Lazard Ltd. (LAZ) Started Coverage at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods

They expect $0.99 EPS, up 12.50% or $0.11 from last year's $0.88 per share.

Shares of NYSE:LAZ traded up $1.03 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $52.56. CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE:CYS) has declined 14.71% since April 14, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 37.89% the S&P500. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.95, a quick ratio of 1.91 and a current ratio of 1.91. LAZ's profit will be $131.07M for 13.06 P/E if the $1.01 EPS becomes a reality. After having $1.12 EPS previously, Lazard Ltd's analysts see -9.82% EPS growth. The stock increased 0.04% or $0.02 during the last trading session, reaching $47.02. About 2,528 shares traded or 35.04% up from the average. Hudson Bay Mngmt L P invested 0.17% of its capital in Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ). LAZ outperformed the S&P500 by 6.90%. Lazard Ltd now has $6.85 billion valuation. Osborne Partners Cap Mgmt Ltd Company holds 91,652 shs or 0.64% of its capital. It has a 48.1 P/E ratio.

Big Money Sentiment decreased to 1 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.58, from 0.67 in 2017Q3. It dived, as 19 investors sold LAZ shares while 101 reduced holdings. 75 grew stakes while 45 funds amassed stakes. Columbia L L C Investment Management accumulated 5,751 shares.

A number of other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of the business.

Lazard (NYSE:LAZ) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 1st. Telemus Capital Ltd Liability Corp accumulated 42,208 shares. Piedmont Inv Limited owns 8,211 shares or 0.01% of their United States portfolio. Balyasny Asset Management Ltd Com owns 438,269 shares or 0.07% of their U.S. portfolio. Highvista Strategies Ltd Liability Company reported 0.08% of its portfolio in Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ).

Lazard Ltd, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial advisory and asset management firm worldwide. Oakbrook Invs Limited reported 3,967 shares. The Ontario - Canada-based Royal Fincl Bank Of Canada has invested 0% in Kentucky First Federal Bancorp (NASDAQ:KFFB). Moreover, Rudman Errol M has 2.37% invested in Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ). Osborn Rohs Williams & Donohoe Ltd now owns 26,464 shares of the company's stock worth $962,000 after buying an additional 208 shares during the period.

Lazard (NYSE:LAZ) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday. Bar Harbor Trust Svcs holds 3.12% in Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ) or 112,914 shares. Therefore 86% are positive. KLA-Tencor Corporation had 61 analyst reports since July 28, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Hoffman Scott D also sold $781,950 worth of Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ) on Thursday, March 1. Needham has "Buy" rating and $84 target. On Friday, February 2 the company was maintained by JMP Securities. On Friday, October 27 the stock of Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ) has "Buy" rating given by Buckingham Research. On Friday, November 3 the rating was maintained by Nomura with "Neutral". Needham upgraded the stock to "Strong Buy" rating in Wednesday, December 14 report. The stock rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with "Buy" on Wednesday, January 10. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, January 12 by Goldman Sachs. Finally, Sandler O'Neill reaffirmed a "buy" rating and set a $64.00 price objective on shares of Lazard in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. (NYSE:MRK) rating on Monday, June 12. On Wednesday, October 25 the stock rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with "Buy".

Since March 1, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 insider sales for $4.24 million activity. The company has market cap of $1.03 billion. The Company's commercial property coverage insures against loss or damage to buildings, inventory, and equipment from natural disasters, including hurricanes, windstorms, hail, water, explosions, and severe winter weather, as well as other events, such as theft and vandalism, fires, storms, and financial loss due to business interruption resulting from covered property damage. That's $0.18 up or 21.69 % from 2017's earnings of $0.83. Its down 0.25, from 0.75 in 2017Q3. The insider Stern Alexander F. sold $3.46 million. Oregon Pub Employees Retirement Fund has invested 0.3% in Merck & Co., Inc. Cumberland Partners Ltd owns 555,488 shares or 3.61% of their U.S. portfolio. Koch owns 0.13% invested in KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) for 8,572 shares. 383,467 were accumulated by Schwartz Invest Counsel. Weaver C Barksdale Associate owns 14,514 shares or 0.8% of their U.S. portfolio. The institutional investor held 62,275 shares of the investment managers company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $3.27 million, up from 38,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 276,886 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,708,184.32.

Sheets Smith Wealth Management, which manages about $700.54 million and $424.21 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Stericycle Inc (NASDAQ:SRCL) by 32,875 shares to 18,625 shares, valued at $1.27M in 2017Q4, according to the filing.

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