Holder Stieven Capital Advisors LP Raised Investar Hldg (ISTR) Stake; As Alibaba Group Hldg LTD (BABA) Stock Value Rose, Checchi Capital Advisers Lifted by $426,904 Its Stake

February 14, 2018 - By Clifton Ray

Stieven Capital Advisors Lp increased its stake in Investar Hldg Corp (ISTR) by 12.7% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Stieven Capital Advisors Lp bought 15,035 shares as the company’s stock rose 11.14% with the market. The hedge fund held 133,435 shares of the major banks company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $3.22M, up from 118,400 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Stieven Capital Advisors Lp who had been investing in Investar Hldg Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $230.74 million market cap company. The stock decreased 0.41% or $0.1 during the last trading session, reaching $24.25. About 5,348 shares traded. Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) has risen 48.68% since February 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 31.98% the S&P500.

Checchi Capital Advisers Llc increased its stake in Alibaba Group Hldg Ltd (BABA) by 24.97% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Checchi Capital Advisers Llc bought 2,482 shares as the company’s stock rose 22.58% with the market. The institutional investor held 12,422 shares of the business services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.15 million, up from 9,940 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers Llc who had been investing in Alibaba Group Hldg Ltd for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $459.93B market cap company. The stock increased 1.02% or $1.81 during the last trading session, reaching $179.25. About 15.51M shares traded. Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) has risen 57.33% since February 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 40.63% the S&P500.

Checchi Capital Advisers Llc, which manages about $305.00 million and $989.83M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Ishares Inc (EPP) by 6,561 shares to 11,991 shares, valued at $554,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Spdr S&P 500 Etf Tr (Call) (SPY) by 67,500 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 746,600 shares, and cut its stake in Amazon Com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN).

Among 38 analysts covering Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), 36 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 95% are positive. Alibaba had 168 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) earned “Neutral” rating by Wedbush on Wednesday, January 25. Oppenheimer maintained Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) on Monday, June 26 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) has “Outperform” rating given on Thursday, September 17 by Oppenheimer. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, August 13 by Vetr. The firm has “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Thursday, November 3. The company was maintained on Wednesday, August 12 by M Partners. The company was initiated on Thursday, January 7 by Robert W. Baird. The rating was maintained by UBS on Friday, August 14 with “Buy”. The stock has “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Wednesday, September 20. Robert W. Baird maintained the shares of BABA in report on Thursday, November 2 with “Buy” rating.

Among 4 analysts covering Investar (NASDAQ:ISTR), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 75% are positive. Investar had 5 analyst reports since August 26, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was reinitiated by PiperJaffray with “Overweight” on Thursday, October 5. The stock of Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, August 26 by Raymond James. Sandler O’Neill maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, January 29 report. As per Thursday, August 10, the company rating was downgraded by Raymond James. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Buy” on Thursday, July 27.

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