Cooke & Bieler LP Decreased Hff Cl A (HF) Position; Commscope Holding Company (COMM) Sellers Increased By 26.75% Their Shorts

January 14, 2018 - By Henry Gaston

Commscope Holding Company Incorporated (NASDAQ:COMM) had an increase of 26.75% in short interest. COMM’s SI was 9.08 million shares in January as released by FINRA. Its up 26.75% from 7.16M shares previously. With 1.37 million avg volume, 7 days are for Commscope Holding Company Incorporated (NASDAQ:COMM)’s short sellers to cover COMM’s short positions. The SI to Commscope Holding Company Incorporated’s float is 5.31%. The stock increased 0.33% or $0.13 during the last trading session, reaching $38.97. About 2.20 million shares traded or 42.59% up from the average. CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM) has risen 25.42% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 8.72% the S&P500.

Cooke & Bieler Lp decreased Hff Inc Cl A (HF) stake by 14.86% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Cooke & Bieler Lp sold 36,940 shares as Hff Inc Cl A (HF)’s stock declined 1.33%. The Cooke & Bieler Lp holds 211,700 shares with $8.38M value, down from 248,640 last quarter. Hff Inc Cl A now has $1.80B valuation. The stock decreased 0.59% or $0.29 during the last trading session, reaching $48.78. About 125,137 shares traded. HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) has risen 10.16% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 6.54% the S&P500.

CommScope Holding Company, Inc. provides infrastructure solutions for communications networks worldwide. The company has market cap of $7.43 billion. The companyÂ’s CommScope Connectivity Solutions segment offers optical fiber and twisted pair structured cable solutions, intelligent infrastructure software, and network rack and cabinet enclosures under the SYSTIMAX, AMP NETCONNECT, and Uniprise brands; and fiber management systems, patch cords and panels, complete cabling systems, and cable assemblies for use in offices and data centers. It has a 39.77 P/E ratio. This segment also provides fiber optic connectivity solutions, including hardened connector systems, fiber distribution hubs and management systems, couplers and splitters, plug and play multiport service terminals, hardened optical terminating enclosures, high density cable assemblies, splices, and splice closures that supports video, voice, and high-speed data services provided by telecommunications operators and multi-system operators.

Among 12 analysts covering CommScope Holding (NASDAQ:COMM), 8 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 67% are positive. CommScope Holding had 31 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Raymond James downgraded the stock to “Mkt Perform” rating in Tuesday, January 17 report. On Friday, June 17 the stock rating was initiated by BTIG Research with “Buy”. As per Tuesday, December 20, the company rating was initiated by Citigroup. Jefferies maintained the shares of COMM in report on Tuesday, September 5 with “Buy” rating. Jefferies maintained CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM) on Tuesday, June 6 with “Buy” rating. Jefferies maintained it with “Buy” rating and $40.0 target in Tuesday, October 10 report. The stock has “Overweight” rating by JP Morgan on Thursday, December 17. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital on Tuesday, November 10 with “Overweight”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, February 22 by Cross Research. Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to “Overweight” rating in Thursday, August 17 report.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.72 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.52, from 1.24 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 61 investors sold CommScope Holding Company, Inc. shares while 90 reduced holdings. 30 funds opened positions while 78 raised stakes. 191.80 million shares or 0.45% less from 192.66 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Ubs Asset Americas holds 0.02% or 554,225 shares in its portfolio. Sg Americas Secs invested in 0% or 5,921 shares. Brown Advisory Inc, a Maryland-based fund reported 72,629 shares. Janney Montgomery Scott holds 8,606 shares. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co has invested 0% in CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM). Franklin Resources holds 0.02% or 1.52M shares. Mitsubishi Ufj Banking Corporation holds 0.02% or 384,757 shares in its portfolio. Moreover, Gotham Asset Management Ltd Limited Liability Company has 0.03% invested in CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM) for 53,865 shares. First Mercantile Tru Company reported 5,700 shares stake. Cannell Peter B And, a New York-based fund reported 320,486 shares. Commonwealth State Bank Of accumulated 100 shares or 0% of the stock. Gsa Capital Prtn Ltd Liability Partnership, a United Kingdom-based fund reported 11,102 shares. Missouri-based First Allied Advisory Svcs has invested 0.01% in CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM). Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Llp Ma stated it has 6 shares. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans invested in 145 shares.

Analysts await HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) to report earnings on February, 22. They expect $0.82 earnings per share, up 17.14% or $0.12 from last year’s $0.7 per share. HF’s profit will be $30.33M for 14.87 P/E if the $0.82 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.54 actual earnings per share reported by HFF, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 51.85% EPS growth.

Cooke & Bieler Lp increased Umpqua Holdings (NASDAQ:UMPQ) stake by 133,210 shares to 1.30 million valued at $25.31M in 2017Q3. It also upped Brookfield Asset Management In (NYSE:BAM) stake by 424,352 shares and now owns 2.48 million shares. Becton Dickinson And Company (NYSE:BDX) was raised too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.63 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.09, from 1.72 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 4 investors sold HF shares while 48 reduced holdings. 26 funds opened positions while 59 raised stakes. 33.78 million shares or 0.76% more from 33.53 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Ngam Advsr Limited Partnership has invested 0.06% in HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF). Profund Limited Liability holds 0.01% in HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) or 5,114 shares. First Republic Investment Management holds 0.01% of its portfolio in HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) for 24,643 shares. 26,752 are owned by Texas Permanent School Fund. Comerica National Bank & Trust invested 0.01% in HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF). Moreover, Her Majesty The Queen In Right Of The Province Of Alberta As Represented By Alberta Invest has 0% invested in HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF). Raymond James And Associates holds 178,905 shares. Louisiana State Employees Retirement reported 14,800 shares. Chicago Equity Prtnrs Ltd Liability Corp reported 106,880 shares or 0.13% of all its holdings. Texan Capital Mngmt stated it has 74,707 shares or 1.96% of all its holdings. Retail Bank Of America Corp De reported 109,799 shares. 42,932 were accumulated by State Teachers Retirement Systems. Cubist Systematic Strategies Limited Liability Co accumulated 0.01% or 4,966 shares. Pinebridge Invs Lp holds 0% or 4,548 shares. Ameritas Invest Prtn Inc holds 0.01% or 3,226 shares.

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