Hillcrest Asset Management Decreased Its Aaron’s (AAN) Holding as Valuation Rose; St Johns Investment Management Company Lowered Apple (AAPL) Stake by $415,233 as Share Price Declined

April 17, 2018 - By Vivian Park

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Hillcrest Asset Management Llc decreased its stake in Aaron’s Inc (AAN) by 95.16% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Hillcrest Asset Management Llc sold 268,012 shares as the company’s stock rose 12.82% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 13,627 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $514,000, down from 281,639 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Hillcrest Asset Management Llc who had been investing in Aaron’s Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $3.50B market cap company. The stock increased 3.26% or $1.54 during the last trading session, reaching $48.82. About 355,286 shares traded. Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) has risen 57.60% since April 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 46.05% the S&P500.

St Johns Investment Management Company Llc decreased its stake in Apple Inc (AAPL) by 9.5% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. St Johns Investment Management Company Llc sold 2,457 shares as the company’s stock declined 3.81% with the market. The institutional investor held 23,397 shares of the computer manufacturing company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $3.96M, down from 25,854 at the end of the previous reported quarter. St Johns Investment Management Company Llc who had been investing in Apple Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $906.35B market cap company. The stock increased 1.60% or $2.805 during the last trading session, reaching $178.625. About 17.20 million shares traded. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has risen 19.49% since April 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 7.94% the S&P500.

Analysts await Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) to report earnings on April, 26 before the open. They expect $0.95 EPS, up 18.75% or $0.15 from last year’s $0.8 per share. AAN’s profit will be $68.01 million for 12.85 P/E if the $0.95 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.65 actual EPS reported by Aaron's, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 46.15% EPS growth.

Since February 27, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 4 sales for $2.08 million activity. Shares for $1.92 million were sold by Yanker Robert H on Wednesday, March 7.

Among 13 analysts covering Aaron’s Inc (NYSE:AAN), 10 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 77% are positive. Aaron’s Inc had 37 analyst reports since July 28, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Friday, October 27, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock of Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, January 24 by Loop Capital. The stock of Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) earned “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Monday, July 31. As per Thursday, September 7, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, August 31 with “Buy”. The stock of Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) has “Sector Weight” rating given on Thursday, October 29 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The firm has “Hold” rating by Cantor Fitzgerald given on Thursday, July 23. As per Friday, July 28, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Thursday, June 15. The firm has “Overweight” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets given on Thursday, September 28.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.88 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.09, from 0.97 in 2017Q3. It dived, as 36 investors sold AAN shares while 89 reduced holdings. 43 funds opened positions while 67 raised stakes. 70.25 million shares or 1.07% less from 71.01 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Neuberger Berman Grp Incorporated Lc reported 10,372 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Wedge Capital Management L Lp Nc reported 0.14% stake. Federated Invsts Inc Pa reported 25,819 shares. Jpmorgan Chase Communication holds 0.01% in Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) or 811,644 shares. Texas Permanent School Fund reported 42,093 shares. 9,096 were reported by Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt System. Prelude Cap Management Limited Liability Corp invested in 0.07% or 21,400 shares. M&T Bancshares Corporation, a New York-based fund reported 6,454 shares. Hbk Invests Limited Partnership, Texas-based fund reported 20,412 shares. Gam Hldg Ag invested in 0.05% or 42,116 shares. Riverhead Mngmt Lc holds 5,105 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Portolan Mgmt Ltd Liability Corp holds 1.27% or 290,340 shares in its portfolio. 33,908 were accumulated by Kemnay Advisory Serv. The United Kingdom-based Gsa Capital Prtn Llp has invested 0.18% in Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE:AAN). Brandywine Investment Llc holds 0.06% of its portfolio in Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) for 253,504 shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.73 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.03, from 0.7 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 50 investors sold AAPL shares while 1023 reduced holdings. 151 funds opened positions while 637 raised stakes. 2.98 billion shares or 0.18% more from 2.97 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Hikari Tsushin has invested 0.35% in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Nj State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan reported 4.32% stake. Veritas Investment Management (Uk) Limited holds 0.11% of its portfolio in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for 1,757 shares. Hutchinson Cap Mgmt Ca reported 0.15% of its portfolio in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Moreover, Meristem Ltd Liability Partnership has 1.34% invested in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). First Amer Savings Bank reported 208,433 shares. Moreover, Bradley Foster And Sargent Ct has 3.06% invested in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for 497,663 shares. Grisanti Capital Mgmt Ltd Liability owns 66,923 shares for 4.65% of their portfolio. Baker Ellis Asset Mgmt Ltd Liability Co invested in 16,586 shares or 0.71% of the stock. Park Oh accumulated 2.36% or 249,685 shares. Legacy Private accumulated 0.6% or 30,382 shares. Vigilant Cap Mngmt Ltd holds 2.6% or 116,845 shares in its portfolio. Mastrapasqua Asset has 3.41% invested in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Trust Of Vermont has invested 2.52% in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). State Of Wisconsin Investment Board owns 6.60 million shares for 3.07% of their portfolio.

Since December 7, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 selling transactions for $19.89 million activity. 69,491 shares were sold by SCHILLER PHILIP W, worth $11.56 million on Tuesday, April 3.

Analysts await Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to report earnings on May, 1 after the close. They expect $2.71 EPS, up 29.05% or $0.61 from last year’s $2.1 per share. AAPL’s profit will be $13.75 billion for 16.48 P/E if the $2.71 EPS becomes a reality. After $3.89 actual EPS reported by Apple Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -30.33% negative EPS growth.

Among 54 analysts covering Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), 35 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 18 Hold. Therefore 65% are positive. Apple Inc. had 394 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, November 3 by Loop Capital. The company was downgraded on Wednesday, January 17 by Longbow. The stock has “Overweight” rating by Pacific Crest on Thursday, October 13. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of AAPL in report on Tuesday, April 3 with “Buy” rating. The firm has “Market Perform” rating by Wells Fargo given on Tuesday, August 25. The stock of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, January 20 by Macquarie Research. BTIG Research maintained the shares of AAPL in report on Thursday, September 15 with “Buy” rating. As per Friday, August 7, the company rating was maintained by FBR Capital. The rating was maintained by Maxim Group with “Buy” on Wednesday, January 27. The stock of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) earned “Overweight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Monday, October 12.

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