TransAlta Renewables Inc. (RNW) EPS Estimated At $0.32; Shorts at Westamerica Bancorp (WABC) Raised By 2.58%

February 19, 2018 - By Richard Conner

Westamerica Bancorp (NASDAQ:WABC) had an increase of 2.58% in short interest. WABC’s SI was 2.97 million shares in February as released by FINRA. Its up 2.58% from 2.89 million shares previously. With 85,300 avg volume, 35 days are for Westamerica Bancorp (NASDAQ:WABC)’s short sellers to cover WABC’s short positions. The SI to Westamerica Bancorp’s float is 11.79%. The stock increased 0.81% or $0.48 during the last trading session, reaching $59.79. About 108,967 shares traded or 17.44% up from the average. Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC) has risen 12.36% since February 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 4.34% the S&P500.

Analysts expect TransAlta Renewables Inc. (TSE:RNW) to report $0.32 EPS on March, 6.They anticipate $0.20 EPS change or 166.67% from last quarter’s $0.12 EPS. T_RNW’s profit would be $80.15M giving it 9.05 P/E if the $0.32 EPS is correct. After having $-0.30 EPS previously, TransAlta Renewables Inc.’s analysts see -206.67% EPS growth. The stock decreased 0.17% or $0.02 during the last trading session, reaching $11.59. About 274,903 shares traded. TransAlta Renewables Inc. (TSE:RNW) has 0.00% since February 19, 2017 and is . It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500.

Among 5 analysts covering TransAlta Renewables (TSE:RNW), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 40% are positive. TransAlta Renewables had 22 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Wednesday, March 8 by Desjardins Securities. The firm earned “Sector Perform” rating on Thursday, August 11 by Scotia Capital. The stock has “Sector Perform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, November 22. The firm has “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Thursday, December 3. IBC upgraded the shares of RNW in report on Thursday, December 3 to “Sector Outperformer” rating. The stock of TransAlta Renewables Inc. (TSE:RNW) earned “Sector Perform” rating by National Bank Canada on Wednesday, January 4. Desjardins Securities maintained the shares of RNW in report on Thursday, August 11 with “Hold” rating.

TransAlta Renewables Inc. develops, owns, and operates renewable power generation facilities. The company has market cap of $2.90 billion. The company's portfolio consists of wind, hydro, and gas facilities. It has a 1287.78 P/E ratio. It owns and operates 18 wind facilities, 13 hydroelectric facilities, 8 natural gas generation facilities, and 1 natural gas pipeline comprising an ownership interest of 2,441 MW of net generating capacity located in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick, Canada; the State of Wyoming; and the State of Western Australia.

Among 5 analysts covering Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC), 0 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 0 are positive. Westamerica Bancorporation had 14 analyst reports since August 17, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, December 21 report. The firm has “Sell” rating by Zacks given on Monday, August 31. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Friday, July 21 by Maxim Group. The stock of Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC) has “Sell” rating given on Thursday, January 4 by Sandler O’Neill. The stock of Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC) earned “Sell” rating by Zacks on Monday, August 17. On Friday, July 7 the stock rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Sell”. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, January 18 report. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC) on Monday, June 26 with “Hold” rating. The rating was maintained by Sandler O’Neill on Thursday, January 18 with “Sell”. BMO Capital Markets maintained Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC) on Monday, December 18 with “Sell” rating.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.96 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.34, from 1.3 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 9 investors sold Westamerica Bancorporation shares while 39 reduced holdings. 9 funds opened positions while 37 raised stakes. 22.22 million shares or 2.68% more from 21.64 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Voya Inv Mgmt Ltd Liability reported 0% of its portfolio in Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC). Mraz Amerine & stated it has 1.5% in Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC). Ny State Teachers Retirement Systems has invested 0.01% in Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC). Wells Fargo Company Mn has 64,767 shares. Oppenheimer Asset reported 0% stake. Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) owns 0% invested in Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC) for 697 shares. Piedmont Advsr accumulated 5,731 shares. New York-based Int Group has invested 0% in Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC). Credit Suisse Ag stated it has 34,248 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Bancorporation Of Ny Mellon holds 571,520 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Ny State Common Retirement Fund owns 64,300 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Profund Advisors Ltd Limited Liability Company accumulated 3,710 shares or 0.01% of the stock. 2.24M are owned by Century Cos. Louisiana State Employees Retirement stated it has 0.03% of its portfolio in Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC). Natixis invested in 3,772 shares or 0% of the stock.

Westamerica Bancorporation operates as a bank holding firm for Westamerica Bank that provides various banking services and products to individual and commercial clients in Northern and Central California. The company has market cap of $1.58 billion. The firm accepts various deposit products, including retail savings and checking accounts; interest and non-interest bearing demand deposits; money market checking deposits; and certificates of deposit, as well as invests in securities. It has a 31.63 P/E ratio. The Company’s loan portfolio includes commercial, commercial real estate, real estate construction, residential real estate, and consumer installment loans, as well as other loans primarily comprising indirect automobile loans.

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