William Clifford Pays for $2.81 million of Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (GLPI) in an Insider Trading; Southwestern Energy Co Has 1.08 Sentiment

In an electronic report which was filled with the Washington-based SEC, it was reported that the SVP – CFO and Treas of Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc William Clifford, an insider in spotlight, made a broker trade for 85,000 shares of the company, having a market value near $2.81 million U.S Dollars using an average price-per-share of $33.0 U.S Dollars . Obviously, the acquisition raised a few eyebrows, as Mr. William right now holds 351,068 shares, accounting for 0.17% of the company’s total market cap.

Southwestern Energy Company, an independent natural gas and oil company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil in the United States. The company has market cap of $2.06 billion. It operates through two divisions, Exploration and Production, and Midstream Services. It has a 5.71 P/E ratio. The firm focuses on the Marcellus Shale, an unconventional natural gas reservoir covering approximately 245,805 net acres in Northeast Appalachia; Marcellus, Utica, and Upper Devonian Shales covering approximately 321,563 net acres in Southwest Appalachia; and the Fayetteville Shale, an unconventional gas reservoir covering approximately 918,535 net acres in Arkansas.

Among 12 analysts covering Gaming and Leisure Properties (NASDAQ:GLPI), 5 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 42% are positive. Gaming and Leisure Properties has $44 highest and $30 lowest target. $38.30’s average target is 14.16% above currents $33.55 stock price. Gaming and Leisure Properties had 28 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was upgraded by Morgan Stanley on Wednesday, September 7 to “Overweight”. As per Thursday, January 18, the company rating was initiated by Jefferies. As per Thursday, July 27, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The rating was maintained by Ladenburg with “Buy” on Monday, October 30. On Tuesday, December 15 the stock rating was initiated by JMP Securities with “Mkt Outperform”. Ladenburg initiated it with “Buy” rating and $4100 target in Friday, June 2 report. The stock has “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital on Wednesday, August 16. On Tuesday, February 6 the stock rating was maintained by Susquehanna with “Hold”. As per Friday, July 28, the company rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank. The stock has “Buy” rating by Ladenburg on Friday, July 28.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.38 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.06, from 1.32 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 28 investors sold Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. shares while 76 reduced holdings. 43 funds opened positions while 101 raised stakes. 192.49 million shares or 2.96% more from 186.96 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Css Limited Liability Il reported 6,700 shares. Vanguard, a Pennsylvania-based fund reported 30.02M shares. Connable Office Incorporated stated it has 8,160 shares or 0.06% of all its holdings. Cipher Cap L P reported 113,437 shares stake. Bb&T Limited Liability Co invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLPI). 12,917 were reported by Oppenheimer Asset Management. North Star Inv Mngmt Corp has invested 0% in Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLPI). Metropolitan Life Ins Co Ny reported 19,758 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Anchorage Cap Grp Limited Liability Corp reported 0.24% in Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLPI). 65,523 were accumulated by Fifth Third State Bank. Arrowstreet Cap Partnership stated it has 0.07% of its portfolio in Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLPI). First Foundation Advisors has invested 0.53% in Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLPI). Nomura Holding holds 32,403 shares. Putnam Invs Lc accumulated 4.65M shares. Goodnow Invest Ltd Co owns 706,915 shares or 5.37% of their US portfolio.

GLPI is engaged in the business of acquiring, financing, and owning real estate property to be leased to gaming operators in triple-net lease arrangements, pursuant to which the tenant is responsible for all facility maintenance, insurance required in connection with the leased properties and the business conducted on the leased properties, taxes levied on or with respect to the leased properties and all utilities and other services necessary or appropriate for the leased properties and the business conducted on the leased properties. The company has market cap of $7.13 billion. GLPI expects to grow its portfolio by pursuing opportunities to acquire additional gaming facilities to lease to gaming operators. It has a 18.74 P/E ratio. GLPI also intends to diversify its portfolio over time, including by acquiring properties outside the gaming industry to lease to third parties.

The stock increased 0.72% or $0.24 during the last trading session, reaching $33.55. About 1.40M shares traded or 21.09% up from the average. Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLPI) has risen 10.92% since February 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 5.78% the S&P500.

Analysts await Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) to report earnings on February, 22. They expect $0.14 EPS, up 75.00% or $0.06 from last year’s $0.08 per share. SWN’s profit will be $81.20 million for 6.34 P/E if the $0.14 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.06 actual EPS reported by Southwestern Energy Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 133.33% EPS growth.