Lapides Asset Management Has Increased Compass Minerals Intl (CMP) Position; Simmons First National (SFNC)’s Sentiment Is 8.81

June 22, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

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Lapides Asset Management Llc increased Compass Minerals Intl Inc (CMP) stake by 26.25% reported in 2018Q1 SEC filing. Lapides Asset Management Llc acquired 13,600 shares as Compass Minerals Intl Inc (CMP)’s stock rose 4.87%. The Lapides Asset Management Llc holds 65,400 shares with $3.94M value, up from 51,800 last quarter. Compass Minerals Intl Inc now has $2.25 billion valuation. The stock increased 1.68% or $1.1 during the last trading session, reaching $66.45. About 23,602 shares traded. Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) has risen 0.69% since June 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 11.88% the S&P500. Some Historical CMP News: 01/05/2018 – Compass Minerals 1Q EPS 37c; 10/04/2018 – Compass Minerals: Increased Snow Activity Pushes Salt Sales Volumes Above Prior Yr Results; 27/04/2018 – COMPASS MINERALS CURRENTLY SEES MINIMAL IMPACT FROM STRIKE; 01/05/2018 – Compass Minerals: Full-Year 2018 Net Earnings Outlook Unchanged; 27/04/2018 – COMPASS MINERALS INTERNATIONAL INC – STRIKE INITIATED BY UNION REPRESENTING 341 HOURLY EMPLOYEES AT ITS SALT MINE IN GODERICH, ONTARIO; 01/05/2018 – Compass Minerals Closes Below 200-Day Moving Average; 27/04/2018 – COMPASS MINERALS: LABOR STRIKE AT GODERICH, ONTARIO, SALT MINE; 16/04/2018 – Compass Minerals to Host Conference Call to Discuss First-Quarter 2018 Financial Results; 14/05/2018 – S&P REVISES COMPASS MINERALS INTERNATIONAL INC. TO RATING ‘BB-‘ FROM ‘BB’; 01/05/2018 – COMPASS MINERALS SEES FY EPS $2.75 TO $3.25, EST. $2.90

Simmons First National Corp (SFNC) investors sentiment increased to 8.81 in 2018 Q1. It’s up 5.63, from 3.18 in 2017Q4. The ratio is more positive, as 141 active investment managers increased or opened new stock positions, while 16 reduced and sold stock positions in Simmons First National Corp. The active investment managers in our database now have: 101.47 million shares, up from 48.51 million shares in 2017Q4. Also, the number of active investment managers holding Simmons First National Corp in top ten stock positions decreased from 2 to 1 for a decrease of 1. Sold All: 9 Reduced: 7 Increased: 113 New Position: 28.

Lapides Asset Management Llc decreased Aarons Inc (NYSE:AAN) stake by 13,900 shares to 87,400 valued at $4.07M in 2018Q1. It also reduced Pitney Bowes Inc (NYSE:PBI) stake by 48,000 shares and now owns 1.64M shares. Varex Imaging Corp was reduced too.

Among 9 analysts covering Compass Minerals (NYSE:CMP), 5 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 56% are positive. Compass Minerals had 25 analyst reports since August 14, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Monday, August 7 by BMO Capital Markets. As per Thursday, August 17, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. Credit Suisse maintained Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) on Wednesday, August 9 with “Hold” rating. As per Wednesday, July 13, the company rating was initiated by Stifel Nicolaus. The rating was upgraded by Monness Crespi & Hardt to “Buy” on Monday, October 2. The firm earned “Sector Weight” rating on Wednesday, June 15 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The firm has “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan given on Tuesday, April 12. Monness Crespi & Hardt maintained Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) on Wednesday, October 5 with “Sell” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Monday, June 5 by BMO Capital Markets. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Wednesday, March 30 by BB&T Capital.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.93 in 2018 Q1. Its down 0.23, from 1.16 in 2017Q4. It fall, as 37 investors sold CMP shares while 91 reduced holdings. 29 funds opened positions while 90 raised stakes. 33.54 million shares or 3.06% less from 34.60 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Amundi Pioneer Asset Inc holds 0.02% of its portfolio in Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) for 246,127 shares. Moreover, Mackenzie Corp has 0.02% invested in Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP). Wills Financial Group Incorporated reported 6,248 shares. 40,387 were accumulated by Credit Suisse Ag. Nordea Mngmt invested in 0.01% or 63,100 shares. Da Davidson & holds 0.03% of its portfolio in Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) for 23,261 shares. Kennedy Capital Mngmt has 0.05% invested in Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) for 39,676 shares. Citadel Advsrs Llc holds 0% or 8,502 shares. Beacon Financial has 0.61% invested in Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) for 59,562 shares. Koch Indus Inc invested in 0.03% or 5,570 shares. Seabridge Inv Advsr Ltd Llc holds 1.98% or 146,267 shares. Us State Bank De holds 17,406 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Lpl Fin Limited Liability Company stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP). Trexquant Invest Ltd Partnership invested in 19,480 shares or 0.08% of the stock. Fmr Limited Liability Company owns 948,216 shares.

Since March 10, 2018, it had 1 insider purchase, and 4 insider sales for $137,806 activity. Standen James D. also sold $21,871 worth of Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) shares. Berger Steven N. also sold $19,658 worth of Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) shares. The insider Malecha Francis Joseph sold 1,572 shares worth $99,366. 600 shares valued at $41,424 were sold by Yoder Amy on Tuesday, May 15.

Another recent and important Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) news was published by Businesswire.com which published an article titled: “Compass Minerals to Present at 2018 Stifel Cross Sector Conference” on May 31, 2018.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 1 buying transaction, and 14 selling transactions for $12.59 million activity.

Simmons First National Corporation operates as a bank holding firm for Simmons Bank that provides financial services to individuals and businesses. The company has market cap of $2.88 billion. The Company’s deposit products include time deposits, checking accounts, and savings accounts. It has a 19.82 P/E ratio. The firm provides commercial loans, commercial real estate loans, and agricultural loans to businesses; and consumer loans, student loans, credit card loans, and single-family residential real estate loans to individuals, as well as equipment and SBA lending.

Ratings analysis reveals 0 of Simmons First National’s analysts are positive. Out of 2 Wall Street analysts rating Simmons First National, 0 give it “Buy”, 2 “Sell” rating, while 0 recommend “Hold”. SFNC was included in 3 notes of analysts from October 26, 2016. The firm has “Sell” rating by Sandler O’Neill given on Tuesday, November 22. On Wednesday, January 25 the stock rating was downgraded by Raymond James to “Underperform”.

Analysts await Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) to report earnings on July, 18. They expect $0.58 EPS, up 38.10% or $0.16 from last year’s $0.42 per share. SFNC’s profit will be $53.51 million for 13.47 P/E if the $0.58 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.57 actual EPS reported by Simmons First National Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 1.75% EPS growth.

The stock decreased 0.16% or $0.05 during the last trading session, reaching $31.25. About 53,987 shares traded. Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC) has risen 23.17% since June 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 10.60% the S&P500. Some Historical SFNC News: 23/04/2018 – Simmons First National 1Q EPS 55c; 23/04/2018 – Simmons Reports Record Earnings for First Quarter 2018; 23/04/2018 – SIMMONS FIRST NATIONAL CORP QTRLY CORE SHR $0.57; 23/04/2018 – SIMMONS FIRST 1Q NET INTEREST MARGIN 4.17%, EST. 3.98%; 21/04/2018 – DJ Simmons First National Corporation , Inst Holders, 1Q 2018 (SFNC); 23/04/2018 – Simmons First National 1Q Net $51.3M; 02/05/2018 – Simmons First National: Steve Massanelli Named Investor Relations Officer; 02/05/2018 – Simmons First National Corporation Names Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Steve Massanelli As Investor; 16/03/2018 KBRA Assigns Senior Unsecured Debt Rating of BBB+ to Simmons First National Corporation; 21/03/2018 – Simmons First National Corporation Announces Pricing of Subordinated Notes Offering

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