Ct Mason Has Lowered By $1.63 Million Its Verizon Communications (VZ) Stake; Capella Education Company (CPLA) Shorts Raised By 30.55%

February 21, 2018 - By Vivian Currie

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) had an increase of 30.55% in short interest. CPLA’s SI was 225,200 shares in February as released by FINRA. Its up 30.55% from 172,500 shares previously. With 72,500 avg volume, 3 days are for Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA)’s short sellers to cover CPLA’s short positions. The SI to Capella Education Company’s float is 2.15%. The stock increased 0.63% or $0.5 during the last trading session, reaching $79.7. About 40,007 shares traded. Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) has risen 70.87% since February 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 54.17% the S&P500.

Ct Mason decreased Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) stake by 39.94% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Ct Mason sold 33,320 shares as Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ)’s stock declined 7.66%. The Ct Mason holds 50,103 shares with $2.48 million value, down from 83,423 last quarter. Verizon Communications Inc. now has $198.88 billion valuation. The stock decreased 0.33% or $0.1632 during the last trading session, reaching $48.7568. About 11.88M shares traded. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has declined 8.48% since February 21, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 25.18% the S&P500.

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 $4.45B for 11.18 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.

Among 28 analysts covering Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), 7 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 21 Hold. Therefore 25% are positive. Verizon Communications Inc. had 74 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) rating on Monday, July 31. RBC Capital Markets has “Sector Perform” rating and $50 target. The stock of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, January 24 by Bank of America. The stock has “Buy” rating by Moffett Nathanson on Tuesday, February 21. On Friday, July 14 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Hold”. As per Wednesday, January 25, the company rating was downgraded by Raymond James. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Monday, March 14 by Citigroup. The company was upgraded on Monday, January 22 by Howard Weil. The company was maintained on Thursday, August 10 by Oppenheimer. As per Tuesday, December 12, the company rating was upgraded by Nomura. The rating was maintained by SunTrust on Friday, October 20 with “Hold”.

Investors sentiment is 0.88 in Q3 2017. Its the same as in 2017Q2. It is without change, as 81 investors sold VZ shares while 696 reduced holdings. only 114 funds opened positions while 570 raised stakes. 2.53 billion shares or 1.44% more from 2.49 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Lowe Brockenbrough & holds 0.37% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) or 48,579 shares. Halbert Hargrove Russell Limited Liability Company holds 5,255 shares. Fny Managed Accounts Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 388 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Cullen Cap Management Limited stated it has 0.16% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Saybrook Nc holds 0.31% or 12,567 shares in its portfolio. Eaton Vance Mngmt holds 0.75% or 5.90 million shares in its portfolio. Wedgewood Inc Pa has invested 1.17% of its portfolio in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Bowling Mgmt Ltd Liability invested in 23,450 shares or 0.17% of the stock. Mufg Americas Holdg owns 600,641 shares for 0.95% of their portfolio. Outfitter Advsrs Limited has invested 1.41% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Tiemann Invest Advsrs Ltd has invested 0.58% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Stearns Finance Service Grp has 0.53% invested in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) for 42,341 shares. Highfields Capital Ltd Partnership reported 400,000 shares or 0.17% of all its holdings. Cap City Trust Fl invested 1.04% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Thomas White Int accumulated 25,954 shares or 0.22% of the stock.

Ct Mason increased Red Hat Inc. (NYSE:RHT) stake by 21,650 shares to 39,460 valued at $4.38M in 2017Q3. It also upped Suntrust Banks Inc. (NYSE:STI) stake by 13,166 shares and now owns 86,156 shares. Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO) was raised too.

Since August 28, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 insider sales for $436,322 activity. Another trade for 610 shares valued at $29,677 was made by SILLIMAN CRAIG L. on Monday, August 28. Skiadas Anthony T also sold $346,957 worth of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) on Tuesday, February 13.

Among 8 analysts covering Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 25% are positive. Capella Education had 15 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was downgraded by Barrington Research to “Market Perform” on Tuesday, October 31. The stock of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) earned “Outperform” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Wednesday, July 26. BMO Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, September 15 report. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Tuesday, October 31 by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, November 18 by Credit Suisse. First Analysis maintained it with “Equal-Weight” rating and $87 target in Friday, November 18 report. Barrington Research maintained the shares of CPLA in report on Wednesday, October 26 with “Outperform” rating. BMO Capital Markets maintained Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) on Monday, November 27 with “Buy” rating. Piper Jaffray maintained Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) rating on Monday, October 16. Piper Jaffray has “Hold” rating and $87.0 target. Piper Jaffray maintained Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) rating on Tuesday, July 25. Piper Jaffray has “Hold” rating and $8700 target.

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