Argent Capital Management Lifted Marten Transport LTD (MRTN) Holding by $1.43 Million; As Facebook (FB) Market Value Declined, Alpine Partners Vi Decreased by $332,151 Its Position

May 31, 2018 - By Linda Rogers

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Alpine Partners Vi Llc decreased its stake in Facebook Inc (FB) by 5.94% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Alpine Partners Vi Llc sold 2,089 shares as the company’s stock declined 0.01% with the market. The institutional investor held 33,104 shares of the technology company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $5.29 million, down from 35,193 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Alpine Partners Vi Llc who had been investing in Facebook Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $543.24 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.04% or $1.93 during the last trading session, reaching $187.67. About 12.80 million shares traded. Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has risen 21.69% since May 31, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 9.12% the S&P500.

Argent Capital Management Llc increased its stake in Marten Transport Ltd. (MRTN) by 115.91% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Argent Capital Management Llc bought 64,795 shares as the company’s stock declined 1.12% with the market. The institutional investor held 120,695 shares of the transportation company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $2.75M, up from 55,900 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Argent Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Marten Transport Ltd. for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $1.25 billion market cap company. The stock increased 3.15% or $0.7 during the last trading session, reaching $22.9. About 265,364 shares traded. Marten Transport, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRTN) has risen 47.96% since May 31, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 35.39% the S&P500.

Since February 2, 2018, it had 1 insider purchase, and 2 insider sales for $271,698 activity. Shares for $140,938 were sold by WINKEL THOMAS J on Thursday, February 22. Hinnendael James J had bought 7,500 shares worth $149,865.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.29 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.05, from 1.34 in 2017Q4. It turned negative, as 17 investors sold MRTN shares while 49 reduced holdings. 37 funds opened positions while 48 raised stakes. 35.75 million shares or 1.66% less from 36.35 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Metropolitan Life Insur Com holds 12,009 shares or 0% of its portfolio. 308,794 were reported by Principal. Heartland Advsr holds 0.25% or 166,666 shares in its portfolio. Arrowstreet Cap LP owns 385,076 shares or 0.02% of their US portfolio. Dimensional Fund Advsr Limited Partnership has 0.04% invested in Marten Transport, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRTN) for 4.56 million shares. Ameritas Invest Prtnrs has 0% invested in Marten Transport, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRTN) for 3,366 shares. Deutsche Bank & Trust Ag reported 89,035 shares stake. Art Advsr Ltd Llc owns 47,134 shares. Mason Street Ltd Liability Company holds 10,731 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Northern, Illinois-based fund reported 916,376 shares. Cibc World, a Ontario – Canada-based fund reported 60,341 shares. Prudential Financial holds 0% of its portfolio in Marten Transport, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRTN) for 66,068 shares. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement Sys has invested 0% of its portfolio in Marten Transport, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRTN). Sei Invests reported 8,482 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Secor Cap LP holds 0.08% or 42,622 shares in its portfolio.

Among 4 analysts covering Marten Transport (NASDAQ:MRTN), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 25% are positive. Marten Transport had 13 analyst reports since August 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, January 27 by Stifel Nicolaus. On Thursday, August 27 the stock rating was upgraded by Stifel Nicolaus to “Buy”. The stock has “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Friday, February 10. Stephens maintained it with “Buy” rating and $25.0 target in Monday, January 8 report. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Hold” rating and $15.0 target in Wednesday, August 23 report. Seaport Global upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Friday, January 26 report. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Friday, December 16 by Stifel Nicolaus. Avondale downgraded the shares of MRTN in report on Friday, July 22 to “Market Perform” rating. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, September 28 with “Hold”. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, October 5 by Stifel Nicolaus.

Argent Capital Management Llc, which manages about $2.51 billion and $2.73 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX) by 14,425 shares to 1.33M shares, valued at $36.25M in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) by 5,290 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 173,759 shares, and cut its stake in Carbonite Inc. (NASDAQ:CARB).

Alpine Partners Vi Llc, which manages about $424.83 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Nxp Semiconductors N V (NASDAQ:NXPI) by 228,250 shares to 265,000 shares, valued at $31.01 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Dell Technologies Inc by 52,781 shares in the quarter, for a total of 59,281 shares, and has risen its stake in Aetna Inc New (NYSE:AET).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.87 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.34, from 1.21 in 2017Q4. It dived, as 145 investors sold FB shares while 712 reduced holdings. 173 funds opened positions while 573 raised stakes. 1.65 billion shares or 2.41% more from 1.61 billion shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Umb Comml Bank N A Mo owns 135,579 shares. Advisory Ser holds 0.12% of its portfolio in Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) for 2,563 shares. Camarda Fincl Advsrs Limited Liability Company invested 0.02% of its portfolio in Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB). Middleton Inc Ma reported 78,458 shares or 2.24% of all its holdings. Ironwood Fincl Ltd Liability Co owns 234 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio. Strategy Asset Managers Ltd Co holds 0.52% or 14,896 shares. Gamco Invsts Et Al holds 0.03% or 29,909 shares in its portfolio. United Kingdom-based Old Mutual Investors (Uk) has invested 2.7% in Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB). Hanson Doremus Invest Mngmt stated it has 0.03% in Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB). Hall Laurie J Trustee reported 139 shares. Lbmc Advisors Llc holds 1,960 shares. Boys Arnold Co Inc owns 46,851 shares for 1.14% of their portfolio. Asset Management One Ltd owns 1.37% invested in Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) for 3.81M shares. Ashfield Capital Partners Limited reported 1.15% stake. Baxter Bros Incorporated invested in 0.89% or 20,306 shares.

Among 55 analysts covering Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), 51 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 93% are positive. Facebook had 270 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. BMO Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Monday, September 11 report. On Monday, June 5 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy”. Deutsche Bank maintained it with “Buy” rating and $225.0 target in Monday, January 29 report. The rating was maintained by Mizuho with “Buy” on Thursday, April 28. The stock of Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) earned “Buy” rating by Robert W. Baird on Thursday, November 30. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of FB in report on Thursday, November 3 with “Outperform” rating. Mizuho maintained Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) rating on Thursday, February 1. Mizuho has “Buy” rating and $250.0 target. The stock of Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) earned “Buy” rating by SunTrust on Thursday, March 29. Argus Research upgraded Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) on Thursday, October 15 to “Buy” rating. Citigroup maintained Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) on Friday, April 1 with “Buy” rating.

Analysts await Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) to report earnings on July, 25. They expect $1.72 earnings per share, up 30.30% or $0.40 from last year’s $1.32 per share. FB’s profit will be $4.98 billion for 27.28 P/E if the $1.72 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.69 actual earnings per share reported by Facebook, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 1.78% EPS growth.

More notable recent Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) news were published by: 247Wallst.com which released: “How Facebook Is Breaking Into the Crypto Trade” on May 12, 2018, also Nasdaq.com with their article: “Microsoft Corporation Stock Offers the Best of Both Worlds” published on May 31, 2018, Livetradingnews.com published: “Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) Tracking the Technicals” on May 29, 2018. More interesting news about Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Facebook shareholder meeting on tap” published on May 31, 2018 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “Home Services Could Be the Next Facebook, Inc. Stock Revenue Stream” with publication date: May 29, 2018.

Since December 7, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 56 insider sales for $2.39 billion activity. $1.05 million worth of Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) was sold by FISCHER DAVID B. on Friday, January 26. The insider Zuckerberg Mark sold $72.43M. $2.88 million worth of Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) shares were sold by Stretch Colin. $9.61 million worth of Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) shares were sold by Sandberg Sheryl. The insider Schroepfer Michael Todd sold $6.94 million. Wehner David M. sold $1.75 million worth of Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) on Tuesday, May 15.

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