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$0.70 EPS Expected for Stepan Company (SCL); Peconic Partners Has Lowered Nuance Communications (Call) (NUAN) Stake

Analysts expect Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) to report $0.70 EPS on February, 28.They anticipate $0.18 EPS change or 34.62% from last quarter’s $0.52 EPS. SCL’s profit would be $15.76M giving it 25.39 P/E if the $0.70 EPS is correct. After having $0.92 EPS previously, Stepan Company’s analysts see -23.91% EPS growth. The stock increased 2.26% or $1.57 during the last trading session, reaching $71.09. About 85,242 shares traded or 6.58% up from the average. Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) has risen 47.84% since February 12, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 31.14% the S&P500.

Peconic Partners Llc decreased Nuance Communications Inc (Call) (NUAN) stake by 77.78% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Peconic Partners Llc sold 35,000 shares as Nuance Communications Inc (Call) (NUAN)’s stock rose 11.20%. The Peconic Partners Llc holds 10,000 shares with $157,000 value, down from 45,000 last quarter. Nuance Communications Inc (Call) now has $4.73B valuation. The stock decreased 1.29% or $0.21 during the last trading session, reaching $16.1. About 6.25 million shares traded or 63.55% up from the average. Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN) has risen 16.56% since February 12, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 0.14% the S&P500.

Stepan Company, together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells specialty and intermediate chemicals to other manufacturers for use in various end products worldwide. The company has market cap of $1.60 billion. It operates in three divisions: Surfactants, Polymers, and Specialty Products. It has a 18.42 P/E ratio. The Surfactants segment offers surfactants that are used as principal ingredients in consumer and industrial cleaning products, such as detergents for washing clothes, dishes, carpets, floors, and walls, as well as shampoos and body washes; and other applications, including fabric softeners, germicidal quaternary compounds, and lubricating ingredients, as well as emulsifiers for spreading agricultural products and industrial applications, such as latex systems, plastics, and composites.

Among 7 analysts covering Stepan Co (NYSE:SCL), 4 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 57% are positive. Stepan Co had 12 analyst reports since August 26, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) has “Neutral” rating given on Wednesday, August 24 by Seaport Global. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Monday, August 15 by National Bank Canada. The company was upgraded on Monday, May 29 by Industrial Alliance Securities. On Friday, September 1 the stock rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets with “Hold”.

Since August 14, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 insider sales for $361,477 activity. PACHOLEC FRANK also sold $79,325 worth of Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) shares. Behrens Scott R. sold $51,783 worth of Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) on Wednesday, August 23. STEPAN F QUINN JR sold $1.19M worth of stock. Boyce Michael Ross had sold 872 shares worth $67,144.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.03 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.38, from 1.41 in 2017Q2. It dived, as 23 investors sold Stepan Company shares while 56 reduced holdings. 21 funds opened positions while 60 raised stakes. 13.94 million shares or 0.54% more from 13.86 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Prudential Finance invested in 0.03% or 197,131 shares. Royal Bankshares Of Canada stated it has 3,983 shares. Goldman Sachs Group Inc holds 85,401 shares. Principal Financial Group owns 0.01% invested in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) for 159,018 shares. Intl Grp Inc has 15,787 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Comml Bank Of Montreal Can has 0% invested in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) for 30,732 shares. Illinois-based Lsv Asset Management has invested 0.05% in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL). Ny State Teachers Retirement, New York-based fund reported 40,885 shares. Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo Limited Liability Corporation stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL). Wellington Shields Mngmt Lc accumulated 29,900 shares or 0.33% of the stock. New York-based Millennium Mngmt Ltd Liability Com has invested 0.02% in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL). Boston Advsrs Lc has 0.02% invested in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL). State Street Corporation stated it has 471,733 shares. Acadian Asset Management Ltd Limited Liability Company reported 0.01% of its portfolio in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL). Hillcrest Asset Mngmt has invested 2.08% in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL).

Peconic Partners Llc increased Alphabet Inc stake by 6,000 shares to 11,000 valued at $10.71M in 2017Q3. It also upped Wesco Intl Inc (NYSE:WCC) stake by 43,639 shares and now owns 320,824 shares. Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) was raised too.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.95 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.06, from 0.89 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 49 investors sold NUAN shares while 98 reduced holdings. 40 funds opened positions while 100 raised stakes. 201.88 million shares or 0.45% less from 202.79 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Envestnet Asset Mngmt accumulated 43,357 shares or 0% of the stock. Tortoise Inv Mngmt Limited Liability Company invested in 543 shares. California Public Employees Retirement Sys stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN). Nationwide Fund Advsr holds 22,359 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Tower Ltd Liability Com (Trc) accumulated 0% or 714 shares. Aperio Gp Incorporated Ltd Liability Corp invested 0% in Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN). Hanson & Doremus Mngmt reported 2,127 shares. Woodstock holds 22,127 shares. Exane Derivatives invested in 8,274 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Hanson Mcclain stated it has 141 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Country Trust Bank invested in 963,530 shares. M&T Bank owns 0% invested in Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN) for 23,991 shares. Price T Rowe Md, Maryland-based fund reported 127,724 shares. Stonebridge Cap Inc owns 21,200 shares. 804,375 are owned by Millennium Lc.

Since September 1, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 insider sales for $280,106 activity. $103,932 worth of stock was sold by Tempesta Daniel David on Friday, September 1. Siegel Kenneth M had sold 4,682 shares worth $74,912.

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