Hancock Holding Company (HBHC) Reaches $53.75 52-Week High; Profile of 7 Analysts Covering F5 Networks, Inc. (FFIV)

January 14, 2018 - By Vivian Park

Among 36 analysts covering F5 Networks Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV), 7 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 28 Hold. Therefore 19% are positive. F5 Networks Inc. had 98 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Wunderlich maintained the shares of FFIV in report on Thursday, October 29 with “Hold” rating. Deutsche Bank maintained the stock with “Sell” rating in Tuesday, October 3 report. The rating was downgraded by JMP Securities to “Market Perform” on Friday, November 13. The company was maintained on Tuesday, October 10 by Piper Jaffray. The rating was maintained by Needham on Tuesday, September 12 with “Hold”. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, July 27 by Oppenheimer. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Friday, November 13 by Dougherty & Company. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Tuesday, December 22 by M Partners. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Hold” rating and $13200 target in Monday, May 29 report. The company was maintained on Tuesday, October 13 by RBC Capital Markets. See F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) latest ratings:

10/01/2018 Broker: Piper Jaffray Rating: Hold New Target: $146.0 Maintain
05/01/2018 Broker: Deutsche Bank Rating: Sell Maintain
04/01/2018 Broker: BMO Capital Markets Rating: Buy Upgrade
03/11/2017 Broker: Jefferies Rating: Hold New Target: $124.0 Maintain
26/10/2017 Broker: Needham Rating: Hold Maintain
26/10/2017 Broker: Cowen & Co Rating: Buy New Target: $140.0 Maintain
26/10/2017 Broker: Nomura Rating: Neutral Old Target: $115 New Target: $110 Maintain
26/10/2017 Broker: Barclays Capital Rating: Overweight Old Target: $116 New Target: $111 Maintain
26/10/2017 Broker: BMO Capital Markets Rating: Market Perform Old Target: $124 New Target: $122 Maintain
16/10/2017 Broker: Nomura Rating: Neutral Old Target: $120 New Target: $115 Maintain

The stock of Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC) hit a new 52-week high and has $56.44 target or 5.00% above today’s $53.75 share price. The 8 months bullish chart indicates low risk for the $4.58B company. The 1-year high was reported on Jan, 14 by Barchart.com. If the $56.44 price target is reached, the company will be worth $228.90M more. The stock decreased 0.28% or $0.15 during the last trading session, reaching $53.75. About 534,856 shares traded or 6.56% up from the average. Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC) has risen 80.63% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 63.93% the S&P500.

Since August 1, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 9 sales for $3.31 million activity. DiLullo John D also sold $367,930 worth of F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) on Tuesday, August 1. Gibson Benjamin sold 3,262 shares worth $382,480. Shares for $528,128 were sold by EAMES EDWARD JULIAN on Tuesday, August 1. Shares for $747,473 were sold by Reinland Andrew. The insider Kearny Ryan C. sold 836 shares worth $100,812. Shares for $242,682 were sold by Locoh-Donou Francois on Tuesday, August 1. The insider Rogers Scot Frazier sold 2,295 shares worth $276,867.

The stock increased 1.46% or $2.04 during the last trading session, reaching $141.81. About 414,789 shares traded. F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) has risen 21.28% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 4.58% the S&P500.

F5 Networks, Inc. develops, markets, and sells application delivery networking products that optimize the security, performance, and availability of network applications, servers, and storage systems. The company has market cap of $8.88 billion. It offers Local Traffic Manager, which provides intelligent load-balancing, traffic management, and application health checking; BIG-IP DNS that automatically directs users to the closest or best-performing physical, virtual, or cloud environment; Link Controller, which monitors the health and availability of each connection in organizations with more than one Internet service provider; Advanced Firewall Manager, a network firewall; and Application Security Manager, an Web application firewall that provides comprehensive, proactive, and application-layer protection against generalized and targeted attacks. It has a 21.82 P/E ratio. The firm also provides Access Policy Manager, which provides secure, granular, and context-aware access to networks and applications; Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation, which offers a set of tools that enables service providers to migrate to IPv6 while continuing to support and interoperate with existing IPv4 devices and content; and Policy Enforcement Manager that offers traffic classification capabilities to identify the specific applications and services to service providers.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.84 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.15, from 0.99 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 42 investors sold F5 Networks, Inc. shares while 168 reduced holdings. 32 funds opened positions while 144 raised stakes. 60.06 million shares or 0.69% less from 60.48 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Meiji Yasuda Life Co invested in 2,230 shares or 0.04% of the stock. Engineers Gate Manager Limited Partnership reported 49,412 shares. Convergence Invest Partners Ltd Company stated it has 24,879 shares or 0.42% of all its holdings. Pictet And Cie (Europe) Sa holds 0.12% in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) or 6,965 shares. Tocqueville Asset Mngmt Limited Partnership owns 2,800 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Pub Employees Retirement Of Ohio owns 36,340 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio. Acadian Asset Limited Liability Co reported 0% stake. Westpac Banking Corp stated it has 3,597 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. The Ohio-based Strs Ohio has invested 0% in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV). First Washington owns 1,000 shares. Millennium Mgmt Limited Co owns 446,313 shares for 0.08% of their portfolio. Charter Communication holds 4,509 shares. Oppenheimer Asset Mgmt invested 0.07% of its portfolio in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV). 285,390 were accumulated by Teachers Retirement Systems Of The State Of Kentucky. Dean Invest Associate has invested 0.45% in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV).

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.1 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.15, from 1.25 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 22 investors sold Hancock Holding Company shares while 69 reduced holdings. 29 funds opened positions while 71 raised stakes. 64.18 million shares or 0.04% less from 64.20 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Ubs Asset Americas stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC). State Of Tennessee Treasury Department invested in 10,000 shares. Geode Capital Management Ltd Liability Co has 768,619 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Principal Gru owns 362,744 shares. Bradley Foster And Sargent Incorporated Ct has invested 0.02% in Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC). Howe Rusling Inc invested in 26 shares. Zuckerman Grp Ltd Liability Corporation has 11,617 shares. Salzhauer Michael stated it has 59,742 shares or 1.24% of all its holdings. Public Employees Retirement Of Ohio has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC). Cwm Ltd Liability Corp holds 0% or 30 shares in its portfolio. United Kingdom-based Cantab Llp has invested 0% in Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC). Jacobs Asset Mgmt Ltd Llc holds 394,725 shares or 3.65% of its portfolio. Franklin Res holds 0% of its portfolio in Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC) for 30,000 shares. Jnba Fincl Advsr has invested 0% in Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC). State Bank Of America De invested 0% in Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC).

Analysts await Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC) to report earnings on January, 16. They expect $0.83 earnings per share, up 29.69% or $0.19 from last year’s $0.64 per share. HBHC’s profit will be $70.69 million for 16.19 P/E if the $0.83 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.76 actual earnings per share reported by Hancock Holding Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 9.21% EPS growth.

Since August 10, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for $101,041 activity. Hanna Randall W also sold $101,041 worth of Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC) on Thursday, August 10.

Hancock Holding Company operates as the bank holding firm for Whitney Bank that provides a range of community banking services to commercial, small business, and retail customers. The company has market cap of $4.58 billion. The firm offers various deposit products, including noninterest-bearing demand deposits, interest-bearing transaction accounts, savings accounts, money market deposit accounts, and time deposit accounts. It has a 21.62 P/E ratio. It also provides commercial and industrial; commercial real estate; construction and land development; and residential mortgages, including fixed and adjustable rate loans; and consumer loans comprising second lien mortgage home loans, home equity lines of credit, and nonresidential consumer purpose loans.

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