Gardner Russo & Gardner Has Lowered Altria Group (MO) Stake; Perficient (PRFT) SI Increased By 14.8%

September 17, 2017 - By Winifred Garcia

Gardner Russo & Gardner Llc decreased Altria Group Inc (MO) stake by 6.73% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing. Gardner Russo & Gardner Llc sold 396,390 shares as Altria Group Inc (MO)’s stock declined 2.84%. The Gardner Russo & Gardner Llc holds 5.50 million shares with $371.70 million value, down from 5.89M last quarter. Altria Group Inc now has $119.70B valuation. The stock increased 0.18% or $0.11 on September 15, reaching $62.39. About 16.57 million shares traded or 142.25% up from the average. Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) has risen 11.92% since September 17, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 4.78% the S&P500.

Perficient Incorporated (NASDAQ:PRFT) had an increase of 14.8% in short interest. PRFT’s SI was 555,300 shares in September as released by FINRA. Its up 14.8% from 483,700 shares previously. With 110,000 avg volume, 5 days are for Perficient Incorporated (NASDAQ:PRFT)’s short sellers to cover PRFT’s short positions. The SI to Perficient Incorporated’s float is 1.63%. The stock decreased 0.33% or $0.06 on September 15, reaching $18.18. About 318,610 shares traded or 170.63% up from the average. Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT) has declined 18.67% since September 17, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 35.37% the S&P500.

Perficient, Inc. is an information technology and management consulting firm. The company has market cap of $638.44 million. The Company’s solutions include business intelligence and analytics, commerce, content management, custom applications, platform implementations, portals and collaboration, business integration and application program interfaces, management consulting, business process management, and customer relationship management, among others. It has a 43.91 P/E ratio.

Among 3 analysts covering Perficient (NASDAQ:PRFT), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. Perficient had 5 analyst reports since November 6, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Maxim Group with “Buy” on Monday, January 11. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, June 24 by Sidoti. Needham maintained Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT) on Wednesday, March 1 with “Buy” rating. Maxim Group maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, November 6 report.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.25 in Q4 2016. Its down 0.20, from 1.45 in 2016Q3. It fall, as 18 investors sold Perficient, Inc. shares while 42 reduced holdings. 19 funds opened positions while 45 raised stakes. 27.85 million shares or 1.04% less from 28.14 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported. Dimensional Fund Advisors Limited Partnership has 0.02% invested in Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT). Cornercap Counsel stated it has 0.09% in Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT). Kirr Marbach Communications Limited Liability Com In invested 0.06% in Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT). The California-based Pillar Pacific Ltd Company has invested 0.04% in Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT). California State Teachers Retirement Sys has 0% invested in Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT). Blackrock Gru Limited holds 66,348 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Loomis Sayles & Comm Ltd Partnership owns 195,063 shares or 0.01% of their US portfolio. Envestnet Asset Management invested in 2,912 shares or 0% of the stock. Citigroup holds 0% or 74,232 shares in its portfolio. The New Jersey-based Bessemer Grp has invested 0% in Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT). Price T Rowe Assocs Md reported 142,600 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Arizona State Retirement has 18,525 shares. Legal & General Grp Pcl holds 63,843 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Riverhead Cap Mngmt Limited Liability Corp holds 1,100 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Blackrock Fund Advisors accumulated 2.97 million shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.91 in 2016 Q4. Its up 0.01, from 0.9 in 2016Q3. It improved, as 54 investors sold MO shares while 525 reduced holdings. 135 funds opened positions while 440 raised stakes. 1.16 billion shares or 1.98% more from 1.14 billion shares in 2016Q3 were reported. Blb&B Advisors Lc reported 21,978 shares stake. Howland Capital Mgmt Limited Liability accumulated 0.04% or 6,967 shares. Kings Point Cap Mgmt reported 147,626 shares or 2.46% of all its holdings. Lakeview Capital Ptnrs Ltd Liability Co invested 0.71% in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO). Ashford Management holds 0.12% or 8,718 shares in its portfolio. Moreover, Endurance Wealth has 0.18% invested in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO). Iberiabank has invested 0.36% in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO). Moreover, Price T Rowe Assoc Md has 0.26% invested in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO). Private Ocean Limited Liability Corporation holds 0.04% of its portfolio in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) for 900 shares. Regis Ltd Liability Co holds 12,766 shares or 0.16% of its portfolio. Capital Sarl invested in 0.15% or 24,320 shares. Keating Inv Counselors, Florida-based fund reported 23,390 shares. Lee Danner And Bass stated it has 55,636 shares or 0.44% of all its holdings. Panagora Asset Inc has invested 0.21% of its portfolio in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO). Conning Inc reported 418,802 shares.

Since May 8, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 sales for $664,775 activity. DEVITRE DINYAR S sold 4,285 shares worth $303,050. $361,725 worth of stock was sold by MUNOZ GEORGE on Tuesday, May 23.

Among 18 analysts covering Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO), 11 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 61% are positive. Altria Group Inc. had 39 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was initiated by UBS on Friday, February 26 with “Neutral”. Cowen & Co maintained the shares of MO in report on Friday, July 7 with “Hold” rating. The firm earned “Sector Perform” rating on Monday, July 31 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, July 27 by Piper Jaffray. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) rating on Monday, June 27. Stifel Nicolaus has “Buy” rating and $71 target. The stock of Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, September 13 by Citigroup. Bank of America downgraded the shares of MO in report on Thursday, March 24 to “Neutral” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, August 11 by Wells Fargo. CLSA maintained Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) on Thursday, September 15 with “Outperform” rating. Wells Fargo maintained the shares of MO in report on Monday, July 31 with “Buy” rating.

Gardner Russo & Gardner Llc increased British American Tobacco Plc (BTAFF) stake by 84,346 shares to 5.14M valued at $293.65M in 2016Q4. It also upped Jc Decaux Sa Act (JCDXF) stake by 655,460 shares and now owns 6.95 million shares. The Swatch Group Ag (SWGAF) was raised too.

Analysts await Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) to report earnings on October, 26. They expect $0.88 EPS, up 7.32% or $0.06 from last year’s $0.82 per share. MO’s profit will be $1.69 billion for 17.72 P/E if the $0.88 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.85 actual EPS reported by Altria Group Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 3.53% EPS growth.

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