Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (SASR)’s director Joseph Bracewell Unloaded 50,000 Shares of the Company; Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (ASCMA) Covered By 1 Bullish Analysts Last Week

Calculated with average price per share of $39.2, Joseph Bracewell, the Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc’s director sold 50,000 shares of Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc worth $1,960,724 U.S Dollars. He also sold 31,300 shares worth total $1,230,405 USD in the last 30 days. This deal was pretty sizable one, so clearly it won’t go undiscovered. Currently, he owns 152,779 shares or around 0.43% of the company’s market capitalization.

Among 5 analysts covering Ascent Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASCMA), 1 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 20% are positive. Ascent Capital Group Inc had 16 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Imperial Capital maintained Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA) rating on Thursday, November 12. Imperial Capital has “Outperform” rating and $30 target. The firm earned “In-Line” rating on Thursday, August 11 by Imperial Capital. The stock of Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA) earned “Sell” rating by Zacks on Wednesday, September 2. The rating was maintained by Imperial Capital on Tuesday, March 6 with “Outperform”. As per Wednesday, June 22, the company rating was downgraded by Imperial Capital. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Hold” rating and $13.0 target in Friday, March 2 report. The stock of Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA) has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, November 3 by Imperial Capital. The stock has “Outperform” rating by Imperial Capital on Wednesday, November 9. The rating was maintained by Imperial Capital on Thursday, May 11 with “Outperform”. Imperial Capital downgraded the stock to “In-Line” rating in Friday, August 11 report. See Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA) latest ratings:

06/03/2018 Broker: Imperial Capital Old Rating: Outperform New Rating: Outperform Old Target: $13 New Target: $10 Maintain
02/03/2018 Broker: Stifel Nicolaus Rating: Hold New Target: $13.0 Maintain
02/11/2017 Broker: Stifel Nicolaus Rating: Hold New Target: $16.0 Maintain
03/11/2017 Broker: Imperial Capital Old Rating: In-Line New Rating: Outperform Upgrade

Investors sentiment increased to 1.54 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.10, from 1.44 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 14 investors sold Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. shares while 31 reduced holdings. 23 funds opened positions while 42 raised stakes. 16.21 million shares or 3.18% more from 15.71 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Lafayette Investments Inc reported 98,459 shares. Bnp Paribas Arbitrage reported 2,681 shares. Dimensional Fund Advsr L P reported 0.03% of its portfolio in Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR). Moreover, Lsv Asset Management has 0% invested in Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) for 68,800 shares. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement Systems has 0% invested in Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) for 29,930 shares. Tudor Investment Et Al accumulated 7,651 shares. Maryland Capital Management has invested 0.13% in Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR). Fny Managed Accounts Ltd Com holds 904 shares or 0.05% of its portfolio. Prelude Capital Mngmt Limited Co holds 1,134 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Cwm Lc reported 0% of its portfolio in Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR). Connecticut-based Gilman Hill Asset Mgmt Lc has invested 0.34% in Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR). Meeder Asset owns 949 shares. Bessemer Group holds 11,668 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Products Prns Limited Liability has 36,800 shares. D E Shaw & owns 0% invested in Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) for 19,031 shares.

Since January 22, 2018, it had 2 buys, and 8 sales for $2.47 million activity. BRACEWELL JOSEPH S also sold $815,794 worth of Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) on Monday, February 26. On Tuesday, February 6 the insider Friis Mark E bought $36,760. Andersen Shaza L sold $338,739 worth of stock or 8,546 shares. $71,034 worth of Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) shares were sold by McDowell Ronda M. On Monday, February 5 the insider Stephenson Mona Abutaleb bought $22,693. REEDER JOE also sold $59,408 worth of Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) shares.

Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding firm for Sandy Spring Bank that provides commercial and retail banking services to individuals and businesses in central Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington D. The company has market cap of $1.40 billion. C. markets. It has a 18 P/E ratio. It operates through three divisions: Community Banking, Insurance, and Investment Management.

Among 7 analysts covering Sandy Spring Bancorp (NASDAQ:SASR), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 14% are positive. Sandy Spring Bancorp has $46.0 highest and $27 lowest target. $37.60’s average target is -5.03% below currents $39.59 stock price. Sandy Spring Bancorp had 12 analyst reports since July 20, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was upgraded on Thursday, February 22 by Stephens. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, January 19 report. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained the shares of SASR in report on Thursday, December 21 with “Hold” rating. On Wednesday, January 10 the stock rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird with “Hold”. The rating was upgraded by Zacks on Tuesday, August 25 to “Sell”. The rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Tuesday, October 3 with “Hold”. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, October 19 by Robert W. Baird. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Friday, January 12 by Sandler O’Neill.

The stock increased 0.56% or $0.22 during the last trading session, reaching $39.59. About 162,093 shares traded. Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) has risen 42.32% since March 7, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.62% the S&P500.

Analysts await Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) to report earnings on April, 19. They expect $0.75 EPS, up 19.05% or $0.12 from last year’s $0.63 per share. SASR’s profit will be $26.60M for 13.20 P/E if the $0.75 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.64 actual EPS reported by Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 17.19% EPS growth.

The stock decreased 1.62% or $0.09 during the last trading session, reaching $5.15. About 109,788 shares traded or 20.92% up from the average. Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA) has declined 24.02% since March 7, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 40.72% the S&P500.

Since September 27, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 2 insider sales for $9.49 million activity. The insider Pohl Michael J sold 2,500 shares worth $29,828. Brigade Leveraged Capital Structures Fund Ltd. sold $9.46M worth of Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA) on Monday, December 11.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.86 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.19, from 0.67 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 11 investors sold Ascent Capital Group, Inc. shares while 28 reduced holdings. 7 funds opened positions while 19 raised stakes. 9.91 million shares or 1.44% more from 9.77 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Eagle Capital Mngmt Ltd Liability Co owns 66,958 shares for 0% of their portfolio. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement System accumulated 13,004 shares. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans owns 0% invested in Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA) for 53,710 shares. Nationwide Fund Advisors holds 8,864 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Schwab Charles Inv Mgmt reported 0% of its portfolio in Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA). Jpmorgan Chase & owns 634,759 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Barclays Public Ltd Liability Company owns 343 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Panagora Asset Mgmt Inc owns 77,709 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. The New York-based M&R Capital has invested 0% in Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA). Tower Rech Ltd Liability (Trc) has invested 0% in Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA). 91,057 are owned by D E Shaw &. Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Advsr Llp Ma, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 3 shares. Royal State Bank Of Canada has invested 0% in Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA). Retail Bank Of America De stated it has 33,299 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Invesco Ltd has invested 0% of its portfolio in Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA).

Ascent Capital Group, Inc., through its subsidiary, Monitronics International, Inc., provides security alarm monitoring and related services to residential and business subscribers in the United States and Canada. The company has market cap of $63.17 million. The firm provides monitoring services for alarm signals arising from burglaries, fires, medical alerts, and other events through security systems at customers' premises. It currently has negative earnings. It also offers home automation services, including remote activation and control of security systems, support for video monitoring, flood sensors, automated garage door and door lock capabilities, and thermostat integration; hands-free two-way interactive voice communication between its monitoring center and customers; and customer service and technical support related to home monitoring systems and HomeTouch.