Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) is on recovery track with 41.95% gain from a 1-year low price of $4.10. The company added 8.38% to attain the price of $5.82 on 12/01/2017. Throughout the recent session, the prices were hovering between $5.48 and $5.89. These shares are 13.92% off its target price of $6.63 and the current market capitalization stands at $2.48B. The recent change has given its price a 5.24% lead over SMA 50 and -51.66% deficit over its 52-week high. The stock witnessed 6.2% gains, 28.48% gains and -5.37% declines for the 1-month, 3-month and 6-month period, respectively. To measure price-variation, we found ESV’s volatility during a week at 5.72% and during a month it has been found around 5.21%.

Ensco plc (ESV) Top Holders

Institutional investors currently hold around $2.88 billion or 89.8% in ESV stock. Look at its top three institutional owners. Blackrock Inc. owns $288.67 million in Ensco plc, which represents roughly 11.64% of the company’s market cap and approximately 10.03% of the institutional ownership. Similar statistics are true for the second largest owner, Vanguard Group Inc, which owns 37,755,989 shares of the stock are valued at $219.74 million. The third largest holder is Fmr Llc, which currently holds $192.98 million worth of this stock and that ownership represents nearly 7.78% of its market capitalization.

Ensco plc 13F Filings

At the end of 9/30/2017 reporting period, 189 institutional holders increased their position in Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) by some 111,917,678 shares, 195 decreased positions by 81,154,126 and 62 held positions by 301,645,301. That puts total institutional holdings at 494,717,105 shares, according to SEC filings. The stock grabbed 54 new institutional investments totaling 37,483,295 shares while 76 institutional investors sold out their entire positions totaling 28,562,033 shares.

Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) Insider Trades

Multiple company employees have indulged in significant insider trading. Ensco plc disclosed in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that Vice President – Finance Edwards Robert W Iii has sold 1,500 shares of Ensco plc (ESV) in trading session dated Dec. 23, 2015. These shares are worth $24,330 and were traded at $16.22 each. The SEC filing shows that Swent James W Iii performed a sale of 59,189 shares. The Executive Vice President & CFO disposed these shares by way of transaction on Nov. 02, 2015. The company’s shares were given away at $17.81 per share worth to an income of some $1,054,156 on account of Swent James W Iii.

Executive Vice President & CFO, Swent James W Iii, sold 50,000 common shares of Ensco plc (ESV) in the open market. In a transaction dated Jun. 23, 2015, the shares were put up for sale at an average price of $22.73, raking in a sum of $1,136,500. After this sale, 75,607 common shares of ESV are directly owned by the insider, with total stake valued at $440,033.

In the transaction dated Mar. 24, 2015, the great number of shares acquired came courtesy the Sr. Vice President – Marketing; Hensel David Ethan added a total of 322 shares at an average price of $21.09, amounting to approximately $6,791. The insider now directly owns 74,192 shares worth $431,797.

Ensco plc (ESV) Analyst Guide

Several analysts have released their opinion on Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV), with 4 analysts believing it is a strong buy. Whereas 8 of them predict the stock is a hold. Also, there are 0 buy, 1 sell and 2 strong sell ratings, collectively assigning a 2.8 average brokerage recommendation.

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