Weir Group PLC (LON:WEIR) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Analysts at Citigroup; The GBX 2500.00 Target Indicates 18.32% Potential; F5 Networks (FFIV) Shorts Decreased By 1.08%

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F5 Networks Inc (NASDAQ:FFIV) had a decrease of 1.08% in short interest. FFIV’s SI was 3.79M shares in April as released by FINRA. Its down 1.08% from 3.83M shares previously. With 581,400 avg volume, 7 days are for F5 Networks Inc (NASDAQ:FFIV)’s short sellers to cover FFIV’s short positions. The SI to F5 Networks Inc’s float is 6.12%. The stock increased 2.20% or $3.42 during the last trading session, reaching $158.67. About 1.10 million shares traded or 33.73% up from the average. F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) has declined 1.06% since April 18, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 12.61% the S&P500.

Equity analysts at Citigroup have GBX 2500.00 target on Weir Group PLC (LON:WEIR). Citigroup’s target means a potential upside of 18.32% from the company’s last stock close price. The rating was revealed in analysts note on Wednesday morning.

F5 Networks, Inc. develops, markets, and sells application delivery networking products that optimize the security, performance, and availability of network applications, servers, and storage systems. The company has market cap of $9.81 billion. It offers Local Traffic Manager, which provides intelligent load-balancing, traffic management, and application health checking; BIG-IP DNS that automatically directs users to the closest or best-performing physical, virtual, or cloud environment; Link Controller, which monitors the health and availability of each connection in organizations with more than one Internet service provider; Advanced Firewall Manager, a network firewall; and Application Security Manager, an Web application firewall that provides comprehensive, proactive, and application-layer protection against generalized and targeted attacks. It has a 24.49 P/E ratio. The firm also provides Access Policy Manager, which provides secure, granular, and context-aware access to networks and applications; Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation, which offers a set of tools that enables service providers to migrate to IPv6 while continuing to support and interoperate with existing IPv4 devices and content; and Policy Enforcement Manager that offers traffic classification capabilities to identify the specific applications and services to service providers.

Among 37 analysts covering F5 Networks Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV), 9 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 27 Hold. Therefore 24% are positive. F5 Networks Inc. has $168 highest and $90.0 lowest target. $130.26’s average target is -17.91% below currents $158.67 stock price. F5 Networks Inc. had 108 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Deutsche Bank maintained the stock with “Sell” rating in Tuesday, October 3 report. The rating was downgraded by Dougherty & Company on Friday, November 13 to “Neutral”. Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock to “Hold” rating in Tuesday, January 12 report. Wunderlich initiated F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) on Thursday, July 21 with “Buy” rating. Citigroup maintained the stock with “Neutral” rating in Thursday, April 21 report. The rating was downgraded by Bernstein to “Mkt Perform” on Wednesday, November 30. William Blair upgraded the shares of FFIV in report on Friday, April 13 to “Buy” rating. The stock of F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) earned “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Friday, June 16. The rating was downgraded by JMP Securities to “Market Perform” on Friday, November 13. The stock of F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, October 29 by Needham.

Investors sentiment is 0.84 in 2017 Q4. Its the same as in 2017Q3. It is flat, as 42 investors sold F5 Networks, Inc. shares while 174 reduced holdings. only 67 funds opened positions while 115 raised stakes. 55.68 million shares or 7.29% less from 60.06 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Fdx Advisors reported 2,507 shares. Sigma Investment Counselors Inc stated it has 0.31% in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV). Charter Tru Company reported 0.06% of its portfolio in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV). Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) reported 12,549 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Sawgrass Asset Mgmt Ltd owns 1.77% invested in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) for 294,200 shares. New York-based Quantbot Technology Limited Partnership has invested 0.07% in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV). Quantum Capital Management stated it has 2,418 shares. Pension Serv reported 0% in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV). The New York-based Ny State Common Retirement Fund has invested 0.02% in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV). Synovus Fincl has invested 0% in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV). Sei Invs owns 15,034 shares. Financial Architects Inc reported 625 shares. Proshare Advsrs Ltd Limited Liability Company invested in 17,051 shares. Old Mutual Global Investors (Uk) Ltd holds 1.04 million shares or 1.26% of its portfolio. Blackrock holds 4.54M shares or 0.03% of its portfolio.

Since February 1, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 9 insider sales for $8.86 million activity. DiLullo John D also sold $542,378 worth of F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) shares. The insider Reinland Andrew sold 3,457 shares worth $499,183. Another trade for 1,675 shares valued at $239,281 was made by Locoh-Donou Francois on Friday, February 2. Rogers Scot Frazier sold $396,540 worth of stock. MCADAM JOHN also sold $3.60 million worth of F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) shares. HIGGINSON ALAN also sold $289,014 worth of F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) shares. Kearny Ryan C. sold $1.09 million worth of stock.

The stock increased 1.68% or GBX 35 during the last trading session, reaching GBX 2115. About 72,651 shares traded. The Weir Group PLC (LON:WEIR) has 0.00% since April 18, 2017 and is . It has underperformed by 11.55% the S&P500.

Among 24 analysts covering Weir Group PLC (LON:WEIR), 14 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 58% are positive. Weir Group PLC has GBX 2570 highest and GBX 1 lowest target. GBX 2053.48’s average target is -2.91% below currents GBX 2115 stock price. Weir Group PLC had 262 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of WEIR in report on Friday, August 28 with “Sector Perform” rating. The stock has “Sell” rating by Liberum Capital on Thursday, July 30. The stock of The Weir Group PLC (LON:WEIR) has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, February 22 by Jefferies. The rating was maintained by JP Morgan on Monday, August 22 with “Underweight”. The company was maintained on Tuesday, December 5 by Numis Securities. The stock has “Sector Perform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, March 8. The stock of The Weir Group PLC (LON:WEIR) earned “Underperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, October 13. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Friday, April 28 by Numis Securities. Investec downgraded The Weir Group PLC (LON:WEIR) on Thursday, October 8 to “Sell” rating. The company was maintained on Monday, June 19 by JP Morgan.

The Weir Group PLC designs, manufactures, and sells highly-engineered services and products worldwide. The company has market cap of 4.74 billion GBP. The firm operates in three divisions: Minerals, Oil & Gas, and Flow Control. It has a 28.93 P/E ratio. The Minerals segment engineers pumps, valves, cyclones, crushers, high pressure grinding rolls, rubber, and other solutions; and provides slurry handling equipment and associated aftermarket support services for mining, sand and aggregates, and oil sands markets.

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