Ims Capital Management Boosted Altria Group (MO) Position by $317,835 as Stock Declined; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co (HMHC) Shareholder First Pacific Advisors Has Trimmed Its Position as Stock Value Rose

February 24, 2018 - By Marguerite Chambers

Robert Rodriguez decreased its stake in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co (HMHC) by 4.42% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. First Pacific Advisors Llc sold 159,950 shares as the company’s stock rose 9.73% with the market. The hedge fund run by Robert Rodriguez held 3.46M shares of the books company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $41.69 million, down from 3.62M at the end of the previous reported quarter. First Pacific Advisors Llc who had been investing in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $906.50 million market cap company. The stock decreased 3.92% or $0.3 during the last trading session, reaching $7.35. About 2.05M shares traded or 174.47% up from the average. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) has declined 25.97% since February 24, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 42.67% the S&P500.

Ims Capital Management increased its stake in Altria Group Inc (MO) by 92.06% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Ims Capital Management bought 5,045 shares as the company’s stock declined 2.84% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 10,525 shares of the farming and seeds and milling company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $667,000, up from 5,480 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Ims Capital Management who had been investing in Altria Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $122.80B market cap company. The stock increased 1.97% or $1.25 during the last trading session, reaching $64.59. About 5.63M shares traded. Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) has risen 11.92% since February 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 4.78% the S&P500.

Among 6 analysts covering Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 33% are positive. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt had 17 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) earned “Buy” rating by Oppenheimer on Friday, August 7. As per Friday, February 23, the company rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) earned “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Monday, August 14. Zacks upgraded Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) on Tuesday, August 11 to “Strong Sell” rating. On Monday, October 5 the stock rating was initiated by Wells Fargo with “Outperform”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, August 17 by Citigroup. BMO Capital Markets maintained the shares of HMHC in report on Friday, June 23 with “Hold” rating. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) rating on Monday, July 10. Stifel Nicolaus has “Hold” rating and $12.5000 target. The firm has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Monday, October 23 by Morgan Stanley. BMO Capital Markets downgraded Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) on Friday, August 5 to “Market Perform” rating.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.35 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.42, from 0.93 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 20 investors sold HMHC shares while 29 reduced holdings. 11 funds opened positions while 55 raised stakes. 123.31 million shares or 2.53% more from 120.26 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Glenhill Advsrs Lc holds 1.14% or 1.17 million shares in its portfolio. Renaissance Limited Liability Corp reported 501,600 shares stake. Geode Capital Mngmt Ltd Liability Corporation has 924,460 shares. Loomis Sayles & LP owns 939,785 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio. Great West Life Assurance Can has 0% invested in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) for 16,613 shares. Jpmorgan Chase & invested in 1.03M shares or 0% of the stock. Manufacturers Life Ins The holds 80,243 shares. Greywolf Capital Lp holds 2.44% or 672,000 shares in its portfolio. Lapides Asset Mgmt Limited Liability Corp owns 1.61M shares. Corsair LP stated it has 1.03 million shares. Gmt Cap owns 0.35% invested in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) for 1.37 million shares. Burgundy Asset Mgmt Limited has invested 0.47% in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC). Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa owns 12,354 shares. Goldman Sachs Gp reported 736,956 shares. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc reported 0.01% in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC).

First Pacific Advisors Llc, which manages about $28.26 billion and $13.02 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Phi Inc Com Non Vtg (NASDAQ:PHIIK) by 34,273 shares to 49,773 shares, valued at $585,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Interdigital Inc (NASDAQ:IDCC) by 17,473 shares in the quarter, for a total of 397,850 shares, and has risen its stake in Axalta Coating Systems Ltd.

Ims Capital Management, which manages about $164.74 million and $156.00 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Cisco Sys Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) by 9,284 shares to 8,360 shares, valued at $281,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.89 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.02, from 0.91 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 91 investors sold MO shares while 516 reduced holdings. 118 funds opened positions while 420 raised stakes. 1.17 billion shares or 0.77% more from 1.16 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. The Ohio-based Private Harbour Investment Management And Counsel Limited Liability Corporation has invested 0.29% in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Oarsman Cap invested in 4,823 shares or 0.13% of the stock. Moors & Cabot has invested 0.46% of its portfolio in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Twin Cap Mgmt holds 170,030 shares. Optimum Invest Advisors accumulated 11,563 shares. Johnson invested in 127,159 shares or 1.06% of the stock. Arrowmark Colorado Lc invested in 0.01% or 12,440 shares. Supplemental Annuity Collective Tru Of Nj reported 27,000 shares. Fayez Sarofim And Company accumulated 15.90 million shares. M&T Bankshares holds 1.31 million shares. Macquarie Grp Ltd holds 0.01% or 50,289 shares in its portfolio. Grimes And Co owns 8,003 shares or 0.05% of their US portfolio. Cullinan Assoc accumulated 0.12% or 23,735 shares. Federated Incorporated Pa has 14.23M shares. King Wealth Mngmt Limited Liability Com holds 2% or 84,691 shares in its portfolio.

Among 19 analysts covering Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO), 15 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 79% are positive. Altria Group Inc. had 59 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was initiated by Jefferies on Wednesday, September 21 with “Hold”. The rating was reinitiated by Morgan Stanley with “Equal-Weight” on Tuesday, November 29. Jefferies maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, November 17 report. UBS maintained the shares of MO in report on Friday, October 27 with “Neutral” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) on Monday, February 5 with “Hold” rating. UBS maintained Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) on Monday, July 31 with “Neutral” rating. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Buy” on Thursday, September 14. Credit Agricole downgraded the stock to “Outperform” rating in Thursday, July 30 report. The stock of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, June 27 by Stifel Nicolaus. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, January 8 by Cowen & Co.

Since September 21, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 3 sales for $3.37 million activity. The insider DEVITRE DINYAR S sold 32,000 shares worth $1.96 million. Shares for $410,313 were sold by Dillard James E III.

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