Atlas Browninc Has Lifted Stake in Humana Com (HUM); Murphy Capital Management Has Cut Verizon Communications (VZ) Position as Market Valuation Declined

May 18, 2018 - By Louis Casey

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Murphy Capital Management Inc decreased its stake in Verizon Communications (VZ) by 2.45% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Murphy Capital Management Inc sold 5,856 shares as the company’s stock declined 11.05% with the market. The institutional investor held 233,386 shares of the telecommunications equipment company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $12.35M, down from 239,242 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Murphy Capital Management Inc who had been investing in Verizon Communications for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $197.71 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.02% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $47.85. About 8.91M shares traded. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has declined 3.72% since May 18, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 15.27% the S&P500.

Atlas Browninc increased its stake in Humana Inc Com (HUM) by 21.81% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Atlas Browninc bought 1,797 shares as the company’s stock rose 9.24% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 10,035 shares of the medical specialities company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $2.87M, up from 8,238 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Atlas Browninc who had been investing in Humana Inc Com for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $40.05 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.38% or $1.1 during the last trading session, reaching $290.92. About 402,347 shares traded. Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) has risen 31.54% since May 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 19.99% the S&P500.

Murphy Capital Management Inc, which manages about $765.25 million and $730.18M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Select Sector Spdr Tr Sbi Cons (XLP) by 16,040 shares to 117,350 shares, valued at $6.68M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX) by 3,000 shares in the quarter, for a total of 8,548 shares, and has risen its stake in Msci Eafe (EFA).

Investors sentiment increased to 1.02 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.14, from 0.88 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 57 investors sold VZ shares while 662 reduced holdings. 141 funds opened positions while 592 raised stakes. 2.54 billion shares or 0.48% more from 2.53 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. 6,919 were accumulated by Rowland And Inv Counsel Adv. Halsey Assoc Inc Ct has invested 0.09% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Cleararc Cap holds 0.75% or 103,862 shares. Ruggie Capital Grp Inc has invested 0.23% of its portfolio in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Bennicas Associates Incorporated owns 23,971 shares or 1.11% of their US portfolio. Wilkins Investment Counsel owns 33,194 shares. Allsquare Wealth Management Lc accumulated 0.59% or 14,098 shares. Thompson Davis And Inc holds 2,297 shares or 0.29% of its portfolio. Leavell Invest Management invested 0.39% of its portfolio in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Boulegeris Invests stated it has 3,995 shares or 0.11% of all its holdings. Sumitomo Life Insurance Commerce accumulated 115,480 shares. Quentec Asset Mgmt Limited Liability Com holds 0.63% of its portfolio in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) for 75,470 shares. Next Inc invested in 1.26% or 55,831 shares. Shoker Invest Counsel Incorporated holds 12,173 shares or 0.47% of its portfolio. 4,566 were accumulated by Kidder Stephen W.

Since February 13, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 2 insider sales for $444,552 activity.

More notable recent Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Verizon CEO: No interest in linear content” on May 15, 2018, also Benzinga.com with their article: “JPMorgan: Verizon On ‘Stable Footing’ As 5G Opportunity Crystallizes” published on May 11, 2018, Globenewswire.com published: “Verizon begins 2018 with strong momentum” on April 24, 2018. More interesting news about Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) were released by: Globenewswire.com and their article: “Verizon to repurchase debt securities” published on May 11, 2018 as well as Globenewswire.com‘s news article titled: “My Verizon App is now available en español” with publication date: May 01, 2018.

Among 31 analysts covering Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), 15 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 16 Hold. Therefore 48% are positive. Verizon Communications Inc. had 84 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Equal-Weight” rating by Barclays Capital given on Monday, April 18. As per Tuesday, January 23, the company rating was maintained by SunTrust. The company was initiated on Thursday, January 19 by HSBC. The rating was maintained by Citigroup on Monday, March 14 with “Neutral”. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Tuesday, July 18 with “Hold”. The rating was downgraded by Moffet Nathanson to “Neutral” on Friday, April 1. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) on Tuesday, January 2 with “Sector Weight” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Monday, January 25 report. Robert W. Baird maintained Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) rating on Wednesday, October 4. Robert W. Baird has “Hold” rating and $49.0 target. The stock of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, October 11 by KeyBanc Capital Markets.

Analysts await Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) to report earnings on July, 26. They expect $1.14 EPS, up 18.75% or $0.18 from last year’s $0.96 per share. VZ’s profit will be $4.71 billion for 10.49 P/E if the $1.14 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.17 actual EPS reported by Verizon Communications Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -2.56% negative EPS growth.

Since December 15, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 12 insider sales for $31.76 million activity. Zipperle Cynthia H sold $326,899 worth of Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) on Friday, March 9. Another trade for 16,270 shares valued at $4.45 million was sold by Huval Timothy S.. $3.86M worth of Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) was sold by BROUSSARD BRUCE D on Saturday, February 24. 16,389 Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) shares with value of $4.48 million were sold by Christopher M Todoroff. BILNEY JODY L sold 2,931 shares worth $801,477. $295,450 worth of Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) was sold by Fleming William Kevin.

Atlas Browninc, which manages about $325.81M and $560.25M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Ishares S&P 500 Growth Etf (IVW) by 2,705 shares to 15,570 shares, valued at $2.55 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing.

Among 23 analysts covering Humana (NYSE:HUM), 15 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 65% are positive. Humana has $35600 highest and $150 lowest target. $263.78’s average target is -9.33% below currents $290.92 stock price. Humana had 81 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Thursday, July 30 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Equal Weight”. On Friday, July 22 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Outperform”. On Wednesday, December 6 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold”. JP Morgan maintained it with “Neutral” rating and $271 target in Monday, February 12 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, September 23 by Evercore. Cowen & Co maintained it with “Buy” rating and $330.0 target in Monday, January 29 report. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, November 9 with “Hold”. Leerink Swann maintained the shares of HUM in report on Monday, November 27 with “Buy” rating. As per Monday, July 18, the company rating was upgraded by Jefferies. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Monday, July 10 report.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.05 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.16, from 1.21 in 2017Q3. It is negative, as 40 investors sold HUM shares while 209 reduced holdings. 69 funds opened positions while 193 raised stakes. 125.53 million shares or 4.46% less from 131.39 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Baystate Wealth Limited owns 20 shares. Omega Advisors invested in 1.59% or 171,353 shares. Evercore Wealth Ltd Co has invested 0% in Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM). Columbia Prtnrs L L C Mngmt has 0.59% invested in Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) for 17,861 shares. 26,330 are held by Los Angeles Cap & Equity. Great West Life Assurance Can, a Manitoba – Canada-based fund reported 158,703 shares. Panagora Asset reported 396,665 shares. Pnc Gp stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM). Highland Capital Mngmt Limited Liability Corp holds 0.34% of its portfolio in Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) for 18,068 shares. Davidson Kempner Capital Mgmt Limited Partnership invested 0.53% in Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM). Parametrica Management Limited reported 919 shares stake. Prelude Mngmt Limited Liability Corporation stated it has 0.02% of its portfolio in Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM). Paradigm Asset Management Ltd Liability Com invested in 150 shares. Ameritas Prtn has 0.03% invested in Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) for 3,092 shares. Lpl Financial has invested 0% in Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM).

More notable recent Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Humana Inc. 2018 Q1 – Results – Earnings Call Slides” on May 16, 2018, also Bizjournals.com with their article: “Humana’s deal for Curo Health debunks Walmart takeover, analyst says” published on April 24, 2018, Streetinsider.com published: “Glenview Capital Enters AmerisourceBergen (ABC), Express Scripts (ESRX), T-Mobile (TMUS) (more…) -13F” on May 15, 2018. More interesting news about Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Humana (HUM) Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript” published on May 02, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Walmart-Humana deal seen as natural fit” with publication date: May 03, 2018.

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