SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE:SEAS) saw some unusual options trading on Wednesday. Traders purchased 35,215 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 1,294% compared to the typical daily volume of 2,527 call options.

Several equities analysts have issued reports on SEAS shares. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their target price on SeaWorld Entertainment from $25.00 to $27.00 and gave the company a “$22.32” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 18th. TheStreet upgraded SeaWorld Entertainment from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 7th. ValuEngine upgraded SeaWorld Entertainment from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 6th. SunTrust Banks lifted their target price on SeaWorld Entertainment to $30.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded SeaWorld Entertainment from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $28.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Friday, August 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. SeaWorld Entertainment presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $23.78.

In other SeaWorld Entertainment news, insider Christopher Dold sold 8,876 shares of SeaWorld Entertainment stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.51, for a total value of $226,426.76. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 52,046 shares in the company, valued at $1,327,693.46. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 1.20% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of SEAS. Pinnacle Associates Ltd. grew its stake in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment by 1,547.4% during the first quarter. Pinnacle Associates Ltd. now owns 1,265,565 shares of the company’s stock worth $18,768,000 after acquiring an additional 1,188,745 shares during the last quarter. Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP grew its stake in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment by 82.9% during the second quarter. Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP now owns 1,682,600 shares of the company’s stock worth $36,714,000 after acquiring an additional 762,445 shares during the last quarter. DSAM Partners London Ltd purchased a new stake in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment during the second quarter worth about $12,290,000. Phocas Financial Corp. purchased a new stake in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment during the second quarter worth about $10,488,000. Finally, Intrinsic Edge Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment during the second quarter worth about $9,657,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 86.31% of the company’s stock.

Shares of SEAS stock opened at $32.10 on Thursday. SeaWorld Entertainment has a fifty-two week low of $10.42 and a fifty-two week high of $32.19. The stock has a market cap of $2.73 billion, a PE ratio of 152.86 and a beta of 0.80. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 5.54, a quick ratio of 0.34 and a current ratio of 0.44.

SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, August 6th. The company reported $0.26 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by ($0.01). SeaWorld Entertainment had a positive return on equity of 6.69% and a negative net margin of 0.42%. The business had revenue of $391.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $369.29 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted ($2.05) EPS. SeaWorld Entertainment’s revenue was up 4.8% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that SeaWorld Entertainment will post 0.61 EPS for the current year.

SeaWorld Entertainment Company Profile

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a theme park and entertainment company in the United States. The company operates marine-life theme park under the SeaWorld brand in San Diego, Orlando, and San Antonio; Busch Gardens theme parks, which are family-oriented destinations with foreign geographic settings in Tampa and Williamsburg; and water parks under the Aquatica brand name in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego.

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