Analysts See $2.10 EPS for Lithia Motors, Inc. (LAD); Last Week Saratoga Investment Corp. (SAR) Analysts

January 17, 2018 - By Neil V. Hobbs

Analysts expect Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE:LAD) to report $2.10 EPS on February, 21.They anticipate $0.24 EPS change or 12.90% from last quarter’s $1.86 EPS. LAD’s profit would be $52.41M giving it 14.46 P/E if the $2.10 EPS is correct. After having $2.18 EPS previously, Lithia Motors, Inc.’s analysts see -3.67% EPS growth. The stock increased 0.09% or $0.11 during the last trading session, reaching $121.49. About 54,343 shares traded. Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE:LAD) has risen 16.88% since January 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 0.18% the S&P500.

Among 2 analysts covering Saratoga Investment Corp (NYSE:SAR), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Saratoga Investment Corp had 4 analyst reports since August 26, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was upgraded on Friday, October 13 by Compass Point. As per Wednesday, August 26, the company rating was upgraded by Zacks. Compass Point initiated Saratoga Investment Corp. (NYSE:SAR) rating on Tuesday, July 26. Compass Point has “Neutral” rating and $18 target. See Saratoga Investment Corp. (NYSE:SAR) latest ratings:

13/10/2017 Broker: Compass Point Old Rating: Neutral New Rating: Buy Upgrade
06/10/2017 Broker: Janney Capital Rating: Neutral Initiates Coverage On

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.01 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.18, from 1.19 in 2017Q2. It fall, as 18 investors sold Lithia Motors, Inc. shares while 72 reduced holdings. 34 funds opened positions while 57 raised stakes. 24.47 million shares or 4.95% less from 25.74 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Ftb Advisors holds 0.01% or 740 shares in its portfolio. Peak6 Limited Partnership holds 0% in Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE:LAD) or 1,181 shares. Dreman Value Management L L C owns 0.03% invested in Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE:LAD) for 394 shares. Piedmont Inv Advsr Ltd Liability Corp invested in 5,233 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Comerica Fincl Bank stated it has 0.04% of its portfolio in Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE:LAD). Bessemer Grp reported 214 shares. Sei stated it has 46,457 shares. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Mngmt Communication accumulated 20 shares or 0% of the stock. Hsbc Pcl holds 4,087 shares. Brandywine Glob Invest Management Limited Co owns 82,788 shares for 0.06% of their portfolio. Teacher Retirement Sys Of Texas reported 1,963 shares. Lakewood Mngmt Limited Partnership accumulated 349,169 shares. 1,943 were accumulated by Regions Corporation. James Research Inc invested in 16,200 shares or 0.07% of the stock. Shellback Limited Partnership holds 0.92% or 85,000 shares.

Lithia Motors, Inc. operates automotive franchises, and retails new and used vehicles in the United States. The company has market cap of $3.03 billion. The firm operates in three divisions: Domestic, Import, and Luxury. It has a 14.78 P/E ratio. It sells new and used cars, replacement parts, vehicle service contracts, vehicle protection products, and credit insurance products; provides vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint, and repair services; and arranges related financing.

Among 10 analysts covering Lithia Motors (NYSE:LAD), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 60% are positive. Lithia Motors had 18 analyst reports since July 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Jefferies maintained the shares of LAD in report on Wednesday, June 28 with “Buy” rating. As per Wednesday, June 14, the company rating was initiated by Seaport Global. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE:LAD) on Tuesday, September 5 with “Buy” rating. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE:LAD) rating on Wednesday, October 4. KeyBanc Capital Markets has “Overweight” rating and $130 target. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Friday, September 8. KeyBanc Capital Markets reinitiated the shares of LAD in report on Wednesday, November 16 with “Overweight” rating. As per Monday, November 13, the company rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The stock has “Hold” rating by Bank of America on Monday, January 8. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, August 31 by Wolfe Research. The company was downgraded on Friday, June 16 by Bank of America.

Since August 8, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 12 insider sales for $18.06 million activity. The insider North John F sold 3,959 shares worth $413,716. Another trade for 20,820 shares valued at $2.17M was sold by DEBOER BRYAN B. 5,000 shares were sold by DEBOER SIDNEY B, worth $600,000. The insider BECKER THOMAS R sold $110,420. Liang George Chun-Wai had sold 1,970 shares worth $208,072 on Tuesday, August 22. The insider Cain Susan O sold 1,000 shares worth $105,640. Roberts Kenneth E also sold $610,000 worth of Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE:LAD) shares.

Saratoga Investment Corp. is a business development firm specializing in leveraged and management buyouts, acquisition financings, growth financings, recapitalization, debt refinancing, and transitional financing transactions at the lower end of middle market companies. The company has market cap of $135.13 million. It structures its investments as debt and equity by investing through first and second lien loans, mezzanine debt, co-investments, select high yield bonds, senior secured bonds, unsecured bonds, and preferred and common equity. It has a 9.91 P/E ratio. It seeks to invest in the United States.

The stock increased 0.61% or $0.136 during the last trading session, reaching $22.506. About 10,078 shares traded. Saratoga Investment Corp. (NYSE:SAR) has risen 31.19% since January 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 14.49% the S&P500.

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