Gagnon Securities Cut Ensign Group (ENSG) Stake as Stock Rose; Principal Finl Group (PFG) Share Price Rose While Institute For Wealth Management Trimmed by $643,500 Its Holding

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Gagnon Securities Llc decreased its stake in Ensign Group Inc (ENSG) by 4.17% based on its latest 2019Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Gagnon Securities Llc sold 19,579 shares as the company’s stock rose 18.44% . The institutional investor held 450,468 shares of the health care company at the end of 2019Q1, valued at $23.06 million, down from 470,047 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Gagnon Securities Llc who had been investing in Ensign Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $2.75B market cap company. The stock increased 1.65% or $0.8 during the last trading session, reaching $49.15. About 111,993 shares traded. The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) has risen 69.65% since September 11, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 69.65% the S&P500. Some Historical ENSG News: 03/04/2018 – The Ensign Group Acquires Arizona Skilled Nursing Facility; 30/05/2018 – Report: Exploring Fundamental Drivers Behind The Ensign Group, Franklin Resources, Scholastic, Omega Healthcare Investors, Grea; 16/05/2018 – ENSIGN GROUP INC ENSG.O : RBC RAISES TARGET PRICE TO $35 FROM $28; 01/05/2018 – ENSIGN GROUP BUYS TX POST-ACUTE CARE CAMPUS; 02/05/2018 – ENSIGN GROUP 1Q REV. $492.1M, EST. $485.1M; 20/03/2018 The Ensign Group Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.045 Per Share; 02/05/2018 – Ensign Group 1Q Net $23.3M; 10/05/2018 – NHI Purchases Two Skilled Nursing Facilities for Ensign Portfolio; 02/05/2018 – ENSIGN GROUP 1Q ADJ EPS 45C, EST. 45C; 03/05/2018 – Ensign Group Company Marketing Set By Stephens Inc. for May. 10

Institute For Wealth Management Llc decreased its stake in Principal Finl Group Inc (PFG) by 76.41% based on its latest 2019Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Institute For Wealth Management Llc sold 12,870 shares as the company’s stock rose 2.04% . The institutional investor held 3,974 shares of the accident &health insurance company at the end of 2019Q1, valued at $200,000, down from 16,844 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Institute For Wealth Management Llc who had been investing in Principal Finl Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $14.78 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.42% or $0.24 during the last trading session, reaching $56.41. About 446,706 shares traded. Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:PFG) has declined 0.39% since September 11, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 0.39% the S&P500. Some Historical PFG News: 01/05/2018 – Principal Expands Financial Wellness Re; 25/04/2018 – Principal® lnnovates Underwriting Process to Help Break Down Barriers to Insurance Coverage; 14/05/2018 – Principal Financial Group Inc. Exits Position in Sensata; 06/04/2018 – RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC – EFFECTIVE MAY 11, 2018, MARK NUNIS WILL ACT AS PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL AND ACCOUNTING OFFICER OF COMPANY; 22/03/2018 – FLOTEK INDUSTRIES – MATTHEW MARIETTA PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE & CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT, TO SERVE AS PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL OFFICER; 18/04/2018 – Principal: Recommends Hldrs Reject Second Round of Mini-Tender Offers by Baker Mills LLC; 26/04/2018 – PRINCIPAL BOOSTS QTR DIV TO 52C/SHR FROM 51C, EST. 51C; 18/04/2018 – Principal Recommends Shareholders Reject Second Round of Mini-Tender Offers by Baker Mills LLC; 08/05/2018 – Momenta Pharmaceuticals Designates CEO Craig A. Wheeler as Principal Fincl Officer, Principal Accounting Officer; 25/04/2018 – Principal® Innovates Underwriting Process to Help Break Down Barriers to Insurance Coverage

Investors sentiment increased to 0.98 in 2019 Q1. Its up 0.02, from 0.96 in 2018Q4. It improved, as 29 investors sold PFG shares while 160 reduced holdings. 63 funds opened positions while 123 raised stakes. 194.29 million shares or 1.52% less from 197.29 million shares in 2018Q4 were reported. Barclays Pcl invested in 0.01% or 393,835 shares. 394,766 were reported by Argent Mgmt Limited Liability Co. Motco reported 0% stake. Geode Mngmt Lc holds 0.05% in Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) or 4.06 million shares. Shelton Cap reported 788 shares. Her Majesty The Queen In Right Of The Province Of Alberta As Represented By Alberta Inv reported 103,800 shares stake. Chevy Chase Trust owns 216,079 shares or 0.05% of their US portfolio. Voya Management Lc has invested 0.01% in Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG). 14,186 were reported by Homrich Berg. Comerica Retail Bank has 0.03% invested in Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG). Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt holds 0.01% or 15,132 shares in its portfolio. Nebraska-based Ameritas Invest Prtnrs has invested 0.01% in Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG). Moreover, Ibm Retirement Fund has 0.04% invested in Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG). Moreover, Macquarie Gru Ltd has 0% invested in Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) for 18,100 shares. Blackrock has 0.05% invested in Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) for 23.47M shares.

More notable recent Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) news were published by: Finance.Yahoo.com which released: “Is Principal Financial Group Inc (PFG) A Good Stock To Buy? – Yahoo Finance” on June 24, 2019, also Nasdaq.com with their article: “5 Top-Ranked S&P Stocks for Income and Growth Investors – Nasdaq” published on September 03, 2019, Streetinsider.com published: “Form 8-K PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROU For: Aug 19 – StreetInsider.com” on August 20, 2019. More interesting news about Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “Principal Financial (PFG) Q2 Earnings and Revenues Beat – Nasdaq” published on July 26, 2019 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “Assurant, Inc. (AIZ) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for August 23, 2019 – Nasdaq” with publication date: August 22, 2019.

Analysts await Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) to report earnings on October, 24. They expect $1.43 EPS, down 14.37% or $0.24 from last year’s $1.67 per share. PFG’s profit will be $374.55M for 9.86 P/E if the $1.43 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.52 actual EPS reported by Principal Financial Group, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -5.92% negative EPS growth.

Institute For Wealth Management Llc, which manages about $311.71M and $459.98 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Vanguard Scottsdale Fds (VCSH) by 26,196 shares to 62,113 shares, valued at $4.96M in 2019Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Vanguard World Fds (VIS) by 4,629 shares in the quarter, for a total of 6,409 shares, and has risen its stake in Vanguard World Fds (VFH).

Analysts await The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) to report earnings on October, 30. They expect $0.52 EPS, up 23.81% or $0.10 from last year’s $0.42 per share. ENSG’s profit will be $29.11M for 23.63 P/E if the $0.52 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.50 actual EPS reported by The Ensign Group, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 4.00% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.3 in Q1 2019. Its down 0.24, from 1.54 in 2018Q4. It dropped, as 17 investors sold ENSG shares while 77 reduced holdings. 44 funds opened positions while 78 raised stakes. 41.73 million shares or 2.91% less from 42.98 million shares in 2018Q4 were reported. Gam Hldg Ag stated it has 0.02% of its portfolio in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG). Affinity Advisors Limited Liability Company reported 13,424 shares. Principal Fin Group Incorporated stated it has 0.02% of its portfolio in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG). Guggenheim Cap Ltd Liability Corporation holds 0% or 6,438 shares in its portfolio. Retail Bank Of The West reported 18,169 shares stake. Moreover, Everence Capital Incorporated has 0.06% invested in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) for 6,850 shares. Eulav Asset Mngmt has invested 0.04% in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG). Mackay Shields Limited has 38,900 shares. Ameritas Partners Inc holds 3,978 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Deutsche Bancshares Ag owns 0% invested in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) for 109,229 shares. Glenmede Com Na accumulated 281 shares. Paloma Management reported 7,164 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Royal National Bank & Trust Of Canada owns 0% invested in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) for 2,028 shares. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans reported 37,575 shares. Charles Schwab Investment holds 0.01% in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) or 410,616 shares.

More notable recent The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “New Strong Buy Stocks for July 30th – Nasdaq” on July 30, 2019, also Finance.Yahoo.com with their article: “The Ensign Group, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:ENSG) Earnings Grew 46%, Did It Beat Long-Term Trend? – Yahoo Finance” published on September 03, 2019, Globenewswire.com published: “The Ensign Group Acquires Utah Skilled Nursing Facility – GlobeNewswire” on January 03, 2019. More interesting news about The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “Ensign Group (ENSG) Up 33.2% in a Year: More Room for Rally? – Nasdaq” published on August 22, 2019 as well as Globenewswire.com‘s news article titled: “The Ensign Group Acquires Idaho Skilled Nursing Facility – GlobeNewswire” with publication date: September 04, 2019.

Gagnon Securities Llc, which manages about $353.18 million and $458.67 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL) by 10,309 shares to 742,824 shares, valued at $25.52 million in 2019Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Irobot Corp (NASDAQ:IRBT) by 72,507 shares in the quarter, for a total of 113,289 shares, and has risen its stake in Macys Inc (NYSE:M).

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