Barclays Plc (BCS) Holder American Financial Group Cut Stake; Nice LTD (NICE) Shareholder Hmi Capital Has Lowered Its Holding by $12.29 Million as Share Value Rose

April 19, 2018 - By Vivian Currie

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American Financial Group Inc decreased its stake in Barclays Plc (BCS) by 50.66% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. American Financial Group Inc sold 384,000 shares as the company’s stock rose 7.83% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 374,000 shares of the commercial banks company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $4.08 million, down from 758,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. American Financial Group Inc who had been investing in Barclays Plc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $50.82 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.25% or $0.03 during the last trading session, reaching $12.22. About 1.72 million shares traded. Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS) has risen 3.36% since April 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 8.19% the S&P500.

Mick Hellman decreased its stake in Nice Ltd (NICE) by 13.56% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Hmi Capital Llc sold 135,000 shares as the company’s stock rose 2.77% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund run by Mick Hellman held 860,562 shares of the computer manufacturing company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $79.09M, down from 995,562 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Hmi Capital Llc who had been investing in Nice Ltd for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $6.12 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.58% or $0.56 during the last trading session, reaching $97.24. About 158,869 shares traded. NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ:NICE) has risen 35.74% since April 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 24.19% the S&P500.

Analysts await NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ:NICE) to report earnings on May, 10 before the open. They expect $0.53 earnings per share, down 29.33% or $0.22 from last year’s $0.75 per share. NICE’s profit will be $33.36 million for 45.87 P/E if the $0.53 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.27 actual earnings per share reported by NICE Ltd. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -58.27% negative EPS growth.

Among 13 analysts covering NICE Systems (NASDAQ:NICE), 5 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 38% are positive. NICE Systems had 28 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ:NICE) earned “Hold” rating by Zacks on Wednesday, August 5. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Hold” rating and $80.0 target in Sunday, August 20 report. The company was maintained on Friday, November 3 by Citigroup. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, January 11 by Chardan Capital Markets. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of NICE in report on Friday, February 16 with “Hold” rating. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Equal-Weight” on Friday, August 4. Oppenheimer maintained NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ:NICE) rating on Thursday, August 3. Oppenheimer has “Buy” rating and $8500 target. The stock has “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Friday, November 3. The stock of NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ:NICE) earned “Hold” rating by J.P. Morgan on Friday, November 3. The company was initiated on Wednesday, June 22 by Chardan Capital Markets.

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