Clearbridge Has Decreased Assured Guaranty LTD (AGO) Holding By $2.37 Million; Kforce (KFRC) Shorts Decreased By 32.06%

February 22, 2018 - By Linda Rogers

Clearbridge Llc decreased Assured Guaranty Ltd (AGO) stake by 16.61% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Clearbridge Llc sold 64,110 shares as Assured Guaranty Ltd (AGO)’s stock declined 5.68%. The Clearbridge Llc holds 321,951 shares with $12.15 million value, down from 386,061 last quarter. Assured Guaranty Ltd now has $4.41B valuation. The stock decreased 1.06% or $0.4 during the last trading session, reaching $37.52. About 602,120 shares traded. Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO) has risen 51.57% since February 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 34.87% the S&P500.

Kforce Inc (NASDAQ:KFRC) had a decrease of 32.06% in short interest. KFRC’s SI was 112,100 shares in February as released by FINRA. Its down 32.06% from 165,000 shares previously. With 76,900 avg volume, 2 days are for Kforce Inc (NASDAQ:KFRC)’s short sellers to cover KFRC’s short positions. The SI to Kforce Inc’s float is 0.5%. The stock decreased 1.60% or $0.45 during the last trading session, reaching $27.75. About 80,743 shares traded. Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC) has risen 4.91% since February 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 11.79% the S&P500.

Since September 7, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 20 insider sales for $2.99 million activity. ALLRED JOHN also sold $15,678 worth of Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC) on Friday, December 8. $100,683 worth of stock was sold by DUNKEL DAVID L on Monday, January 8. 1,500 shares were sold by STRUZZIERO RALPH, worth $39,825. 7,865 shares were sold by BLACKMAN MICHAEL R, worth $204,569. ROSEN ELAINE sold $135,900 worth of stock or 5,000 shares. $89,935 worth of Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC) shares were sold by Mitchell Kye L.. On Friday, January 5 the insider Edmund Robert William sold $191,953.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.18 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.58, from 1.76 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 8 investors sold Kforce Inc. shares while 41 reduced holdings. 15 funds opened positions while 43 raised stakes. 20.81 million shares or 0.54% less from 20.92 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Axa holds 0% or 17,400 shares. Millennium Limited Liability reported 243,397 shares. 13,979 were reported by Voya Invest Lc. First Fincl Bank Of Omaha invested 0.07% in Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC). 34,474 are owned by Congress Asset Mngmt Com Ma. Deutsche Natl Bank Ag reported 62,098 shares. Macquarie Grp Limited has invested 0.05% in Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC). Jefferies Group Lc has 0% invested in Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC). Opus Cap Group Ltd Liability Com holds 0.74% or 160,918 shares in its portfolio. D E Shaw And Inc has invested 0% of its portfolio in Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC). Nationwide Fund Advisors reported 0% in Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC). Tributary Cap Mgmt Lc reported 774,619 shares stake. Swiss Bancshares reported 41,100 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Great West Life Assurance Can has 0% invested in Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC). Dimensional Fund Advisors Lp owns 1.42 million shares.

Among 6 analysts covering Kforce.com (NASDAQ:KFRC), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Kforce.com had 12 analyst reports since November 4, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was initiated by Deutsche Bank on Thursday, August 18 with “Hold”. The stock has “Buy” rating by Robert W. Baird on Monday, September 11. The firm earned “Mkt Outperform” rating on Wednesday, February 8 by Avondale. The stock has “Buy” rating by Northcoast on Monday, November 6. The firm has “Hold” rating by SunTrust given on Wednesday, October 11. The firm has “Mkt Perform” rating by Avondale given on Monday, December 19. The stock of Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, August 2 by Deutsche Bank. Credit Suisse downgraded the shares of KFRC in report on Friday, February 24 to “Neutral” rating. SunTrust maintained Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC) on Wednesday, January 31 with “Hold” rating. The company was maintained on Wednesday, February 7 by Robert W. Baird.

Kforce Inc. provides professional and technical specialty staffing services and solutions in the United States and internationally. The company has market cap of $700.35 million. It operates through three divisions: Technology , Finance and Accounting (FA), and Government Solutions (GS). It has a 21.35 P/E ratio. The Tech segment provides temporary staffing and permanent placement services to its clients primarily in the areas of information technology, such as systems/applications architecture and development, project management, enterprise data management, business intelligence, e-commerce, technology infrastructure, network architecture, and security.

Among 6 analysts covering Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO), 5 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive. Assured Guaranty had 12 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO) earned “Buy” rating by UBS on Tuesday, November 10. The stock has “Outperform” rating by Macquarie Research on Monday, November 9. Keefe Bruyette & Woods initiated Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO) rating on Wednesday, December 20. Keefe Bruyette & Woods has “Buy” rating and $47.0 target. M Partners maintained Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO) on Monday, November 16 with “Buy” rating. On Tuesday, February 28 the stock rating was downgraded by Keefe Bruyette & Woods to “Mkt Perform”. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, June 9 report. The rating was maintained by UBS on Wednesday, October 4 with “Buy”. The stock has “Buy” rating by BTIG Research on Friday, May 26. The stock of Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, August 12 by Zacks. The rating was maintained by Wood on Friday, April 7 with “Hold”.

Clearbridge Llc increased Marten Trans Ltd (NASDAQ:MRTN) stake by 345,446 shares to 766,414 valued at $15.75M in 2017Q3. It also upped Murphy Usa Inc (NYSE:MUSA) stake by 26,790 shares and now owns 321,175 shares. Service Corp Intl (NYSE:SCI) was raised too.

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