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First Foundation Advisors Cut Its Essent Group LTD (ESNT) Position; Connors Investor Services Has Lifted By $2.02 Million Its Costco Wholesale (COST) Holding

First Foundation Advisors decreased Essent Group Ltd (ESNT) stake by 83.33% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. First Foundation Advisors sold 25,000 shares as Essent Group Ltd (ESNT)’s stock rose 0.42%. The First Foundation Advisors holds 5,000 shares with $202,000 value, down from 30,000 last quarter. Essent Group Ltd now has $3.94B valuation. The stock decreased 1.47% or $0.6 during the last trading session, reaching $40.15. About 1.46M shares traded or 102.26% up from the average. Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) has risen 81.69% since March 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 64.99% the S&P500.

Connors Investor Services Inc increased Costco Wholesale (COST) stake by 25.86% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Connors Investor Services Inc acquired 12,345 shares as Costco Wholesale (COST)’s stock rose 1.54%. The Connors Investor Services Inc holds 60,090 shares with $9.86M value, up from 47,745 last quarter. Costco Wholesale now has $81.35 billion valuation. The stock decreased 0.09% or $0.165 during the last trading session, reaching $185.345. About 1.63M shares traded. Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) has risen 25.14% since March 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 8.44% the S&P500.

Since September 19, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 18 insider sales for $28.14 million activity. $580,230 worth of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) was sold by MEISENBACH JOHN W on Thursday, February 1. $1.40 million worth of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) shares were sold by MOULTON PAUL G. Shares for $958,087 were sold by GALANTI RICHARD A on Friday, December 22. LIBENSON RICHARD M sold $3.86 million worth of stock. Rose Timothy L. sold $3.15M worth of stock or 17,000 shares. Shares for $937,421 were sold by Murphy James P.. Another trade for 10,000 shares valued at $1.93M was made by PORTERA JOSEPH P on Tuesday, October 24.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.98 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.21, from 1.19 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 69 investors sold COST shares while 383 reduced holdings. 103 funds opened positions while 433 raised stakes. 304.48 million shares or 2.26% less from 311.53 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Rothschild Corp Il invested in 1.14% or 61,181 shares. Shamrock Asset Mgmt Lc holds 0.07% in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) or 662 shares. Barr E S owns 3,096 shares. Fiduciary Co reported 8,851 shares. Focused Wealth Mngmt Incorporated invested in 0% or 25 shares. General Amer Invsts Com invested 1.85% in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). Renaissance Techs Limited Co holds 0.23% or 1.21 million shares in its portfolio. 11,643 are owned by Pacific Mgmt. Seabridge Invest Advisors Llc owns 5,197 shares. Haverford Trust owns 3,147 shares or 0.01% of their US portfolio. Cobblestone Capital Advsr Ltd Liability Corporation New York has invested 0.04% in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). Becker Cap stated it has 0.19% in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). 677,493 were reported by Clearbridge Ltd Liability Company. Bartlett & Lc stated it has 0.03% of its portfolio in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). Vantage Investment Advisors Limited Co owns 24,440 shares.

Among 32 analysts covering Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST), 22 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 69% are positive. Costco Wholesale had 123 analyst reports since August 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Thursday, August 31 by Oppenheimer. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, January 24 by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) earned “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, December 15. RBC Capital Markets maintained Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) on Thursday, March 8 with “Buy” rating. On Thursday, July 6 the stock rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Buy”. The stock has “Buy” rating by Citigroup on Friday, October 6. Citigroup maintained the shares of COST in report on Friday, May 27 with “Neutral” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating by Deutsche Bank given on Monday, December 5. The stock of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) earned “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, December 8. The stock has “Outperform” rating by Telsey Advisory Group on Thursday, January 5.

First Foundation Advisors increased Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) stake by 4,684 shares to 21,977 valued at $2.58M in 2017Q3. It also upped Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) stake by 121,403 shares and now owns 294,533 shares. Molson Coors Brewing Co (NYSE:TAP) was raised too.

Analysts await Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) to report earnings on May, 4. They expect $1.11 EPS, up 54.17% or $0.39 from last year’s $0.72 per share. ESNT’s profit will be $108.87 million for 9.04 P/E if the $1.11 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.79 actual EPS reported by Essent Group Ltd. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 40.51% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.51 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.24, from 1.75 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 19 investors sold ESNT shares while 58 reduced holdings. 44 funds opened positions while 91 raised stakes. 83.02 million shares or 4.73% more from 79.27 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. California State Teachers Retirement accumulated 0.01% or 130,389 shares. Millennium Mgmt Ltd Limited Liability Company invested in 0.03% or 483,158 shares. Clark Mngmt Gp invested in 365,307 shares or 0.5% of the stock. Parametric Port Assoc Ltd holds 0% of its portfolio in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) for 100,208 shares. Finemark State Bank And Trust has 0.02% invested in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). First Mercantile Trust accumulated 12,090 shares. Convergence Investment Prtnrs Ltd Liability holds 0.32% or 55,503 shares. Alliancebernstein LP reported 3.43M shares. Samlyn Capital Ltd Liability Com reported 0.2% of its portfolio in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Mufg Americas Corporation stated it has 1,615 shares. The Connecticut-based Cubist Systematic Strategies Ltd Llc has invested 0.1% in Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT). Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) has 3,145 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Gotham Asset Mgmt Limited holds 0% or 7,830 shares. Signalpoint Asset Mgmt Ltd invested in 0.46% or 22,266 shares. Sheets Smith Wealth holds 0.28% or 27,495 shares.

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