EPS for Ensco plc (ESV) Expected At $-0.30; Benefitfocusinc (BNFT)’s Sentiment Is 1.25

February 20, 2018 - By Hazel Jackson

Analysts expect Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) to report $-0.30 EPS on February, 26.They anticipate $0.39 EPS change or 433.33% from last quarter’s $0.09 EPS. After having $-0.05 EPS previously, Ensco plc’s analysts see 500.00% EPS growth. The stock decreased 0.20% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $4.96. About 8.77 million shares traded. Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) has declined 23.23% since February 20, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 39.93% the S&P500.

Benefitfocus, Inc. provides cloud-based benefits management platform for consumers, employers, insurance carriers, and brokers in the United States. The company has market cap of $784.96 million. It operates through Employer and Carrier divisions. It currently has negative earnings. The companyÂ’s products for insurance carriers include Marketplaces, which are online shopping environments; eEnrollment that provides online enrollment for benefits; eBilling, an electronic invoice presentment and payment solution; eExchange, a solution for communication; eSales for carriers and brokers to organize and manage accounts, track leads, generate quotes, and create proposals for products; and Core & Advanced Analytics, a data analytics solution.

Ratings analysis reveals 100% of Benefitfocus’s analysts are positive. Out of 3 Wall Street analysts rating Benefitfocus, 3 give it “Buy”, 0 “Sell” rating, while 0 recommend “Hold”. The lowest target is $36.0 while the high is $36.0. The stock’s average target of $36 is 43.43% above today’s ($25.1) share price. BNFT was included in 3 notes of analysts from November 4, 2016. Berenberg initiated Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ:BNFT) on Tuesday, February 7 with “Buy” rating. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Raymond James given on Friday, November 4. Chardan Capital Markets initiated the shares of BNFT in report on Friday, January 6 with “Buy” rating.

Bamco Inc Ny holds 0.68% of its portfolio in Benefitfocus, Inc. for 4.25 million shares. Prescott Group Capital Management L.L.C. owns 46,550 shares or 0.32% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Frontier Capital Management Co Llc has 0.31% invested in the company for 1.28 million shares. The Illinois-based Oak Ridge Investments Llc has invested 0.3% in the stock. Essex Investment Management Co Llc, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 48,549 shares.

The stock increased 3.29% or $0.8 during the last trading session, reaching $25.1. About 147,879 shares traded. Benefitfocus, Inc. (BNFT) has declined 9.60% since February 20, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 26.30% the S&P500.

Analysts await Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ:BNFT) to report earnings on February, 22. They expect $-0.21 earnings per share, up 12.50% or $0.03 from last year’s $-0.24 per share. After $-0.20 actual earnings per share reported by Benefitfocus, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 5.00% negative EPS growth.

Among 34 analysts covering Ensco Plc (NYSE:ESV), 11 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 18 Hold. Therefore 32% are positive. Ensco Plc had 82 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Buy” on Thursday, October 19. The rating was maintained by Scotia Capital with “Buy” on Thursday, March 23. The company was upgraded on Friday, February 3 by Credit Suisse. Zephrin Group upgraded Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) on Monday, September 19 to “Buy” rating. Citigroup downgraded Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) on Friday, January 29 to “Hold” rating. Jefferies maintained Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) rating on Wednesday, April 12. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $11 target. On Friday, April 28 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Sell”. The firm has “Sector Weight” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets given on Friday, October 9. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Clarksons Platou given on Tuesday, October 25. The company was maintained on Friday, February 26 by Iberia Capital Partners.

Ensco plc provides offshore contract drilling services to the gas and oil industry worldwide. The company has market cap of $2.17 billion. It operates through three divisions: Floaters, Jackups, and Other. It currently has negative earnings. The firm owns and operates an offshore drilling rig fleet of 68 rigs, including 30 located in the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific, which comprise 4 rigs under construction; 21 situated in North and South America, including Brazil; and 17 located in Europe and the Mediterranean.

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