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$1.99 EPS Expected for Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI); ANSELL LTD ORD SHARES (ANSLF) Shorts Decreased By 16.89%

Analysts expect Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) to report $1.99 EPS on January, 8.They anticipate $0.11 EPS change or 5.85% from last quarter’s $1.88 EPS. AYI’s profit would be $83.09 million giving it 21.81 P/E if the $1.99 EPS is correct. After having $2.42 EPS previously, Acuity Brands, Inc.’s analysts see -17.77% EPS growth. The stock increased 1.15% or $1.97 during the last trading session, reaching $173.62. About 815,138 shares traded or 26.16% up from the average. Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) has declined 31.18% since December 12, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 47.88% the S&P500.

ANSELL LTD ORD SHARES (OTCMKTS:ANSLF) had a decrease of 16.89% in short interest. ANSLF’s SI was 81,700 shares in December as released by FINRA. Its down 16.89% from 98,300 shares previously. With 100 avg volume, 817 days are for ANSELL LTD ORD SHARES (OTCMKTS:ANSLF)’s short sellers to cover ANSLF’s short positions. It closed at $17.9 lastly. It is down 0.00% since December 12, 2016 and is . It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500.

Among 20 analysts covering Acuity Brands Inc. (NYSE:AYI), 11 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 55% are positive. Acuity Brands Inc. had 51 analyst reports since August 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Wednesday, August 16, the company rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity. The rating was downgraded by Robert W. Baird to “Neutral” on Tuesday, December 20. The stock of Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) earned “Outperform” rating by CLSA on Thursday, April 7. The firm has “Sell” rating given on Monday, April 3 by Roth Capital. Roth Capital maintained the stock with “Sell” rating in Thursday, November 9 report. As per Friday, September 23, the company rating was initiated by Canaccord Genuity. The company was maintained on Wednesday, October 4 by Cowen & Co. The stock of Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) earned “Buy” rating by Oppenheimer on Thursday, June 29. The company was upgraded on Monday, October 31 by Wells Fargo. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity on Sunday, June 25 with “Buy”.

Acuity Brands, Inc. designs, produces, and distributes various lighting solutions and services for commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure, and residential applications in North America and internationally. The company has market cap of $7.25 billion. The firm offers lighting and controls products and solutions, including recessed, surface, and suspended lighting; down, decorative, emergency and exit, track, daylighting, special-us, street and roadway, parking garage, and underwater lighting; area pedestrian, flood, and decorative site lighting; landscape lighting; occupancy sensors; photo controls; relay panels; architectural dimming panels; and integrated lighting controls systems. It has a 23.37 P/E ratio. It also provides modular wiring products, light emitting diode drivers, glass products, and inverters; and services across applications that primarily relate to monitoring and controlling lighting systems through network technologies and the commissioning of control systems.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.84 in 2017 Q2. Its down 0.01, from 0.85 in 2017Q1. It dived, as 61 investors sold Acuity Brands, Inc. shares while 138 reduced holdings. 48 funds opened positions while 121 raised stakes. 44.26 million shares or 0.54% more from 44.02 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Jane Street Grp Inc Lc, a New York-based fund reported 11,085 shares. Fmr Limited holds 0.01% in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) or 401,497 shares. Sun Life Finance has invested 0.01% in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI). Shelton Cap has 1,144 shares. Investec Asset Mgmt owns 7,689 shares. Caisse De Depot Et Placement Du Quebec reported 0% in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI). Arizona State Retirement holds 0.03% of its portfolio in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) for 10,900 shares. Moreover, Commonwealth Commercial Bank Of Aus has 0% invested in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) for 830 shares. Gabelli Funds Limited Liability invested in 17,700 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Mitsubishi Ufj Trust Bk, a Japan-based fund reported 87,386 shares. Glg Limited, a New York-based fund reported 2,230 shares. 1,745 were reported by Bb&T. Impax Asset Mgmt Limited has invested 2.16% in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI). Qcm Cayman Ltd holds 1.35% or 2,918 shares. Intrust Commercial Bank Na reported 1,974 shares stake.

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