The Domino’s Pizza Group PLC. (DOM) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Canaccord Genuity

Several other research firms have also recently issued reports on DOM. Berenberg Bank reissued a “buy” rating and set a GBX 425 ($5.31) target price on shares of Domino's Pizza Group PLC. in a research note on Thursday, February 9th. Numis Securities Ltd reissued a “buy” rating and set a GBX 446 ($5.57) target price on shares of Domino's Pizza Group PLC. in a research note on Friday, January 6th. Credit Suisse Group reissued an “outperform” rating and set a GBX 430 ($5.37) target price on shares of Domino's Pizza Group PLC. in a research note on Wednesday, November 2nd. Finally, Barclays PLC reissued an “equal weight” rating and set a GBX 430 ($5.37) target price on shares of Domino's Pizza Group PLC. in a research note on Monday, November 28th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of GBX 446.57 ($5.58).

Domino's Pizza Group PLC. (LON:DOM)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by investment analysts at Canaccord Genuity in a report released on Tuesday. They presently have a GBX 440 ($5.50) price objective on the stock. Canaccord Genuity’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 18.34% from the stock’s current price.

Shares of Domino's Pizza Group PLC. (LON:DOM) opened at 373.70 on Tuesday. The company’s market capitalization is GBX 1.86 billion. The company has a 50-day moving average price of GBX 368.62 and a 200 day moving average price of GBX 359.93. Domino's Pizza Group PLC. has a 12-month low of GBX 300.79 and a 12-month high of GBX 405.60.

Domino's Pizza Group PLC. Company Profile

Domino’s Pizza Group plc is a United Kingdom-based pizza delivery company. The Company holds the franchise to own, operate and franchise Domino’s Pizza stores in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. The Company’s segments are the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland.

The Canaccord Genuity Reaffirms “Sell” Rating for SSP Group PLC (SSPG)

A number of other research analysts have also issued reports on SSPG. Numis Securities Ltd reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 390 ($4.87) target price on shares of SSP Group PLC in a report on Wednesday, November 23rd. J P Morgan Chase & Co reiterated an “overweight” rating and issued a GBX 390 ($4.87) target price on shares of SSP Group PLC in a report on Tuesday, December 6th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 450 ($5.62) price target on shares of SSP Group PLC in a research note on Thursday, February 2nd. Barclays PLC raised their price target on SSP Group PLC from GBX 280 ($3.50) to GBX 310 ($3.87) and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 10th. Finally, Kepler Capital Markets initiated coverage on SSP Group PLC in a research note on Monday, December 12th. They issued a “hold” rating and a GBX 384 ($4.80) price target on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of GBX 382.80 ($4.78).

SSP Group PLC (LON:SSPG)‘s stock had its “sell” rating reaffirmed by investment analysts at Canaccord Genuity in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday. They presently have a GBX 375 ($4.69) price objective on the stock. Canaccord Genuity’s target price would suggest a potential downside of 8.58% from the company’s current price.

SSP Group PLC (LON:SSPG) opened at 405.90 on Tuesday. The company’s market cap is GBX 1.93 billion. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of GBX 393.82 and a 200-day moving average price of GBX 350.55. SSP Group PLC has a 12-month low of GBX 260.50 and a 12-month high of GBX 428.60.

The company also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 31st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 2nd will be given a dividend of GBX 2.90 ($0.04) per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 2nd. This represents a dividend yield of 0.78%. This is a boost from SSP Group PLC’s previous dividend of $2.50.

About SSP Group PLC

SSP Group plc operates food and beverage concessions in travel locations, operating restaurants, bars, cafes, food courts, lounges and convenience stores in airports, train stations, motorway service stations and other leisure locations. The Company operates through four segments: the UK, Continental Europe, North America and Rest of the World (RoW).

The Analysts Offer Predictions for Cummins Inc.’s Q1 2017 Earnings (CMI)

CMI has been the subject of a number of other reports. Vetr cut shares of Cummins from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $134.06 price objective for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, December 13th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Cummins from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $165.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, January 31st. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $150.00 target price on shares of Cummins in a research report on Friday, January 13th. Credit Suisse Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $173.00 target price on shares of Cummins in a research report on Friday. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $109.00 target price (up previously from $103.00) on shares of Cummins in a research report on Wednesday, November 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $131.92.

Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) – Stock analysts at William Blair issued their Q1 2017 earnings per share estimates for Cummins in a research note issued to investors on Thursday. William Blair analyst L. De. Maria forecasts that the firm will post earnings of $1.78 per share for the quarter. William Blair also issued estimates for Cummins’ Q2 2017 earnings at $2.21 EPS, Q3 2017 earnings at $1.97 EPS, Q4 2017 earnings at $2.04 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $9.50 EPS.

Shares of Cummins (NYSE:CMI) opened at 152.85 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $25.60 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.57 and a beta of 1.27. The company’s 50 day moving average is $142.96 and its 200-day moving average is $132.44. Cummins has a 12 month low of $93.27 and a 12 month high of $153.62.

Cummins (NYSE:CMI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 9th. The company reported $2.25 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.99 by $0.26. Cummins had a net margin of 7.96% and a return on equity of 19.99%. The business earned $4.50 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.77 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $2.02 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. bought a new stake in shares of Cummins during the third quarter valued at approximately $114,000. Penserra Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Cummins by 100.0% in the third quarter. Penserra Capital Management LLC now owns 972 shares of the company’s stock valued at $124,000 after buying an additional 486 shares during the last quarter. Signaturefd LLC boosted its stake in shares of Cummins by 17.1% in the second quarter. Signaturefd LLC now owns 1,111 shares of the company’s stock valued at $125,000 after buying an additional 162 shares during the last quarter. First Manhattan Co. boosted its stake in shares of Cummins by 4.2% in the third quarter. First Manhattan Co. now owns 997 shares of the company’s stock valued at $127,000 after buying an additional 40 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bessemer Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Cummins by 851.0% in the fourth quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 951 shares of the company’s stock valued at $130,000 after buying an additional 851 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 80.81% of the company’s stock.

Cummins Company Profile

Cummins Inc is a manufacturer of diesel engines. The Company operates through four segments: Engine, Distribution, Components and Power Generation. Its Engine segment manufactures and markets a range of diesel and natural gas-powered engines under the Cummins brand name, as well as certain customer brand names for the heavy-and medium-duty truck, bus, recreational vehicle (RV), light-duty automotive, agricultural and governmental equipment markets.

The Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc (RB) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Royal Bank Of Canada

Other equities research analysts also recently issued research reports about the company. Liberum Capital restated a “buy” rating and set a GBX 7,650 ($95.60) price target on shares of Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc in a report on Friday. Citigroup Inc. restated a “buy” rating and set a GBX 8,350 ($104.35) price target on shares of Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc in a report on Monday. BNP Paribas cut their price target on Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc from GBX 8,200 ($102.47) to GBX 7,900 ($98.73) and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Monday. Beaufort Securities restated a “hold” rating on shares of Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc in a report on Monday. Finally, Berenberg Bank upped their price target on Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc from GBX 7,900 ($98.73) to GBX 8,500 ($106.22) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of GBX 7,706.85 ($96.31).

Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc (LON:RB)‘s stock had its “underperform” rating reiterated by equities researchers at Royal Bank Of Canada in a research report issued on Tuesday. They currently have a GBX 6,300 ($78.73) price objective on the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada’s price target would indicate a potential downside of 10.95% from the stock’s previous close.

Shares of Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc (LON:RB) opened at 7031.50 on Tuesday. Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc has a 52 week low of GBX 5,839.08 and a 52 week high of GBX 7,786.00. The stock’s market capitalization is GBX 49.39 billion. The company has a 50-day moving average of GBX 6,879.22 and a 200-day moving average of GBX 7,081.86.

Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc Company Profile

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc is a manufacturer and marketer of health, hygiene and home products. The Company’s segments include ENA, DvM and Food. The ENA segment consists of Europe, Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Israel, North America, Australia and New Zealand. The DvM segment consists of North Africa, Middle East (excluding Israel) and Turkey, Africa, South Asia, North Asia, Latin America, Japan, Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The Hortonworks, Inc. (HDP) PT Raised to $13.00 at Mizuho

Several other research firms have also recently issued reports on HDP. Drexel Hamilton reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $18.00 price target on shares of Hortonworks in a research note on Tuesday, February 7th. Wells Fargo & Company initiated coverage on Hortonworks in a report on Wednesday, January 11th. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Hortonworks from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 15th. Cowen and Company restated a “market perform” rating on shares of Hortonworks in a report on Friday, December 9th. Finally, DA Davidson restated a “buy” rating and issued a $13.00 price objective on shares of Hortonworks in a report on Monday, November 7th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $15.00.

Hortonworks, Inc. (NASDAQ:HDP) had its price objective hoisted by investment analysts at Mizuho from $12.00 to $13.00 in a report issued on Friday. The brokerage presently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Mizuho’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 23.69% from the company’s previous close.

Hortonworks (NASDAQ:HDP) opened at 10.51 on Friday. Hortonworks has a 1-year low of $6.42 and a 1-year high of $13.12. The firm’s market capitalization is $434.77 million. The company has a 50 day moving average of $9.25 and a 200 day moving average of $8.68.

Hortonworks (NASDAQ:HDP) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 9th. The company reported ($0.50) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.60) by $0.10. Hortonworks had a negative return on equity of 294.33% and a negative net margin of 136.45%. The company earned $52 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $48.03 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted ($0.72) earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 38.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts forecast that Hortonworks will post ($1.82) EPS for the current year.

In related news, CFO Scott Davidson sold 2,841 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.05, for a total transaction of $25,711.05. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 821,787 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,437,172.35. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider Shaun Connolly sold 46,983 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $10.00, for a total value of $469,830.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 616,695 shares in the company, valued at $6,166,950. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 65,841 shares of company stock worth $635,515 over the last three months. 26.00% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of HDP. Bayesian Capital Management LP purchased a new position in shares of Hortonworks during the fourth quarter valued at $154,000. PEAK6 Investments L.P. raised its position in shares of Hortonworks by 11.5% in the fourth quarter. PEAK6 Investments L.P. now owns 36,034 shares of the company’s stock valued at $299,000 after buying an additional 3,714 shares during the last quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY purchased a new position in shares of Hortonworks during the second quarter valued at $319,000. Royal Bank of Canada raised its position in shares of Hortonworks by 48.6% in the second quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 30,856 shares of the company’s stock valued at $330,000 after buying an additional 10,088 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Stoneridge Investment Partners LLC purchased a new position in shares of Hortonworks during the third quarter valued at $1,227,000. 52.91% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Hortonworks Company Profile

Hortonworks, Inc is a provider and distributor of an enterprise-scale data management software platforms. The Company’s product offerings include Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), Hortonworks Sandbox and Hortonworks DataFlow Platform (HDF). It provides support subscription offerings and related professional services for its enterprise-scale Connected Data Platforms, such as HDP and HDF.

The Colony Group LLC Cuts Stake in ICON PLC (ICLR)

A number of other hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its stake in shares of ICON PLC by 121.9% in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 134,289 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,390,000 after buying an additional 73,761 shares during the period. Pax World Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of ICON PLC by 87.5% in the third quarter. Pax World Management LLC now owns 140,647 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,882,000 after buying an additional 65,647 shares during the period. American Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of ICON PLC by 1.9% in the second quarter. American Capital Management Inc. now owns 846,220 shares of the company’s stock worth $59,244,000 after buying an additional 16,040 shares during the period. Peregrine Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of ICON PLC during the third quarter worth about $36,644,000. Finally, Victory Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of ICON PLC by 25.4% in the third quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 98,119 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,876,000 after buying an additional 19,860 shares during the period. 88.14% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Colony Group LLC decreased its position in ICON PLC (NASDAQ:ICLR) by 2.7% during the third quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 30,060 shares of the company’s stock after selling 850 shares during the period. Colony Group LLC’s holdings in ICON PLC were worth $2,326,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

ICON PLC (NASDAQ:ICLR) opened at 84.71 on Tuesday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $81.04 and its 200 day moving average price is $78.10. The company has a market capitalization of $4.73 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.98 and a beta of 0.63. ICON PLC has a 12 month low of $62.31 and a 12 month high of $86.62.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on ICLR shares. Zacks Investment Research cut ICON PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 24th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. lowered ICON PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $95.00 to $80.00 in a research note on Friday, December 16th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) upgraded ICON PLC from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $86.00 to $90.00 in a research note on Friday, December 16th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and issued a $87.50 target price (up from $80.00) on shares of ICON PLC in a research note on Monday, October 24th. Finally, Avondale Partners upgraded ICON PLC from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 20th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. ICON PLC has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $82.11.

ICON PLC Company Profile

ICON public limited company is a contract research organization (CRO), which is engaged in providing outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The Company is engaged in the strategic development, management and analysis of programs that support the various stages of the clinical development process, from compound selection to Phase I-IV clinical studies.

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The Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) Stake Boosted by Scout Investments Inc.

A number of other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of LRCX. BP PLC acquired a new stake in shares of Lam Research Corporation during the second quarter worth about $1,681,000. Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services LLC raised its position in Lam Research Corporation by 11.4% in the second quarter. Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services LLC now owns 16,907 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,421,000 after buying an additional 1,728 shares in the last quarter. Kalos Management Inc. purchased a new position in Lam Research Corporation during the second quarter valued at $332,000. Concert Wealth Management Inc. raised its position in Lam Research Corporation by 4.0% in the second quarter. Concert Wealth Management Inc. now owns 10,528 shares of the company’s stock valued at $885,000 after buying an additional 408 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK raised its position in Lam Research Corporation by 5.0% in the second quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK now owns 203,168 shares of the company’s stock valued at $17,078,000 after buying an additional 9,715 shares in the last quarter.

Scout Investments Inc. raised its position in Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) by 17.1% during the third quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 243,730 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 35,639 shares during the period. Scout Investments Inc.’s holdings in Lam Research Corporation were worth $23,084,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) opened at 116.26 on Tuesday. The firm has a market cap of $18.93 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.84 and a beta of 1.44. Lam Research Corporation has a 52-week low of $64.25 and a 52-week high of $119.14. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $112.30 and its 200-day moving average price is $100.93.

Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 25th. The company reported $2.24 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.19 by $0.05. Lam Research Corporation had a net margin of 15.67% and a return on equity of 19.95%. The company earned $1.88 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.84 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.57 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 32.0% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts predict that Lam Research Corporation will post $9.23 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 29th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, March 8th will be given a $0.45 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, March 6th. This represents a $1.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.55%. Lam Research Corporation’s payout ratio is 32.37%.

LRCX has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Lam Research Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $121.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Monday, January 16th. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their price objective on Lam Research Corporation from $110.00 to $116.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, November 21st. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $115.00 price objective on shares of Lam Research Corporation in a research note on Thursday, October 20th. Royal Bank Of Canada lifted their price objective on Lam Research Corporation from $110.00 to $120.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, January 13th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $145.00 price objective (up from $135.00) on shares of Lam Research Corporation in a research note on Thursday, January 26th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eighteen have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $119.18.

In other news, COO Timothy Archer sold 5,000 shares of Lam Research Corporation stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $107.42, for a total value of $537,100.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Martin B. Anstice sold 16,000 shares of Lam Research Corporation stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $100.54, for a total transaction of $1,608,640.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 100,369 shares of company stock valued at $10,931,569. 0.46% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

About Lam Research Corporation

Lam Research Corporation is a supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry. The Company designs, manufactures, markets, refurbishes and services semiconductor processing systems that are used in the fabrication of integrated circuits (ICs). It operates through manufacturing and servicing of wafer processing semiconductor manufacturing equipment segment.

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The Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC Invests $92,822,000 in Facebook, Inc. (FB)

Other hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Farmers & Merchants Investments Inc. increased its stake in Facebook by 11.9% in the third quarter. Farmers & Merchants Investments Inc. now owns 901 shares of the social networking company’s stock valued at $116,000 after buying an additional 96 shares during the last quarter. Jacobus Wealth Management Inc. bought a new stake in Facebook during the third quarter valued at $121,000. Orinda Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in Facebook during the third quarter valued at $126,000. Integrated Wealth Counsel LLC bought a new stake in Facebook during the third quarter valued at $128,000. Finally, Balentine LLC increased its stake in Facebook by 512.6% in the second quarter. Balentine LLC now owns 1,213 shares of the social networking company’s stock valued at $139,000 after buying an additional 1,015 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 57.00% of the company’s stock.

Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) during the third quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 723,646 shares of the social networking company’s stock, valued at approximately $92,822,000. Facebook makes up approximately 2.0% of Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 5th largest position.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) opened at 134.05 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $387.40 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 38.38 and a beta of 0.68. Facebook, Inc. has a 1-year low of $100.24 and a 1-year high of $135.49. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $127.22 and a 200-day moving average of $125.22.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 1st. The social networking company reported $1.41 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.31 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $8.81 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $8.47 billion. Facebook had a net margin of 34.33% and a return on equity of 19.05%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 50.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.79 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect that Facebook, Inc. will post $5.42 earnings per share for the current year.

Several analysts have commented on FB shares. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc increased their target price on Facebook to $180.00 in a research note on Thursday, February 2nd. Mizuho increased their target price on Facebook to $148.00 in a research note on Thursday, February 2nd. Wedbush increased their target price on Facebook to $175.00 in a research note on Thursday, February 2nd. Pacific Crest cut their target price on Facebook to $150.00 in a research note on Thursday, February 2nd. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG increased their target price on Facebook to $155.00 in a research note on Thursday, February 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, forty-two have issued a buy rating and three have issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $153.75.

In other news, CEO Mark Zuckerberg sold 809,977 shares of Facebook stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $117.29, for a total value of $95,002,202.33. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, CFO David M. Wehner sold 10,530 shares of Facebook stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $119.05, for a total transaction of $1,253,596.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 84,718 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,085,677.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 4,966,131 shares of company stock worth $594,025,397. Insiders own 19.08% of the company’s stock.

Facebook Company Profile

Facebook, Inc builds products that enable people to connect and share through mobile devices and personal computers. The Company enables people to share their opinions, ideas, photos and videos, and other activities. Its products include Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus. Facebook is a mobile application and Website that enables people to connect, share, discover and communicate with each other on mobile devices and personal computers.

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The Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC Invests $66,425,000 in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)

A number of other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. BKS Advisors LLC bought a new position in Wal-Mart Stores during the third quarter valued at about $110,000. Piershale Financial Group Inc. boosted its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 0.3% in the third quarter. Piershale Financial Group Inc. now owns 1,612 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $116,000 after buying an additional 5 shares in the last quarter. Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors LLC boosted its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 27.2% in the third quarter. Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors LLC now owns 1,643 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $118,000 after buying an additional 351 shares in the last quarter. Crow Point Partners LLC acquired a new position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores during the third quarter valued at $127,000. Finally, TLP Group LLC acquired a new position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores during the third quarter valued at $128,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 29.69% of the company’s stock.

Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) during the third quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor bought 921,035 shares of the retailer’s stock, valued at approximately $66,425,000. Wal-Mart Stores makes up about 1.4% of Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 13th largest position.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) opened at 67.77 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $208.27 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.70 and a beta of 0.09. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has a 52 week low of $62.35 and a 52 week high of $75.19. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $67.77 and its 200 day moving average price is $70.30.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 17th. The retailer reported $0.98 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.02. Wal-Mart Stores had a return on equity of 17.71% and a net margin of 2.98%. The firm earned $118.20 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $118.69 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.03 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. will post $4.32 EPS for the current year.

WMT has been the topic of several recent research reports. Robert W. Baird set a $80.00 price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, November 19th. Credit Suisse Group set a $80.00 price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, November 19th. Vetr cut shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $77.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, November 8th. Nomura set a $81.00 price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, November 21st. Finally, Guggenheim reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Wednesday, December 28th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-two have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $74.46.

In other Wal-Mart Stores news, insider Rosalind G. Brewer sold 32,350 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $68.32, for a total transaction of $2,210,152.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 245,328 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $16,760,808.96. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO C Douglas Mcmillon sold 75,063 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.08, for a total value of $5,185,352.04. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 51.55% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

About Wal-Mart Stores

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc is engaged in the operation of retail, wholesale and other units in various formats around the world. The Company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam’s Club. The Walmart U.S. segment includes its mass merchant concept in the United States operating under the Walmart or Wal-Mart brands, as well as digital retail.

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The MB Financial Inc. (MBFI) Receives $44.60 Average Price Target from Brokerages

MBFI has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. DA Davidson upgraded shares of MB Financial from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $43.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, October 24th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of MB Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $41.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, November 1st. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and issued a $39.00 price target on shares of MB Financial in a report on Tuesday, November 1st. Finally, SunTrust Banks, Inc. assumed coverage on shares of MB Financial in a report on Tuesday, December 20th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $54.00 price target for the company.

Shares of MB Financial Inc. (NASDAQ:MBFI) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the nine analysts that are covering the company. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and three have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $44.60.

In related news, Director Thomas H. Harvey sold 23,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.32, for a total transaction of $996,360.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Brian J. Wildman sold 5,382 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.92, for a total transaction of $241,759.44. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 27,281 shares in the company, valued at $1,225,462.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 39,000 shares of company stock worth $1,691,946 over the last three months. 7.05% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MBFI. Brown Advisory Inc. raised its stake in shares of MB Financial by 6.3% in the fourth quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. now owns 9,145 shares of the company’s stock valued at $432,000 after buying an additional 540 shares in the last quarter. Sei Investments Co. raised its stake in shares of MB Financial by 1.9% in the third quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 32,421 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,233,000 after buying an additional 590 shares in the last quarter. Amalgamated Bank raised its stake in shares of MB Financial by 7.6% in the second quarter. Amalgamated Bank now owns 8,678 shares of the company’s stock valued at $334,000 after buying an additional 616 shares in the last quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. raised its stake in shares of MB Financial by 1.4% in the third quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 47,301 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,800,000 after buying an additional 645 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Rothschild Investment Corp IL raised its stake in shares of MB Financial by 4.3% in the third quarter. Rothschild Investment Corp IL now owns 16,511 shares of the company’s stock valued at $628,000 after buying an additional 675 shares in the last quarter. 70.09% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of MB Financial (NASDAQ:MBFI) opened at 44.64 on Tuesday. The firm has a market cap of $3.73 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.96 and a beta of 1.14. MB Financial has a 12 month low of $29.32 and a 12 month high of $48.47. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $45.72 and its 200-day moving average price is $41.32.

About MB Financial

MB Financial, Inc is a financial holding company. The Company, through its bank subsidiary, MB Financial Bank, N.A., offers a range of financial services to small and middle market businesses, and individuals. The Company’s segments include banking, leasing and mortgage banking. Its banking segment includes lending and deposit gathering activities.