Kbc Group Nv Increased Its Vmware (VMW) Stake by $20.95 Million; As At&T (T) Shares Declined, Allstate Trimmed Its Holding by $5.44 Million

January 14, 2018 - By Henry Gaston

Kbc Group Nv increased its stake in Vmware Inc (VMW) by 54.43% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Kbc Group Nv bought 192,222 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.43% with the market. The institutional investor held 545,390 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $59.55M, up from 353,168 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Kbc Group Nv who had been investing in Vmware Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $53.43B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.56% or $0.74 during the last trading session, reaching $132.53. About 1.19 million shares traded. VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) has risen 57.35% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 40.65% the S&P500.

Allstate Corp decreased its stake in At&T Inc (T) by 96.18% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Allstate Corp sold 139,396 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.81% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 5,540 shares of the telecommunications equipment company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $217,000, down from 144,936 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Allstate Corp who had been investing in At&T Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $226.53 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.15% or $0.42 during the last trading session, reaching $36.9. About 31.18M shares traded. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has declined 0.52% since January 14, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 17.22% the S&P500.

Analysts await AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) to report earnings on January, 24. They expect $0.65 EPS, down 1.52% or $0.01 from last year’s $0.66 per share. T’s profit will be $3.99 billion for 14.19 P/E if the $0.65 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.74 actual EPS reported by AT&T Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -12.16% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.17 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.02, from 1.15 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 77 investors sold T shares while 609 reduced holdings. 106 funds opened positions while 696 raised stakes. 3.34 billion shares or 1.04% more from 3.31 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Knott David M invested in 22,050 shares or 0.37% of the stock. 113,110 are owned by Town Country Natl Bank Tru Dba First Bankers Tru. Edge Wealth Ltd Com owns 41,009 shares. California-based Mraz Amerine And Associates has invested 0.33% in AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Hsbc Hldgs Public Ltd holds 0.5% or 8.03 million shares in its portfolio. The Ontario – Canada-based Jones Collombin Inv Counsel has invested 0.52% in AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). 32,484 were accumulated by Miles Cap. Callahan Advisors Ltd Liability Corporation has invested 2.15% in AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Sonata Cap invested 0.48% in AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Essex Financial Svcs Inc has invested 1.55% in AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Valicenti Advisory Inc owns 112,764 shares or 2.22% of their US portfolio. Syntal Cap Prtn Ltd Liability invested in 8,145 shares or 0.23% of the stock. Accredited Investors Inc holds 25,209 shares. Riverpoint Cap Mgmt Llc owns 0.13% invested in AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) for 49,653 shares. Karp Cap Corporation reported 23,466 shares.

Among 29 analysts covering AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), 10 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 18 Hold. Therefore 34% are positive. AT&T Inc. had 68 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) earned “Buy” rating by Deutsche Bank on Tuesday, June 28. Morgan Stanley maintained AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) rating on Wednesday, September 27. Morgan Stanley has “Equal-Weight” rating and $48 target. DA Davidson initiated the shares of T in report on Thursday, February 4 with “Buy” rating. The rating was upgraded by Robert W. Baird to “Outperform” on Monday, December 12. The stock of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has “Hold” rating given on Monday, August 28 by RBC Capital Markets. The rating was downgraded by Drexel Hamilton to “Hold” on Monday, October 24. The stock of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) earned “Hold” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets on Wednesday, October 11. The stock has “Hold” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, October 2. Deutsche Bank maintained AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) on Wednesday, October 25 with “Hold” rating. The stock has “Hold” rating by Oppenheimer on Tuesday, August 8.

Among 46 analysts covering VMware Inc (NYSE:VMW), 22 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 24 Hold. Therefore 48% are positive. VMware Inc had 159 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. William Blair maintained VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) on Sunday, September 6 with “Market Perform” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, November 1 by Summit Redstone Partners. On Friday, August 25 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy”. Maxim Group maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Wednesday, January 27 report. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co with “Hold” on Monday, August 14. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Buy” rating and $150.0 target in Monday, November 27 report. The company was maintained on Tuesday, September 1 by Oppenheimer. The stock of VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) earned “Sector Weight” rating by Pacific Crest on Wednesday, October 21. Mizuho downgraded VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) on Monday, October 12 to “Neutral” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating by Maxim Group given on Friday, June 2.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.22 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.01, from 1.21 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 42 investors sold VMW shares while 122 reduced holdings. 62 funds opened positions while 138 raised stakes. 87.77 million shares or 1.59% more from 86.40 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Ashfield Cap Prtn Ltd Llc holds 0.04% in VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) or 2,750 shares. Citigroup invested in 0.01% or 91,534 shares. Legal And General Plc holds 0.03% of its portfolio in VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) for 352,611 shares. First Citizens Bancshares & Tru holds 0.12% of its portfolio in VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) for 8,311 shares. 230,420 are held by State Common Retirement Fund. Evercore Wealth Mgmt Ltd Liability has invested 0% in VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW). Eaton Vance Management invested in 7,093 shares. Kbc Grp Nv stated it has 545,390 shares or 0.54% of all its holdings. Acadian Asset Management Limited Liability Com accumulated 175,869 shares or 0.08% of the stock. Meiji Yasuda Asset Mngmt Ltd reported 15,206 shares. Pggm Investments has 0.1% invested in VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW). Principal Group Inc Inc invested in 0.03% or 270,673 shares. Putnam Limited Liability Company has 138,267 shares. Cap Fund Mngmt invested 0.23% of its portfolio in VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW). 75 are owned by First Manhattan.

Kbc Group Nv, which manages about $11.02 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Waters Corp (NYSE:WAT) by 6,278 shares to 10,165 shares, valued at $1.83 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Childrens Pl Inc (NASDAQ:PLCE) by 28,711 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 64,758 shares, and cut its stake in Kbr Inc (NYSE:KBR).

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