Vaughan David Investments Has Cut By $914,939 Its Metlife (MET) Position; Ehealth Has 1.63 Sentiment

September 17, 2017 - By Ellis Scott

Vaughan David Investments Inc decreased Metlife Inc (MET) stake by 4.44% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing. Vaughan David Investments Inc sold 17,263 shares as Metlife Inc (MET)’s stock declined 4.70%. The Vaughan David Investments Inc holds 371,860 shares with $20.04 million value, down from 389,123 last quarter. Metlife Inc now has $51.50 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.39% or $0.19 on September 15, reaching $48.54. About 7.37 million shares traded or 16.98% up from the average. Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) has risen 13.92% since September 17, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.78% the S&P500.

eHealth, Inc. provides a private online source of health insurance for individuals, families and small businesses. The company has market cap of $426.50 million. The Firm is the parent firm of eHealthInsurance, a private health insurance exchange where individuals, families and small businesses can compare health insurance products from various insurers side-by-side, and purchase and enroll in coverage online through its Websites or telephonically through its customer care centers. It currently has negative earnings. The Firm also offers various online and pharmacy tools to help seniors navigate Medicare health insurance options, choose the right plan, and enroll in plans online or telephonically.

Vaughan David Investments Inc increased Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) stake by 4,450 shares to 305,260 valued at $22.01M in 2016Q4. It also upped Alerian Mlp Etf (AMLP) stake by 36,230 shares and now owns 1.11 million shares. Amgen Inc (NASDAQ:AMGN) was raised too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.94 in Q4 2016. Its down 0.06, from 1 in 2016Q3. It is negative, as 69 investors sold MET shares while 359 reduced holdings. 122 funds opened positions while 279 raised stakes. 810.29 million shares or 2.96% more from 786.98 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported. Gyroscope Capital Mngmt Limited Co reported 91,597 shares stake. Mark Sheptoff Financial Planning Ltd Liability stated it has 0.16% of its portfolio in Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET). Goldman Sachs Group Inc accumulated 8.47M shares or 0.13% of the stock. Hsbc Holdings Public Limited Company owns 5.75M shares or 0.72% of their US portfolio. Moors Cabot invested in 0.33% or 36,965 shares. Oppenheimer Com holds 0.51% or 325,686 shares in its portfolio. Tokio Marine Asset Management Ltd holds 0.11% or 18,080 shares. Ledyard Natl Bank invested in 0.03% or 2,697 shares. Da Davidson Company accumulated 89,386 shares. Meridian Invest Counsel reported 52,238 shares or 1.88% of all its holdings. Banced holds 0.72% of its portfolio in Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) for 7,132 shares. 1,800 are held by Utd Fire Grp. Omers Administration invested in 2.39M shares. Delaware-based Reliance Tru Of Delaware has invested 0.33% in Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET). Schafer Cullen Mgmt Inc holds 2.05M shares or 1.5% of its portfolio.

Analysts await Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) to report earnings on November, 1. They expect $1.04 EPS, down 18.75% or $0.24 from last year’s $1.28 per share. MET’s profit will be $1.10 billion for 11.67 P/E if the $1.04 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.30 actual EPS reported by Metlife Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -20.00% negative EPS growth.

Among 15 analysts covering MetLife (NYSE:MET), 9 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 60% are positive. MetLife had 35 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Deutsche Bank downgraded the shares of MET in report on Wednesday, July 13 to “Hold” rating. The stock has “Outperform” rating by FBR Capital on Thursday, May 25. Deutsche Bank upgraded the shares of MET in report on Monday, January 23 to “Buy” rating. The stock of Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, June 28 by Wells Fargo. The company was maintained on Wednesday, August 2 by Wells Fargo. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Citigroup on Tuesday, January 5. The rating was maintained by Wells Fargo with “Buy” on Friday, May 5. On Monday, November 28 the stock rating was downgraded by FBR Capital to “Mkt Perform”. The company was initiated on Monday, July 24 by J.P. Morgan. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, August 9 by Argus Research.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 sale for $2.64 million activity.

The stock decreased 0.52% or $0.12 on September 15, reaching $23.01. About 294,667 shares traded or 77.70% up from the average. eHealth, Inc. (EHTH) has risen 26.30% since September 17, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 9.60% the S&P500.

Hawk Ridge Capital Management Lp holds 3.22% of its portfolio in eHealth, Inc. for 604,114 shares. Cannell Capital Llc owns 667,947 shares or 2.27% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Glacier Peak Capital Llc has 1.36% invested in the company for 221,620 shares. The New York-based Deerfield Management Co has invested 1.16% in the stock. Redmile Group Llc, a California-based fund reported 997,621 shares.

Analysts await eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:EHTH) to report earnings on October, 26. They expect $-0.84 EPS, down 180.00% or $0.54 from last year’s $-0.3 per share. After $-0.92 actual EPS reported by eHealth, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -8.70% EPS growth.

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