Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Monday morning.

According to Zacks, “Capital One's financials continue to be weighed by deteriorating credit quality owing to changing loan environment and a stressed energy loan portfolio. Also, mounting expense level is expected to hurt bottom line growth. Further, management expects persistent runoffs in home loans, sluggish auto loan growth and compressed margins to hurt revenue growth in 2016. However, synergies from geographic diversification and resilience of Capital One's operations will aid profitability growth. Additionally, the company's revenue will continue to benefit from loan growth and improving economy.”

Several other research analysts have also weighed in on the company. Credit Suisse Group AG reaffirmed a hold rating on shares of Capital One Financial Corp. in a research report on Friday, September 16th. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. reaffirmed an underperform rating and issued a $59.00 target price on shares of Capital One Financial Corp. in a research report on Thursday, August 25th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a $83.00 target price on shares of Capital One Financial Corp. in a research report on Wednesday, August 17th. DA Davidson reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Capital One Financial Corp. in a research report on Tuesday, August 16th. Finally, Jefferies Group reaffirmed a hold rating on shares of Capital One Financial Corp. in a research report on Friday, August 12th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $79.28.

Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF) opened at 71.68 on Monday. The firm has a market capitalization of $36.68 billion, a PE ratio of 10.12 and a beta of 1.33. Capital One Financial Corp. has a 52-week low of $58.03 and a 52-week high of $81.62. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $69.59 and its 200 day moving average price is $69.10.

Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The financial services provider reported $1.69 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.86 by $0.17. The firm earned $6.30 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $6.28 billion. Capital One Financial Corp. had a return on equity of 8.56% and a net margin of 15.38%. Analysts expect that Capital One Financial Corp. will post $7.18 earnings per share for the current year.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Acrospire Investment Management LLC raised its stake in Capital One Financial Corp. by 70.0% in the second quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,700 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $108,000 after buying an additional 700 shares during the last quarter. IFP Advisors Inc raised its stake in Capital One Financial Corp. by 28.4% in the first quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 3,154 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $219,000 after buying an additional 698 shares during the last quarter. Banced Corp acquired a new stake in Capital One Financial Corp. during the second quarter valued at about $229,000. Seven Eight Capital LLC acquired a new stake in Capital One Financial Corp. during the first quarter valued at about $222,000. Finally, Financial Architects Inc raised its stake in Capital One Financial Corp. by 5.8% in the second quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 3,360 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $213,000 after buying an additional 184 shares during the last quarter. 87.75% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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