Vital Therapies, Inc. (VTL) At $5.03 Forms Top; Greif (GEF) Sellers Decreased By 5.5% Their Shorts

Greif Incorporated (NYSE:GEF) had a decrease of 5.5% in short interest. GEF’s SI was 1.66 million shares in February as released by FINRA. Its down 5.5% from 1.75 million shares previously. With 157,000 avg volume, 11 days are for Greif Incorporated (NYSE:GEF)’s short sellers to cover GEF’s short positions. The stock increased 0.81% or $0.46 during the last trading session, reaching $57.05. About 157,572 shares traded. Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) has risen 67.37% since February 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 50.67% the S&P500.

Vital Therapies, Inc. (VTL) formed multiple top with $5.18 target or 3.00% above today’s $5.03 share price. Vital Therapies, Inc. (VTL) has $212.09M valuation. The stock increased 1.52% or $0.075 during the last trading session, reaching $5.025. About 202,210 shares traded. Vital Therapies, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTL) has declined 61.75% since February 17, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 78.45% the S&P500.

Among 7 analysts covering Greif (NYSE:GEF), 4 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 57% are positive. Greif had 37 analyst reports since August 11, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. BMO Capital Markets maintained Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) on Wednesday, December 13 with “Hold” rating. The stock of Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, September 1 by Bank of America. The company was maintained on Thursday, June 8 by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, October 20 by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) earned “Underperform” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Thursday, December 22. The rating was upgraded by DA Davidson on Tuesday, August 18 to “Buy”. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, August 11 by Zacks. The stock has “Market Perform” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Thursday, June 9. The rating was upgraded by BMO Capital Markets on Wednesday, September 2 to “Outperform”. DA Davidson upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Thursday, December 7 report.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.17 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.39, from 0.78 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 12 investors sold Greif, Inc. shares while 65 reduced holdings. 31 funds opened positions while 59 raised stakes. 22.47 million shares or 0.15% more from 22.43 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Parametrica Mgmt Limited accumulated 11,793 shares. State Treasurer State Of Michigan stated it has 0% in Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF). Heartland Advsrs Inc holds 0.84% or 222,122 shares. Fmr Limited Co holds 604,301 shares or 0% of its portfolio. 312 are owned by Weaver C Barksdale Assoc. Pathstone Family Office Lc has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF). Amer Group Inc reported 102,564 shares. 2,386 are owned by Riverhead Mgmt Ltd Liability. The Pennsylvania-based Pnc Fincl Serv Incorporated has invested 0% in Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF). Ent Fincl invested 0% in Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF). Ameriprise Financial Inc, Minnesota-based fund reported 268,912 shares. Great West Life Assurance Company Can holds 0% or 14,831 shares in its portfolio. Renaissance Lc reported 90,400 shares. Suntrust Banks Incorporated stated it has 38,406 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. The France-based Natixis has invested 0% in Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF).

Since September 27, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 1 sale for $5,514 activity. $5,514 worth of stock was sold by LINGREL DOUGLAS W on Wednesday, September 27.

Greif, Inc. produces and sells industrial packaging products. The company has market cap of $2.83 billion. It operates in five divisions: Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services; Paper Packaging & Services; Flexible Products & Services; and Land Management. It has a 23 P/E ratio. The Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services segment offers rigid industrial packaging products, including steel, fiber, and plastic drums; rigid intermediate bulk containers; closure systems for industrial packaging products; transit protection products; water bottles, and remanufactured and reconditioned industrial containers; and services, such as container life cycle management, filling, logistics, warehousing, and other packaging services.

Among 7 analysts covering Vital Therapies Inc (NASDAQ:VTL), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 43% are positive. Vital Therapies Inc has $23 highest and $5 lowest target. $10.20’s average target is 102.99% above currents $5.025 stock price. Vital Therapies Inc had 12 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Monday, August 24 by Credit Suisse. The stock of Vital Therapies, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTL) earned “Outperform” rating by William Blair on Monday, August 24. As per Monday, August 10, the company rating was reinitiated by Credit Suisse. The rating was downgraded by BTIG Research to “Neutral” on Monday, October 26. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Tuesday, September 29 by SunTrust. SunTrust downgraded Vital Therapies, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTL) on Monday, August 24 to “Buy” rating. The rating was downgraded by Suntrust Robinson to “Neutral” on Monday, August 24. The stock of Vital Therapies, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTL) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, August 24 by Canaccord Genuity. The stock has “Buy” rating by BTIG Research on Friday, August 7. On Tuesday, September 29 the stock rating was downgraded by Suntrust Robinson to “Neutral”.

Since December 12, 2017, it had 1 insider buy, and 0 insider sales for $548,335 activity. Another trade for 100,000 shares valued at $548,335 was bought by Satter Muneer A.