It’s been a crucial week for Essentra plc (LON:ESNT); here’s what analysts have to say.

April 17, 2018 - By Vivian Park

Essentra plc (LON:ESNT) LogoInvestors sentiment decreased to 1.51 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.24, from 1.75 in 2017Q3. It is negative, as 19 investors sold Essentra plc shares while 70 reduced holdings. 43 funds opened positions while 91 raised stakes. 83.75 million shares or 0.88% more from 83.02 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported.
Thrivent For Lutherans invested in 0.02% or 124,788 shares. Arrowstreet Cap Partnership stated it has 0.03% of its portfolio in Essentra plc (LON:ESNT). Virtu Financial Lc owns 14,075 shares or 0.03% of their US portfolio. 80,305 were reported by Samlyn Capital Limited Liability Corp. Skyline Asset Mngmt Ltd Partnership owns 528,550 shares or 1.84% of their US portfolio. Dimensional Fund Advsr Limited Partnership invested in 0.02% or 939,562 shares. Ngam Advisors Lp reported 87,408 shares. Renaissance Gru Ltd Co accumulated 24,734 shares or 0.04% of the stock. Her Majesty The Queen In Right Of The Province Of Alberta As Represented By Alberta Inv Mgmt Corp holds 116,300 shares. Vaughan Nelson Investment Mgmt Limited Partnership reported 1.07M shares or 0.54% of all its holdings. Brandywine Global Invest Management Lc holds 0.07% of its portfolio in Essentra plc (LON:ESNT) for 264,039 shares. Alyeska Invest Grp Inc Ltd Partnership invested in 0.02% or 53,294 shares. Driehaus Cap Mgmt Ltd Liability Corporation owns 0.12% invested in Essentra plc (LON:ESNT) for 73,783 shares. California Employees Retirement Systems reported 0.01% in Essentra plc (LON:ESNT). Pnc Financial Svcs Group stated it has 142,950 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings.

Since October 20, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 insider sales for $22.87 million activity. Another trade for 5,209 shares valued at $234,509 was made by Gibbons Mary Lourdes on Friday, October 20. CASALE MARK sold $22.31 million worth of stock or 500,000 shares.

Essentra plc (LON:ESNT) Ratings Coverage

Among 4 analysts covering Essentra (LON:ESNT), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Essentra had 10 analyst reports since October 23, 2017 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold” on Thursday, February 22. On Friday, March 2 the stock rating was upgraded by Peel Hunt to “Buy”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, April 9 by Peel Hunt. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Buy” on Friday, April 6. The firm has “Hold” rating by Numis Securities given on Monday, March 5. Peel Hunt maintained it with “Add” rating and GBX 585 target in Tuesday, October 31 report. Peel Hunt maintained Essentra plc (LON:ESNT) on Thursday, December 14 with “Add” rating. The rating was maintained by Numis Securities with “Hold” on Tuesday, October 24. The stock of Essentra plc (LON:ESNT) earned “Add” rating by Peel Hunt on Tuesday, January 23. The stock of Essentra plc (LON:ESNT) earned “Add” rating by Peel Hunt on Monday, October 23. Below is a list of Essentra plc (LON:ESNT) latest ratings and price target changes.

09/04/2018 Broker: Peel Hunt Rating: Buy Old Target: GBX 550.00 Upgrade
06/04/2018 Broker: Deutsche Bank Rating: Buy Old Target: GBX 600.00 Maintain
05/03/2018 Broker: Numis Securities Rating: Hold Old Target: GBX 500.00 New Target: GBX 500.00 Maintain
02/03/2018 Broker: Peel Hunt Rating: Buy Old Target: GBX 585.00 New Target: GBX 550.00 Upgrade
22/02/2018 Broker: Jefferies Rating: Hold Old Target: GBX 510.00 New Target: GBX 510.00 Maintain
23/01/2018 Broker: Peel Hunt Rating: Add Old Target: GBX 585.00 New Target: GBX 585.00 Maintain
14/12/2017 Broker: Peel Hunt Rating: Add Old Target: GBX 585.00 New Target: GBX 585.00 Maintain
31/10/2017 Broker: Peel Hunt Rating: Add Old Target: GBX 585.00 New Target: GBX 585.00 Maintain
24/10/2017 Broker: Numis Securities Rating: Hold New Target: GBX 500.00 Maintain
23/10/2017 Broker: Peel Hunt Rating: Add Old Target: GBX 585.00 New Target: GBX 585.00 Maintain

The stock increased 1.29% or GBX 5.4 during the last trading session, reaching GBX 424.8. About 1.40M shares traded or 103.14% up from the average. Essentra plc (LON:ESNT) has 0.00% since April 17, 2017 and is . It has underperformed by 11.55% the S&P500.

Essentra plc manufactures and supplies specialist plastic, fiber, foam, and packaging products worldwide. The company has market cap of 1.11 billion GBP. The firm operates through three strategic business units: Component Solutions, Health & Personal Care Packaging, and Filtration Products. It has a 9.81 P/E ratio. The Component Solutions strategic business unit offers plastic injection molded, vinyl dip-molded, and metal items for equipment manufacturing, automotive, fabrication, electronics, and construction industries, as well as component solutions for protection and finishing purposes.

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