Zebra Capital Management Trimmed Aflac Com Stk (AFL) Holding as Market Valuation Declined; Cutter & Company Brokerage Upped Crh Plc Adr (CRH) Position by $937,800 as Market Valuation Declined

April 23, 2018 - By Pete Kolinski

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Cutter & Company Brokerage Inc increased its stake in Crh Plc Adr (CRH) by 216.63% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Cutter & Company Brokerage Inc bought 26,050 shares as the company’s stock declined 6.73% with the market. The institutional investor held 38,075 shares of the building materials company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $1.37M, up from 12,025 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Cutter & Company Brokerage Inc who had been investing in Crh Plc Adr for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $29.42B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.79% or $0.28 during the last trading session, reaching $35.06. About 475,604 shares traded. CRH plc (NYSE:CRH) has declined 4.37% since April 23, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 15.92% the S&P500.

Roger Ibbotson decreased its stake in Aflac Inc Com Stk (AFL) by 31.45% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Zebra Capital Management Llc sold 7,737 shares as the company’s stock declined 0.29% with the market. The hedge fund run by Roger Ibbotson held 16,867 shares of the accident &health insurance company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $1.48M, down from 24,604 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Zebra Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Aflac Inc Com Stk for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $35.22B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.20% or $0.09 during the last trading session, reaching $45.19. About 918,392 shares traded. Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has risen 21.05% since April 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 9.50% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.97 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.14, from 0.83 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 26 investors sold CRH shares while 33 reduced holdings. 19 funds opened positions while 38 raised stakes. 28.53 million shares or 2.73% more from 27.77 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. First Tru LP has 0% invested in CRH plc (NYSE:CRH) for 9,909 shares. Burt Wealth Advsrs reported 0% stake. Employees Retirement Of Texas reported 94,700 shares. Eqis Cap has 9,732 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio. Federated Pa holds 499,667 shares or 0.05% of its portfolio. Manufacturers Life Communication The reported 108 shares. Moreover, Parametric Assocs Ltd Liability Corporation has 0.03% invested in CRH plc (NYSE:CRH) for 705,764 shares. Ngam Advisors Lp accumulated 0.03% or 84,610 shares. Stratos Wealth Prtnrs, a Ohio-based fund reported 1,249 shares. Dimensional Fund Advisors Limited Partnership reported 0.03% of its portfolio in CRH plc (NYSE:CRH). Retail Bank Of America Corp De stated it has 0.01% in CRH plc (NYSE:CRH). Prelude Mngmt Ltd Limited Liability Company invested in 0.04% or 15,000 shares. Sg Americas Secs Ltd Limited Liability Company reported 0% in CRH plc (NYSE:CRH). Glenmede Na has 0% invested in CRH plc (NYSE:CRH). Northern Corporation stated it has 739,367 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings.

Among 10 analysts covering CRH Plc. (NYSE:CRH), 7 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 70% are positive. CRH Plc. had 16 analyst reports since November 5, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of CRH plc (NYSE:CRH) earned “Equal-Weight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Wednesday, September 13. Numis Securities downgraded the stock to “Hold” rating in Friday, August 26 report. Morgan Stanley downgraded CRH plc (NYSE:CRH) on Tuesday, January 31 to “Underweight” rating. The stock has “Hold” rating by Societe Generale on Friday, August 26. JP Morgan upgraded the stock to “Overweight” rating in Wednesday, April 6 report. The firm has “Underperform” rating given on Thursday, November 5 by Bank of America. Bank of America upgraded the shares of CRH in report on Monday, April 25 to “Neutral” rating. The firm earned “Market Perform” rating on Friday, March 18 by Bernstein. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Wednesday, September 27. The stock of CRH plc (NYSE:CRH) earned “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Wednesday, March 9.

Cutter & Company Brokerage Inc, which manages about $412.24M and $243.36 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) by 17,652 shares to 75,447 shares, valued at $1.94 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Connecticut Water Svc (NASDAQ:CTWS) by 5,770 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 79,596 shares, and cut its stake in Pfizer Incorporated (NYSE:PFE).

Since October 26, 2017, it had 2 insider purchases, and 5 sales for $2.83 million activity. $178,090 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) was bought by Lloyd Karole. Another trade for 1,300 shares valued at $117,123 was made by TILLMAN AUDREY B on Wednesday, February 28. MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L also bought $49,022 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares. AMOS DANIEL P also sold $2.24 million worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares. The insider HOWARD JUNE P sold 2,648 shares worth $239,194.

Analysts await Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) to report earnings on April, 25 after the close. They expect $0.97 earnings per share, up 16.87% or $0.14 from last year’s $0.83 per share. AFL’s profit will be $755.99 million for 11.65 P/E if the $0.97 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.80 actual earnings per share reported by Aflac Incorporated for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 21.25% EPS growth.

Among 21 analysts covering Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), 4 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 19% are positive. Aflac Incorporated had 58 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Thursday, February 4 by Deutsche Bank. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, July 10 with “Sell”. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley on Monday, November 13 with “Equal-Weight”. The stock has “Hold” rating by Sandler O’Neill on Thursday, February 1. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Monday, December 5 by Deutsche Bank. Bank of America upgraded the shares of AFL in report on Thursday, April 6 to “Neutral” rating. As per Monday, October 12, the company rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has “Underperform” rating given on Friday, September 8 by Bank of America. The firm has “Underperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Thursday, February 2. FBR Capital downgraded Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) rating on Tuesday, May 10. FBR Capital has “Market Perform” rating and $68 target.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.06 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.17, from 0.89 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 41 investors sold AFL shares while 286 reduced holdings. 95 funds opened positions while 250 raised stakes. 256.45 million shares or 2.31% more from 250.65 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Ledyard Bankshares accumulated 6,594 shares. Blue Chip Prns owns 1,550 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio. Captrust Fincl Advsr invested in 0% or 728 shares. 24,201 are held by Rowland & Counsel Adv. 358,223 are held by Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale. Mizuho Fincl Bank Limited stated it has 3.00 million shares or 20.7% of all its holdings. Segall Bryant Hamill Lc has invested 0.05% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd reported 52,015 shares stake. Hussman Strategic Incorporated accumulated 1,650 shares or 0.04% of the stock. Ajo Ltd Partnership holds 1.21 million shares or 0.46% of its portfolio. Wellington Shields & Ltd Liability Company accumulated 4,628 shares or 0.22% of the stock. Smithfield Tru, Pennsylvania-based fund reported 1,260 shares. Court Place Lc has invested 1.21% of its portfolio in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Spinnaker holds 6,560 shares or 0.07% of its portfolio. Patten Grp Incorporated reported 770 shares.

Zebra Capital Management Llc, which manages about $438.46M and $294.79 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Exterran Corp Houston Tx Com by 9,792 shares to 23,234 shares, valued at $730,000 in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Cna Finl Corp Com Stk (NYSE:CNA) by 14,346 shares in the quarter, for a total of 27,332 shares, and has risen its stake in Marathon Petroleum Corp Com S (NYSE:MPC).

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