First Pacific Advisors Has Trimmed Its Leucadia National (LUK) Stake; 1 Analysts Are Bullish Vertex Energy, Inc. (VTNR) Last Week

December 7, 2017 - By Louis Casey

Among 3 analysts covering Vertex Energy (NASDAQ:VTNR), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 33% are positive. Vertex Energy had 4 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Roth Capital initiated the shares of VTNR in report on Wednesday, October 5 with “Neutral” rating. Roth Capital maintained it with “Hold” rating and $1.4 target in Wednesday, August 23 report. Imperial Capital downgraded the stock to “In-Line” rating in Wednesday, July 22 report. The stock has “Buy” rating by Craig Hallum on Friday, May 20. See Vertex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTNR) latest ratings:

23/08/2017 Broker: Roth Capital Rating: Hold New Target: $1.4 Maintain

First Pacific Advisors Llc decreased Leucadia National Corp (LUK) stake by 0.65% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. First Pacific Advisors Llc sold 131,830 shares as Leucadia National Corp (LUK)’s stock declined 3.60%. The First Pacific Advisors Llc holds 20.15M shares with $527.00M value, down from 20.28 million last quarter. Leucadia National Corp now has $9.26B valuation. The stock increased 0.23% or $0.06 during the last trading session, reaching $26. About 50,098 shares traded. Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE:LUK) has risen 38.50% since December 7, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 21.80% the S&P500.

First Pacific Advisors Llc increased Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) stake by 11.16 million shares to 11.16 million valued at $746.45 million in 2017Q2. It also upped Sm Energy Company (NYSE:SM) stake by 809,127 shares and now owns 1.72 million shares. Discovery Communications Inc (NASDAQ:DISCK) was raised too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.92 in Q2 2017. Its down 0.06, from 0.98 in 2017Q1. It worsened, as 36 investors sold LUK shares while 147 reduced holdings. 50 funds opened positions while 119 raised stakes. 263.35 million shares or 0.08% more from 263.14 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Qci Asset Mgmt invested in 81 shares. Aqr Cap Mngmt Lc has 0% invested in Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE:LUK). First Allied Advisory Services accumulated 15,119 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Twin Tree Mgmt LP invested in 745 shares. Neuberger Berman Grp Incorporated Limited Co owns 44,777 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Arizona State Retirement Systems reported 80,308 shares. Tiaa Cref Inv Mngmt Lc has 0.02% invested in Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE:LUK) for 1.10 million shares. M Holding Securities accumulated 0.2% or 21,939 shares. Hartford Investment Mgmt owns 70,398 shares or 0.04% of their US portfolio. Illinois-based Advisory Rech has invested 0.26% in Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE:LUK). Great Lakes Advsrs Ltd Liability Com accumulated 295,275 shares. First Eagle Inv Limited Liability Company reported 211,000 shares. Sei Invests holds 0.01% in Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE:LUK) or 70,288 shares. Jfs Wealth Advisors Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 0.01% or 961 shares. Cornerstone Mngmt Ltd Liability Com holds 190,122 shares or 0.04% of its portfolio.

Analysts await Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE:LUK) to report earnings on February, 26. They expect $0.27 EPS, down 27.03% or $0.10 from last year’s $0.37 per share. LUK’s profit will be $96.19 million for 24.07 P/E if the $0.27 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.27 actual EPS reported by Leucadia National Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 0.00% EPS growth.

Vertex Energy, Inc., an environmental services company, provides a range of services designed to aggregate, process, and recycle industrial and commercial waste systems in 13 states, primarily in the Gulf Coast and Central Midwest Region of the United States. The company has market cap of $27.76 million. It operates in three divisions: Black Oil, Refining and Marketing, and Recovery. It currently has negative earnings. The Black Oil division collects and purchases used motor oil directly from third-party generators; aggregates used motor oil from a network of local and regional collectors; and sells used motor oil to clients for use as a feedstock or replacement fuel for industrial burners.

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