ENSCO PLC (ESV) Sees Large Decline in Short Interest

The institutional investor held 4.49 million shares of the oil & gas production company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $23.16 million, up from 3.68 million at the end of the previous reported quarter.

Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) shares ended at $5.83 with 57.28 mln shares exchanging hands.

Other large investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. MA bought a new stake in shares of Ensco Plc in the second quarter worth $126,000. The stock volatility for the week was 4.05% while for the month was 5.24%. The Hourglass Capital Llc holds 273,500 shares with $1.41M value, up from 195,500 last quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 19,304 shares of the offshore drilling services provider's stock valued at $173,000 after buying an additional 436 shares during the period. It also increased its holding in Gilead Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:GILD) by 5,000 shares in the quarter, for a total of 50,340 shares, and has risen its stake in Pennsylvania Rl Estate Invt (NYSE:PEI). About 33.90 million shares traded or 101.67% up from the average. Nomura Holdings Inc. now owns 23,847 shares of the offshore drilling services provider's stock valued at $213,000 after buying an additional 458,385 shares during the period. Finally, LS Investment Advisors LLC grew its stake in Ensco Plc by 19.5% during the 2nd quarter. Northpointe Cap Limited Liability Corporation invested in 71,683 shares or 0.67% of the stock.

Let's have a look at some of the important valuation ratios of the Ensco plc (ESV). Whereas 8 of them predict the stock is a hold. According to their observations and findings, the stock could provide a high EPS of $0.08/share and a low EPS of $-0.19/share. Jefferies Group LLC set a $9.00 price objective on shares of Ensco Plc and gave the stock a "hold" rating in a report on Saturday, July 1st. Bank of America downgraded the shares of ESV in report on Friday, June 30 to "Underperform" rating. Also, there are 0 buy, 1 sell and 2 strong sell ratings, collectively assigning a 2.8 average brokerage recommendation.

Consequently Ensco Plc (NYSE:ESV)'s weekly and monthly volatility is 4.23%, 5.39% respectively. The stock touched 52-week High of $12.04 on 01/12/17 and 52-week Low of $4.10 on 08/21/17. It opened the session with a $5.84 price tag, later ranging from $5.81 to $6.15, the range at which the stock has traded at throughout the day. The market capitalization of the company is at $1.74 Billion.

The consensus analysts recommendation at this point stands at 2.60 on Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV). The offshore drilling services provider reported ($0.10) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of ($0.12) by $0.02. Ensco Plc had a return on equity of 0.77% and a net margin of 2.68%. The company had revenue of $457.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $453.48 million. During the same period past year, the business posted $2.04 EPS. The firm's quarterly revenue was down 49.7% compared to the same quarter a year ago. However a year ago for the same quarter the company has reported $0.21 EPS. Earnings surprises can have a huge impact on a company's stock price. Investors of record on Monday, September 11th were issued a $0.01 dividend. The stock has "Buy" rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, September 1. This represents a $0.04 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.69%. ENSCO PLC's payout ratio is presently 23.53%. Hellman Jordan Management Co. Inc.

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