USA Technologies Inc. (USAT) Soars 7.1% on February 19

USA Technologies Inc. (USAT) had a good day on the market for Tuesday February 19 as shares jumped 7.1% to close at $3.92. About 4.46 million shares traded hands on 13,592 trades for the day, compared with an average daily volume of n/a shares out of a total float of 60 million. After opening the trading day at $3.69, shares of USA Technologies Inc. stayed within a range of $3.97 to $3.62.

Geron Corporation (GERN) Soars 6.12% on February 19

Geron Corporation (GERN) had a good day on the market for Tuesday February 19 as shares jumped 6.12% to close at $1.56. About 5.07 million shares traded hands on 11,174 trades for the day, compared with an average daily volume of n/a shares out of a total float of 186.35 million. After opening the trading day at $1.48, shares of Geron Corporation stayed within a range of $1.59 to $1.42.

Equities Analysts Lift Earnings Estimates for Choice Properties REIT (CHP)

Choice Properties REIT (TSE:CHP) – Equities researchers at National Bank Financial increased their FY2019 earnings per share estimates for shares of Choice Properties REIT in a report released on Thursday, February 14th. National Bank Financial analyst T. Woolley now expects that the company will earn $1.04 per share for the year, up from their previous forecast of $1.02. National Bank Financial also issued estimates for Choice Properties REIT’s FY2020 earnings at $1.07 EPS.

EQUITIES ANALYSTS SET PREDICTIONS FOR GENERAC STAKE INC.’S Q1 2019 REVENUE (GNRC)

Generac Holdings Inc. (NYSE:GNRC) – Investment analysts at SunTrust Banks raised their Q1 2019 earnings estimates for Generac in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday, February 14th. SunTrust Banks analyst C. Brady now expects that the technology company will earn $0.82 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.78. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for Generac’s Q2 2019 earnings at $1.19 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $1.26 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $1.36 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.87 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $1.28 EPS, Q3 2020 earnings at $1.36 EPS and Q4 2020 earnings at $1.46 EPS.

Several other equities analysts also recently issued reports on the company. ValuEngine raised Generac from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 2nd. William Blair lowered shares of Generac from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 6th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Generac from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, January 9th. Finally, Robert W. Baird upped their price target on shares of Generac from $58.00 to $60.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $57.43.

NYSE GNRC opened at $52.63 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.23, a quick ratio of 0.98 and a current ratio of 1.88. Generac has a 1 year low of $42.96 and a 1 year high of $60.70. The firm has a market capitalization of $3.27 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.48, a PEG ratio of 1.72 and a beta of 1.23.

Generac (NYSE:GNRC) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 14th. The technology company reported $1.42 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.39 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $563.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $552.69 million. Generac had a return on equity of 47.44% and a net margin of 12.45%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 14.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.39 earnings per share.

In other news, CEO Aaron Jagdfeld sold 20,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.08, for a total transaction of $1,061,600.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 747,771 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $39,691,684.68. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CFO York A. Ragen sold 36,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.84, for a total transaction of $1,974,240.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 185,108 shares in the company, valued at $10,151,322.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 96,000 shares of company stock worth $5,165,240. Corporate insiders own 3.00% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Amalgamated Bank raised its position in shares of Generac by 150.1% during the 4th quarter. Amalgamated Bank now owns 8,910 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $443,000 after purchasing an additional 5,347 shares during the last quarter. Salem Investment Counselors Inc. raised its position in shares of Generac by 116.7% during the 4th quarter. Salem Investment Counselors Inc. now owns 6,500 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $367,000 after purchasing an additional 3,500 shares during the last quarter. Wakefield Asset Management LLLP raised its position in shares of Generac by 81.9% during the 4th quarter. Wakefield Asset Management LLLP now owns 8,702 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $432,000 after purchasing an additional 3,918 shares during the last quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC acquired a new position in shares of Generac during the 4th quarter worth about $106,000. Finally, Hancock Whitney Corp raised its position in shares of Generac by 16.1% during the 4th quarter. Hancock Whitney Corp now owns 42,614 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $2,118,000 after purchasing an additional 5,916 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 96.67% of the company’s stock.

About Generac

Generac Holdings Inc designs, manufactures, and sells power generation equipment and other engine powered products for the residential, light commercial, and industrial markets worldwide. The company offers engines, alternators, transfer switches, and other components fueled by natural gas, liquid propane, gasoline, diesel, and bi-fuel.

EQUITIES ANALYSTS ISSUED AWAITATIONS FOR CORNERSTONE ONDEMAND, INC.’S Q1 2019 REVENUE (CSOD)

Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSOD) – Stock analysts at DA Davidson issued their Q1 2019 earnings estimates for shares of Cornerstone OnDemand in a research report issued on Wednesday, February 13th. DA Davidson analyst R. Jaluria anticipates that the software maker will earn ($0.05) per share for the quarter. DA Davidson currently has a “Buy” rating and a $65.00 target price on the stock. DA Davidson also issued estimates for Cornerstone OnDemand’s Q2 2019 earnings at ($0.08) EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at ($0.01) EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.03 EPS, FY2019 earnings at ($0.11) EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.05 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $0.05 EPS, Q3 2020 earnings at $0.10 EPS, Q4 2020 earnings at $0.15 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $0.34 EPS.

Equities Analysts Set Expectations for Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.’s Q2 2019 Earnings (SWK)

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK) – KeyCorp issued their Q2 2019 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Stanley Black & Decker in a note issued to investors on Tuesday, January 22nd, Zacks Investment Research reports. KeyCorp analyst K. Zener expects that the industrial products company will post earnings per share of $2.49 for the quarter. KeyCorp currently has a “Buy” rating and a $170.00 target price on the stock. KeyCorp also issued estimates for Stanley Black & Decker’s Q3 2019 earnings at $2.52 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $2.39 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $8.55 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $9.58 EPS.

Equities Analysts Set Expectations for Xperi Corp’s FY2018 Earnings (XPER)

Xperi Corp (NASDAQ:XPER) – Equities researchers at B. Riley lowered their FY2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Xperi in a research report issued on Thursday, February 14th. B. Riley analyst E. Wold now expects that the semiconductor company will post earnings of $2.56 per share for the year, down from their prior forecast of $2.66. B. Riley has a “Buy” rating and a $23.00 price target on the stock.

Equities Analysts Set Expectations for CNO Financial Group Inc’s Q2 2019 Earnings (CNO)

CNO Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CNO) – Analysts at William Blair dropped their Q2 2019 earnings per share estimates for CNO Financial Group in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, February 13th. William Blair analyst A. Klauber now anticipates that the financial services provider will post earnings of $0.51 per share for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.54. William Blair also issued estimates for CNO Financial Group’s Q3 2020 earnings at $0.57 EPS.

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