Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (NYSE:SEAS) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the sixteen analysts that are currently covering the stock. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have issued a hold recommendation, five have issued a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $15.00.

Several equities analysts recently weighed in on SEAS shares. FBR & Co cut their price objective on shares of SeaWorld Entertainment from $23.00 to $15.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, August 5th. Macquarie lowered shares of SeaWorld Entertainment from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $12.58 to $12.88 in a report on Friday, August 5th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut their price objective on shares of SeaWorld Entertainment from $18.00 to $14.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, August 5th. KeyCorp cut their price objective on shares of SeaWorld Entertainment from $22.00 to $17.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, August 8th. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $14.50 price objective (down from $19.00) on shares of SeaWorld Entertainment in a report on Monday, August 8th.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment by 7.9% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 8,201 shares of the company’s stock valued at $117,000 after buying an additional 597 shares in the last quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas increased its stake in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment by 6.0% in the second quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 9,353 shares of the company’s stock valued at $134,000 after buying an additional 533 shares in the last quarter. Eqis Capital Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment during the second quarter valued at about $144,000. Pitcairn Co. bought a new stake in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment during the second quarter valued at about $163,000. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its stake in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment by 12,238.0% in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 12,338 shares of the company’s stock valued at $166,000 after buying an additional 12,238 shares in the last quarter. 93.50% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) opened at 17.11 on Tuesday. SeaWorld Entertainment has a 12-month low of $11.77 and a 12-month high of $21.85. The stock’s market capitalization is $1.46 billion. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $14.24 and its 200 day moving average is $14.99.

SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, November 8th. The company reported $0.77 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.06 by $0.29. SeaWorld Entertainment had a positive return on equity of 6.17% and a negative net margin of 0.87%. The company had revenue of $485.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $411.29 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.14 earnings per share. SeaWorld Entertainment’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts forecast that SeaWorld Entertainment will post $0.42 EPS for the current year.

SeaWorld Entertainment Company Profile

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc is a theme park and entertainment company. It owns or licenses a portfolio of brands, including SeaWorld, Sea Rescue and Busch Gardens. It has a diversified portfolio of approximately 10 destination and regional theme parks that are located across the United States. Its theme parks feature a range of rides, shows and other attractions.

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