Insider Trading: Douglas Bryant Sold 36,000 Shares of Quidel (QDEL); Sterling Capital Management Lowered By $910,181 Its Argo Group Intl Hldgs LTD Com (AGII) Stake

According to the Security and Exchange Commission, a public form for the sale of 36,000 shares of Quidel Corp by Douglas Bryant was filled. Douglas Bryant is currently the President & CEO of the California-based Quidel Corp. The form was filled on 31-01-2018. The shares were sold at average $47.0 per share, and have a market value of $1,690,320 U.S Dollars. At present, he owns 274,493 shares or 0.81% of Quidel Corp’s total market cap (Market Capitalization is a measurement of business value based on share price and number of shares outstanding).

Sterling Capital Management Llc decreased Argo Group Intl Hldgs Ltd Com (AGII) stake by 37.54% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Sterling Capital Management Llc sold 14,921 shares as Argo Group Intl Hldgs Ltd Com (AGII)’s stock declined 7.13%. The Sterling Capital Management Llc holds 24,824 shares with $1.53 million value, down from 39,745 last quarter. Argo Group Intl Hldgs Ltd Com now has $1.82 billion valuation. The stock decreased 0.85% or $0.53 during the last trading session, reaching $61.3. About 133,350 shares traded. Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:AGII) has risen 18.10% since February 1, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 1.40% the S&P500.

Sterling Capital Management Llc increased Ttm Technologies Inc Com (NASDAQ:TTMI) stake by 91,301 shares to 170,992 valued at $2.63M in 2017Q3. It also upped Seaworld Entmt Inc Com (NYSE:SEAS) stake by 2.99M shares and now owns 3.00 million shares. Rogers Corp Com (NYSE:ROG) was raised too.

Analysts await Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:AGII) to report earnings on February, 12. They expect $0.75 earnings per share, up 15.38% or $0.10 from last year’s $0.65 per share. AGII’s profit will be $22.26 million for 20.43 P/E if the $0.75 EPS becomes a reality. After $-1.91 actual earnings per share reported by Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -139.27% EPS growth.

Among 5 analysts covering Argo Group International Holdings (NASDAQ:AGII), 4 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 80% are positive. Argo Group International Holdings had 7 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Mkt Perform” rating on Monday, June 27 by JMP Securities. The stock of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:AGII) has “Hold” rating given on Monday, September 18 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The company was upgraded on Thursday, December 28 by Wood. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:AGII) on Friday, May 13 with “Market Perform” rating. The stock of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:AGII) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, December 28 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The stock has “Overweight” rating by Piper Jaffray on Thursday, December 10.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.23 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.10, from 1.33 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 11 investors sold AGII shares while 55 reduced holdings. 22 funds opened positions while 59 raised stakes. 24.79 million shares or 2.22% less from 25.35 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Pzena Invest Ltd reported 594,713 shares or 0.19% of all its holdings. Bankshares Of Montreal Can reported 44,359 shares or 0% of all its holdings. 10,740 are held by Jefferies Group Inc Ltd Liability. State Street holds 734,255 shares. Whittier Company owns 73 shares. Hbk Invests Lp owns 15,369 shares. 153,752 were reported by Grace White. 228,885 are held by Schwab Charles Inv Management. Switzerland-based Swiss Savings Bank has invested 0% in Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:AGII). Ohio-based Victory Cap Mngmt Inc has invested 0.06% in Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:AGII). Tudor Investment Et Al invested in 0.02% or 12,224 shares. New Jersey-based Jacobs Levy Equity Mngmt has invested 0.1% in Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:AGII). 3,390 were reported by Stevens Cap L P. The New York-based Quantbot Techs Ltd Partnership has invested 0% in Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:AGII). Mesirow Fincl Invest Mngmt invested in 286,680 shares or 1.16% of the stock.

The stock decreased 2.14% or $1 during the last trading session, reaching $45.78. About 482,502 shares traded or 22.43% up from the average. Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL) has risen 56.78% since February 1, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 40.08% the S&P500.

Since August 29, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 9 selling transactions for $12.92 million activity. On Tuesday, December 12 STEWARD RANDALL J sold $1.46 million worth of Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL) or 36,383 shares. BRYANT DOUGLAS C sold $1.50M worth of Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL) on Friday, October 27. 16,358 shares were sold by Kroll Werner, worth $661,529 on Friday, December 8. On Friday, January 5 SCHULER JACK W sold $188,080 worth of Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL) or 4,000 shares. $1.35M worth of Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL) shares were sold by BORKAR RATAN S. Bujarski Robert Joseph sold 110,704 shares worth $4.40 million.

Analysts await Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL) to report earnings on February, 14. They expect $0.45 earnings per share, up 350.00% or $0.35 from last year’s $0.1 per share. QDEL’s profit will be $15.29 million for 25.43 P/E if the $0.45 EPS becomes a reality. After $-0.16 actual earnings per share reported by Quidel Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -381.25% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.2 in 2017 Q3. Its down 1.21, from 2.41 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 24 investors sold Quidel Corporation shares while 32 reduced holdings. 33 funds opened positions while 34 raised stakes. 30.68 million shares or 6.86% more from 28.71 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Fred Alger Management has invested 0.19% in Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL). Td Asset Mngmt holds 36,984 shares. California Public Employees Retirement Sys holds 58,103 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Nicholas Investment Partners Lp has invested 0.32% of its portfolio in Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL). Dupont Capital Mngmt owns 40,423 shares or 0.04% of their US portfolio. Aristotle Cap Boston Limited Liability has 320,360 shares for 1.26% of their portfolio. Blackrock Inc holds 1.75M shares or 0% of its portfolio. Renaissance Technologies Limited Liability Corp stated it has 0.04% in Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL). Columbus Circle Invsts reported 0.09% stake. Swiss Financial Bank, Switzerland-based fund reported 47,200 shares. Pitcairn Co has 7,936 shares. Water Island Cap Ltd Limited Liability Company has 125,000 shares. Wells Fargo & Company Mn has invested 0% in Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL). Quantbot Techs Limited Partnership reported 0.01% of its portfolio in Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL). Vanguard Group holds 2.33 million shares or 0% of its portfolio.

Quidel Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets diagnostic testing solutions for applications primarily in infectious diseases, POC womenÂ’s and general health, and gastrointestinal diseases. The company has market cap of $1.56 billion. The firm offers Sofia influenza A+B and QuickVue influenza tests to detect viral antigens of influenza type A and B; Sofia strep A fluorescent immunoassay and QuickVue Strep A tests to detect group A Streptococcal antigen from throat swabs; and Sofia Respiratory Syncytial Virus , QuickVue RSV, and Quidel Molecular RSV + human metapneumovirus tests for respiratory syncytial virus. It currently has negative earnings. It also provides various products to detect various herpes simplex virus (HSV) and herpes family viruses; H&V-Mix to isolate HSV, VZV, and Cytomegalovirus; R-Mix to detect Influenza A and B, RSV, Adenovirus, and Parainfluenza types 1, 2, and 3; Sofia S.

Among 9 analysts covering Quidel (NASDAQ:QDEL), 7 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 78% are positive. Quidel has $60.0 highest and $16 lowest target. $42’s average target is -8.26% below currents $45.78 stock price. Quidel had 30 analyst reports since September 2, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. William Blair upgraded the shares of QDEL in report on Tuesday, July 18 to “Outperform” rating. PiperJaffray downgraded the shares of QDEL in report on Friday, December 16 to “Neutral” rating. Canaccord Genuity maintained it with “Buy” rating and $48.0 target in Tuesday, October 24 report. The stock has “Buy” rating by CL King on Thursday, January 4. C.L. King upgraded the shares of QDEL in report on Thursday, January 4 to “Buy” rating. Canaccord Genuity upgraded Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL) on Tuesday, July 18 to “Buy” rating. The stock of Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, December 21 by Canaccord Genuity. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Overweight” on Tuesday, September 19. The stock of Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL) earned “Hold” rating by Craig Hallum on Friday, October 23. On Friday, December 16 the stock rating was downgraded by Piper Jaffray to “Neutral”.