Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds Voor De Media Pno Raised Its Apple (AAPL) Position by $7.24 Million as Stock Value Rose; As Verizon Communications (VZ) Stock Declined, Vigilant Capital Management Trimmed Position

February 23, 2018 - By Hazel Jackson

Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds Voor De Media Pno increased its stake in Apple Inc (AAPL) by 26.62% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds Voor De Media Pno bought 46,998 shares as the company’s stock rose 12.78% with the market. The institutional investor held 223,533 shares of the computer manufacturing company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $34.45M, up from 176,535 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds Voor De Media Pno who had been investing in Apple Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $890.44B market cap company. The stock increased 1.73% or $2.99 during the last trading session, reaching $175.49. About 25.88M shares traded. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has risen 62.48% since February 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 45.78% the S&P500.

Vigilant Capital Management Llc decreased its stake in Verizon Communications Inc (VZ) by 91.38% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Vigilant Capital Management Llc sold 168,794 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.66% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 15,917 shares of the telecommunications equipment company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $788,000, down from 184,711 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Vigilant Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Verizon Communications Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $196.63 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.70% or $0.34 during the last trading session, reaching $48.21. About 19.44M shares traded or 8.85% up from the average. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has declined 8.48% since February 23, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 25.18% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.7 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.02, from 0.68 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 52 investors sold AAPL shares while 1034 reduced holdings. 116 funds opened positions while 640 raised stakes. 2.97 billion shares or 2.78% less from 3.06 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Augustine Asset Inc invested 7.82% of its portfolio in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Colonial Advsr invested 4.58% of its portfolio in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Hanseatic Mngmt reported 29,220 shares. 135,929 were accumulated by Granite Invest Prtn Ltd Liability. Savant Capital Limited Liability Company invested 1.5% in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Mufg Americas holds 2.38% of its portfolio in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for 484,996 shares. Cubist Systematic Strategies Limited owns 26,302 shares. Weiss Multi reported 10,000 shares. Parus Finance (Uk) holds 13.56% or 501,600 shares. 124,927 are owned by Yhb Inv Inc. 23,200 are owned by Spirit Of America Management New York. Ami Asset Mgmt Corp holds 232,869 shares or 2.54% of its portfolio. Sfmg has invested 2.02% of its portfolio in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). 178,576 are held by Lodestar Invest Counsel Ltd Liability Co Il. Alkeon Cap Lc stated it has 0.26% in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).

Among 53 analysts covering Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), 34 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 18 Hold. Therefore 64% are positive. Apple Inc. had 378 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Thursday, June 15 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Hold”. The stock of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has “Overweight” rating given on Wednesday, October 28 by Barclays Capital. Canaccord Genuity maintained Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) rating on Tuesday, January 23. Canaccord Genuity has “Buy” rating and $200.0 target. Piper Jaffray maintained it with “Buy” rating and $200.0 target in Tuesday, October 31 report. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, July 13 by Goldman Sachs. The company was maintained on Monday, June 12 by Macquarie Research. The company was maintained on Tuesday, July 25 by UBS. The rating was reinitiated by Rosenblatt on Friday, September 11 with “Buy”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, September 5 by Robert W. Baird. The firm has “Buy” rating by Canaccord Genuity given on Thursday, October 26.

Since August 24, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 6 selling transactions for $27.32 million activity. $8.79 million worth of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was sold by SCHILLER PHILIP W. Another trade for 63,388 shares valued at $9.78M was sold by AHRENDTS ANGELA J. On Thursday, August 24 COOK TIMOTHY D sold $43.15M worth of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) or 268,623 shares. 5,892 Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares with value of $948,612 were sold by Srouji Johny.

Analysts await Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) to report earnings on April, 19. They expect $1.09 earnings per share, up 14.74% or $0.14 from last year’s $0.95 per share. VZ’s profit will be $4.45 billion for 11.06 P/E if the $1.09 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.86 actual earnings per share reported by Verizon Communications Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 26.74% EPS growth.

Since August 28, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 sales for $436,322 activity. Shares for $30,030 were sold by SILLIMAN CRAIG L. on Wednesday, September 27.

Vigilant Capital Management Llc, which manages about $610.61 million and $671.19 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Unitedhealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) by 5,190 shares to 58,784 shares, valued at $11.51M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Ishares Ibonds Dec 2022 Term Muni Bond by 29,839 shares in the quarter, for a total of 163,787 shares, and has risen its stake in Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM).

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