Insider Trade: Westar Energy, Inc. (WR)’s SVP – Power Delivery Bruce Akin Unloaded 5,507 shares; Martin & Company Has Lifted By $452,105 Its Consolidated Communications Ho (CNSL) Stake

Martin & Company Inc increased Consolidated Communications Ho (CNSL) stake by 28.79% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Martin & Company Inc acquired 23,795 shares as Consolidated Communications Ho (CNSL)’s stock declined 24.30%. The Martin & Company Inc holds 106,443 shares with $2.03M value, up from 82,648 last quarter. Consolidated Communications Ho now has $838.70 million valuation. The stock decreased 2.55% or $0.31 during the last trading session, reaching $11.85. About 800,565 shares traded. Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL) has declined 19.11% since March 16, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 35.81% the S&P500.

A few days ago, an insider trading deal was made. Bruce Akin, the SVP – Power Delivery and an insider of Westar Energy Inc Ks unloaded exactly 5,507 shares of Westar Energy Inc Ks, worth approximately $278,259 U.S Dollars, at $50.5 per every share at the time of the deal. At present, Bruce Akin owns 35,887 shares or 0.03% of the company’s market cap.

Among 9 analysts covering Westar Energy (NYSE:WR), 4 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 44% are positive. Westar Energy has $60 highest and $39 lowest target. $53.86’s average target is 7.48% above currents $50.11 stock price. Westar Energy had 19 analyst reports since August 11, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by UBS with “Neutral” on Monday, January 25. The stock of Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) has “Overweight” rating given on Tuesday, July 11 by JP Morgan. On Wednesday, June 1 the stock rating was downgraded by Gabelli to “Hold”. On Friday, February 26 the stock rating was downgraded by Wells Fargo to “Market Perform”. Wells Fargo upgraded Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) on Monday, October 2 to “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Thursday, October 12 by JP Morgan. On Tuesday, October 13 the stock rating was maintained by Argus Research with “Buy”. JP Morgan maintained Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) rating on Friday, March 11. JP Morgan has “Neutral” rating and $44 target. The firm has “Hold” rating by Argus Research given on Friday, April 15. JP Morgan maintained Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) on Thursday, January 25 with “Overweight” rating.

Since March 13, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for $599,147 activity. On Tuesday, March 13 SOMMA ANTHONY D sold $599,147 worth of Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) or 12,000 shares.

Westar Energy, Inc., an electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Kansas. The company has market cap of $7.13 billion. The firm has 6,292 megawatts of electric generation capacity that produces electricity through various fuel types, including coal, uranium, natural gas, and diesel. It has a 22.07 P/E ratio. It also owns approximately 6,400 miles of transmission lines, 24,000 miles of overhead distribution lines, and 5,000 miles of underground distribution lines.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.1 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.18, from 1.28 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 23 investors sold Westar Energy, Inc. shares while 84 reduced holdings. 42 funds opened positions while 95 raised stakes. 100.24 million shares or 0.51% more from 99.73 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Natl Bank has invested 0.04% of its portfolio in Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR). Virginia Retirement Sys Et Al has invested 0.01% in Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR). Leucadia Natl Corporation holds 0.27% of its portfolio in Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) for 64,396 shares. Css Ltd Limited Liability Company Il holds 0.07% or 28,000 shares. Suntrust Banks Inc accumulated 4,449 shares. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Mgmt Com Ltd invested in 0.01% or 9,493 shares. Guggenheim reported 0.01% of its portfolio in Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR). Renaissance Ltd Liability Corporation owns 3.19 million shares for 0.19% of their portfolio. Citadel Lc reported 0.03% of its portfolio in Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR). Next Group invested in 0.01% or 850 shares. Highvista Strategies Ltd Com invested in 3.08% or 273,286 shares. Stifel accumulated 5,209 shares. The Massachusetts-based Fmr Ltd Company has invested 0.01% in Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR). Catawba Cap Va holds 0.08% or 6,793 shares. San Francisco Sentry Invest Gru (Ca) accumulated 1,950 shares.

Analysts await Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) to report earnings on May, 8. They expect $0.47 earnings per share, up 11.90% or $0.05 from last year’s $0.42 per share. WR’s profit will be $66.85M for 26.65 P/E if the $0.47 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.24 actual earnings per share reported by Westar Energy, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 95.83% EPS growth.

The stock decreased 0.46% or $0.23 during the last trading session, reaching $50.11. About 818,090 shares traded or 19.33% up from the average. Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) has declined 0.52% since March 16, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 17.22% the S&P500.

Since February 14, 2018, it had 2 insider buys, and 0 insider sales for $35,280 activity. MOORE ROGER H/CA had bought 2,000 shares worth $23,880 on Monday, March 12. Udell C Robert JR had bought 1,000 shares worth $11,400 on Wednesday, February 14.

Martin & Company Inc decreased Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stake by 5,200 shares to 48,864 valued at $7.53 million in 2017Q3. It also reduced Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) stake by 9,845 shares and now owns 197,440 shares. Oracle Corp. (NYSE:ORCL) was reduced too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.24 in 2017 Q3. Its down 2.09, from 3.33 in 2017Q2. It fall, as 17 investors sold CNSL shares while 19 reduced holdings. 34 funds opened positions while 86 raised stakes. 98.99 million shares or 176.75% more from 35.77 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. 62,978 are held by Price T Rowe Assocs Inc Md. Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado reported 0% in Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL). Qs reported 6,500 shares. Nationwide Fund Advisors owns 0% invested in Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL) for 36,166 shares. Perigon Wealth Limited Liability Corp holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL) for 1,500 shares. Riverhead Cap Management invested 0% in Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL). Private Grp has 1.33% invested in Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL). Hightower Advisors Ltd Limited Liability Company reported 12,878 shares. Prudential Pcl stated it has 197,400 shares. Moreover, Credit Suisse Ag has 0% invested in Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL). 37,788 are held by First Personal Financial Serv. Barclays Pcl reported 1,515 shares stake. Voya Invest Llc has 0% invested in Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL) for 32,978 shares. Panagora Asset Mngmt Inc holds 29,988 shares or 0% of its portfolio. 14,300 are owned by Blair William And Il.

Among 8 analysts covering Consolidated Communications Holdings (NASDAQ:CNSL), 2 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 25% are positive. Consolidated Communications Holdings has $22 highest and $11 lowest target. $15.80’s average target is 33.33% above currents $11.85 stock price. Consolidated Communications Holdings had 17 analyst reports since September 10, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Underperform” rating on Friday, August 5 by Raymond James. The firm has “Hold” rating by Cowen & Co given on Wednesday, October 18. On Monday, April 4 the stock rating was downgraded by DA Davidson to “Underperform”. Jefferies maintained the shares of CNSL in report on Friday, November 3 with “Hold” rating. The stock of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL) earned “Buy” rating by Drexel Hamilton on Tuesday, January 2. The stock of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL) earned “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Friday, May 13. On Friday, March 2 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold”. The stock of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL) has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, March 10 by Raymond James. The rating was downgraded by Drexel Hamilton on Monday, June 27 to “Hold”. The stock has “Hold” rating by Cowen & Co on Friday, March 2.