EPS for Big Lots, Inc. (BIG) Expected At $2.39; 3 Analysts Bullish Kforce Inc. (KFRC)

February 13, 2018 - By Linda Rogers

Analysts expect Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) to report $2.39 EPS on March, 2.They anticipate $0.13 EPS change or 5.75% from last quarter’s $2.26 EPS. BIG’s profit would be $100.47M giving it 5.89 P/E if the $2.39 EPS is correct. After having $0.06 EPS previously, Big Lots, Inc.’s analysts see 3,883.33% EPS growth. The stock decreased 1.54% or $0.88 during the last trading session, reaching $56.33. About 1.03 million shares traded. Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) has risen 10.65% since February 13, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 6.05% the S&P500.

Among 6 analysts covering Kforce.com (NASDAQ:KFRC), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Kforce.com had 12 analyst reports since November 4, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird on Wednesday, February 7 with “Outperform”. As per Tuesday, February 6, the company rating was maintained by Northcoast. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, November 6 by Northcoast. The firm earned “Mkt Outperform” rating on Wednesday, February 8 by Avondale. The rating was downgraded by Avondale on Monday, December 19 to “Mkt Perform”. The stock of Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC) earned “Buy” rating by Robert W. Baird on Monday, September 11. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank on Wednesday, August 2 with “Hold”. On Friday, February 24 the stock rating was downgraded by Credit Suisse to “Neutral”. On Thursday, August 18 the stock rating was initiated by Deutsche Bank with “Hold”. SunTrust downgraded the shares of KFRC in report on Wednesday, October 11 to “Hold” rating. See Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC) latest ratings:

07/02/2018 Broker: Robert W. Baird Rating: Outperform Old Target: $25 New Target: $28 Maintain
06/02/2018 Broker: Northcoast Rating: Buy New Target: $33.0 Maintain
31/01/2018 Broker: SunTrust Rating: Hold New Target: $27.0 Maintain
06/11/2017 Broker: Northcoast Old Rating: Neutral New Rating: Buy Upgrade
11/10/2017 Broker: SunTrust Old Rating: Buy New Rating: Hold Downgrade
11/09/2017 Broker: Robert W. Baird Rating: Buy New Target: $20.0 Maintain

Among 17 analysts covering Big Lots (NYSE:BIG), 8 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 47% are positive. Big Lots had 43 analyst reports since August 11, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Tuesday, August 2 the stock rating was downgraded by Northcoast to “Neutral”. Citigroup maintained the shares of BIG in report on Thursday, September 1 with “Buy” rating. On Tuesday, September 1 the stock rating was maintained by Wedbush with “Buy”. Deutsche Bank maintained Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) on Saturday, August 29 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, February 10 by Susquehanna. The stock of Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) has “Sell” rating given on Tuesday, August 25 by Zacks. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, December 7 by Loop Capital. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained it with “Overweight” rating and $58 target in Thursday, October 6 report. The stock of Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) earned “Buy” rating by Deutsche Bank on Wednesday, September 23. As per Monday, December 7, the company rating was maintained by M Partners.

Big Lots, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a non-traditional, discount retailer in the United States. The company has market cap of $2.37 billion. The firm offers products under various merchandising categories, such as food category that includes beverage and grocery, candy and snacks, and specialty foods departments; consumables category, which comprises health and beauty, plastics, paper, chemical, and pet departments; soft home category that consists of home d??cor, frames, fashion bedding, utility bedding, bath, window, decorative textile, and area rugs departments; hard home category, including small appliances, table top, food preparation, stationery, greeting cards, and home maintenance departments; and furniture category consisting of upholstery, mattress, ready-to-assemble, and case goods departments. It has a 14.17 P/E ratio. It also provides merchandise under the seasonal category that includes lawn and garden, summer, Christmas, and other holiday departments; and electronics, toys, and accessories category, including electronics, jewelry, hosiery, toys, and infant accessories departments.

Since August 29, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 6 selling transactions for $7.14 million activity. On Wednesday, September 27 the insider CAMPISI DAVID J sold $5.14 million. The insider Schlonsky Michael Allen sold $124,896. Berger Jeffrey Paul also sold $348,000 worth of Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) shares. $374,736 worth of Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) shares were sold by JOHNSON TIMOTHY A. 1,000 shares were sold by Robins Ronald A Jr, worth $51,000.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.03 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.03, from 1 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 41 investors sold Big Lots, Inc. shares while 95 reduced holdings. 55 funds opened positions while 85 raised stakes. 51.55 million shares or 5.84% less from 54.74 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Orrstown Fincl Ser stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG). Acadian Asset Mgmt Ltd Limited Liability Company accumulated 462,735 shares. Oppenheimer And Inc has invested 0.01% in Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG). Louisiana State Employees Retirement has invested 0.03% in Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG). Voya Investment Management Ltd Limited Liability Company reported 1.57M shares. Shellback Lp reported 100,000 shares or 0.48% of all its holdings. Moreover, Axa has 0.03% invested in Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) for 135,400 shares. 9,781 were reported by Jane Street Gru Ltd Liability Company. State Street Corp has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG). Horan Advsrs Lc has 0.02% invested in Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) for 600 shares. Ohio-based Winslow Asset Mgmt has invested 1.41% in Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG). Old Mutual Investors (Uk) Limited holds 0.63% of its portfolio in Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) for 1.12M shares. Guggenheim Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 123,549 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Liberty Mutual Gp Asset Mngmt reported 11,715 shares or 0.03% of all its holdings. Us Financial Bank De stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG).

Since September 7, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 17 insider sales for $1.90 million activity. STRUZZIERO RALPH sold $39,825 worth of stock or 1,500 shares. $39,750 worth of Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC) shares were sold by DUNKEL DAVID L. 600 shares valued at $15,678 were sold by ALLRED JOHN on Friday, December 8. The insider BLACKMAN MICHAEL R sold 7,865 shares worth $204,569. LIBERATORE JOSEPH J had sold 21,380 shares worth $580,467. Mitchell Kye L. had sold 5,000 shares worth $89,935. Edmund Robert William had sold 7,363 shares worth $191,953 on Friday, January 5.

Kforce Inc. provides professional and technical specialty staffing services and solutions in the United States and internationally. The company has market cap of $620.86 million. It operates through three divisions: Technology , Finance and Accounting (FA), and Government Solutions (GS). It has a 18.92 P/E ratio. The Tech segment provides temporary staffing and permanent placement services to its clients primarily in the areas of information technology, such as systems/applications architecture and development, project management, enterprise data management, business intelligence, e-commerce, technology infrastructure, network architecture, and security.

The stock increased 1.23% or $0.3 during the last trading session, reaching $24.6. About 335,720 shares traded or 205.90% up from the average. Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC) has risen 4.91% since February 13, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 11.79% the S&P500.

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