Ambac Finl Group (AMBC) Holder Centerbridge Partners LP Has Lifted Stake by $13.12 Million as Market Value Declined; Hill (HRC) Share Value Rose While Bernzott Capital Advisors Has Cut Its Stake

January 14, 2018 - By wolcottdaily

Mark T. Gallogly increased its stake in Ambac Finl Group Inc (AMBC) by 4736.71% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Centerbridge Partners Lp bought 771,562 shares as the company’s stock declined 26.71% while stock markets rallied. The hedge fund run by Mark T. Gallogly held 787,851 shares of the finance company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $13.60 million, up from 16,289 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Centerbridge Partners Lp who had been investing in Ambac Finl Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $727.19M market cap company. The stock increased 2.16% or $0.34 during the last trading session, reaching $16.07. About 713,517 shares traded or 67.15% up from the average. Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBC) has risen 2.68% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 14.02% the S&P500.

Bernzott Capital Advisors decreased its stake in Hill (HRC) by 6.02% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Bernzott Capital Advisors sold 16,524 shares as the company’s stock rose 16.58% with the market. The institutional investor held 257,788 shares of the medical and dental instruments company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $19.08 million, down from 274,312 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Bernzott Capital Advisors who had been investing in Hill for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $5.71B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.20% or $0.17 during the last trading session, reaching $86.79. About 693,352 shares traded or 57.83% up from the average. Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) has risen 57.47% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 40.77% the S&P500.

Among 2 analysts covering Ambac Financial Group Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBC), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Ambac Financial Group Inc. had 8 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. BTIG Research maintained Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBC) rating on Thursday, November 9. BTIG Research has “Buy” rating and $26.0 target. M Partners maintained Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBC) rating on Tuesday, December 13. M Partners has “Neutral” rating and $27 target. As per Friday, May 12, the company rating was upgraded by M Partners. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, March 2 by BTIG Research. The stock of Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBC) earned “Sell” rating by M Partners on Monday, December 19. The stock of Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBC) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, June 21 by BTIG Research.

Analysts await Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) to report earnings on January, 26. They expect $0.78 EPS, up 4.00% or $0.03 from last year’s $0.75 per share. HRC’s profit will be $51.34M for 27.82 P/E if the $0.78 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.32 actual EPS reported by Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -40.91% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment is 1.16 in Q3 2017. Its the same as in 2017Q2. It is the same, as 28 investors sold HRC shares while 92 reduced holdings. only 41 funds opened positions while 98 raised stakes. 53.76 million shares or 1.61% less from 54.64 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Gotham Asset Mngmt Lc holds 127,230 shares. Counselors Of Maryland Llc invested in 0.01% or 1,765 shares. Sawgrass Asset Limited Liability Co owns 14,420 shares or 0.05% of their US portfolio. Adage Capital Prns Gp Ltd Company holds 380,500 shares. 50,962 are owned by Schroder Gru. Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa reported 21,423 shares stake. Proshare Advsr, a Maryland-based fund reported 5,767 shares. Lsv Asset Management has invested 0.03% in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC). Guggenheim Lc stated it has 0.01% in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC). Icon Advisers reported 0.03% in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC). The New York-based Olstein Mgmt LP has invested 0.85% in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC). Healthcor Mngmt Ltd Partnership holds 584,770 shares. Nordea Invest Mgmt reported 27,134 shares. Franklin Resource invested in 982,599 shares or 0.04% of the stock. Cubist Systematic Strategies Ltd Liability Corp has invested 0.03% of its portfolio in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC).

Among 9 analysts covering Hill-Rom (NYSE:HRC), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 67% are positive. Hill-Rom had 23 analyst reports since September 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Buy” on Monday, May 1. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) on Friday, June 30 with “Neutral” rating. On Monday, November 6 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Overweight”. Needham initiated the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, June 30 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Monday, November 6. Morgan Stanley upgraded Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) on Thursday, June 16 to “Overweight” rating. The rating was upgraded by Raymond James to “Outperform” on Wednesday, January 3. As per Monday, November 6, the company rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The stock of Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, January 24 by Stifel Nicolaus. The company was maintained on Tuesday, October 17 by KeyBanc Capital Markets.

Bernzott Capital Advisors, which manages about $528.67 million and $701.09M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Generac Holdings (NYSE:GNRC) by 44,760 shares to 596,396 shares, valued at $27.39 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Knowles (NYSE:KN) by 169,205 shares in the quarter, for a total of 1.46M shares, and has risen its stake in Mistras Group (NYSE:MG).

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