Brandywine Global Investment Management Has Trimmed Simmons 1St Natl (SFNC) Position By $441,180; Spark Energy Has 1.21 Sentiment

April 17, 2018 - By Adrian Erickson

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Brandywine Global Investment Management Llc decreased Simmons 1St Natl Corp (SFNC) stake by 12.66% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Brandywine Global Investment Management Llc sold 7,740 shares as Simmons 1St Natl Corp (SFNC)’s stock declined 6.18%. The Brandywine Global Investment Management Llc holds 53,407 shares with $3.05 million value, down from 61,147 last quarter. Simmons 1St Natl Corp now has $2.63B valuation. The stock decreased 0.87% or $0.25 during the last trading session, reaching $28.45. About 79,704 shares traded. Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) has risen 3.60% since April 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 7.95% the S&P500.

Spark Energy (SPKE) investors sentiment increased to 1.21 in 2017 Q4. It’s up 0.05, from 1.16 in 2017Q3. The ratio is more positive, as 46 investment managers started new and increased stock positions, while 38 reduced and sold their positions in Spark Energy. The investment managers in our database now own: 10.52 million shares, down from 11.25 million shares in 2017Q3. Also, the number of investment managers holding Spark Energy in top ten stock positions was flat from 0 to 0 for the same number . Sold All: 14 Reduced: 24 Increased: 33 New Position: 13.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 4 buys, and 0 sales for $498,560 activity.

The stock increased 3.51% or $0.4 during the last trading session, reaching $11.8. About 157,891 shares traded. Spark Energy, Inc. (SPKE) has declined 25.00% since April 17, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 36.55% the S&P500.

Crow Point Partners Llc holds 2.09% of its portfolio in Spark Energy, Inc. for 1.07 million shares. Bard Associates Inc owns 180,850 shares or 1.08% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Trellus Management Company Llc has 0.68% invested in the company for 40,000 shares. The California-based Globeflex Capital L P has invested 0.33% in the stock. Heartland Advisors Inc, a Wisconsin-based fund reported 374,350 shares.

Spark Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an independent retail energy services firm in the United States. The company has market cap of $408.56 million. It operates through two divisions, Retail Natural Gas and Retail Electricity. It has a 9.92 P/E ratio. The firm is involved in the retail distribution of natural gas and electricity to residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

Analysts await Spark Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPKE) to report earnings on May, 14. They expect $0.20 earnings per share, up 17.65% or $0.03 from last year’s $0.17 per share. SPKE’s profit will be $6.92 million for 14.75 P/E if the $0.20 EPS becomes a reality. After $-0.76 actual earnings per share reported by Spark Energy, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -126.32% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 3.18 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.73, from 2.45 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 11 investors sold SFNC shares while 22 reduced holdings. 28 funds opened positions while 77 raised stakes. 48.51 million shares or 164.33% more from 18.35 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement System has 24,843 shares. Fincl Counselors Inc holds 0.01% or 4,394 shares in its portfolio. Teton Advsrs owns 8,037 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio. Ameritas Invest Inc holds 3,459 shares. Citadel Advisors holds 26,856 shares. The Arkansas-based Meridian Mgmt has invested 0.14% in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC). Manufacturers Life Ins The reported 0.01% stake. Northern Tru Corp reported 640,417 shares. Bank & Trust Of Montreal Can holds 7,123 shares. New York-based Pinebridge Limited Partnership has invested 0.03% in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC). Burney Comm reported 0.12% of its portfolio in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC). D Scott Neal owns 623 shares. Arizona State Retirement System stated it has 0.04% of its portfolio in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC). Mesirow Fincl Investment Mgmt holds 331,661 shares. Credit Suisse Ag reported 0% in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC).

Analysts await Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) to report earnings on April, 23 after the close. They expect $0.50 earnings per share, up 42.86% or $0.15 from last year’s $0.35 per share. SFNC’s profit will be $46.13 million for 14.23 P/E if the $0.50 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.49 actual earnings per share reported by Simmons First National Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.04% EPS growth.

Among 7 analysts covering Simmons First National (NASDAQ:SFNC), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 43% are positive. Simmons First National had 25 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) earned “Buy” rating by Stephens on Friday, February 9. The company was upgraded on Wednesday, July 5 by Raymond James. Piper Jaffray maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, November 16 report. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Tuesday, August 25 by Zacks. Wood maintained Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) on Wednesday, June 8 with “Outperform” rating. On Tuesday, October 3 the stock rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with “Hold”. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, December 21 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The rating was downgraded by Raymond James on Friday, October 23 to “Mkt Perform”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, July 21 by Stephens. On Monday, February 26 the stock rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with “Hold”.

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