Ashmore Group Plc Has Boosted By $14.65 Million Its Alibaba Group Hldg LTD (BABA) Position; Ensco Plc (ESV) Shorts Up By 9.47%

February 16, 2018 - By Darrin Black

Ensco Plc (NYSE:ESV) had an increase of 9.47% in short interest. ESV’s SI was 72.60M shares in February as released by FINRA. Its up 9.47% from 66.32M shares previously. With 10.77M avg volume, 7 days are for Ensco Plc (NYSE:ESV)’s short sellers to cover ESV’s short positions. The stock decreased 0.60% or $0.03 during the last trading session, reaching $4.94. About 6.82 million shares traded. Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) has declined 23.23% since February 16, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 39.93% the S&P500.

Ashmore Group Plc increased Alibaba Group Hldg Ltd (BABA) stake by 44.32% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Ashmore Group Plc acquired 85,157 shares as Alibaba Group Hldg Ltd (BABA)’s stock rose 22.58%. The Ashmore Group Plc holds 277,317 shares with $47.90M value, up from 192,160 last quarter. Alibaba Group Hldg Ltd now has $472.28B valuation. The stock decreased 1.81% or $3.385 during the last trading session, reaching $184.065. About 13.75M shares traded. Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) has risen 57.33% since February 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 40.63% the S&P500.

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. Cowen & Co maintained it with “Hold” rating and $4.0 target in Wednesday, October 18 report. The stock has “Outperform” rating by Credit Suisse on Friday, February 3. As per Monday, December 14, the company rating was initiated by KLR Group. The firm has “Overweight” rating by Piper Jaffray given on Monday, June 19. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Citigroup given on Thursday, August 25. The stock has “Underperform” rating by Bank of America on Friday, June 30. Johnson Rice upgraded the shares of ESV in report on Monday, June 13 to “Accumulate” rating. The rating was downgraded by Goldman Sachs on Friday, December 16 to “Neutral”. As per Thursday, March 23, the company rating was maintained by Scotia Capital. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Thursday, September 22 by Clarkson Capital.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.99 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.02, from 1.01 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 48 investors sold Ensco plc shares while 86 reduced holdings. 48 funds opened positions while 84 raised stakes. 328.54 million shares or 9.34% more from 300.48 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. The Virginia-based Virginia Retirement Systems Et Al has invested 0.01% in Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV). 1.37 million were reported by Financial Bank Of America De. Magnetar Ltd Com holds 1.26 million shares or 0.17% of its portfolio. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management invested 0% of its portfolio in Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV). 162,860 are owned by Cornerstone Prns Lc. P Schoenfeld Asset Mgmt Ltd Partnership invested 0.65% in Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV). Canada Pension Plan Invest Board holds 0.01% or 890,710 shares. 58,779 are held by Profund Advsr Ltd Company. Ubs Oconnor Limited Liability Company stated it has 1.58 million shares. 1.90 million were accumulated by Horseman Cap Management Ltd. Retirement Systems Of Alabama holds 0.01% or 392,083 shares in its portfolio. First Manhattan Communication invested in 0.02% or 648,610 shares. Raymond James Finance Ser Incorporated invested in 0% or 33,031 shares. Acadian Asset Management Lc holds 0% of its portfolio in Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) for 648 shares. 1.31M were accumulated by Point72 Asset Management L P.

Ensco plc provides offshore contract drilling services to the gas and oil industry worldwide. The company has market cap of $2.16 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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