Salzhauer Michael Lifted Regions Finl New (RF) Stake by $2.24 Million; Market Valuation Rose; As Kroger Co. (KR) Market Valuation Declined, Evanston Investments Dba Evanston Advisors Has Increased Stake by $718,875

May 23, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

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Salzhauer Michael increased its stake in Regions Finl Corp New (RF) by 370.92% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Salzhauer Michael bought 132,047 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.69% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 167,647 shares of the major banks company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $2.90M, up from 35,600 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Salzhauer Michael who had been investing in Regions Finl Corp New for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $21.85 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.57% or $0.3 during the last trading session, reaching $19.45. About 10.51M shares traded. Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF) has risen 29.90% since May 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 18.35% the S&P500.

Evanston Investments Inc Dba Evanston Advisors increased its stake in Kroger Co. (KR) by 9.19% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Evanston Investments Inc Dba Evanston Advisors bought 26,625 shares as the company’s stock declined 16.92% with the market. The institutional investor held 316,232 shares of the food chains company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $8.68 million, up from 289,607 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Evanston Investments Inc Dba Evanston Advisors who had been investing in Kroger Co. for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $19.86 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.28% or $0.07 during the last trading session, reaching $24.7. About 15.21M shares traded or 42.48% up from the average. The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has declined 18.87% since May 23, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 30.42% the S&P500.

Since December 19, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 6 insider sales for $2.81 million activity. 8,000 shares were sold by HJELM CHRISTOPHER T, worth $245,120. On Monday, January 22 the insider Clark Robert W sold $325,292. $92,844 worth of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) shares were sold by Foley Todd A.

Evanston Investments Inc Dba Evanston Advisors, which manages about $372.58M and $417.70 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Ishares Gold Trust (IAU) by 34,310 shares to 1.34 million shares, valued at $16.75 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI) by 222,556 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 83,104 shares, and cut its stake in Intel Corp. (NASDAQ:INTC).

More notable recent The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) news were published by: Bizjournals.com which released: “Kroger rival Amazon sweetens deal for Whole Foods’ Prime customers” on May 22, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Kroger: Fears Overstated” published on May 14, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “Kroger rallies after Barron’s call-out” on May 14, 2018. More interesting news about The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) were released by: 247Wallst.com and their article: “Short Interest in Kroger Rises 77%” published on May 10, 2018 as well as Fool.com‘s news article titled: “Kroger Finally Addresses Its Biggest Weakness” with publication date: May 21, 2018.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.9 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.02, from 0.88 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 78 investors sold KR shares while 251 reduced holdings. 121 funds opened positions while 176 raised stakes. 636.15 million shares or 7.55% less from 688.12 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. X Management Company Limited Liability Corporation owns 11,293 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Dynamic Advisors Solutions Llc reported 0.11% in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Freestone Capital Ltd Company owns 0.06% invested in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) for 4,606 shares. Fund Evaluation Gru Limited Co holds 0.13% or 45,000 shares. First Personal Financial accumulated 2,000 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Hanson Mcclain Inc owns 9 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Advsrs Asset Management reported 13,950 shares. Verition Fund Mngmt Limited Liability has 0.06% invested in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Atlantic Trust Gp Ltd Com invested 0.01% of its portfolio in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Mutual Of America Cap Mgmt Ltd stated it has 109,412 shares or 0.05% of all its holdings. Geode Cap Mgmt Ltd has invested 0.09% in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Seabridge Invest Advsr Limited Com holds 0.26% or 43,617 shares in its portfolio. Scotia Cap Inc reported 184,306 shares stake. Tru Advisors accumulated 21,900 shares. Bank Of The West reported 79,870 shares.

Among 37 analysts covering Kroger (NYSE:KR), 18 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 19 Hold. Therefore 49% are positive. Kroger had 112 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating by Oppenheimer given on Tuesday, June 6. Telsey Advisory Group maintained The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) on Friday, December 1 with “Market Perform” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Friday, March 9. The rating was upgraded by Northcoast on Monday, November 6 to “Buy”. The stock of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, February 5 by Scotia Capital. Northcoast upgraded the shares of KR in report on Monday, December 7 to “Buy” rating. J.P. Morgan downgraded the shares of KR in report on Friday, June 16 to “Hold” rating. Citigroup maintained The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) rating on Tuesday, December 26. Citigroup has “Buy” rating and $33 target. Jefferies maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Monday, July 24 report. The stock of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) earned “Peer Perform” rating by Wolfe Research on Wednesday, June 15.

Among 35 analysts covering Regions Financial Corp (NYSE:RF), 9 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 22 Hold. Therefore 26% are positive. Regions Financial Corp had 116 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Buy” rating by Guggenheim on Friday, August 28. Keefe Bruyette & Woods downgraded the stock to “Outperform” rating in Monday, May 16 report. As per Wednesday, March 15, the company rating was maintained by FBR Capital. Piper Jaffray maintained it with “Hold” rating and $16.0 target in Monday, December 4 report. The stock of Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF) earned “Buy” rating by Bank of America on Friday, May 5. On Friday, August 11 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold”. The company was maintained on Tuesday, April 24 by FBR Capital. The company was downgraded on Wednesday, April 19 by Evercore. Citigroup maintained the stock with “Neutral” rating in Monday, October 9 report. Piper Jaffray maintained Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF) rating on Friday, January 19. Piper Jaffray has “Hold” rating and $18.0 target.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.18 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.23, from 0.95 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 26 investors sold RF shares while 187 reduced holdings. 82 funds opened positions while 169 raised stakes. 823.54 million shares or 2.89% less from 848.03 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Homrich Berg stated it has 0.11% of its portfolio in Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF). Meiji Yasuda Asset Mngmt invested in 40,995 shares or 0.07% of the stock. 431,904 were accumulated by Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund. Pointstate Limited Partnership reported 205,800 shares. Nomura holds 0% or 74,470 shares. Chicago Equity Ptnrs Limited Liability Company holds 0.47% in Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF) or 886,070 shares. Great West Life Assurance Company Can has invested 0.06% of its portfolio in Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF). 435,860 are held by Highland Capital Mgmt Ltd Liability Com. Profund Advsr Limited Liability Com reported 72,695 shares. Livingston Gp Asset Co (Operating As Southport Cap Management) has invested 0.13% in Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF). Smith Graham & Advisors Ltd Partnership owns 436,500 shares. Point72 Asia (Hong Kong) Limited invested in 0.15% or 11,649 shares. Richard Bernstein Advsr Ltd invested in 0.02% or 23,540 shares. Wealthfront Inc invested in 0.03% or 140,032 shares. Synovus Financial has invested 0.05% in Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF).

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