Palladium Partners Increased Aflac Com (AFL) Holding by $1.37 Million as Valuation Declined; As Caseys Gen Stores (CASY) Stock Declined, Speece Thorson Capital Group Has Raised Its Holding by $2.71 Million

August 12, 2018 - By William Brooks

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Palladium Partners Llc increased its stake in Aflac Inc Com (AFL) by 95.65% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Palladium Partners Llc bought 31,905 shares as the company’s stock declined 0.09% with the market. The institutional investor held 65,260 shares of the accident &health insurance company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $2.86 million, up from 33,355 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Palladium Partners Llc who had been investing in Aflac Inc Com for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $35.69B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.60% or $0.28 during the last trading session, reaching $46.48. About 2.49M shares traded. Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has risen 21.38% since August 12, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 8.81% the S&P500.

Speece Thorson Capital Group Inc increased its stake in Caseys Gen Stores Inc (CASY) by 16.11% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Speece Thorson Capital Group Inc bought 24,877 shares as the company’s stock declined 15.43% with the market. The hedge fund held 179,286 shares of the consumer durables company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $19.62 million, up from 154,409 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Speece Thorson Capital Group Inc who had been investing in Caseys Gen Stores Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $4.06B market cap company. The stock decreased 1.55% or $1.74 during the last trading session, reaching $110.84. About 170,874 shares traded. Casey's General Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASY) has declined 16.20% since August 12, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 28.77% the S&P500. Some Historical CASY News: 07/03/2018 – Casey’s General Stores : $107 Million of Capacity Under Existing Repurchase Authorization Expected to be Completed in 1H; 07/03/2018 – CASEYS GENERAL STORES INC QTRLY TOTAL REV $2.05 BLN VS $1.77 BLN; 10/04/2018 – Casey’s Hires Chief Marketing Officer; 07/03/2018 – Casey’s General Stores Announces Board Refreshment With Appointment of Three New Independent Directors and New Board; 07/03/2018 – CASEY’S 3Q EPS $5.08, EST. 63C; 07/03/2018 – Casey’s General Stores Expects the Cumulative Savings of Store-Level Operating Expenditures to Be $200M by FY21; 07/03/2018 – CASEY’S GENERAL STORES REPORTS BOARD REFRESHMENT WITH APPOINTME; 10/04/2018 – CASEYS GENERAL STORES INC – ELECTION OF JUDY SCHMELING AS A CLASS lll DIRECTOR, EFFECTIVE MARCH 29, 2018; 07/03/2018 – CASEYS GENERAL STORES INC – COMMITMENT TO NEW $300 MILLION SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM THROUGH FY 2020; 07/03/2018 – CORRECT: CASEY’S 3Q EPS $5.08, MAY NOT COMPARE WITH EST. 63C

Among 22 analysts covering Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), 6 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 27% are positive. Aflac Incorporated had 62 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, October 26 by SunTrust. The rating was upgraded by Bruyette & Woods;KBW; KBW” to “Mkt Perform” on Thursday, August 27. Deutsche Bank maintained the shares of AFL in report on Thursday, February 4 with “Hold” rating. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained it with “Hold” rating and $48.0 target in Tuesday, March 20 report. The rating was upgraded by Sandler O’Neill on Wednesday, August 1 to “Buy”. RBC Capital Markets maintained Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) rating on Thursday, February 1. RBC Capital Markets has “Sell” rating and $82.0 target. Credit Suisse initiated the stock with “Underperform” rating in Friday, October 7 report. Citigroup maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, February 4 report. Morgan Stanley maintained the shares of AFL in report on Monday, November 13 with “Equal-Weight” rating. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital on Friday, August 11 with “Equal-Weight”.

More important recent Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) news were published by: Fool.com which released: “3 Important Takeaways From Aflac’s 2nd Quarter” on August 09, 2018, also Fool.com published article titled: “3 Top Dividend Stocks With Yields Over 2%”, Seekingalpha.com published: “Aflac’s (AFL) CEO Daniel Amos on Q2 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript” on July 27, 2018. More interesting news about Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) was released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Aflac’s Q2 2018: A SWAN Stock” with publication date: July 28, 2018.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 2 insider buys, and 5 sales for $5.69 million activity. KIRSCH ERIC M sold 66,447 shares worth $2.88M. $49,022 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) was bought by MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L on Tuesday, February 20. Lloyd Karole bought $178,090 worth of stock or 2,000 shares. $437,155 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) was sold by KNAPP CHARLES B. TILLMAN AUDREY B sold $117,123 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Wednesday, February 28. On Wednesday, February 28 HOWARD JUNE P sold $239,194 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) or 2,648 shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 7.76 in 2018 Q1. Its up 6.70, from 1.06 in 2017Q4. It improved, as 56 investors sold AFL shares while 35 reduced holdings. 82 funds opened positions while 624 raised stakes. 1.00 billion shares or 291.45% more from 256.45 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Bokf Na reported 57,487 shares. Gw Henssler Associates Ltd stated it has 5,300 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. Aviance Ptnrs Lc reported 0.64% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Toth Advisory Corporation holds 112,044 shares or 1.19% of its portfolio. Dubuque Comml Bank & Tru, Iowa-based fund reported 70 shares. 26,762 were reported by Security Retail Bank Of So Dak. Bancorp Of The Ozarks reported 41,100 shares. Strs Ohio reported 423,956 shares. 154,661 were accumulated by Meeder Asset Mgmt Inc. Yhb Advsr Inc reported 49,262 shares stake. Bollard Group Limited Liability Co owns 4,753 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Mufg Americas Holdings invested in 0.02% or 15,862 shares. Linscomb Williams holds 0.03% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) or 8,540 shares. Huntington Bancorporation accumulated 0.14% or 192,937 shares. Dupont Cap invested 0.1% of its portfolio in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL).

Palladium Partners Llc, which manages about $1.69 billion and $1.35 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Boeing Co Com (NYSE:BA) by 22,481 shares to 37,879 shares, valued at $12.42 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Skyworks Solutions Inc Com (NASDAQ:SWKS) by 5,841 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 50,487 shares, and cut its stake in Jpmorgan Chase & Co Com (NYSE:JPM).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.76 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.34, from 1.1 in 2017Q4. It is negative, as 35 investors sold CASY shares while 94 reduced holdings. 25 funds opened positions while 73 raised stakes. 33.28 million shares or 3.98% less from 34.66 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Mutual Of America Cap Mgmt Ltd Liability Corp has invested 0.05% in Casey's General Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASY). Victory Cap Mgmt Incorporated invested in 0.05% or 229,449 shares. Virginia Retirement Sys Et Al owns 15,800 shares or 0.02% of their US portfolio. Texas Permanent School Fund invested in 24,857 shares. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management invested in 0% or 1,185 shares. Northern Corporation stated it has 442,827 shares. Janney Montgomery Scott accumulated 0.01% or 8,868 shares. Scout Investments Inc holds 0.5% of its portfolio in Casey's General Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASY) for 189,272 shares. 1,384 are owned by Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa. 3.08 million are held by Blackrock. Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado holds 7,138 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. 66,487 are held by Swiss Bank. Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) holds 0% or 2,450 shares. Segall Bryant & Hamill Limited Liability Corporation owns 54,195 shares. Rhumbline Advisers, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 76,344 shares.

Speece Thorson Capital Group Inc, which manages about $408.00M and $480.35 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Miller Herman Inc (NASDAQ:MLHR) by 19,218 shares to 446,816 shares, valued at $16.04M in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Leggett & Platt Inc (NYSE:LEG) by 23,476 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 413,628 shares, and cut its stake in O Reilly Automotive Inc (NASDAQ:ORLY).

Among 14 analysts covering Casey’s General Stores (NASDAQ:CASY), 8 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 57% are positive. Casey’s General Stores had 63 analyst reports since August 18, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Thursday, September 10 by Deutsche Bank. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, July 7 report. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Thursday, March 8 with “Buy”. The stock has “Hold” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, September 29. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, August 31 by BMO Capital Markets. The company was maintained on Wednesday, January 24 by BMO Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank on Monday, September 12 with “Buy”. The stock of Casey's General Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASY) has “Sector Perform” rating given on Wednesday, September 9 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of Casey's General Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASY) earned “Buy” rating by Zacks on Thursday, September 3. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, May 29 with “Hold”.

Since March 8, 2018, it had 2 insider buys, and 3 insider sales for $303,226 activity. LENHARDT DAVID K also bought $255,852 worth of Casey's General Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASY) on Tuesday, March 13. $148,495 worth of stock was sold by HANDLEY TERRY W on Thursday, March 15. 4,000 shares were bought by Heiden Cara Kay, worth $439,080.

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