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Renaissance Technologies Increased Agenus (AGEN) Stake By $1.40 Million; Synchrony Financial (SYF) Sellers Increased By 16.38% Their Shorts

Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF) had an increase of 16.38% in short interest. SYF’s SI was 11.26M shares in November as released by FINRA. Its up 16.38% from 9.68 million shares previously. With 6.94 million avg volume, 2 days are for Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF)’s short sellers to cover SYF’s short positions. The SI to Synchrony Financial’s float is 1.42%. The stock increased 2.49% or $0.86 during the last trading session, reaching $35.35. About 11.57 million shares traded or 89.06% up from the average. Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF) has declined 10.35% since November 30, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 27.05% the S&P500.

Renaissance Technologies Llc increased Agenus Inc (AGEN) stake by 3926.98% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Renaissance Technologies Llc acquired 467,900 shares as Agenus Inc (AGEN)’s stock declined 23.28%. The Renaissance Technologies Llc holds 479,815 shares with $1.88M value, up from 11,915 last quarter. Agenus Inc now has $386.71 million valuation. The stock decreased 0.77% or $0.03 during the last trading session, reaching $3.86. About 710,624 shares traded. Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ:AGEN) has declined 2.26% since November 30, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 18.96% the S&P500.

Synchrony Financial operates as a consumer financial services firm in the United States. The company has market cap of $27.67 billion. The firm offers private label credit cards, dual cards, and small and medium-sized business credit products; and promotional financing for consumer purchases, such as private label credit cards and installment loans. It has a 13.27 P/E ratio. It also provides promotional financing to clients for health and personal care procedures, products, or services, such as dental, veterinary, cosmetic, vision and audiology; debt cancellation products; and deposit products, including certificates of deposit, individual retirement, money market, and savings accounts, as well as accepts deposits through third-party securities brokerage firms.

Among 27 analysts covering Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), 19 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 70% are positive. Synchrony Financial had 57 analyst reports since July 20, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Macquarie Research given on Wednesday, May 11. As per Monday, September 18, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. Wedbush downgraded the stock to “Neutral” rating in Wednesday, December 7 report. As per Friday, October 6, the company rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, October 20 by Nomura. The firm has “Market Perform” rating given on Wednesday, September 16 by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, July 21 by BMO Capital Markets. BMO Capital Markets maintained Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF) on Wednesday, August 23 with “Buy” rating. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained the shares of SYF in report on Tuesday, August 22 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with “Equal-Weight” on Monday, October 23.

Investors sentiment is 1.05 in Q2 2017. Its the same as in 2017Q1. It is the same, as 14 investors sold AGEN shares while 26 reduced holdings. only 18 funds opened positions while 24 raised stakes. 38.48 million shares or 4.83% less from 40.43 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Blackrock Inc holds 0% of its portfolio in Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ:AGEN) for 4.68M shares. Mount Lucas Management Limited Partnership stated it has 13,000 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. California Public Employees Retirement Systems has 127,253 shares. 5,963 are owned by Barclays Public Limited Com. Geode Mgmt Limited Co has invested 0% in Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ:AGEN). Vanguard Grp Inc invested 0% in Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ:AGEN). Oracle Inv Management stated it has 1.60M shares or 0.99% of all its holdings. Alabama-based Weiss Multi has invested 0.01% in Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ:AGEN). Northern Tru has invested 0% in Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ:AGEN). 2.00 million are held by Artal Gru Sa. 21,464 were accumulated by State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement Systems. Nationwide Fund has 42,360 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Millennium Ltd Co accumulated 2.16M shares or 0.02% of the stock. 327,706 were accumulated by Vident Advisory Limited Liability Corporation. Rhumbline Advisers reported 0% stake.

Among 5 analysts covering Agenus (NASDAQ:AGEN), 4 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 80% are positive. Agenus had 10 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, October 27 by Maxim Group. The stock of Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ:AGEN) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, June 26 by Jefferies. As per Thursday, August 3, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. The stock has “Neutral” rating by H.C. Wainwright on Friday, October 28. The stock of Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ:AGEN) has “Market Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, March 9 by JMP Securities. The company was maintained on Monday, July 27 by MLV. The rating was downgraded by Maxim Group to “Hold” on Tuesday, October 27. The company was initiated on Wednesday, December 16 by Jefferies. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Friday, July 29. The stock of Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ:AGEN) earned “Buy” rating by Maxim Group on Friday, March 11.

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