As Medical (MPW) Stock Value Declined, Hancock Holding Company Boosted Its Position; Wilen Investment Management Lowered Chase Corp. (CCF) Position as Market Value Rose

December 17, 2017 - By Marguerite Chambers

Wilen Investment Management Corp decreased its stake in Chase Corp. (CCF) by 11.32% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Wilen Investment Management Corp sold 17,818 shares as the company’s stock rose 10.46% with the market. The institutional investor held 139,524 shares of the building products company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $14.72 million, down from 157,342 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Wilen Investment Management Corp who had been investing in Chase Corp. for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $1.11 billion market cap company. The stock increased 2.60% or $3 during the last trading session, reaching $118.5. About 38,560 shares traded or 112.05% up from the average. Chase Corporation (NYSEMKT:CCF) has risen 81.05% since December 17, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 64.35% the S&P500.

Hancock Holding Company increased its stake in Medical (MPW) by 272.76% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Hancock Holding Company bought 608,630 shares as the company’s stock declined 0.60% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 831,769 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $10.70 million, up from 223,139 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Hancock Holding Company who had been investing in Medical for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $5.09B market cap company. The stock increased 1.67% or $0.23 during the last trading session, reaching $13.99. About 7.21M shares traded or 286.66% up from the average. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) has declined 4.49% since December 17, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 21.19% the S&P500.

Among 14 analysts covering Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW), 7 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Medical Properties Trust had 31 analyst reports since September 17, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Monday, June 19 by RBC Capital Markets. Suntrust Robinson initiated the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, May 24 report. The stock of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, June 22 by Stifel Nicolaus. The rating was initiated by Deutsche Bank on Friday, July 22 with “Buy”. The stock of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) earned “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Friday, June 9. SunTrust maintained it with “Buy” rating and $15.0 target in Thursday, November 2 report. The stock of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, December 15 by JP Morgan. The stock has “Hold” rating by J.P. Morgan on Friday, December 15. The firm has “Hold” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets given on Monday, October 16. The firm has “Underweight” rating by JP Morgan given on Friday, December 16.

Hancock Holding Company, which manages about $2.37 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Aspen Insurance (NYSE:AHL) by 22,508 shares to 24,032 shares, valued at $1.20 million in 2017Q2, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Neenah Paper Inc (NYSE:NP) by 50,019 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 106,070 shares, and cut its stake in Lennar (NYSE:LEN).

Investors sentiment increased to 2.18 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.93, from 1.25 in 2017Q1. It improved, as 19 investors sold MPW shares while 71 reduced holdings. 57 funds opened positions while 139 raised stakes. 298.80 million shares or 6.29% more from 281.12 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Barrett Asset Mgmt Ltd Liability stated it has 2,000 shares. Lmr Limited Liability Partnership reported 0.27% stake. Laurion Capital Management Lp holds 0.01% or 187,059 shares. X Communication Limited Company reported 0.28% of its portfolio in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW). California Employees Retirement Systems owns 0.02% invested in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) for 831,600 shares. Optimum Invest Advsrs owns 0.08% invested in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) for 18,980 shares. Metropolitan Life Ins has invested 0.03% of its portfolio in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW). 150,000 were reported by State Treasurer State Of Michigan. Walleye Trading Ltd Co holds 0% in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) or 16,681 shares. Clear Harbor Asset Mgmt Limited has 0.11% invested in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) for 45,000 shares. State Of Tennessee Treasury Department invested in 170,000 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Northern Tru has 0.03% invested in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) for 8.26 million shares. Fincl & Investment Management Gru Ltd accumulated 641,490 shares. 469,246 are held by Retirement Of Alabama. Moreover, Bluecrest Capital has 0.21% invested in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW).

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