D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. boosted its stake in Pluralsight Inc (NASDAQ:PS) by 79.9% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 1,708,335 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 758,614 shares during the quarter. D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. owned approximately 1.22% of Pluralsight worth $51,797,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
A number of other hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in PS. FIL Ltd purchased a new stake in Pluralsight in the 1st quarter worth approximately $94,480,000. First Trust Advisors LP raised its holdings in shares of Pluralsight by 2,507.4% during the 2nd quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 2,829,657 shares of the company’s stock valued at $85,795,000 after purchasing an additional 2,721,132 shares in the last quarter. TimesSquare Capital Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Pluralsight by 87.6% during the 1st quarter. TimesSquare Capital Management LLC now owns 4,068,600 shares of the company’s stock valued at $129,137,000 after purchasing an additional 1,899,315 shares in the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its holdings in shares of Pluralsight by 152.2% during the 1st quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 2,720,788 shares of the company’s stock valued at $86,358,000 after purchasing an additional 1,642,071 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Pluralsight by 31.5% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 6,502,774 shares of the company’s stock valued at $197,164,000 after purchasing an additional 1,558,996 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 78.52% of the company’s stock.
In related news, insider Nate Walkingshaw sold 3,852 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, July 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.12, for a total value of $119,874.24. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Gary L. Crittenden bought 14,600 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 13th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $17.11 per share, for a total transaction of $249,806.00. Over the last quarter, insiders purchased 74,600 shares of company stock worth $1,262,906 and sold 146,426 shares worth $4,177,217. Company insiders own 23.19% of the company’s stock.
Pluralsight (NASDAQ:PS) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, July 31st. The company reported ($0.32) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.28) by ($0.04). Pluralsight had a negative net margin of 28.32% and a negative return on equity of 47.43%. The firm had revenue of $75.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $73.87 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted ($0.21) earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 41.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, sell-side analysts anticipate that Pluralsight Inc will post -1.02 EPS for the current year.
A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on PS shares. SunTrust Banks cut their price target on shares of Pluralsight to $27.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, August 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Pluralsight from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 11th. Needham & Company LLC cut their price target on shares of Pluralsight to $36.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, August 1st. KeyCorp cut their price target on shares of Pluralsight from $28.00 to $25.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, September 11th. Finally, Raymond James cut their price target on shares of Pluralsight from $39.00 to $26.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, August 1st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Pluralsight presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $27.60.
Pluralsight, Inc provides a technology skill development solutions worldwide. Its cloud-based technology skills platform offers a range of tools, including skill and role assessment tool, which uses machine learning and advanced algorithms to measure a user's skills, benchmark that user against others in the industry, and recommend opportunities for growth; and Course Library that include a digital ecosystem of thousands of on-demand courses across a range of technology subject areas, such as cloud, mobile, security, IT, and data.
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