Amazon (AMZN) Share Value Rose While Vantage Investment Advisors Increased by $372,868 Its Position; Arlington Value Capital Maintains Holding in Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO)

February 24, 2018 - By Michael Collier

Vantage Investment Advisors Llc increased its stake in Amazon (AMZN) by 21.09% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Vantage Investment Advisors Llc bought 388 shares as the company’s stock rose 13.58% with the market. The institutional investor held 2,228 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.14 million, up from 1,840 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Vantage Investment Advisors Llc who had been investing in Amazon for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $726.16 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.99% or $14.66 during the last trading session, reaching $1500. About 4.42M shares traded. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has risen 37.41% since February 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 20.71% the S&P500.

Arlington Value Capital Llc increased its stake in Monro Muffler Brake Inc (MNRO) by 53.78% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Arlington Value Capital Llc bought 544,291 shares as the company’s stock declined 12.59% while stock markets rallied. The hedge fund held 1.56 million shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $87.24M, up from 1.01 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Arlington Value Capital Llc who had been investing in Monro Muffler Brake Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $1.74 billion market cap company. The stock increased 2.21% or $1.15 during the last trading session, reaching $53.1. About 233,662 shares traded. Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO) has declined 18.88% since February 24, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 35.58% the S&P500.

Among 54 analysts covering Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), 51 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 94% are positive. Amazon.com had 275 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. JMP Securities maintained Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) rating on Friday, February 2. JMP Securities has “Market Outperform” rating and $1600 target. The stock of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, February 3 by UBS. The firm has “Buy” rating by Axiom Capital given on Tuesday, November 1. Mizuho maintained the shares of AMZN in report on Friday, October 28 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird on Monday, October 9 with “Buy”. The company was maintained on Friday, October 23 by Robert W. Baird. The stock has “Buy” rating by Morgan Stanley on Monday, August 28. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, October 27 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by UBS given on Friday, January 29. The stock of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, April 1 by Citigroup.

Since December 7, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 8 insider sales for $38.37 million activity. Shares for $18.50 million were sold by Blackburn Jeffrey M. $3.35M worth of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) was sold by ALBERG TOM A. $3.42M worth of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) was sold by Olsavsky Brian T. WILKE JEFFREY A sold $3.25M worth of stock or 2,800 shares. 1,985 Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) shares with value of $2.90 million were sold by Jassy Andrew R. $3.24M worth of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) shares were sold by Zapolsky David.

Vantage Investment Advisors Llc, which manages about $916.05M and $388.84M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) by 52,867 shares to 1,191 shares, valued at $77,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in General Electric (NYSE:GE) by 135,575 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 157,289 shares, and cut its stake in Ishares S&P Smallcap 600 Growt (IJT).

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.26 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.10, from 1.36 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 73 investors sold AMZN shares while 549 reduced holdings. 127 funds opened positions while 657 raised stakes. 279.77 million shares or 1.91% less from 285.20 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Oregon Pub Employees Retirement Fund reported 42,383 shares. 11,571 are owned by Symphony Asset Mngmt Limited Liability Co. First Fincl In has invested 0.25% in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Profund Limited Liability Corp holds 1.91% or 47,710 shares. Hanseatic Mgmt Svcs, New Mexico-based fund reported 3,002 shares. Fairfield Bush & Communication owns 11,625 shares or 3.49% of their US portfolio. 516 are held by Toth Financial Advisory Corporation. De Burlo Grp Inc invested 2.35% in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Filament Ltd Liability Corp owns 725 shares. Pinnacle Limited holds 0.12% or 6,824 shares in its portfolio. Choate Advsrs invested 0.22% of its portfolio in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Glynn Management owns 9.53% invested in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) for 39,511 shares. Bell Comml Bank reported 0.17% of its portfolio in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). 2,306 are owned by Reliance Tru Of Delaware. Signalpoint Asset Management Ltd Liability Corporation invested in 0.59% or 1,211 shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.42 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.20, from 1.22 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 25 investors sold MNRO shares while 41 reduced holdings. 31 funds opened positions while 63 raised stakes. 35.68 million shares or 7.15% more from 33.30 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Next Fincl Gp accumulated 22 shares or 0% of the stock. Eaton Vance has 0.01% invested in Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO). Victory Mgmt reported 3,181 shares stake. Public Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado holds 0% of its portfolio in Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO) for 6,251 shares. Illinois-based Guggenheim Capital Ltd Limited Liability Company has invested 0% in Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO). The Georgia-based Atlanta Capital Mngmt L L C has invested 0.16% in Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO). Oppenheimer Asset invested in 0.01% or 6,689 shares. Neuberger Berman Gru Lc invested 0.1% in Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO). Johnson Counsel holds 0.07% or 46,988 shares in its portfolio. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owns 1.01 million shares. Cardinal Mngmt owns 0.18% invested in Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO) for 10,265 shares. Smith & Howard Wealth Llc invested in 5,193 shares. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement owns 0% invested in Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO) for 19,385 shares. Manufacturers Life Communications The reported 24,128 shares. State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue has invested 0.02% in Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO).

Among 12 analysts covering Monro Muffler Brake (NASDAQ:MNRO), 4 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 33% are positive. Monro Muffler Brake had 27 analyst reports since August 5, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Wednesday, July 19 with “Buy”. On Tuesday, March 29 the stock rating was initiated by Oppenheimer with “Outperform”. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO) rating on Friday, October 23. Stifel Nicolaus has “Buy” rating and $80 target. The rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Buy” on Wednesday, June 28. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, October 12 by Jefferies. Oppenheimer maintained Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO) on Thursday, July 20 with “Buy” rating. On Tuesday, December 8 the stock rating was initiated by Gabelli with “Hold”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, June 14 by Jefferies. The firm has “Hold” rating by Stephens given on Friday, January 26. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, October 27 by Northcoast.

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