Fairpointe Capital Has Cut Its Mdu Resources Group (MDU) Stake; Validus Holdings Limited (VR) Shorts Lowered By 6.78%

August 10, 2017 - By Michael Collier

Fairpointe Capital Llc decreased Mdu Resources Group Inc (MDU) stake by 53.66% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing. Fairpointe Capital Llc sold 49,500 shares as Mdu Resources Group Inc (MDU)’s stock rose 0.30%. The Fairpointe Capital Llc holds 42,750 shares with $1.23M value, down from 92,250 last quarter. Mdu Resources Group Inc now has $5.01 billion valuation. The stock declined 1.19% or $0.31 reaching $25.65 per share. About 69,207 shares traded. MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE:MDU) has risen 22.88% since August 10, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 6.18% the S&P500.

Validus Holdings Limited (NYSE:VR) had a decrease of 6.78% in short interest. VR’s SI was 540,700 shares in August as released by FINRA. Its down 6.78% from 580,000 shares previously. With 588,700 avg volume, 1 days are for Validus Holdings Limited (NYSE:VR)’s short sellers to cover VR’s short positions. The SI to Validus Holdings Limited’s float is 0.72%. About 17,262 shares traded. Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:VR) has risen 10.50% since August 10, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 6.20% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.89 in Q4 2016. Its down 0.16, from 1.05 in 2016Q3. It dropped, as 35 investors sold MDU shares while 113 reduced holdings. 55 funds opened positions while 77 raised stakes. 123.56 million shares or 0.28% less from 123.91 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported. Moreover, Tiaa Cref Fsb Mo has 0.01% invested in MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE:MDU) for 32,227 shares. John G Ullman & Associates Inc holds 1.15% or 190,475 shares. Aberdeen Asset Mngmt Public Ltd Liability Corp Uk has invested 0% in MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE:MDU). Grp Incorporated has 376,897 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio. First Citizens Bancshares Com owns 24,668 shares or 0.08% of their US portfolio. Martingale Asset Mgmt Limited Partnership, Massachusetts-based fund reported 148,569 shares. Moreover, Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale has 0.01% invested in MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE:MDU). Cambridge Invest Rech Advsrs Incorporated holds 16,395 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Strs Ohio reported 746,000 shares or 0.09% of all its holdings. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement owns 345,750 shares. Moors Cabot accumulated 0.13% or 28,321 shares. Jane Street Group Lc holds 0.01% in MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE:MDU) or 44,595 shares. Janus Capital Management Ltd Liability Company holds 0.01% or 307,400 shares. Liberty Mutual Grp Inc Asset owns 89,031 shares. Baker Ellis Asset owns 0.06% invested in MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE:MDU) for 7,075 shares.

Fairpointe Capital Llc increased Stericycle (NASDAQ:SRCL) stake by 565,706 shares to 2.09M valued at $160.94M in 2016Q4. It also upped Unilever Plc (NYSE:UL) stake by 16,400 shares and now owns 30,050 shares. Tegna was raised too.

Among 4 analysts covering MDU Resources (NYSE:MDU), 0 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 0 are positive. MDU Resources had 7 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE:MDU) earned “Buy” rating by Argus Research on Tuesday, May 31. The stock of MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE:MDU) earned “Hold” rating by Argus Research on Monday, February 13.

Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a holding company. The company has market cap of $4.25 billion. The Firm operates through four divisions: Validus Re, Talbot, Western World and AlphaCat. It has a 14.74 P/E ratio. Validus Re is a Bermuda reinsurance segment focused treaty reinsurance.

Among 7 analysts covering Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 29% are positive. Validus Holdings had 7 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Tuesday, June 28 the stock rating was initiated by JP Morgan with “Overweight”. The stock of Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:VR) has “Hold” rating given on Monday, February 6 by Deutsche Bank. The rating was upgraded by Bank of America to “Neutral” on Monday, May 2. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, June 2 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. Wood maintained the shares of VR in report on Friday, April 28 with “Hold” rating. UBS downgraded the stock to “Neutral” rating in Friday, September 23 report.

Since February 14, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 13 sales for $17.12 million activity. Grayson Matthew J. had sold 637 shares worth $36,691. Another trade for 1,000 shares valued at $53,400 was sold by Boisvert Patrick. On Monday, May 15 the insider Driscoll Kean sold $219,712. Another trade for 10,000 shares valued at $529,000 was made by Kudera Andrew E. on Monday, May 15. Another trade for 21,210 shares valued at $1.22M was sold by Carpenter Michael E.A.. Greenberg Jeffrey W. sold $11.66 million worth of stock. The insider Bilsby Peter Anthony sold 1,500 shares worth $84,300.

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