017, it had 3 buys, and 0 selling transactions for $573,388 activity. MARTIN RODNEY O JR bought $299,066 worth of Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA) on Friday, June 2. Walsh Patricia J bought 2,777 shares worth $98,120. Smith Michael S bought $176,202 worth of stock or 5,000 shares.

Analysts await Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA) to report earnings on February, 14. They expect $1.01 earnings per share, up 10.99% or $0.10 from last year’s $0.91 per share. VOYA’s profit will be $181.54 million for 10.19 P/E if the $1.01 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.51 actual earnings per share reported by Voya Financial Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 98.04% EPS growth.

Since May 30, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 2 selling transactions for $245,698 activity. 2,355 shares were sold by Sharpe Matthew P., worth $90,672. $155,026 worth of Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE:HMN) was sold by CONKLIN BRET A.

Horace Mann Educators Corporation is an insurance holding company. The company has market cap of $1.85 billion. Through its subsidiaries, HMEC markets and underwrites personal lines of property and casualty (primarily personal lines automobile and homeowners) insurance, retirement annuities (primarily tax-qualified products) and life insurance in the United States. It has a 29.61 P/E ratio. The Company’s operating divisions include Property and Casualty segment, comprising primarily personal lines automobile and homeowners products; Retirement segment, comprising primarily tax-qualified fixed and variable annuities; Life segment life insurance, and Corporate and Other.

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