Investar Holding (ISTR) Holder Price Michael F Decreased Its Holding by $3.82 Million; Lafitte Capital Management LP Has Lifted Its Holding in Ezcorp (EZPW) by $6.13 Million as Market Value Rose

May 18, 2018 - By Stephen Andrade

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Michael Price decreased its stake in Investar Holding Corporation (ISTR) by 90.91% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Price Michael F sold 159,085 shares as the company’s stock rose 5.37% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund run by Michael Price held 15,915 shares of the major banks company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $384,000, down from 175,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Price Michael F who had been investing in Investar Holding Corporation for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $254.04 million market cap company. The stock increased 2.11% or $0.55 during the last trading session, reaching $26.6. About 6,270 shares traded. Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) has risen 15.12% since May 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 3.57% the S&P500.

Bryant Regan increased its stake in Ezcorp Inc (EZPW) by 11.16% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Lafitte Capital Management Lp bought 510,838 shares as the company’s stock rose 5.71% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund run by Bryant Regan held 5.09M shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $62.08 million, up from 4.58 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Lafitte Capital Management Lp who had been investing in Ezcorp Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $713.48M market cap company. The stock decreased 0.38% or $0.05 during the last trading session, reaching $13.1. About 682,632 shares traded or 20.24% up from the average. EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) has risen 61.87% since May 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 50.32% the S&P500.

Among 4 analysts covering EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. EZCORP had 12 analyst reports since August 17, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Hold” rating by Jefferies given on Wednesday, June 14. The stock of EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, January 3 by Stephens. Jefferies upgraded the shares of EZPW in report on Friday, August 4 to “Buy” rating. Jefferies maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, October 10 report. Stephens maintained EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) on Friday, February 2 with “Hold” rating. The rating was upgraded by CL King to “Buy” on Wednesday, August 17. Jefferies maintained it with “Buy” rating and $15.0 target in Friday, December 15 report. Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to “Market Perform” rating in Monday, December 12 report. The stock has “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Friday, November 17. Jefferies maintained the shares of EZPW in report on Thursday, September 7 with “Buy” rating.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.97 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.61, from 1.58 in 2017Q3. It dropped, as 16 investors sold EZPW shares while 48 reduced holdings. 24 funds opened positions while 38 raised stakes. 48.83 million shares or 6.12% more from 46.01 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. California State Teachers Retirement invested in 0% or 78,714 shares. Systematic Management LP accumulated 126,830 shares. Natl Bank Of Mellon holds 0% in EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) or 643,250 shares. Clear Harbor Asset Mngmt Ltd Liability Company owns 35,155 shares. New York State Teachers Retirement Systems accumulated 82,699 shares. Texas Permanent School Fund reported 34,763 shares stake. Ameriprise holds 0% or 305,427 shares. Sector Pension Investment Board invested in 0% or 30,870 shares. James Inv holds 0.07% or 164,150 shares in its portfolio. Manufacturers Life Insur The has 38,500 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Thornburg Inv Mngmt holds 0.01% of its portfolio in EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) for 120,000 shares. Rhumbline Advisers reported 122,005 shares. Blackrock reported 6.87M shares stake. Manatuck Hill Partners Ltd Liability Com reported 30,000 shares stake. Tudor Et Al stated it has 14,223 shares.

Lafitte Capital Management Lp, which manages about $255.42 million and $242.77 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in U.S. Auto Parts Network Inc (NASDAQ:PRTS) by 350,000 shares to 1.84M shares, valued at $4.63 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing.

Another recent and important EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) news was published by Seekingalpha.com which published an article titled: “EZCORP, Inc. 2018 Q2 – Results – Earnings Call Slides” on May 03, 2018.

Among 4 analysts covering Investar (NASDAQ:ISTR), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 75% are positive. Investar had 6 analyst reports since August 26, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating by Sandler O’Neill given on Tuesday, April 24. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Thursday, July 27 with “Buy”. The stock of Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) has “Market Perform” rating given on Thursday, August 10 by Raymond James. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Thursday, October 5 by PiperJaffray. The stock of Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) earned “Buy” rating by Sandler O’Neill on Monday, January 29. On Friday, August 26 the stock rating was initiated by Raymond James with “Outperform”.

Price Michael F, which manages about $804.57M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ:GRPN) by 390,000 shares to 490,000 shares, valued at $2.50 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) by 67,500 shares in the quarter, for a total of 117,500 shares, and has risen its stake in The Macerich Company (NYSE:MAC).

More important recent Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) news were published by: Globenewswire.com which released: “Investar Bank’s Newest C&I Division Adds Depth” on April 23, 2018, also Globenewswire.com published article titled: “Check Out Investar’s Newest Branch in Your App Store”, Globenewswire.com published: “Investar Holding Corporation Announces 2018 First Quarter Results” on April 25, 2018. More interesting news about Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) was released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “EY Announces John D’Angelo, CEO of Investar Bank, as Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award Finalist in the Gulf …” with publication date: May 15, 2018.

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