One of the losers during the Wednesday trading session is Genworth Financial Inc (NYSE:GNW), whose stock fell by 15%. The decline comes as the company missed the earnings and revenue estimates for the second quarter. The insurance giant reported a net income of $119 million or $0.24 per share, versus estimates of $0.25 per share. The insurance company also posted a total revenue of $2.16 billion, $240 million lower than Street’s expectation. Genworth Financial Inc (NYSE:GNW) pointed out that both mortgage insurance division and U.S. life division incomes dropped year-over-year by 19% and 17% respectively, which had a negative effect on the revenues for the company during the second quarter.
“We are encouraged with our second quarter results in the Global Mortgage Insurance Division and remain focused on initiatives aimed at strengthening and improving U.S. Life Insurance Division results,” Genworth’s CEO Tom McInerney was quoted as saying in a company statement
However, despite lower-than-expect results, Macquarie has upgraded the Genworth Financial Inc (NYSE:GNW) stock to ‘Neutral’ from ‘UnderPerform’ in a report released by earlier today, while BTIG Research has reiterated a ‘Buy’ rating on the stock with a price target of $15.
Considering the fact that Genworth Financial Inc (NYSE:GNW) lost around 14% in the first three months, a 20% reduction in aggregate value of hedge funds’ holding the stock during the same period suggests that hedge funds opted to withdraw some capital out of Genworth during the first trimester. In addition, the number of investors holding shares declined to 29 by the end of March, as opposed to 36 a quarter earlier.
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With this in mind, let’s take a glance at the fresh hedge fund action encompassing Genworth Financial Inc (NYSE:GNW).