Liberty Latin America Ltd. (LILA) Reaches $22.68 After 5.00% Down Move; Essent Group Limited (ESNT) Shorts Raised By 2.74%

February 20, 2018 - By Clifton Ray

The stock of Liberty Latin America Ltd. (NASDAQ:LILA) is a huge mover today! The stock decreased 3.20% or $0.75 during the last trading session, reaching $22.68. About 121,267 shares traded. Liberty Latin America Ltd. (NASDAQ:LILA) has declined 48.39% since February 20, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 65.09% the S&P500.The move comes after 8 months negative chart setup for the $3.86 billion company. It was reported on Feb, 20 by We have $21.55 PT which if reached, will make NASDAQ:LILA worth $192.80 million less.

Essent Group Limited (NYSE:ESNT) had an increase of 2.74% in short interest. ESNT’s SI was 730,900 shares in February as released by FINRA. Its up 2.74% from 711,400 shares previously. With 825,400 avg volume, 1 days are for Essent Group Limited (NYSE:ESNT)’s short sellers to cover ESNT’s short positions. The SI to Essent Group Limited’s float is 0.89%. The stock decreased 0.29% or $0.13 during the last trading session, reaching $47.1. About 103,666 shares traded. Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) has risen 81.69% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 64.99% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.75 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.39, from 1.36 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 19 investors sold Essent Group Ltd. shares while 58 reduced holdings. 44 funds opened positions while 91 raised stakes. 83.02 million shares or 4.73% more from 79.27 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Jpmorgan Chase & holds 0% or 114,994 shares. Mufg Americas Corp holds 1,615 shares or 0% of its portfolio. First Tru Advisors Lp has invested 0.01% in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Royal Commercial Bank Of Canada has 0% invested in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) for 46,441 shares. Trexquant L P has 0.08% invested in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Moreover, Clarivest Asset Mngmt Lc has 0.1% invested in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) for 111,252 shares. Northcoast Asset Mgmt reported 114,637 shares. Hbk Invs Limited Partnership owns 28,100 shares. Origin Asset Mgmt Llp reported 0.02% in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Invesco Limited holds 0% or 61,034 shares in its portfolio. Signalpoint Asset Mgmt Limited Liability Company stated it has 0.46% in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Amer Inc holds 53,890 shares. Indexiq Advsr Limited Liability Co reported 23,964 shares. Clark Mgmt Grp Incorporated owns 0.5% invested in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) for 365,307 shares. Nuveen Asset Management Ltd Com stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT).

Since September 14, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 7 sales for $23.27 million activity. WEINSTOCK DAVID B also sold $125,130 worth of Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) shares. CASALE MARK also sold $22.31 million worth of Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) on Monday, February 12. The insider MCALEE LAWRENCE E JR sold 200 shares worth $10,016. Gibbons Mary Lourdes had sold 5,209 shares worth $234,509.

Essent Group Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides private mortgage insurance and reinsurance for mortgages secured by residential properties located in the United States. The company has market cap of $4.64 billion. The firm also provides information technology maintenance and development services; customer support-related services; and contract underwriting services. It has a 11.8 P/E ratio. It serves originators of residential mortgage loans, such as regulated depository institutions, mortgage banks, credit unions, and other lenders.

Among 12 analysts covering Essent Group (NYSE:ESNT), 11 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 92% are positive. Essent Group had 44 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Monday, May 29 report. The rating was downgraded by Keefe Bruyette & Woods to “Market Perform” on Friday, August 5. BTIG Research downgraded Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) on Tuesday, December 6 to “Neutral” rating. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, August 5 by Compass Point. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, November 9 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. Wood maintained it with “Hold” rating and $40 target in Monday, May 1 report. The stock of Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) earned “Buy” rating by Bank of America on Tuesday, May 9. The rating was maintained by Susquehanna on Thursday, January 4 with “Buy”. Bank of America downgraded the stock to “Neutral” rating in Wednesday, September 28 report. On Monday, January 8 the stock rating was upgraded by Deutsche Bank to “Buy”.

LiLAC Group provides various broadband services over cable distribution systems, and mobile services in Chile and Puerto Rico. The company has market cap of $3.86 billion. It offers triple-play services consisting of video, broadband Internet, and fixed-line telephony services in 34 communities within Santiago; and 42 communities outside Santiago, including Iquique, Antofagasta, Concepción, Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, and Rancagua, as well as smaller cities across Chile. It currently has negative earnings. The firm also carries domestic Chilean cable programming, which includes local events, such as football matches and regional content; and provides a range of digital video services and video on demand services, including catch-up television.

Among 8 analysts covering Liberty Lilac Group (NASDAQ:LILA), 3 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 38% are positive. Liberty Lilac Group had 17 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Liberty Latin America Ltd. (NASDAQ:LILA) earned “Neutral” rating by Macquarie Research on Wednesday, September 27. The firm earned “Equal-Weight” rating on Monday, November 7 by Morgan Stanley. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Thursday, September 3 by Macquarie Research. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, September 11 by Pivotal Research. Barclays Capital maintained the stock with “Equal-Weight” rating in Thursday, August 11 report. The stock of Liberty Latin America Ltd. (NASDAQ:LILA) has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Wednesday, March 30 by Barclays Capital. On Monday, November 6 the stock rating was downgraded by Barclays Capital to “Underweight”. The stock of Liberty Latin America Ltd. (NASDAQ:LILA) has “Sector Perform” rating given on Monday, July 24 by RBC Capital Markets. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of LILA in report on Wednesday, October 11 with “Hold” rating. On Monday, August 3 the stock rating was initiated by Morgan Stanley with “Equal Weight”.

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