Loews Has Lowered Express Scripts Holding Co (ESRX) Stake; Allegiance Bancshares (ABTX) Shorts Lowered By 4.62%

February 15, 2018 - By Linda Rogers

Loews Corp decreased Express Scripts Holding Co (ESRX) stake by 40.99% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Loews Corp sold 105,402 shares as Express Scripts Holding Co (ESRX)’s stock declined 14.09%. The Loews Corp holds 151,763 shares with $9.61M value, down from 257,165 last quarter. Express Scripts Holding Co now has $42.22 billion valuation. The stock decreased 0.51% or $0.385 during the last trading session, reaching $74.545. About 1.94 million shares traded. Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has declined 16.92% since February 15, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 33.62% the S&P500.

Allegiance Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ:ABTX) had a decrease of 4.62% in short interest. ABTX’s SI was 423,200 shares in February as released by FINRA. Its down 4.62% from 443,700 shares previously. With 29,200 avg volume, 15 days are for Allegiance Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ:ABTX)’s short sellers to cover ABTX’s short positions. The SI to Allegiance Bancshares Incorporated’s float is 3.68%. It closed at $39.1 lastly. It is down 64.02% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 47.32% the S&P500.

Among 24 analysts covering Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX), 11 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 46% are positive. Express Scripts had 56 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Hold” rating by Oppenheimer on Wednesday, July 26. Bernstein upgraded the shares of ESRX in report on Wednesday, December 6 to “Market Perform” rating. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, June 1 by Credit Suisse. On Thursday, October 6 the stock rating was initiated by UBS with “Neutral”. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Friday, November 4 by Deutsche Bank. Cowen & Co upgraded the shares of ESRX in report on Monday, April 4 to “Outperform” rating. On Friday, December 15 the stock rating was maintained by Raymond James with “Sell”. Mizuho maintained Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) on Tuesday, October 24 with “Hold” rating. As per Monday, October 5, the company rating was maintained by Leerink Swann. The firm has “Underperform” rating given on Wednesday, March 15 by Wells Fargo.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.62 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.06, from 0.56 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 66 investors sold ESRX shares while 414 reduced holdings. 72 funds opened positions while 224 raised stakes. 486.80 million shares or 2.59% less from 499.72 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Fjarde Ap reported 142,743 shares. Edge Wealth Mgmt Ltd Liability Com owns 988 shares. Baystate Wealth Management Ltd Liability Co reported 0.01% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). The Ohio-based Gateway Investment Advisers Ltd Liability Com has invested 0.28% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Proshare Limited Liability invested 0.17% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Mufg Americas has 28,881 shares for 0.06% of their portfolio. Blair William And Il accumulated 671,400 shares. Capital Counsel Limited Company accumulated 1.83% or 322,640 shares. Acr Alpine Capital Rech Limited Com owns 5.89% invested in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) for 1.72M shares. Cornerstone Advsr Incorporated reported 0.15% stake. Wilkins Inv Counsel holds 2.31% or 119,686 shares in its portfolio. Oregon Pub Employees Retirement Fund owns 204,551 shares or 0.21% of their US portfolio. Moors Cabot holds 18,994 shares. Capital accumulated 0.19% or 2.52M shares. Schwab Charles Inv holds 0.2% or 3.70 million shares.

Among 2 analysts covering Allegiance Bancshares (NASDAQ:ABTX), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Allegiance Bancshares had 6 analyst reports since November 2, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was initiated on Monday, November 2 by Sandler O’Neill. Robert W. Baird upgraded it to “Outperform” rating and $39 target in Tuesday, December 13 report. The rating was downgraded by Robert W. Baird on Wednesday, September 21 to “Neutral”. As per Monday, November 2, the company rating was initiated by Robert W. Baird. Keefe Bruyette & Woods initiated Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABTX) on Wednesday, November 4 with “Market Perform” rating.

Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding firm for Allegiance Bank that provides a range of commercial banking services primarily to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, and individual customers. The company has market cap of $517.18 million. It accepts deposit products, including checking accounts, commercial accounts, savings accounts, and other time deposits comprising money market accounts and certificates of deposit. It has a 29.85 P/E ratio. The firm also grants various loan products, such as commercial and industrial loans; mortgage warehouse loans; commercial real estate loans, including multi-family residential loans; commercial real estate construction and land development loans; residential real estate loans, such as 1-4 family residential mortgage loans; residential construction loans; and consumer and other loans.

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