BMO Capital Downgrades Treehouse Foods (THS); Lydall (LDL) Sellers Increased By 21.9% Their Shorts

November 15, 2017 - By Richard Conner

Lydall Incorporated (NYSE:LDL) had an increase of 21.9% in short interest. LDL’s SI was 116,900 shares in November as released by FINRA. Its up 21.9% from 95,900 shares previously. With 64,500 avg volume, 2 days are for Lydall Incorporated (NYSE:LDL)’s short sellers to cover LDL’s short positions. The SI to Lydall Incorporated’s float is 0.7%. The stock increased 0.19% or $0.1 during the last trading session, reaching $52.7. About shares traded. Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL) has risen 30.69% since November 15, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 13.99% the S&P500.

Among 18 analysts covering Treehouse Foods (NYSE:THS), 6 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 33% are positive. Treehouse Foods has $108 highest and $38.0 lowest target. $70.67’s average target is 68.26% above currents $42 stock price. Treehouse Foods had 50 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was downgraded by Stifel Nicolaus to “Hold” on Friday, November 3. Stephens downgraded the stock to “Equal-Weight” rating in Thursday, November 3 report. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Outperform” on Friday, November 3. Wells Fargo maintained it with “Market Perform” rating and $41 target in Tuesday, November 14 report. The stock of TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS) earned “Hold” rating by Suntrust Robinson on Thursday, November 3. The firm has “Outperform” rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Monday, January 30. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, August 3 report. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Friday, August 4 by Susquehanna. On Monday, October 23 the stock rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Buy”. As per Monday, September 25, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies.

Among 3 analysts covering Lydall (NYSE:LDL), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. Lydall had 6 analyst reports since August 29, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Monday, July 31 by Roth Capital. The stock of Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, November 9 by Roth Capital. The stock has “Buy” rating by TH Capital on Wednesday, November 9. The stock of Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL) has “Neutral” rating given on Monday, August 29 by Sidoti. The firm has “Buy” rating by Roth Capital given on Monday, June 26. On Wednesday, September 13 the stock rating was upgraded by Sidoti to “Buy”.

Since June 1, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 2 sales for $316,363 activity. $127,148 worth of stock was sold by Abbruzzi Joseph A. on Thursday, June 1. On Friday, June 9 McDaniel Chad A. sold $189,215 worth of Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL) or 3,500 shares.

Lydall, Inc. designs and manufactures specialty engineered filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, automotive thermal and acoustical barriers for filtration/separation and thermal/acoustical applications. The company has market cap of $908.65 million. The Company’s divisions are Performance Materials, Technical Nonwovens, Thermal/Acoustical Metals and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers. It has a 22.88 P/E ratio. The Performance Materials segment includes filtration, thermal insulation and life sciences filtration businesses.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.25 in 2017 Q2. Its up 0.34, from 0.91 in 2017Q1. It increased, as 17 investors sold Lydall, Inc. shares while 40 reduced holdings. 24 funds opened positions while 47 raised stakes. 14.95 million shares or 1.38% less from 15.16 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Hap Trading, a New York-based fund reported 57,466 shares. Champlain Prtnrs Ltd Liability Com holds 0.76% or 1.20M shares. Deutsche Bank Ag holds 0.01% in Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL) or 168,107 shares. Etrade Capital Mngmt Ltd reported 0.03% of its portfolio in Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL). Ls Advisors invested in 2,061 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Metropolitan Life Ins holds 0% or 11,882 shares. Alliancebernstein Ltd Partnership stated it has 20,900 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Gabelli Funds Limited Liability Corporation, a New York-based fund reported 29,200 shares. Pnc Services reported 1,947 shares stake. Raymond James & Assoc holds 0% or 4,209 shares. California Employees Retirement Sys reported 71,100 shares. Credit Suisse Ag invested in 10,064 shares. New York State Teachers Retirement Systems owns 64,171 shares. Thrivent For Lutherans has invested 0% of its portfolio in Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL). The Texas-based Dimensional Fund Advisors L P has invested 0.03% in Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL).

TreeHouse Foods, Inc. is a consumer packaged food and beverage manufacturer. The company has market cap of $2.40 billion. The Company’s divisions include North American Retail Grocery, Food Away From Home, and Industrial and Export. It currently has negative earnings. The Firm makes a range of shelf stable, refrigerated, fresh and frozen products.

The stock decreased 2.89% or $1.25 during the last trading session, reaching $42. About 100 shares traded. TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS) has declined 15.01% since November 15, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 31.71% the S&P500.

Since May 18, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 2 insider sales for $1.77 million activity. Shares for $1.32 million were sold by Riordan Dennis F. On Thursday, June 15 the insider Kahler Erik Thomas sold $452,238. Ussery Terdema L II also sold $627,710 worth of TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS) shares.

Analysts await TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS) to report earnings on February, 8. They expect $0.93 earnings per share, down 18.42% or $0.21 from last year’s $1.14 per share. THS’s profit will be $53.14M for 11.29 P/E if the $0.93 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.67 actual earnings per share reported by TreeHouse Foods Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 38.81% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.42 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.21, from 1.21 in 2017Q1. It improved, as 39 investors sold TreeHouse Foods Inc. shares while 71 reduced holdings. 42 funds opened positions while 114 raised stakes. 64.87 million shares or 3.24% more from 62.83 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Patten Gru Inc reported 0.01% of its portfolio in TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS). Principal Grp owns 239,907 shares. Lpl Lc holds 0.01% or 26,376 shares in its portfolio. Kennedy Capital has invested 0.13% in TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS). Wellington Gru Llp owns 0.01% invested in TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS) for 342,296 shares. Citigroup Inc holds 0% of its portfolio in TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS) for 1,286 shares. Tiaa Cref Invest Llc reported 189,609 shares. The United Kingdom-based Pictet Asset Limited has invested 0.01% in TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS). Sterling Mgmt Ltd Liability Company owns 3,047 shares. Ls Invest Advsr Ltd Company owns 0.02% invested in TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS) for 4,573 shares. Fifth Third Bank reported 1,029 shares. 307,171 were accumulated by Neuberger Berman Grp Inc. Comerica Savings Bank has invested 0.09% in TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS). Highland Management has invested 0.04% in TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS). Peak6 L P has 0.01% invested in TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS).

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