Are Analysts Bullish Micro Focus International plc (LON:MCRO) After Last Week?

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Micro Focus International plc (LON:MCRO) Ratings Coverage

Among 2 analysts covering Micro Focus International PLC (LON:MCRO), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Micro Focus International PLC has GBX 2200 highest and GBX 1530 lowest target. GBX 1865’s average target is 72.46% above currents GBX 1081.4 stock price. Micro Focus International PLC had 14 analyst reports since March 14, 2019 according to SRatingsIntel. On Friday, April 12 the stock rating was downgraded by Barclays Capital to “Equal Weight”. Goldman Sachs maintained Micro Focus International plc (LON:MCRO) rating on Tuesday, May 28. Goldman Sachs has “Neutral” rating and GBX 2200 target. The rating was maintained by UBS with “Buy” on Thursday, March 14. The rating was maintained by Goldman Sachs on Thursday, March 14 with “Neutral”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, September 3 by UBS. Below is a list of Micro Focus International plc (LON:MCRO) latest ratings and price target changes.

03/09/2019 Broker: UBS Rating: Buy Old Target: GBX 2050.00 New Target: GBX 1530.00 Unchanged

22/07/2019 Broker: Barclays Capital Rating: Equal Weight Old Target: GBX 2000.00 Maintain

10/07/2019 Broker: UBS Rating: Buy Old Target: GBX 2050.00 Maintain

08/07/2019 Broker: UBS Rating: Buy Old Target: GBX 2050.00 Maintain

08/07/2019 Broker: Barclays Capital Rating: Equal Weight Old Target: GBX 2000.00 Maintain

05/07/2019 Broker: UBS Rating: Buy Old Target: GBX 2050.00 Maintain

28/05/2019 Broker: Goldman Sachs Rating: Neutral Old Target: GBX 2290.00 New Target: GBX 2200.00 Maintain

16/05/2019 Broker: Numis Securities Rating: Buy Old Target: GBX 2350.00 Maintain

03/05/2019 Broker: Numis Securities Rating: Buy Old Target: GBX 2350.00 Maintain

12/04/2019 Broker: Barclays Capital Rating: Equal Weight Old Target: GBX 1800.00 New Target: GBX 2000.00 Downgrade

The stock decreased 1.12% or GBX 12.2 during the last trading session, reaching GBX 1081.4. About 1.80 million shares traded or 22.74% up from the average. Micro Focus International plc (LON:MCRO) has 0.00% since September 9, 2018 and is . It has by 0.00% the S&P500.

Micro Focus International plc, an infrastructure software company, develops, sells, and supports software products and solutions to federal, airlines, and healthcare industries in the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Japan, and internationally. The company has market cap of 5.30 billion GBP. The firm operates through Micro Focus and SUSE divisions. It has a 2.6 P/E ratio. It provides software products in the areas of collaboration, endpoint management, file and networking services, identity and access management, information archiving, security management, terminal emulation, and software delivery and testing, as well as COBOL development and mainframe, and data center solutions.

More notable recent Micro Focus International plc (LON:MCRO) news were published by: Finance.Yahoo.com which released: “One Thing To Remember About The Haydale Graphene Industries plc (LON:HAYD) Share Price – Yahoo Finance” on June 07, 2019, also Finance.Yahoo.com with their article: “StockBeat: Marks & Spencer’s Fall From Grace Ends in FTSE Exit – Yahoo Finance” published on September 03, 2019, Finance.Yahoo.com published: “Is Micro Focus International plc’s (LON:MCRO) Balance Sheet Strong Enough To Weather A Storm? – Yahoo Finance” on June 21, 2019. More interesting news about Micro Focus International plc (LON:MCRO) were released by: Finance.Yahoo.com and their article: “Calculating The Fair Value Of Micro Focus International plc (LON:MCRO) – Yahoo Finance” published on April 30, 2019 as well as Finance.Yahoo.com‘s news article titled: “China Dongxiang (Group) (HKG:3818) Shares Have Generated A Total Return Of 7.7% In The Last Three Years – Yahoo Finance” with publication date: April 24, 2019.

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Barclays Accelerator welcomes the 2019 New York class

… network, and other industry leaders to fine-tune their business propositions and solve problems at the cutting edge of financial technology.
Established in 2014, the Barclays Accelerator is an intensive 13-week program designed to fast-track the next generation of FinTechs. Participating companies will collaborate with a team of Barclays executives, the Techstars worldwide network, and other industry leaders to fine-tune their business propositions and solve problems at the cutting edge of financial technology. After three months of mentoring from leading industry professionals, the companies will highlight their progress and showcase their innovative propositions at a demo day in New York this December.

With more than 160 alumni companies and 16 programs completed to date, the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is one of the largest single-bank-powered portfolios globally, with a portfolio valuation of over $1 billion. The companies will also be eligible for recently launched Rise Growth Investments, follow-on investment capital solely focused on the companies accepted into the Barclays Accelerator. The funds allow Barclays to invest up to £10m of follow-on investment capital per Accelerator class.

The mentoring and advice received during the program has led to the success of alumni companies such as Chainalysis, Morty, Novo and Harvest Platform among many other accelerator graduates – providing customer value across a range of applications in the financial services industry.

Mariquit Corcoran, Managing Director, Group Innovation at Barclays, stated: “This year’s New York class spans across a diverse and exciting set of sectors addressing challenges faced by the financial services industry including accounting, lending, travel, payments, data and analytics, personal finance and savings, and wealth management. We are extremely excited to work with these exceptional companies to help them transform the future of financial services in our cutting-edge Rise New York workspace, which is in the final stages of a massive expansion, including a state-of-the-art events space, auditorium and recording studio – set to launch this October.”

Jon Zanoff, Managing Director at Techstars, said: “Opportunities to invest in FinTech have never been greater, and I couldn’t imagine a more ideal partner than Barclays to run this program. Together, we’ve built a model that reimagines corporate innovation and has resulted in tremendous value for Barclays and our 100+ FinTech portfolio companies. In fact, alumni companies from across all Barclays Accelerator programs are collectively valued at over $1 billion to date. We’re thrilled to welcome these nine exceptional companies to our program, and look forward to working with them to accelerate their businesses over the next 13 weeks.”

The companies of the 2019 New York class of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars, are:

• Hubly: Hubly is building technology to power the future of financial advice.

• Lance Global Inc: Lance empowers freelancers to navigate their financial future.

• Lifesaver Inc: Lifesaver empowers young consumers with financial literacy resources and matches them to financial institutions in their community.

• Revelio Labs: Revelio Labs provides an in-depth view into the workforces of companies around the world.

• Swipedom: Swipedom maximizes cash flow for startups by splitting their invoices into installments.

• Taptrip: Taptrip is a self-serve business travel and expenses platform for small and medium-sized businesses.

• TomoCredit: TomoCredit helps millennials get credit cards they deserve by analyzing their alternative data sets.

• Trio: Trio is an all-in-one brokerage and checking account that lets you earn investment returns on your checking balance.

• Vestive: Vestive is a digital investment advisor creating solutions that are better for the environment, our society, and our users’ financial futures.

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Blackrock Inc (NYSE:BLK) Stock Sentiment Increases

Blackrock Inc (NYSE:BLK) institutional sentiment increased to 1.38 in 2019 Q1. Its up 0.44, from 0.94 in 2018Q4. The ratio is more positive, as 455 …

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Sentiment for Blackrock Inc (NYSE:BLK)

Blackrock Inc (NYSE:BLK) institutional sentiment increased to 1.38 in 2019 Q1. Its up 0.44, from 0.94 in 2018Q4. The ratio is more positive, as 455 investment managers opened new and increased equity positions, while 330 sold and trimmed stock positions in Blackrock Inc. The investment managers in our partner’s database now own: 122.61 million shares, down from 131.16 million shares in 2018Q4. Also, the number of investment managers holding Blackrock Inc in their top 10 equity positions increased from 15 to 16 for an increase of 1. Sold All: 50 Reduced: 280 Increased: 351 New Position: 104.

BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The company has market cap of $65.59 billion. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors including corporate, public, union, and industry pension plans, insurance companies, third-party mutual funds, endowments, public institutions, governments, foundations, charities, sovereign wealth funds, firms, official institutions, and banks. It has a 16.11 P/E ratio. It also provides global risk management and advisory services.

The stock decreased 0.21% or $0.89 during the last trading session, reaching $423.83. About 467,212 shares traded. BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) has declined 6.50% since September 8, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 6.50% the S&P500.

Analysts await BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) to report earnings on October, 15. They expect $7.08 EPS, down 5.85 % or $0.44 from last year’s $7.52 per share. BLK’s profit will be $1.10 billion for 14.97 P/E if the $7.08 EPS becomes a reality. After $6.41 actual EPS reported by BlackRock, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 10.45 % EPS growth.

Pnc Financial Services Group Inc. holds 14.56% of its portfolio in BlackRock, Inc. for 34.03 million shares. Cincinnati Indemnity Co owns 4,900 shares or 7.13% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Davis Capital Partners Llc has 5.47% invested in the company for 150,000 shares. The Ohio-based Cincinnati Insurance Co has invested 4.63% in the stock. Bluemar Capital Management Llc, a New York-based fund reported 28,329 shares.

BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) Ratings Coverage

Ratings analysis reveals 75% of Blackrock Inc’s analysts are positive. Out of 4 Wall Street analysts rating Blackrock Inc, 3 give it “Buy”, 0 “Sell” rating, while 1 recommend “Hold”. The lowest target is $431 while the high is $55000. The stock’s average target of $508.20 is 19.91% above today’s ($423.83) share price. BLK was included in 8 notes of analysts from March 14, 2019. The stock has “Buy” rating by Barclays Capital on Thursday, March 14. Citigroup maintained it with “Buy” rating and $500 target in Monday, April 15 report. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley on Wednesday, April 17 with “Overweight”. The stock has “Hold” rating by Deutsche Bank on Friday, March 15. The stock of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) has “Overweight” rating given on Wednesday, April 17 by Barclays Capital.

More notable recent BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “BlackRock CEFs to buy back up to 5% of shares – Seeking Alpha” on September 08, 2019, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “BlackRock unit to take Russia-linked firm’s Cofense stake – Seeking Alpha” published on August 20, 2019, Seekingalpha.com published: “BlackRock may invest in infrastructure in Israel – Seeking Alpha” on August 25, 2019. More interesting news about BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) were released by: Globenewswire.com and their article: “BlackRock® Canada Announces August Cash Distributions for the iShares® ETFs – GlobeNewswire” published on August 20, 2019 as well as Globenewswire.com‘s news article titled: “BlackRock® Canada Announces Final August Cash Distributions for the iShares® Premium Money Market ETF – GlobeNewswire” with publication date: August 26, 2019.

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Insider Buying: Resonant Inc (NASDAQ:RESN) Director Purchases 396000 Shares of Stock

Finally, Two Sigma Investments LP acquired a new stake in Resonant during the fourth quarter valued at $48,000. Institutional investors own 10.16% …

Resonant logoResonant Inc (NASDAQ:RESN) Director Michael J. Fox purchased 396,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, August 9th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $2.53 per share, for a total transaction of $1,001,880.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 62,925 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $159,200.25. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.

Shares of RESN traded down $0.07 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $3.27. 55,187 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 223,228. The firm has a market cap of $100.45 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -3.34 and a beta of 2.30. The stock’s fifty day moving average price is $2.67 and its 200 day moving average price is $2.79. Resonant Inc has a 12-month low of $0.92 and a 12-month high of $5.00. The company has a current ratio of 3.11, a quick ratio of 3.11 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.20.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on RESN shares. Craig Hallum restated a “buy” rating and issued a $4.00 price target (down previously from $5.00) on shares of Resonant in a research report on Thursday, May 9th. HC Wainwright cut their price objective on shares of Resonant from $8.00 to $4.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, August 7th. Needham & Company LLC set a $5.00 price objective on shares of Resonant and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Resonant from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 16th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $5.60.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Leisure Capital Management grew its holdings in shares of Resonant by 4.5% in the 1st quarter. Leisure Capital Management now owns 79,575 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $239,000 after acquiring an additional 3,416 shares during the last quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC boosted its position in Resonant by 34.8% during the second quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC now owns 19,985 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $48,000 after purchasing an additional 5,156 shares during the last quarter. Barclays PLC boosted its position in Resonant by 23,188.8% during the fourth quarter. Barclays PLC now owns 20,727 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $28,000 after purchasing an additional 20,638 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp acquired a new stake in Resonant during the fourth quarter valued at $34,000. Finally, Two Sigma Investments LP acquired a new stake in Resonant during the fourth quarter valued at $48,000. Institutional investors own 10.16% of the company’s stock.

About Resonant

Resonant Inc, a late-stage development company, designs and develops filter designs for radio frequency (RF) front-ends used in the mobile device industry in the United States. It uses Infinite Synthesized Networks technology, a software platform that is used to configure and connect resonators, the building blocks of RF filters.

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Canopy Growth (CGC): What Happened at Barclays Event, and What’s Next

Watch the author’s track record on TipRanks. With the founding CEO at Canopy Growth (CGC) gone for two months now, the company had an …

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With the founding CEO at Canopy Growth (CGC) gone for two months now, the company had an opportunity to reset expectations at a Barclays conference. Unfortunately, the cannabis company continues to set aggressive growth goals, but rather modest profit goals. Canopy still needs a new CEO to rationalize the business and make the stock attractive to investors.

Barclays Conference

The company attended the Barclays 2019 Global Consumer Staples conference on September 4. CFO Mike Lee presented for Canopy Growth providing an interesting perspective from the most senior executive expected to remain at the corporation after this executive shuffle.

Canopy Growth held an earnings call for the June quarter report on August 15, but the discussion was as much about the quarterly results as the future business prospects. With now two months passed since the departure of founding CEO Bruce Linton, the hope was for the CFO to present a restructuring where the cannabis giant doesn’t chase every cannabis market in the world.

Instead, the CFO doubled down on Acreage Holdings (ACRGF) and CBD in the U.S. in addition to global markets in Europe and Latin America. The end result is that the company maintains FQ4’20 (March quarter) targets of C$250 million in revenues and 40% gross margins.

Canopy Growth expects to reach the revenue goal via store growth in Canada and entering new markets such as CBD in the U.S.

So Many Contingencies

The biggest problem with the plan is a stock value still up at $8.5 billion and the need to execute on both Cannabis 2.0 in Canada and CBD in the U.S. As the company is attempting to push margins back to only 40%, Canopy Growth has to invest aggressively in these new operations.

Both of the markets have the potential for being successful, but neither market necessarily benefits the other while the competition is highly focused on their particular markets. By the time Canopy Growth enters the CBD market in the U.S. towards the start of 2020, every major U.S. MSO along with several pure plays will already have products on the market.

The CFO provided no improved timelines for profitability. The goal remains for the Canadian operations to reach EBITDA profitable in FY21 and company wide in FY22.

The goal doesn’t appear lofty when top competitor Aurora Cannabis (ACB) is already expected to be EBITDA positive now based on gross margins reaching 70%. What is needed is a reduction in the bloated corporate structure where the company spent nearly C$125 million on operating expenses. The amount is far too large to support an organization with a goal for 40% gross margins suggesting Canopy Growth is chasing markets with limited near-term profitability prospects in order to just become the biggest global cannabis company, not the best.

Takeaway

The key investor takeaway is that Canopy Growth continues to chase global markets without the massive margin profiles worthy of such moves. For this reason, the large cannabis company actually has modest revenue targets approaching only a $750 million run rate by the end of March with a market cap still up at $8.5 billion.

The picture at Canopy Growth just isn’t improving until the company hires a new CEO willing and able to take tough decisions on the future business model.

Unsurprisingly, investor sentiment remains negative, with individual portfolios in the TipRanks database showing a net pullback from CGC.

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