Analyst Research Roundup: Big Lots, Inc. (BIG), Comerica Incorporated (CMA)

Shell Asset Com reported 0.02% of its portfolio in Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA).

Among 25 analysts covering Comerica Inc (NYSE:CMA), 11 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 12 Hold. Bluecrest Capital Management Ltd augmented its stake by buying 120,593 shares an increase of 804.0% as of 06/30/2017. AQR Capital Management LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Comerica by 140.5% during the first quarter. Aviva PLC increased its stake in Comerica by 2.1% in the second quarter.

Comerica (NYSE:CMA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 18th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a buy rating and set a $82.00 price target on shares of Comerica in a report on Friday, September 8th. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 2,064,363 shares of the financial services provider's stock valued at $151,194,000 after buying an additional 2,047,881 shares during the last quarter. Lmr Partners Llp acquired 11,073 shares as Comerica Inc (CMA)'s stock declined 5.54%. Wellington Management Group LLP raised its stake in shares of Comerica by 1.5% in the first quarter. Squarepoint Ops LLC controls 119,943 shares with a value of $8,785,000.

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A number of research firms have recently commented on CMA. BidaskClub cut shares of Comerica from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $10. JP Morgan initiated the stock with "Overweight" rating in Tuesday, December 15 report. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a "buy" rating and issued a $78.00 price objective on shares of Comerica in a research note on Friday, June 16th. Robert W. Baird has "Hold" rating and $70.0 target. Also, insider Peter William Guilfoile sold 2,928 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Monday, August 28th. Also, insider Judith S. Love sold 36,900 shares of Comerica stock in a transaction on Friday, January 20th. As of quarter end Ironbridge Capital Management Lp had disposed of a total of 320 shares trimming its position 0.3%. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 44,249 shares of company stock worth $3,095,383 over the last quarter. Third Avenue Management Ltd Liability Co holds 3.2% of its portfolio in Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA) for 1.04 million shares. Currently, 118.62 million total shares are owned by the public and among those 115.92 million shares have been available to trade. Comerica has a 52 week low of $45.14 and a 52 week high of $75.72.

Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (LPI) pulled off a 1.71 percent gain and now trades for $12.48. The company's 50-day moving average price is $69.92 and its 200 day moving average price is $70.60. The financial services provider reported $1.13 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $1.06 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $722 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $728.90 million. Company's return on equity, which is really just the product of the company's profit margin, asset turnover, and financial leverage ratios, is 8.20%, which is worse than the Money Center Banks industry average ROE. Analysts expect next quarter's EPS to be $1.19 with next year's EPS projected to be $5.25. Equities analysts predict that Comerica will post $4.60 earnings per share for the current year. Comerica Incorporated also recently declared a dividend that will be paid on Sunday the 1st of October 2017. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 15th will be issued a $0.23 dividend. This dividend represents a yeild of $1.76 which is the dividend as a percentage of the current share price. The stock of Enbridge Inc (USA) (NYSE:ENB) has "Neutral" rating given on Thursday, September 1 by Bank of America. This is a boost from Comerica's previous quarterly dividend of $0.26. Comerica's payout ratio is now 30.00%.

Comerica announced that its Board of Directors has approved a stock buyback program on Wednesday, June 28th that allows the company to buyback $605.00 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the financial services provider to repurchase up to 4.8% of its shares through open market purchases.

Comerica Incorporated insiders have sold a net of -31,418 shares during the past three months, which implies that the company's top executives have been feeling bearish about the stock's outlook.

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