Pitcairn Company Increased Aflac (AFL) Holding; Murphy USA (MUSA) Has 0.53 Sentiment

June 24, 2018 - By Louis Casey

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Murphy USA Inc (MUSA) investors sentiment decreased to 0.53 in 2018 Q1. It’s down -0.21, from 0.74 in 2017Q4. The ratio dropped, as 72 hedge funds increased or opened new positions, while 137 cut down and sold their holdings in Murphy USA Inc. The hedge funds in our database reported: 27.86 million shares, down from 29.87 million shares in 2017Q4. Also, the number of hedge funds holding Murphy USA Inc in top ten positions decreased from 2 to 1 for a decrease of 1. Sold All: 28 Reduced: 109 Increased: 43 New Position: 29.

Pitcairn Company increased Aflac Inc (AFL) stake by 136.07% reported in 2018Q1 SEC filing. Pitcairn Company acquired 8,062 shares as Aflac Inc (AFL)’s stock declined 0.09%. The Pitcairn Company holds 13,987 shares with $612,000 value, up from 5,925 last quarter. Aflac Inc now has $34.21 billion valuation. The stock decreased 0.54% or $0.24 during the last trading session, reaching $44.19. About 3.47M shares traded or 5.24% up from the average. Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has risen 21.38% since June 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 8.81% the S&P500.

Pitcairn Company decreased Amazon.Com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) stake by 603 shares to 8,552 valued at $12.38M in 2018Q1. It also reduced Centene Corp Del (NYSE:CNC) stake by 4,467 shares and now owns 8,857 shares. Spdr Index Shs Fds (RWO) was reduced too.

Investors sentiment increased to 7.76 in 2018 Q1. Its up 6.70, from 1.06 in 2017Q4. It improved, as 56 investors sold AFL shares while 35 reduced holdings. 82 funds opened positions while 624 raised stakes. 1.00 billion shares or 291.45% more from 256.45 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Macquarie Grp Inc Ltd accumulated 26,340 shares. Smead Capital Mngmt holds 5.28% or 2.49M shares. Walter And Keenan Consulting Mi Adv has 0.19% invested in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Blair William Il holds 0.01% or 28,801 shares in its portfolio. Atlantic Tru Grp Ltd Liability Co reported 53,231 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Investec Asset Management Ltd invested in 3.46M shares or 0.81% of the stock. Smith Howard Wealth Management Lc invested 0.27% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Camarda Financial Llc holds 0.48% or 10,570 shares in its portfolio. 1.28M were accumulated by Raymond James & Assoc. Rhumbline Advisers stated it has 1.54M shares. Moreover, First Merchants has 0.27% invested in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Envestnet Asset Mngmt Inc reported 27,048 shares stake. Advantus Mgmt has 78,986 shares for 0.09% of their portfolio. Gideon Capital Advsrs Inc holds 7,013 shares or 0.19% of its portfolio. Moreover, Rafferty Asset Mngmt Limited Liability has 0.21% invested in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) for 317,428 shares.

Among 22 analysts covering Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), 5 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 15 Hold. Therefore 23% are positive. Aflac Incorporated had 60 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Monday, July 10, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, January 22 by Raymond James. The company was maintained on Thursday, February 1 by SunTrust. The firm has “Equal-Weight” rating by Barclays Capital given on Friday, August 11. The firm has “Market Perform” rating by Wood given on Thursday, August 27. Sandler O’Neill reinitiated the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, December 11 report. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Sector Perform” rating and $64 target in Tuesday, February 2 report. On Thursday, April 6 the stock rating was upgraded by Bank of America to “Neutral”. The stock has “Sell” rating by Citigroup on Tuesday, September 26. On Tuesday, March 27 the stock rating was maintained by JP Morgan with “Overweight”.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 2 insider buys, and 4 insider sales for $2.81 million activity. Another trade for 550 shares valued at $49,022 was bought by MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L. Lloyd Karole bought $178,090 worth of stock or 2,000 shares. KNAPP CHARLES B sold $437,155 worth of stock or 10,000 shares. On Friday, February 16 AMOS DANIEL P sold $2.24 million worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) or 24,983 shares. $117,123 worth of stock was sold by TILLMAN AUDREY B on Wednesday, February 28. Shares for $239,194 were sold by HOWARD JUNE P on Wednesday, February 28.

Murphy USA Inc. operates a chain of retail stores in the United States. The company has market cap of $2.68 billion. The companyÂ’s retail stores offer motor fuel products and convenience merchandise. It has a 9.93 P/E ratio. As of January 3, 2017, it operated approximately 1,400 retail stores located primarily in the Southwest, Southeast, and Midwest United States.

Analysts await Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA) to report earnings on August, 1. They expect $1.12 earnings per share, down 25.83% or $0.39 from last year’s $1.51 per share. MUSA’s profit will be $37.22M for 17.98 P/E if the $1.12 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.12 actual earnings per share reported by Murphy USA Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 833.33% EPS growth.

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