What after Scot Rogers’s Insider Sale of F5 Networks, Inc. (FFIV) Stock?; Lithia Motors (LAD) Has 1.01 Sentiment

February 5, 2018 - By Martha Paddon

The insider Scot Rogers who is EVP and General Counsel of F5 Networks Inc made a sale of 2,738 shares of the public firm worth approx. $396,540 USD which is based on a stock price of $144.8 a share. Full details about the deal dated 05/02/2018, could be found on hand for review in a form on the SEC website here. Currently, Mr. Scot, holds 6,334 shares, which accounts for 0.01% of the company’s market capitalization.

Lithia Motors, Inc. operates automotive franchises, and retails new and used vehicles in the United States. The company has market cap of $2.94 billion. The firm operates in three divisions: Domestic, Import, and Luxury. It has a 14.32 P/E ratio. It sells new and used cars, replacement parts, vehicle service contracts, vehicle protection products, and credit insurance products; provides vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint, and repair services; and arranges related financing.

Since September 5, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 1 insider sale for $382,480 activity. Shares for $382,480 were sold by Gibson Benjamin on Tuesday, September 5.

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 $8.73 billion. The company's primary application delivery technology is Traffic Management Operating System that enable company's products to intercept, inspect, and act on the contents of traffic from virtually each type of Internet Protocol-enabled application. It has a 21.78 P/E ratio. 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; 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.

The stock decreased 2.06% or $2.9669 during the last trading session, reaching $141.1631. About 663,323 shares traded. F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) has risen 21.28% since February 5, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 4.58% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.84 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.15, from 0.99 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 42 investors sold F5 Networks, Inc. shares while 168 reduced holdings. 32 funds opened positions while 144 raised stakes. 60.06 million shares or 0.69% less from 60.48 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Assetmark stated it has 250 shares. Retirement Systems Of Alabama holds 0.02% in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) or 30,830 shares. Ray Gerald L & Associates Limited reported 1,800 shares stake. Ahl Prns Llp holds 0.09% of its portfolio in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) for 42,564 shares. Davis R M has 0.11% invested in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV). Pictet And Cie (Europe) Sa accumulated 6,965 shares or 0.12% of the stock. Consolidated Invest Group Limited Liability Company has invested 1.34% in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV). Hutchin Hill Limited Partnership reported 0.02% stake. Usa Finance Portformulas invested 0.15% of its portfolio in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV). Capital City Trust Fl holds 8,044 shares. Bremer Natl Association owns 23,843 shares. Swedbank reported 560,427 shares. Capital Investment Counsel owns 3,300 shares. Norinchukin Savings Bank The accumulated 0.04% or 19,214 shares. Fmr Ltd Liability has invested 0.03% of its portfolio in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV).

Among 37 analysts covering F5 Networks Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV), 8 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 28 Hold. Therefore 22% are positive. F5 Networks Inc. has $168 highest and $90.0 lowest target. $129.30’s average target is -8.40% below currents $141.1631 stock price. F5 Networks Inc. had 106 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was downgraded on Wednesday, December 9 by Nomura. Nomura maintained F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) on Thursday, October 26 with “Neutral” rating. As per Thursday, July 27, the company rating was maintained by Barclays Capital. The stock of F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) earned “Hold” rating by Wunderlich on Thursday, October 29. The stock of F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) has “Sell” rating given on Tuesday, October 3 by Deutsche Bank. Jefferies maintained F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) rating on Wednesday, January 24. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $145.0 target. The firm has “Perform” rating given on Tuesday, January 5 by Oppenheimer. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Wednesday, March 29 by Deutsche Bank. The stock of F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) has “Neutral” rating given on Monday, October 16 by Nomura. Morgan Stanley maintained F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) rating on Wednesday, January 24. Morgan Stanley has “Equal-Weight” rating and $130 target.

Park West Asset Management Llc holds 5.52% of its portfolio in Lithia Motors, Inc. for 770,131 shares. New Amsterdam Partners Llc Ny owns 103,025 shares or 2.59% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Cardinal Capital Management Llc Ct has 2.45% invested in the company for 493,462 shares. The New York-based Lakewood Capital Management Lp has invested 1.52% in the stock. Mesirow Financial Investment Management, a Alabama-based fund reported 171,410 shares.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 0 insider buys, and 12 sales for $18.58 million activity.

Analysts await Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE:LAD) to report earnings on February, 21. They expect $2.10 EPS, up 12.90% or $0.24 from last year’s $1.86 per share. LAD’s profit will be $52.42 million for 14.01 P/E if the $2.10 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.18 actual EPS reported by Lithia Motors, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -3.67% negative EPS growth.

The stock decreased 2.13% or $2.57 during the last trading session, reaching $117.71. About 93,422 shares traded. Lithia Motors, Inc. (LAD) has risen 16.88% since February 5, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 0.18% the S&P500.