As Hca Healthcare (HCA) Shares Rose, Holder Intrust Bank Na Cut Holding; As Altria Group (MO) Share Price Declined, Holder First Heartland Consultants Cut Its Position by $2.25 Million

August 12, 2018 - By Richard Slagle

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First Heartland Consultants Inc decreased its stake in Altria Group Inc (MO) by 76.17% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. First Heartland Consultants Inc sold 36,328 shares as the company’s stock declined 14.98% with the market. The institutional investor held 11,364 shares of the farming and seeds and milling company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $708,000, down from 47,692 at the end of the previous reported quarter. First Heartland Consultants Inc who had been investing in Altria Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $111.32B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.29% or $0.17 during the last trading session, reaching $59.05. About 4.28M shares traded. Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) has declined 24.97% since August 12, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 37.54% the S&P500.

Intrust Bank Na decreased its stake in Hca Healthcare Inc (HCA) by 18.75% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Intrust Bank Na sold 17,026 shares as the company’s stock rose 3.67% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 73,797 shares of the health care company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $7.16M, down from 90,823 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Intrust Bank Na who had been investing in Hca Healthcare Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $44.35 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.02% or $0.03 during the last trading session, reaching $128.17. About 1.29 million shares traded. HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) has risen 24.76% since August 12, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 12.19% the S&P500.

More notable recent HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) news were published by: Fool.com which released: “HCA Healthcare Reports Positive Earnings” on July 27, 2018, also Finance.Yahoo.com with their article: “You Better Be Careful with Merck Stock, Especially at These Highs” published on August 10, 2018, Businesswire.com published: “HCA Announces Proposed Public Offering of Senior Notes” on August 09, 2018. More interesting news about HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) were released by: Fool.com and their article: “Why HCA Healthcare, Inc. Stock Jumped Today” published on July 25, 2018 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “Consolidated Research: 2018 Summary Expectations for HCA Healthcare, The AES, Hercules Capital, Carrizo Oil …” with publication date: August 09, 2018.

Among 30 analysts covering HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA), 20 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 67% are positive. HCA Holdings had 104 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. SunTrust maintained the shares of HCA in report on Tuesday, January 30 with “Buy” rating. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained the shares of HCA in report on Thursday, September 7 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with “Equal-Weight” on Thursday, August 17. The firm has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Sunday, August 27. On Thursday, October 15 the stock rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Outperform”. The stock of HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) earned “Buy” rating by Zacks on Monday, August 17. The rating was maintained by Avondale on Friday, April 15 with “Market Outperform”. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of HCA in report on Friday, October 28 with “Outperform” rating. The rating was maintained by Mizuho with “Buy” on Thursday, October 15. The stock of HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) has “Overweight” rating given on Wednesday, January 6 by Barclays Capital.

Analysts await HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) to report earnings on October, 30. They expect $1.93 EPS, up 59.50% or $0.72 from last year’s $1.21 per share. HCA’s profit will be $667.87 million for 16.60 P/E if the $1.93 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.29 actual EPS reported by HCA Healthcare, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -15.72% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.96 in 2018 Q1. Its up 0.18, from 0.78 in 2017Q4. It increased, as 38 investors sold HCA shares while 194 reduced holdings. 94 funds opened positions while 129 raised stakes. 243.77 million shares or 2.87% less from 250.97 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Prescott Gru Capital Ltd Liability holds 0.74% or 35,000 shares in its portfolio. Polar Capital Llp stated it has 680,000 shares or 0.67% of all its holdings. First Personal Finance Service invested in 0.02% or 737 shares. Invesco Ltd holds 0.07% or 2.00 million shares in its portfolio. Waddell Reed Financial, a Kansas-based fund reported 1.39M shares. Sio Cap Management Lc has invested 3.05% of its portfolio in HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA). Regions Fincl holds 0% in HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) or 343 shares. Adell Harriman Carpenter Incorporated invested in 4,800 shares. Prudential Fincl Incorporated invested in 942,426 shares. Natl Pension Serv owns 289,254 shares or 0.14% of their US portfolio. Everence Cap Mngmt owns 5,100 shares. Minnesota-based Bremer Tru Association has invested 0.22% in HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA). Strs Ohio has invested 0.14% of its portfolio in HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA). Bancorp Of Mellon owns 2.13M shares. Catalyst Cap Advsrs Ltd Liability accumulated 600 shares.

Since February 14, 2018, it had 2 insider buys, and 16 sales for $33.93 million activity. Shares for $2.90M were bought by FRIST PATRICIA C. The insider Perlin Jonathan B sold $1.20 million. Reiner Deborah M also sold $26,670 worth of HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) shares. The insider Wyatt Christopher F. sold 6,419 shares worth $810,271. The insider Torres Kathryn A. sold $190,063. Hall Charles J sold $11.98 million worth of stock or 119,637 shares.

Since February 9, 2018, it had 1 insider purchase, and 2 sales for $115,308 activity. 6,500 Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) shares with value of $410,313 were sold by Dillard James E III. $216,154 worth of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) was sold by Quigley Brian W. on Friday, March 2. SURGNER W HILDEBRANDT JR sold $199,488 worth of stock or 3,200 shares.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.73 in 2018 Q1. Its down 0.20, from 0.93 in 2017Q4. It fall, as 88 investors sold MO shares while 562 reduced holdings. 100 funds opened positions while 372 raised stakes. 1.16 billion shares or 0.04% more from 1.16 billion shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Welch & Forbes Ltd Company owns 26,243 shares. First National Trust accumulated 86,514 shares or 0.61% of the stock. Salem Inv Counselors invested in 0.19% or 27,100 shares. Northern Tru Corporation stated it has 0.38% of its portfolio in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Profund Advisors Limited Liability holds 0.11% or 46,305 shares in its portfolio. Regions Finance reported 623,936 shares. Smith Howard Wealth Mngmt Llc accumulated 5,215 shares. Ledyard Retail Bank owns 13,292 shares for 0.1% of their portfolio. Tiedemann Advsr Limited Com holds 0.08% in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) or 18,294 shares. Greylin Mangement Inc reported 5,543 shares. Financial Bank Of Mellon Corp, a New York-based fund reported 20.93M shares. Allsquare Wealth Limited Company stated it has 100 shares or 0% of all its holdings. 5,609 are owned by Capital City Trust Com Fl. 4,500 were accumulated by Cap Inv Counsel Inc. Smith Salley Associates invested in 12,554 shares.

Analysts await Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) to report earnings on October, 25. They expect $1.07 EPS, up 18.89% or $0.17 from last year’s $0.9 per share. MO’s profit will be $2.02 billion for 13.80 P/E if the $1.07 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.01 actual EPS reported by Altria Group, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 5.94% EPS growth.

More important recent Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) news were published by: Fool.com which released: “How Long Can Altria Grow Profits With Falling Sales?” on August 12, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com published article titled: “Altria Has Some Work To Do”, Fool.com published: “Altria Claims That Low-Nicotine Cigarettes Could Cost a Million US Jobs” on July 23, 2018. More interesting news about Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) was released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Dividend Champion Spotlight: Altria Group, Inc.” with publication date: July 15, 2018.

First Heartland Consultants Inc, which manages about $867.76 million and $333.83 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares (ACWV) by 12,648 shares to 25,133 shares, valued at $2.11M in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Ishares (IJK) by 16,120 shares in the quarter, for a total of 21,866 shares, and has risen its stake in Spdr Series Trust (ONEK).

Among 20 analysts covering Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO), 16 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 80% are positive. Altria Group Inc. had 67 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Monday, July 17 by Jefferies. On Tuesday, June 14 the stock rating was initiated by Berenberg with “Buy”. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of MO in report on Friday, May 26 with “Sell” rating. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co with “Hold” on Thursday, July 27. The company was maintained on Friday, September 1 by RBC Capital Markets. Jefferies upgraded the shares of MO in report on Friday, January 19 to “Buy” rating. Morgan Stanley maintained Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) rating on Wednesday, April 18. Morgan Stanley has “Equal-Weight” rating and $70 target. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the shares of MO in report on Monday, October 23 with “Buy” rating. Wells Fargo maintained Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) on Thursday, January 4 with “Buy” rating. UBS initiated the stock with “Neutral” rating in Friday, February 26 report.

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