First Wilshire Securities Management Upped Its Baldwin & Lyons (BWINB) Holding by $992,464; As Comerica (CMA) Stock Price Declined, Holder Forest Hill Capital Has Lowered by $3.83 Million Its Position

February 25, 2018 - By Lawrence Diaz

First Wilshire Securities Management Inc increased its stake in Baldwin & Lyons Inc (BWINB) by 28.5% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. First Wilshire Securities Management Inc bought 45,112 shares as the company’s stock rose 3.91% with the market. The hedge fund held 203,399 shares of the finance company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $4.59 million, up from 158,287 at the end of the previous reported quarter. First Wilshire Securities Management Inc who had been investing in Baldwin & Lyons Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $350.30 million market cap company. The stock increased 1.75% or $0.4 during the last trading session, reaching $23.2. About 15,829 shares traded. Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWINB) has declined 3.36% since February 25, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 20.06% the S&P500.

Mark Lee decreased its stake in Comerica Inc (CMA) by 27.36% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Forest Hill Capital Llc sold 50,335 shares as the company’s stock declined 5.54% while stock markets rallied. The hedge fund run by Mark Lee held 133,666 shares of the major banks company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $10.19M, down from 184,001 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Forest Hill Capital Llc who had been investing in Comerica Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $17.05B market cap company. The stock increased 2.08% or $2.01 during the last trading session, reaching $98.68. About 1.07 million shares traded. Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA) has risen 54.07% since February 25, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 37.37% the S&P500.

First Wilshire Securities Management Inc, which manages about $648.73M and $352.76M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) by 4,123 shares to 53,561 shares, valued at $6.56 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Federal Agric Mtg Corp (NYSE:AGM) by 9,274 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 125,810 shares, and cut its stake in Firstcash Inc.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.31 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.03, from 1.28 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 9 investors sold BWINB shares while 20 reduced holdings. 13 funds opened positions while 25 raised stakes. 7.42 million shares or 5.63% more from 7.02 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa invested in 888 shares or 0% of the stock. 27,167 are held by Invesco. Ameritas Inv Prtnrs Inc reported 853 shares. Commonwealth Equity Svcs stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWINB). Brandywine Glob Invest Mgmt Limited Liability has 869 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Citigroup Inc holds 0% or 6,877 shares. Pnc Service Grp accumulated 16 shares. Legal General Grp Incorporated Public Lc accumulated 2,617 shares. Jpmorgan Chase And Communication has 0% invested in Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWINB). Dimensional Fund LP accumulated 1.04M shares. Martingale Asset Ltd Partnership holds 49,804 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Thompson Siegel & Walmsley Limited Liability Co has 300 shares for 0% of their portfolio. State Street owns 278,608 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Credit Suisse Ag reported 13,111 shares. Alliancebernstein Limited Partnership holds 12,650 shares.

Analysts await Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA) to report earnings on April, 17. They expect $1.51 EPS, up 48.04% or $0.49 from last year’s $1.02 per share. CMA’s profit will be $260.94 million for 16.34 P/E if the $1.51 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.28 actual EPS reported by Comerica Incorporated for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 17.97% EPS growth.

Among 33 analysts covering Comerica Inc (NYSE:CMA), 16 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 15 Hold. Therefore 48% are positive. Comerica Inc had 123 analyst reports since July 20, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Thursday, May 19 by Goldman Sachs. As per Tuesday, November 29, the company rating was upgraded by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. Bernstein maintained Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA) rating on Wednesday, January 17. Bernstein has “Hold” rating and $99.0 target. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, June 28 with “Buy”. Wedbush maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Wednesday, January 17 report. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, April 5 by RBC Capital Markets. Wedbush initiated the shares of CMA in report on Friday, October 7 with “Neutral” rating. The stock of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA) earned “Sell” rating by Goldman Sachs on Thursday, December 17. The stock has “Hold” rating by Robert W. Baird on Tuesday, January 2. The rating was maintained by FBR Capital on Wednesday, July 20 with “Outperform”.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.06 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.29, from 1.35 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 43 investors sold CMA shares while 147 reduced holdings. 50 funds opened positions while 152 raised stakes. 139.79 million shares or 2.40% less from 143.22 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Legal & General Group Inc Pcl stated it has 0.05% in Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA). The New York-based Jacobs Asset Mngmt Limited Liability Com has invested 2.18% in Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA). Trust Department Mb National Bank & Trust N A holds 1,212 shares. United Serv Automobile Association accumulated 74,339 shares. Next Gp Inc stated it has 0% in Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA). Trexquant Invest Lp accumulated 0.05% or 2,810 shares. Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Pub School Empls Retrmt System holds 14,306 shares. Dillon Assoc Inc reported 3,271 shares. Moreover, Roosevelt Invest Grp Inc has 0.03% invested in Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA) for 4,899 shares. 30,232 are owned by Raymond James Associate. Peak6 Investments Ltd Partnership invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA). Barclays Pcl accumulated 70,115 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Mngmt Com reported 8,504 shares. 9,813 are held by Wealth Architects Limited Liability Company. Texas Permanent School Fund accumulated 48,750 shares.

Forest Hill Capital Llc, which manages about $1.05B and $348.50M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Pinnacle Finl Partners Inc (NASDAQ:PNFP) by 61,963 shares to 184,746 shares, valued at $12.37M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Banc Of California Inc (NYSE:BANC) by 76,897 shares in the quarter, for a total of 635,673 shares, and has risen its stake in Veritex Hldgs Inc.

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