Stephens Inc. AR reduced its stake in shares of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE) by 20.3% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 16,087 shares of the technology companys stock after selling 4,100 shares during the period. Stephens Inc. ARs holdings in Hewlett Packard Enterprise were worth $235,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
Several other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of HPE. Boston Partners increased its stake in shares of Hewlett Packard Enterprise by 67.2% during the second quarter. Boston Partners now owns 13,969,750 shares of the technology companys stock worth $204,098,000 after purchasing an additional 5,615,283 shares in the last quarter. LSV Asset Management grew its stake in Hewlett Packard Enterprise by 44.5% during the 2nd quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 15,752,632 shares of the technology companys stock valued at $230,145,000 after acquiring an additional 4,848,200 shares in the last quarter. Millennium Management LLC grew its stake in Hewlett Packard Enterprise by 2,277.0% during the 1st quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 3,824,026 shares of the technology companys stock valued at $67,073,000 after acquiring an additional 3,663,150 shares in the last quarter. Ceredex Value Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Hewlett Packard Enterprise during the 1st quarter valued at about $55,458,000. Finally, Natixis purchased a new stake in Hewlett Packard Enterprise during the 1st quarter valued at about $35,105,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 82.77% of the companys stock.
NYSE:HPE traded up $0.10 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $16.85. 10,188,100 shares of the companys stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 11,554,390. The stock has a market cap of $24.00 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.45, a P/E/G ratio of 1.09 and a beta of 1.77. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42, a current ratio of 1.00 and a quick ratio of 0.84. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co has a 1-year low of $12.81 and a 1-year high of $19.48.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 28th. The technology company reported $0.44 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks consensus estimate of $0.37 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $7.76 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $7.67 billion. Hewlett Packard Enterprise had a net margin of 10.43% and a return on equity of 9.38%. Hewlett Packard Enterprises quarterly revenue was up 3.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.30 EPS. Sell-side analysts expect that Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co will post 1.54 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, December 12th will be paid a $0.1125 dividend. This represents a $0.45 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.67%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, December 11th. Hewlett Packard Enterprises dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 46.88%.
In other news, Director Margaret C. Whitman sold 337,000 shares of the firms stock in a transaction on Monday, July 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.03, for a total value of $5,065,110.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 127,154 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,911,124.62. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Antonio F. Neri sold 82,893 shares of the firms stock in a transaction on Friday, September 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $17.00, for a total transaction of $1,409,181.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 87,828 shares of the companys stock, valued at approximately $1,493,076. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 1,278,189 shares of company stock valued at $20,242,001 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 1.18% of the companys stock.
Several equities analysts have weighed in on HPE shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Hewlett Packard Enterprise from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, August 31st. Oppenheimer set a $20.00 target price on shares of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Tuesday, August 28th. Raymond James decreased their price objective on shares of Hewlett Packard Enterprise from $24.00 to $21.00 and set an outperform rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, August 29th. UBS Group initiated coverage on shares of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in a report on Wednesday, September 26th. They issued a hold rating and a $17.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Pivotal Research decreased their price objective on shares of Hewlett Packard Enterprise from $20.00 to $18.00 and set a hold rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, June 14th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the companys stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $17.68.
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