$1.21 EPS Expected for Albemarle (ALB); Mfa Financial (MFA) Has 1.02 Sentiment

February 19, 2018 - By Jonathan Benavides

MFA Financial, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. The company has market cap of $2.95 billion. The firm invests in residential mortgage assets, including agency and non-agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), residential whole loans, and credit risk transfer securities. It has a 10.16 P/E ratio. The Company’s MBS are secured by hybrid mortgages, adjustable-rate mortgages, and 15 year and longer-term fixed rate mortgages, as well as by mortgages that have interest rates that reset more frequently.

Analysts expect Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) to report $1.21 EPS on February, 26.They anticipate $0.43 EPS change or 55.13% from last quarter’s $0.78 EPS. ALB’s profit would be $133.70M giving it 23.19 P/E if the $1.21 EPS is correct. After having $1.08 EPS previously, Albemarle Corporation’s analysts see 12.04% EPS growth. The stock decreased 2.07% or $2.37 during the last trading session, reaching $112.24. About 1.67 million shares traded. Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) has risen 45.60% since February 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 28.90% the S&P500.

The stock increased 0.54% or $0.04 during the last trading session, reaching $7.42. About 3.68M shares traded or 44.36% up from the average. MFA Financial, Inc. (MFA) has risen 16.50% since February 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 0.20% the S&P500.

Adirondack Research & Management Inc. holds 2.73% of its portfolio in MFA Financial, Inc. for 797,552 shares. Thornburg Investment Management Inc owns 33.75 million shares or 2.11% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Benchmark Capital Advisors has 1.59% invested in the company for 234,522 shares. The New York-based Entrustpermal Management Llc has invested 1.15% in the stock. Yorktown Management & Research Co Inc, a Virginia-based fund reported 470,000 shares.

Albemarle Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets engineered specialty chemicals worldwide. The company has market cap of $12.40 billion. The firm offers lithium compounds, including lithium carbonate, lithium hydroxide, lithium chloride, and lithium specialties and reagents for applications in lithium batteries, high performance greases, thermoplastic elastomers for car tires, rubber soles and plastic bottles, catalysts for chemical reactions, organic synthesis processes, life science, pharmaceutical, and other markets; cesium products for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries; and zirconium, barium, and titanium products for pyrotechnical applications. It has a 14.45 P/E ratio. It also makes cesium products for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries; and zirconium, barium, and titanium products for various pyrotechnical applications, including airbag igniters; and performance catalyst solutions, such as polymer catalysts, curatives, organometallics, and electronic materials for polyolefin polymers, packaging, non-packaging, films, injection molding, alpha-olefins, electronic materials, solar cells, polyurethanes, epoxies, and other engineered resins markets.

Among 21 analysts covering Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB), 13 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 62% are positive. Albemarle Corporation had 63 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Buy” rating by Deutsche Bank on Thursday, August 20. The stock has “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, March 1. Jefferies maintained it with “Buy” rating and $120 target in Wednesday, April 5 report. RBC Capital Markets maintained Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) on Monday, June 12 with “Buy” rating. Robert W. Baird upgraded the stock to “Outperform” rating in Monday, January 8 report. As per Friday, September 1, the company rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The stock has “Buy” rating by Citigroup on Monday, November 2. The firm has “Buy” rating by Oppenheimer given on Wednesday, August 16. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, July 13 report. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Tuesday, November 14 by Deutsche Bank.

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