$0.17 EPS Expected for Heartland Express, Inc. (HTLD); Markel (MKL) Shorts Lowered By 9.69%

September 17, 2017 - By wolcottdaily

Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) had a decrease of 9.69% in short interest. MKL’s SI was 194,800 shares in September as released by FINRA. Its down 9.69% from 215,700 shares previously. With 21,000 avg volume, 9 days are for Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL)’s short sellers to cover MKL’s short positions. The SI to Markel Corporation’s float is 1.43%. The stock increased 0.54% or $5.57 on September 15, reaching $1042.3. About 31,669 shares traded or 26.70% up from the average. Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) has declined 1.06% since September 17, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 17.76% the S&P500.

Analysts expect Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) to report $0.17 EPS on October, 19.They anticipate $0.02 EPS change or 13.33% from last quarter’s $0.15 EPS. HTLD’s profit would be $14.17M giving it 33.16 P/E if the $0.17 EPS is correct. After having $0.18 EPS previously, Heartland Express, Inc.’s analysts see -5.56% EPS growth. The stock increased 0.94% or $0.21 on September 15, reaching $22.55. About 1.27M shares traded or 161.96% up from the average. Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) has risen 9.15% since September 17, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 7.55% the S&P500.

Heartland Express, Inc. is a holding company. The company has market cap of $1.88 billion. The Firm is a short-to-medium haul truckload carrier. It has a 34.61 P/E ratio. The Firm focuses primarily on short- to medium-haul, asset dry van truckload services in regional markets near its terminals.

Among 11 analysts covering Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD), 0 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 0 are positive. Heartland Express had 20 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was upgraded on Monday, July 10 by UBS. Barclays Capital maintained Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) rating on Tuesday, January 12. Barclays Capital has “Underweight” rating and $17.0 target. Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to “Underperform” rating in Monday, May 9 report. The company was upgraded on Friday, February 10 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock of Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) has “Sector Weight” rating given on Thursday, April 7 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The stock of Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, December 16 by Stifel Nicolaus. The company was maintained on Wednesday, April 6 by Barclays Capital. The stock of Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) earned “Underperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, January 7. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, August 2 by Stifel Nicolaus. The firm has “Underperform” rating by Wolfe Research given on Wednesday, October 28.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.85 in Q4 2016. Its up 0.46, from 1.39 in 2016Q3. It improved, as 14 investors sold Heartland Express, Inc. shares while 39 reduced holdings. 22 funds opened positions while 49 raised stakes. 47.07 million shares or 1.42% more from 46.41 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported. Voya Limited Liability reported 0% of its portfolio in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD). Pacad Invest has 0.01% invested in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) for 3,300 shares. Manufacturers Life Ins Com The reported 32,436 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Teachers Retirement System Of The State Of Kentucky holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) for 19,700 shares. Moreover, Barclays Public Ltd Co has 0% invested in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD). Tiaa Cref Inv Mgmt Ltd Liability Co reported 0% of its portfolio in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD). Farmers & Merchants Invs owns 16,145 shares. 15,550 were reported by Mutual Of Omaha Natl Bank Wealth Mgmt. Aperio Gp Ltd Co stated it has 27,944 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Ny State Teachers Retirement holds 152,053 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Creative Planning stated it has 2,023 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) reported 0% in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD). Credit Suisse Ag invested 0% in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD). Blackrock Inv Mgmt Limited Liability Company owns 229,322 shares. Kcg reported 41,196 shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.06 in 2016 Q4. Its up 0.07, from 0.99 in 2016Q3. It increased, as 28 investors sold Markel Corporation shares while 126 reduced holdings. 38 funds opened positions while 130 raised stakes. 10.25 million shares or 0.03% less from 10.26 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported. Balyasny Asset Mngmt Lc invested in 11,460 shares or 0.06% of the stock. Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale reported 1,170 shares. Brown Advisory Llc has 0.17% invested in Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) for 684 shares. Sterling Mgmt Ltd Com holds 82,799 shares. Blackrock Inv Management Ltd Llc holds 8,831 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Cibc Ww Markets owns 0.02% invested in Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) for 2,000 shares. Deutsche Bank & Trust Ag stated it has 11,338 shares. Brandywine Glob Investment Mgmt Limited holds 0.07% or 12,579 shares in its portfolio. Ancora Limited Liability Company reported 0.01% stake. Jpmorgan Chase invested in 9,298 shares or 0% of the stock. Salem Counselors, North Carolina-based fund reported 1,185 shares. Hightower Advsr Ltd invested 0% of its portfolio in Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL). Steinberg Asset Mgmt Limited Liability Corp owns 5,939 shares. Delta Asset Mngmt Limited Liability Com Tn accumulated 11 shares. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft Fi reported 0.01% in Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL).

Markel Corporation is a financial holding firm serving a range of markets. The company has market cap of $14.50 billion. The Company’s principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. It has a 36.05 P/E ratio. It monitors and reports its ongoing underwriting activities in three divisions: U.S.

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