Heartland Express INC (HTLD) Shareholder Nuance Investments LLC Has Cut Stake as Shares Declined

December 8, 2017 - By Ellis Scott

Investors sentiment increased to 1.85 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.46, from 1.39 in 2017Q1. It increased, as 11 investors sold HTLD shares while 29 reduced holdings. 20 funds opened positions while 54 raised stakes. 50.30 million shares or 1.66% more from 49.48 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Nuance Invs Limited Liability Company stated it has 2.68M shares. Fmr Limited Liability Corp has invested 0% in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD). Thrivent Financial For Lutherans holds 0% of its portfolio in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) for 26,158 shares. Mutual Of Omaha Bancorp Wealth reported 0.11% stake. Victory Cap Mngmt owns 10,005 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Jpmorgan Chase And Co reported 76,978 shares. Tudor Corp Et Al accumulated 17,272 shares. Advisory Ser invested 0% in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD). First Tru Limited Partnership holds 0% of its portfolio in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) for 62,090 shares. Neville Rodie Shaw reported 216,776 shares or 0.52% of all its holdings. State Common Retirement Fund has invested 0% of its portfolio in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD). Aberdeen Asset Public Limited Liability Uk reported 1.94M shares stake. Cipher Capital Limited Partnership invested in 28,803 shares or 0.05% of the stock. Ameritas Prns owns 3,887 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Farmers Merchants Invests owns 16,145 shares for 0.03% of their portfolio.

Nuance Investments Llc decreased its stake in Heartland Express Inc (HTLD) by 26.79% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Nuance Investments Llc sold 979,070 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.06% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 2.68 million shares of the transportation company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $55.70 million, down from 3.65M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Nuance Investments Llc who had been investing in Heartland Express Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $1.91 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.55% or $0.35 during the last trading session, reaching $22.95. About 361,249 shares traded. Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) has risen 9.15% since December 8, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 7.55% the S&P500.

Nuance Investments Llc, which manages about $507.52 million and $1.34B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Berkley W R Corp (NYSE:WRB) by 47,710 shares to 87,393 shares, valued at $6.05 million in 2017Q2, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Emerson Elec Co (NYSE:EMR) by 110,914 shares in the quarter, for a total of 380,520 shares, and has risen its stake in California Wtr Svc Group (NYSE:CWT).

Analysts await Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) to report earnings on January, 25. They expect $0.10 earnings per share, down 37.50 % or $0.06 from last year’s $0.16 per share. HTLD’s profit will be $8.33M for 57.38 P/E if the $0.10 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.09 actual earnings per share reported by Heartland Express, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 11.11 % EPS growth.

More notable recent Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) news were published by: Globenewswire.com which released: “Heartland Express, Inc. Reports Revenues and Earnings for the Second Quarter …” on August 02, 2017, also Globenewswire.com with their article: “Heartland Express Acquires Interstate Distributor Co.” published on July 06, 2017, Benzinga.com published: “The Bull Thesis For Truckers: JB Hunt, Heartland Express, USA Truck Shares …” on September 29, 2017. More interesting news about Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) were released by: Globenewswire.com and their article: “Heartland Express, Inc. Announces the Retirement of Executive Vice President …” published on November 01, 2017 as well as Reuters.com‘s news article titled: “BRIEF-Heartland Express acquires Interstate Distributor Co” with publication date: July 06, 2017.

Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) Ratings Coverage

Among 13 analysts covering Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD), 1 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 8% are positive. Heartland Express had 26 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. UBS maintained Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) rating on Monday, October 30. UBS has “Neutral” rating and $23 target. The rating was maintained by JP Morgan on Thursday, October 12 with “Underweight”. The rating was upgraded by UBS to “Hold” on Monday, July 10. The firm has “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Friday, February 10. Wells Fargo downgraded the shares of HTLD in report on Monday, May 9 to “Underperform” rating. On Tuesday, January 12 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Underweight”. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, September 14 by Robert W. Baird. Stephens downgraded the stock to “Equal-Weight” rating in Friday, October 21 report. The stock of Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) earned “Neutral” rating by Longbow on Friday, December 4. The company was maintained on Monday, October 5 by Barclays Capital.

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