Nli International Has Increased Its Altria Group (MO) Holding; Shorts at Potlatch (PCH) Raised By 8.61%

September 17, 2017 - By Hazel Jackson

Nli International Inc increased Altria Group Inc (MO) stake by 6.25% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing. Nli International Inc acquired 6,610 shares as Altria Group Inc (MO)’s stock declined 2.84%. The Nli International Inc holds 112,390 shares with $7.60M value, up from 105,780 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 16.57M 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.

Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH) had an increase of 8.61% in short interest. PCH’s SI was 1.14M shares in September as released by FINRA. Its up 8.61% from 1.05 million shares previously. With 240,700 avg volume, 5 days are for Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH)’s short sellers to cover PCH’s short positions. The SI to Potlatch Corporation’s float is 2.84%. The stock decreased 0.31% or $0.15 on September 15, reaching $47.85. About 559,415 shares traded or 126.01% up from the average. Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH) has risen 31.76% since September 17, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 15.06% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.91 in 2016 Q4. Its up 0.01, from 0.9 in 2016Q3. It is positive, 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. Bridges Counsel Incorporated holds 103,934 shares or 1.71% of its portfolio. Kingdon Cap Mngmt Limited Liability Company holds 262,483 shares. 14,999 are owned by Webster Fincl Bank N A. Central Comml Bank has invested 0.22% of its portfolio in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO). Wms Prtn Limited Liability stated it has 0.23% in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO). Hillsdale Invest Management reported 0% in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO). Hodges Cap Mgmt has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO). Meyer Handelman Co has invested 0.76% of its portfolio in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO). Delta Asset Management Limited Company Tn has 26,921 shares for 0.3% of their portfolio. Gemmer Asset Limited Liability Corp has invested 0.08% in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO). Palouse Cap stated it has 1.21% in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO). Tx holds 1.31% of its portfolio in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) for 333,725 shares. Corda Investment Mgmt Ltd has 0.37% invested in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO). Connors Investor Services reported 4,099 shares. Lincoln has 17,154 shares.

Nli International Inc decreased Discover Finl Svcs (NYSE:DFS) stake by 33,070 shares to 243,819 valued at $17.58 million in 2016Q4. It also reduced Anadarko Pete Corp (NYSE:APC) stake by 25,820 shares and now owns 102,870 shares. American Intl Group Inc (NYSE:AIG) was reduced too.

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

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 maintained by Cowen & Co with “Hold” on Friday, July 7. The company was upgraded on Wednesday, September 2 by Vetr. The firm earned “Equal Weight” rating on Thursday, March 30 by Barclays Capital. The stock of Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, May 9 by Argus Research. UBS maintained it with “Neutral” rating and $72 target in Monday, July 31 report. The rating was downgraded by RBC Capital Markets to “Underperform” on Thursday, March 23. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, July 31 by Wells Fargo. Credit Agricole downgraded Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) on Thursday, July 30 to “Outperform” rating. Piper Jaffray maintained it with “Buy” rating and $7600 target in Thursday, July 27 report. The stock of Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) has “Sector Perform” rating given on Tuesday, November 3 by RBC Capital Markets.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.45 in Q4 2016. Its up 0.27, from 1.18 in 2016Q3. It increased, as 17 investors sold Potlatch Corporation shares while 75 reduced holdings. 22 funds opened positions while 57 raised stakes. 31.69 million shares or 2.69% less from 32.57 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported. Art Advsr Ltd Liability Com reported 37,600 shares. Metropolitan Life Insurance reported 65,083 shares stake. Renaissance Tech Ltd Liability Corporation stated it has 0.1% of its portfolio in Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH). Sg Americas Securities Limited holds 3,058 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Cornerstone Capital Mgmt Holdings owns 19,578 shares. Qs Invsts Limited Liability Company holds 134,376 shares. Fuller Thaler Asset Mgmt stated it has 0.66% in Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH). Riverhead Mngmt Ltd owns 1,500 shares. Clearbridge Limited Liability Corporation, a Maryland-based fund reported 340,091 shares. 123,768 are held by Stevens First Principles Invest Advisors. Tennessee-based Weaver C Barksdale Associate has invested 0% in Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH). Bradley Foster & Sargent Ct has 0.16% invested in Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH). Aqr Mgmt Llc holds 0% of its portfolio in Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH) for 21,647 shares. Patten Gru has invested 0.07% in Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH). United Advisers Ltd invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH).

Among 8 analysts covering Potlatch (NASDAQ:PCH), 0 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 0 are positive. Potlatch had 16 analyst reports since September 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, June 17. On Wednesday, November 16 the stock rating was downgraded by Vertical Research to “Hold”. The firm has “Sector Perform” rating given on Wednesday, April 19 by RBC Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Hold” on Wednesday, July 19. Raymond James downgraded Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH) on Tuesday, June 27 to “Hold” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Monday, September 7 by Zacks. On Tuesday, November 22 the stock rating was downgraded by Bank of America to “Underperform”. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Hold” on Monday, September 4. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Buckingham Research given on Monday, October 17. As per Tuesday, April 11, the company rating was downgraded by DA Davidson.

Potlatch Corporation is a real estate investment trust , which is primarily engaged in activities associated with timberland management, including the sale of timber, management of timberlands, and purchase and sale of timberlands. The company has market cap of $1.94 billion. The Firm is also engaged in the manufacture and sale of wood products. It has a 23.69 P/E ratio. It operates through three divisions: Resource, Wood Products and Real Estate.

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