Barclays Ups Principal Financial Group (PFG) To Overweight; AK Steel Holding (AKS) SI Increased By 1.96%

AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS) had an increase of 1.96% in short interest. AKS’s SI was 58.61 million shares in February as released by FINRA. Its up 1.96% from 57.48M shares previously. With 13.34 million avg volume, 4 days are for AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS)’s short sellers to cover AKS’s short positions. The SI to AK Steel Holding Corporation’s float is 18.72%. The stock decreased 1.32% or $0.06 during the last trading session, reaching $4.5. About 21.36M shares traded or 17.19% up from the average. AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS) has risen 58.12% since February 12, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 41.42% the S&P500.

Among 15 analysts covering Principal Financial Group Inc. (NYSE:PFG), 4 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 27% are positive. Principal Financial Group Inc. has $80.0 highest and $35 lowest target. $63’s average target is 2.62% above currents $61.39 stock price. Principal Financial Group Inc. had 40 analyst reports since August 18, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, July 28 by RBC Capital Markets. The company was reinitiated on Friday, September 23 by Wells Fargo. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, February 26 by Atlantic Securities. On Friday, October 23 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Outperform”. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, July 10 report. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, January 30 with “Buy”. KBW downgraded the shares of PFG in report on Tuesday, August 18 to “Market Perform” rating. The firm earned “Equal Weight” rating on Friday, July 29 by Barclays Capital. The stock of Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) has “Outperform” rating given on Thursday, November 17 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, August 31 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods.

Among 20 analysts covering AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS), 8 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 40% are positive. AK Steel Holding Corporation had 82 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Tuesday, January 12, the company rating was maintained by Barclays Capital. As per Monday, September 19, the company rating was upgraded by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Bank of America given on Tuesday, September 8. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, December 7 by J.P. Morgan. Jefferies maintained it with “Buy” rating and $900 target in Monday, June 26 report. The stock has “Hold” rating by Deutsche Bank on Friday, October 28. Cowen & Co maintained it with “Hold” rating and $6.0 target in Tuesday, October 24 report. Longbow upgraded AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS) on Wednesday, December 20 to “Buy” rating. On Wednesday, June 8 the stock rating was upgraded by Credit Suisse to “Outperform”. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Thursday, July 27 with “Buy”.

AK Steel Holding Corporation, through its subsidiary, AK Steel Corporation, produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless, and electrical steels and tubular products in the United States and internationally. The company has market cap of $1.42 billion. It produces flat-rolled carbon steel products, including coated, cold-rolled, and hot-rolled carbon steel products; specialty stainless and electrical steels in sheet and strip forms; and carbon and stainless steel that is finished into welded steel tubing. It has a 150 P/E ratio. The firm also buys and sells steel and steel products, and other materials; and produces metallurgical coal from reserves in Pennsylvania.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.83 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.49, from 1.32 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 40 investors sold AK Steel Holding Corporation shares while 80 reduced holdings. 39 funds opened positions while 61 raised stakes. 197.43 million shares or 12.04% less from 224.47 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Nationwide Fund reported 0.01% in AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS). Regions has 0% invested in AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS). Qs Investors Llc stated it has 147 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Ls Inv Advisors Llc has invested 0% of its portfolio in AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS). Stevens Cap Mgmt L P reported 87,211 shares stake. West Virginia-based City Holdg has invested 0% in AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS). First Advsr L P invested 0% of its portfolio in AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS). Blb&B Advsr Ltd Company reported 0.01% stake. San Francisco Sentry Investment Gp (Ca) reported 650 shares stake. New York-based Metropolitan Life New York has invested 0.01% in AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS). Arizona State Retirement Systems reported 163,309 shares. Bw Gestao De Investimentos Ltda holds 1.69% of its portfolio in AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS) for 1.50M shares. Hennessy Advsr accumulated 0.08% or 442,200 shares. Us Financial Bank De accumulated 0% or 56,967 shares. Lmr Prtnrs Llp owns 0.01% invested in AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS) for 22,196 shares.

Since September 5, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 12 selling transactions for $27.50 million activity. 60,814 Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) shares with value of $3.78M were sold by MCCAUGHAN JAMES P. Houston Daniel Joseph had sold 93,968 shares worth $6.39 million. Everett Nora Mary had sold 1,297 shares worth $88,196 on Thursday, October 19. $1.74M worth of Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) was sold by SCHOLTEN GARY P on Monday, January 8. $3.34M worth of stock was sold by Valdes Luis E. on Thursday, December 14. 10,588 shares were sold by SHAFF KAREN E, worth $720,090 on Thursday, October 19.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.18 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.12, from 1.06 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 36 investors sold Principal Financial Group, Inc. shares while 151 reduced holdings. 48 funds opened positions while 173 raised stakes. 194.42 million shares or 0.40% more from 193.64 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Norinchukin Savings Bank The stated it has 12,660 shares. Smith Asset Mgmt Group Inc L P reported 730 shares or 0% of all its holdings. L & S Advsr reported 0.06% stake. Tealwood Asset Mgmt Incorporated, Minnesota-based fund reported 108,268 shares. The Illinois-based Savant Capital Limited Com has invested 0.07% in Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG). Ifrah Financial holds 4,061 shares. Hoertkorn Richard Charles holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) for 272 shares. Wealth Enhancement Advisory Svcs Lc reported 13,208 shares. Fincl Advisers Ltd Liability Company reported 0% of its portfolio in Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG). Ajo L P holds 59,062 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Moody Bancshares Division reported 19,995 shares or 0.06% of all its holdings. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board, a New Mexico-based fund reported 24,904 shares. Tci Wealth Advisors, a Arizona-based fund reported 707 shares. Laurion Mgmt Lp has invested 0.03% in Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG). Ngam Lp holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) for 16,848 shares.