Analysts See $2.04 EPS for Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (BHF); Vanguard Group Increased Waters (WAT) Stake By $8.77 Million

January 14, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

Vanguard Group Inc increased Waters Corp (WAT) stake by 0.64% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Vanguard Group Inc acquired 49,004 shares as Waters Corp (WAT)’s stock rose 13.72%. The Vanguard Group Inc holds 7.75 million shares with $1.39B value, up from 7.70 million last quarter. Waters Corp now has $16.68B valuation. The stock increased 0.97% or $2.02 during the last trading session, reaching $209.75. About 252,990 shares traded. Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) has risen 30.08% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 13.38% the S&P500.

Analysts expect Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:BHF) to report $2.04 EPS on February, 7.BHF’s profit would be $244.33 million giving it 8.01 P/E if the $2.04 EPS is correct. After having $2.45 EPS previously, Brighthouse Financial, Inc.’s analysts see -16.73% EPS growth. The stock increased 0.17% or $0.11 during the last trading session, reaching $65.36. About 853,491 shares traded or 4.42% up from the average. Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:BHF) has 0.00% since January 14, 2017 and is . It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500.

Brighthouse Financial, Inc. provides life insurance and annuity solutions in the United States. The company has market cap of $7.83 billion. It offers shield, variable, guaranteed income builder, income, and fixed annuities; and permanent and term life insurance products. It currently has negative earnings. The firm was incorporated in 2016 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Among 7 analysts covering Brighthouse Financial (NASDAQ:BHF), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 14% are positive. Brighthouse Financial had 9 analyst reports since August 8, 2017 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:BHF) on Friday, November 3 with “Hold” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, September 21 by Argus Research. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, October 12 by RBC Capital Markets. The company was initiated on Tuesday, September 5 by Sandler O’Neill. On Monday, September 11 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Hold”. The stock of Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:BHF) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, September 8 by Bank of America.

Vanguard Group Inc decreased Computer Task Group Inc (NASDAQ:CTG) stake by 126,800 shares to 682,176 valued at $3.66M in 2017Q3. It also reduced Spirit Aerosystems Hldgs Inc (NYSE:SPR) stake by 666,764 shares and now owns 10.84M shares. Graham Corp (NYSE:GHM) was reduced too.

Since August 8, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 6 insider sales for $23.37 million activity. 21,997 shares were sold by TERRICCIANO DAVID, worth $4.34 million on Friday, December 15. $628,845 worth of Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) was sold by KUEBLER CHRISTOPHER A. $3.42M worth of stock was sold by Khanna Rohit on Friday, September 8. 25,000 shares were sold by Kelly Terrence P, worth $4.94 million on Wednesday, December 13. 23,863 shares were sold by Cassis Eugene G, worth $4.71M on Wednesday, December 13.

Among 17 analysts covering Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 35% are positive. Waters Corporation had 48 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley on Friday, October 6 with “Underweight”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, October 25 by Cantor Fitzgerald. Leerink Swann maintained Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) on Wednesday, October 28 with “Market Perform” rating. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Wednesday, December 20 with “Hold”. Cowen & Co maintained Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) on Monday, August 14 with “Hold” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating by Jefferies given on Friday, October 6. Jefferies maintained it with “Hold” rating and $188.0 target in Friday, October 20 report. The company was maintained on Monday, October 23 by Robert W. Baird. The rating was downgraded by Zacks on Monday, August 24 to “Buy”. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, April 5 by Bank of America.

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