Arbiter Partners Capital Management Stake In Motorola Solutions (Put) (MSI) Was Has Raised; Truepoint Position in Verizon Communications (VZ) Cut by $16.39 Million

April 16, 2018 - By Adrian Mccoy

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Truepoint Inc decreased its stake in Verizon Communications Inc (VZ) by 98.49% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Truepoint Inc sold 315,235 shares as the company’s stock declined 11.05% with the market. The institutional investor held 4,842 shares of the telecommunications equipment company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $256,000, down from 320,077 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Truepoint Inc who had been investing in Verizon Communications Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $198.47 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.88% or $0.42 during the last trading session, reaching $48.08. About 982,527 shares traded. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has declined 3.72% since April 16, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 15.27% the S&P500.

Paul J. Isaac increased its stake in Motorola Solutions Inc (Put) (MSI) by 38.96% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Arbiter Partners Capital Management Llc bought 301,000 shares as the company’s stock rose 16.71% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund run by Paul J. Isaac held 1.07M shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $96.98 million, up from 772,500 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Arbiter Partners Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Motorola Solutions Inc (Put) for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $17.43B market cap company. The stock increased 0.08% or $0.09 during the last trading session, reaching $107.78. About 31,517 shares traded. Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) has risen 26.11% since April 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 14.56% the S&P500.

Among 29 analysts covering Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), 10 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 19 Hold. Therefore 34% are positive. Verizon Communications Inc. had 77 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Citigroup maintained the shares of VZ in report on Wednesday, October 21 with “Neutral” rating. Jefferies maintained the shares of VZ in report on Wednesday, January 24 with “Hold” rating. The company was downgraded on Wednesday, January 25 by FBR Capital. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, October 20 report. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Nomura on Friday, October 16. The rating was downgraded by Moffet Nathanson to “Neutral” on Friday, April 1. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, June 15 by Macquarie Research. Cowen & Co maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, July 28 report. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Tuesday, January 23 by SunTrust. Barclays Capital maintained the shares of VZ in report on Monday, April 18 with “Equal-Weight” rating.

Since October 27, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 2 insider sales for $376,615 activity. SILLIMAN CRAIG L. also sold $29,658 worth of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) on Friday, October 27.

Analysts await Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) to report earnings on April, 19. They expect $1.12 EPS, up 17.89% or $0.17 from last year’s $0.95 per share. VZ’s profit will be $4.62B for 10.73 P/E if the $1.12 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.86 actual EPS reported by Verizon Communications Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 30.23% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.02 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.14, from 0.88 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 57 investors sold VZ shares while 662 reduced holdings. 141 funds opened positions while 592 raised stakes. 2.54 billion shares or 0.48% more from 2.53 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. 97,000 were reported by Omers Administration. Signature Estate & Investment Ltd Liability Co accumulated 2,713 shares. Tortoise Inv holds 0.03% or 2,112 shares. Garde holds 27,260 shares or 0.27% of its portfolio. Moreover, Cadinha & Limited Com has 0.12% invested in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Point72 Asia (Hong Kong) Limited invested in 25 shares or 0% of the stock. Aspiriant Ltd Llc stated it has 0.07% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Moreover, Seizert Prtnrs Ltd Liability Corp has 1.07% invested in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) for 560,470 shares. Texas Yale holds 0.15% of its portfolio in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) for 32,581 shares. 1St Source Bank & Trust stated it has 122,588 shares or 0.53% of all its holdings. 4,403 were reported by Portland Global Advisors Ltd Liability Co. 17,840 were reported by Notis. Northeast Invest Management has 0.16% invested in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) for 37,027 shares. Parkside Financial Bank Trust holds 9,728 shares or 0.19% of its portfolio. Palo Capital, California-based fund reported 106,497 shares.

Among 19 analysts covering Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI), 13 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 68% are positive. Motorola Solutions had 50 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Hold” rating by Deutsche Bank given on Thursday, August 6. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Northcoast given on Wednesday, May 4. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, January 23 by Citigroup. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, January 5 by Bernstein. As per Monday, December 7, the company rating was downgraded by Gabelli. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Tuesday, March 21. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Hold” on Monday, August 7. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Wednesday, February 24 by Macquarie Research. Cleveland upgraded the shares of MSI in report on Friday, October 6 to “Buy” rating. Macquarie Research initiated it with “Underperform” rating and $60 target in Thursday, October 22 report.

Since January 9, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 5 selling transactions for $47.82 million activity. BROWN GREGORY Q also sold $20.33 million worth of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) on Thursday, March 8. $4.78 million worth of stock was sold by Wozniak John K on Monday, February 5.

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