Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:PNK) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Saturday morning. Zacks Investment Research currently has $30.00 price objective on the stock.

According to Zacks, “Pinnacle Entertainment is a diversified gaming company that owns and operates casinos in Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Argentina and is pursuing the development of a hotel and casino resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Company also receives lease income from two card club casinos, both in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. “

PNK has been the subject of a number of other reports. Deutsche Bank AG lifted their price target on shares of Pinnacle Entertainment from $20.00 to $27.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. Telsey Advisory Group lifted their price target on shares of Pinnacle Entertainment from $27.00 to $28.00 and gave the company an outperform rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Barclays PLC lifted their price objective on shares of Pinnacle Entertainment from $25.00 to $31.00 and gave the company an overweight rating in a report on Wednesday, November 8th. Bank of America Corporation lifted their price objective on shares of Pinnacle Entertainment from $28.00 to $30.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Wednesday, November 8th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of Pinnacle Entertainment from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $27.57.

Shares of Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) opened at $27.78 on Friday. Pinnacle Entertainment has a 12-month low of $13.30 and a 12-month high of $27.94. The firm has a market cap of $1,562.71, a PE ratio of 35.79, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.63 and a beta of 1.38. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -11.36, a quick ratio of 0.68 and a current ratio of 0.71.

Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ:PNK) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.23 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.22 by $0.01. Pinnacle Entertainment had a net margin of 1.23% and a negative return on equity of 13.12%. The business had revenue of $647.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $652.13 million. During the same period last year, the business earned ($0.01) earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.8% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Pinnacle Entertainment will post 0.81 EPS for the current year.

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In other news, Chairman Anthony Michael Sanfilippo purchased 21,600 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 14th. The stock was bought at an average price of $18.85 per share, for a total transaction of $407,160.00. Following the acquisition, the chairman now directly owns 828,562 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,618,393.70. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Jaynie M. Studenmund sold 20,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.89, for a total transaction of $397,800.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 78,230 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,555,994.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 8.33% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Bamco Inc. NY lifted its position in shares of Pinnacle Entertainment by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter. Bamco Inc. NY now owns 4,928,866 shares of the company’s stock worth $97,394,000 after buying an additional 60,712 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its position in shares of Pinnacle Entertainment by 4.7% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 4,501,854 shares of the company’s stock worth $88,957,000 after buying an additional 204,044 shares during the last quarter. Jennison Associates LLC lifted its position in shares of Pinnacle Entertainment by 12.5% during the 3rd quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 3,537,786 shares of the company’s stock worth $75,390,000 after buying an additional 393,813 shares during the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its position in shares of Pinnacle Entertainment by 56.9% during the 3rd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 2,326,851 shares of the company’s stock worth $49,608,000 after buying an additional 843,646 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp lifted its position in shares of Pinnacle Entertainment by 12.2% during the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,217,256 shares of the company’s stock worth $24,053,000 after buying an additional 132,136 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 89.48% of the company’s stock.

Pinnacle Entertainment Company Profile

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc is an owner, operator and developer of casinos and related hospitality and entertainment businesses. The Company operates through three segments: Midwest, South and West. The Company’s Midwest segment includes Ameristar Council Bluffs, Ameristar East Chicago, Ameristar Kansas City, Ameristar St.

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