Puplava Financial Services Cut Its Altria Group (MO) Stake; Citizens First (CZFC) Sentiment Is 7

February 18, 2018 - By Louis Casey

Citizens First Corporation operates as the bank holding firm for Citizens First Bank, Inc. that provides various banking services and products primarily to small and medium-sized businesses, and retail consumers. The company has market cap of $60.48 million. The firm offers a range of deposit services and products, including checking accounts, savings accounts, NOW accounts, money market accounts, sweep accounts, fixed and variable rate IRA accounts, Christmas Club accounts, and certificate of deposit accounts. It has a 14.96 P/E ratio. It also provides various loan products, including secured and unsecured commercial loans; commercial real estate loans, such as loans secured by multi-family residential units, income-producing properties, and owner-occupied commercial properties; construction loans; and consumer loans comprising personal loans and lines of credit to clients for various purposes, including the purchase of automobiles, boats, and other recreational vehicles, as well as for home improvements and personal investments.

Puplava Financial Services Inc decreased Altria Group Inc (MO) stake by 81.54% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Puplava Financial Services Inc sold 17,601 shares as Altria Group Inc (MO)’s stock declined 2.84%. The Puplava Financial Services Inc holds 3,985 shares with $253,000 value, down from 21,586 last quarter. Altria Group Inc now has $124.46 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.21% or $0.14 during the last trading session, reaching $65.46. About 6.20 million shares traded. Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) has risen 11.92% since February 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 4.78% the S&P500.

Among 19 analysts covering Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO), 15 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 79% are positive. Altria Group Inc. had 59 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, August 11 by Wells Fargo. The rating was upgraded by Bank of America on Wednesday, January 4 to “Buy”. The stock of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) earned “Sector Perform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, November 3. RBC Capital Markets upgraded Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) on Monday, July 31 to “Sector Perform” rating. Edward Jones upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Wednesday, November 1 report. On Monday, July 31 the stock rating was maintained by Wells Fargo with “Buy”. The stock of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) earned “Hold” rating by Cowen & Co on Friday, July 7. The firm has “Buy” rating by Piper Jaffray given on Thursday, September 14. UBS initiated the stock with “Neutral” rating in Friday, February 26 report. The firm has “Hold” rating by Cowen & Co given on Thursday, July 27.

Since September 21, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 2 selling transactions for $2.95 million activity. Shares for $1.96M were sold by DEVITRE DINYAR S. 14,953 shares valued at $995,734 were sold by Johnson Craig A. on Wednesday, February 7.

Puplava Financial Services Inc increased Ishares Tr (IDV) stake by 11,744 shares to 599,060 valued at $20.22 million in 2017Q3. It also upped Vanguard Specialized Portfol (VIG) stake by 20,399 shares and now owns 89,994 shares. Caterpillar Inc Del (NYSE:CAT) was raised too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.89 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.02, from 0.91 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 91 investors sold MO shares while 516 reduced holdings. 118 funds opened positions while 420 raised stakes. 1.17 billion shares or 0.77% more from 1.16 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Guggenheim Limited Com holds 0.19% of its portfolio in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) for 1.29M shares. Arete Wealth owns 5,055 shares for 0.13% of their portfolio. Nelson Roberts Invest Llc, a California-based fund reported 600 shares. Reilly Finance Lc holds 0.31% or 32,948 shares. 36,409 were reported by Zeke Capital Advisors Llc. Kornitzer Cap Mgmt Ks invested in 0.01% or 10,747 shares. Natixis Asset owns 17,479 shares. Legacy Capital Partners Inc holds 29,325 shares. Canandaigua State Bank And Tru Co owns 0.12% invested in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) for 10,115 shares. Paloma Prns Mgmt owns 0.03% invested in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) for 33,323 shares. 13,281 were accumulated by Lodestar Counsel Ltd Liability Co Il. Iowa-based Cambridge Invest Rech Inc has invested 0.33% in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Moreover, Cap One Association has 0.06% invested in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Fagan Assocs has invested 0.1% in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Peddock holds 0.79% of its portfolio in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) for 24,166 shares.

Cutler Capital Management Llc holds 0.58% of its portfolio in Citizens First Corporation for 55,000 shares. Gendell Jeffrey L owns 140,711 shares or 0.27% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Delphi Management Inc Ma has 0.15% invested in the company for 11,475 shares. The New York-based Salzhauer Michael has invested 0.1% in the stock. Hl Financial Services Llc, a Kentucky-based fund reported 74,465 shares.

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