Oakmont Has Raised Its Lam Research (LRCX) Holding by $1.70 Million; Carroll Financial …

Carroll Financial Associates Inc increased its stake in Duke Energy Corp New Com New (DUK) by 13.61% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Carroll Financial Associates Inc bought 17,524 shares as the company’s stock rose 6.39% with the market. The institutional investor held …

Carroll Financial Associates Inc increased its stake in Duke Energy Corp New Com New (DUK) by 13.61% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Carroll Financial Associates Inc bought 17,524 shares as the company’s stock rose 6.39% with the market. The institutional investor held 146,289 shares of the power generation company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $12.33M, up from 128,765 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Carroll Financial Associates Inc who had been investing in Duke Energy Corp New Com New for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $54.81B market cap company. The stock increased 1.75% or $1.3454 during the last trading session, reaching $78.2954. About 991,281 shares traded. Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) has risen 8.31% since January 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 8.39% the S&P500.

Oakmont Corp increased its stake in Lam Research Corp (LRCX) by 3.83% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Oakmont Corp bought 9,209 shares as the company’s stock rose 32.64% with the market. The institutional investor held 249,369 shares of the industrial machinery and components company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $46.14M, up from 240,160 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Oakmont Corp who had been investing in Lam Research Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $34.20 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.96% or $2 during the last trading session, reaching $211.19. About 1.06M shares traded. Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) has risen 107.86% since January 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 91.16% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.02 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.04, from 0.98 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 51 investors sold LRCX shares while 238 reduced holdings. 87 funds opened positions while 207 raised stakes. 146.35 million shares or 1.92% less from 149.22 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Investec Asset North America accumulated 16,601 shares. Salem Counselors invested 0% in Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX). Groesbeck Invest Management Nj has invested 1.7% in Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX). Frontier Limited has 549,785 shares for 0.73% of their portfolio. Pggm Invs owns 102,214 shares or 0.09% of their US portfolio. Amundi Pioneer Asset Mgmt Incorporated holds 459,324 shares. Tower Research Limited Liability Co (Trc), New York-based fund reported 1,745 shares. The Texas-based Maverick Capital has invested 0.05% in Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX). Driehaus Capital Mgmt Limited Com owns 0.03% invested in Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) for 4,839 shares. Peregrine Asset Advisers Inc has 58,190 shares. Ledyard Natl Bank holds 0% in Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) or 155 shares. Whalerock Point Prtn Ltd accumulated 2,065 shares or 0.13% of the stock. Credit Capital Lc invested in 3,600 shares. 5,367 are held by Signalpoint Asset Management Limited Liability Co. Moreover, Renaissance Technology has 0.15% invested in Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX).

Among 23 analysts covering Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX), 22 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 96% are positive. Lam Research Corporation had 70 analyst reports since September 17, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. B. Riley & Co maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, August 10 report. The rating was downgraded by Pacific Crest to “Sector Weight” on Wednesday, October 12. Citigroup maintained Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) on Friday, August 12 with “Buy” rating. Credit Suisse maintained it with “Buy” rating and $245.0 target in Wednesday, October 18 report. The rating was maintained by DA Davidson with “Buy” on Thursday, October 6. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) on Monday, November 21 with “Buy” rating. B. Riley & Co maintained the shares of LRCX in report on Wednesday, October 18 with “Buy” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, July 27. RBC Capital Markets maintained Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) rating on Tuesday, October 17. RBC Capital Markets has “Buy” rating and $210.0 target. The stock of Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, June 5 by RBC Capital Markets.

Since September 11, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 10 sales for $7.30 million activity. Shares for $2.75M were sold by ARCHER TIMOTHY.

Carroll Financial Associates Inc, which manages about $1.57 billion and $877.90M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Scana Corp New Com (NYSE:SCG) by 20,075 shares to 25,595 shares, valued at $1.24 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Goldman Sachs Activebeta U.S. Large Cap Equity Etf by 18,130 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 228,207 shares, and cut its stake in Coca Cola Co Com (NYSE:KO).

Investors sentiment increased to 1.07 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.02, from 1.05 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 48 investors sold DUK shares while 344 reduced holdings. 75 funds opened positions while 346 raised stakes. 391.64 million shares or 1.95% more from 384.16 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. 112,915 were reported by Beacon Fincl Group Inc Incorporated. Burke Herbert Bankshares Tru reported 0.32% stake. Hudson Valley Inv Advsr Adv holds 0.54% of its portfolio in Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) for 24,977 shares. Pnc Financial Svcs Gp reported 0.06% of its portfolio in Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK). Haverford Trust invested in 11,223 shares. Schwab Charles Invest Inc holds 0.18% or 2.44M shares in its portfolio. Tcw Grp Inc has 20,660 shares. Cubic Asset Mngmt Ltd Com accumulated 0.06% or 2,678 shares. Minnesota-based Sns Fincl Limited Liability Co has invested 0.07% in Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK). Bnp Paribas Asset owns 0.12% invested in Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) for 165,968 shares. Union Natl Bank Corporation holds 46,048 shares. Moreover, Lehman Res has 0.49% invested in Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK). Umb National Bank & Trust N A Mo stated it has 0.75% in Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK). First Quadrant LP Ca reported 3,700 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. 4,903 were accumulated by First Heartland Consultants Incorporated.

Among 20 analysts covering Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK), 3 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 15 Hold. Therefore 15% are positive. Duke Energy had 66 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Monday, August 29 by Suntrust Robinson. The rating was maintained by SunTrust on Monday, December 11 with “Hold”. Zacks downgraded the shares of DUK in report on Friday, August 7 to “Buy” rating. On Tuesday, September 15 the stock rating was maintained by Argus Research with “Buy”. As per Tuesday, October 24, the company rating was maintained by Bank of America. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Wednesday, January 25 by Credit Suisse. Citigroup initiated Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) on Friday, September 18 with “Neutral” rating. The company was upgraded on Tuesday, December 22 by UBS. The stock has “Sector Perform” rating by Howard Weil on Monday, November 7. SunTrust maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Monday, October 23 report.

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Carroll Financial Associates Inc. Has $12.45 Million Position in Duke Energy Corp (DUK)

Duke Energy logo Carroll Financial Associates Inc. raised its stake in shares of Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) by 1.1% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 147,965 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after …

Duke Energy logoCarroll Financial Associates Inc. raised its stake in shares of Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) by 1.1% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 147,965 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,676 shares during the period. Duke Energy accounts for approximately 1.4% of Carroll Financial Associates Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 14th biggest position. Carroll Financial Associates Inc.’s holdings in Duke Energy were worth $12,445,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Financial Advisory Service Inc. grew its stake in shares of Duke Energy by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. Financial Advisory Service Inc. now owns 6,722 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $562,000 after buying an additional 17 shares during the period. Hodges Capital Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of Duke Energy by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. Hodges Capital Management Inc. now owns 7,105 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $594,000 after buying an additional 19 shares during the period. Accredited Investors Inc. grew its stake in shares of Duke Energy by 0.7% in the 2nd quarter. Accredited Investors Inc. now owns 2,806 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $235,000 after buying an additional 19 shares during the period. Hudock Capital Group LLC grew its stake in shares of Duke Energy by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. Hudock Capital Group LLC now owns 8,370 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $699,000 after buying an additional 24 shares during the period. Finally, Shoker Investment Counsel Inc. grew its stake in shares of Duke Energy by 0.6% in the 2nd quarter. Shoker Investment Counsel Inc. now owns 4,512 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $377,000 after buying an additional 28 shares during the period. 57.26% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other Duke Energy news, EVP Lloyd M. Yates sold 5,000 shares of Duke Energy stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $89.95, for a total transaction of $449,750.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. 0.07% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) traded down $0.01 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $78.41. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 4,125,100 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,411,673. The firm has a market cap of $54,100.00, a P/E ratio of 20.58, a P/E/G ratio of 4.05 and a beta of 0.26. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17, a current ratio of 0.71 and a quick ratio of 0.41. Duke Energy Corp has a fifty-two week low of $76.28 and a fifty-two week high of $91.80.

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The utilities provider reported $1.59 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.56 by $0.03. Duke Energy had a return on equity of 7.54% and a net margin of 9.09%. The business had revenue of $6.48 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $7.43 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.68 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Duke Energy Corp will post 4.56 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 16th will be given a dividend of $0.89 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 15th. This represents a $3.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.54%. Duke Energy’s dividend payout ratio is currently 93.44%.

Several brokerages have recently commented on DUK. SunTrust Banks set a $78.00 target price on Duke Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Duke Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday. Goldman Sachs Group downgraded Duke Energy from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and raised their target price for the company from $80.11 to $88.00 in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Guggenheim reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $96.00 price target on shares of Duke Energy in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded Duke Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $87.19.

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About Duke Energy

Duke Energy Corporation (Duke Energy) is an energy company. The Company operates through three segments: Electric Utilities and Infrastructure; Gas Utilities and Infrastructure, and Commercial Renewables. The Company operates in the United States through its direct and indirect subsidiaries. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure segment provides retail electric service through the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 7.5 million customers within the Southeast and Midwest regions of the United States.

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RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of GE in report on Monday, July 10 with “Buy” rating. Carroll Financial Associates Inc, which manages about $1.57B and $877.90 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Duke Energy Corp New Com New (NYSE:DUK) by 17,524 shares to 146,289 shares, …

January 6, 2018 – By Richard Conner

Carroll Financial Associates Inc decreased its stake in General Electric Co Com (GE) by 3.97% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Carroll Financial Associates Inc sold 15,528 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.64% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 375,191 shares of the consumer electronics and appliances company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $9.21 million, down from 390,719 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Carroll Financial Associates Inc who had been investing in General Electric Co Com for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $160.78B market cap company. The stock increased 0.05% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $18.54. About 79.88M shares traded. General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) has declined 4.46% since January 6, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 21.16% the S&P500.

Cisco Systems Inc decreased its stake in Vmware Inc. (VMW) by 18.5% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Cisco Systems Inc sold 800,000 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.43% with the market. The institutional investor held 3.53 million shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $384.90M, down from 4.33 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Cisco Systems Inc who had been investing in Vmware Inc. for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $52.92 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.02% or $0.02 during the last trading session, reaching $131.26. About 995,542 shares traded. VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) has risen 57.35% since January 6, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 40.65% the S&P500.

Since September 1, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 5 insider sales for $5.39 million activity. POONEN SANJAY had sold 1,134 shares worth $120,782 on Friday, September 8. Krysler P. Kevan sold $1.48M worth of stock or 13,751 shares. Raghuram Rangarajan (Raghu) sold $2.82 million worth of VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) on Tuesday, December 12.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.22 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.01, from 1.21 in 2017Q2. It improved, 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. Gateway Advisers Limited Liability Company has 27,758 shares for 0.03% of their portfolio. Balyasny Asset Management Limited Liability Co accumulated 284,375 shares. Blair William Il, Illinois-based fund reported 5,303 shares. Quantitative Invest Management Ltd Liability holds 0.44% in VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) or 349,800 shares. Oppenheimer Asset Inc stated it has 0% in VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW). Banque Pictet Cie invested 0.09% in VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW). Benjamin F Edwards & stated it has 210 shares. Wright Invsts Serv Inc owns 15,212 shares for 0.6% of their portfolio. Shell Asset Co stated it has 0.02% in VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW). Jnba Financial Advsr owns 11 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Clinton Group Inc Inc owns 0.96% invested in VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) for 80,335 shares. Koshinski Asset holds 9,606 shares. Bw Gestao De Investimentos Ltda holds 10,000 shares. The California-based Reilly Financial Advsr Limited Liability Corporation has invested 0% in VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW). Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt invested in 0.3% or 30,809 shares.

Among 46 analysts covering VMware Inc (NYSE:VMW), 21 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 25 Hold. Therefore 46% are positive. VMware Inc had 158 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) earned “Buy” rating by Raymond James on Friday, December 1. The firm has “Overweight” rating given on Wednesday, September 27 by Morgan Stanley. The firm has “Overweight” rating by Pacific Crest given on Thursday, September 3. Mizuho maintained VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) rating on Wednesday, October 21. Mizuho has “Neutral” rating and $60 target. As per Friday, June 2, the company rating was maintained by Raymond James. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Hold” on Friday, June 2. Bank of America maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, November 27 report. As per Monday, November 27, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The rating was initiated by Moffett Nathanson on Wednesday, September 6 with “Hold”. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Tuesday, September 1 by Oppenheimer.

Among 26 analysts covering General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), 10 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 38% are positive. General Electric Company had 80 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Underweight” rating on Wednesday, November 1 by JP Morgan. Cowen & Co maintained General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) on Friday, April 21 with “Hold” rating. The stock has “Sell” rating by Deutsche Bank on Monday, September 11. Cowen & Co maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Monday, July 17 report. As per Wednesday, December 23, the company rating was maintained by Argus Research. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Monday, July 24 by Oppenheimer. The rating was maintained by Bank of America on Tuesday, November 14 with “Buy”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, October 14 by Stifel Nicolaus. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, October 23 by RBC Capital Markets. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of GE in report on Monday, July 10 with “Buy” rating.

Carroll Financial Associates Inc, which manages about $1.57B and $877.90 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Duke Energy Corp New Com New (NYSE:DUK) by 17,524 shares to 146,289 shares, valued at $12.33M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Ishares Edge Msci Min Vol Usa Etf (USMV) by 101,740 shares in the quarter, for a total of 1.84M shares, and has risen its stake in Ishares Core Msci Emerging Markets Etf (IEMG).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.69 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.10, from 0.79 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 112 investors sold GE shares while 818 reduced holdings. 118 funds opened positions while 525 raised stakes. 4.70 billion shares or 1.82% more from 4.61 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Renaissance Ltd Com holds 0.03% or 40,405 shares in its portfolio. Palisade Asset invested in 390,486 shares. Telemus Cap Ltd Liability Company holds 32,986 shares or 0.13% of its portfolio. First Quadrant Lp Ca has invested 0.25% in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). Eqis Cap holds 35,177 shares. Texas-based Hourglass Limited Liability Company has invested 2.5% in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). Legal General Gp Public Ltd Com holds 43.63M shares. Selway Asset Mgmt owns 110,165 shares. Ngam Advsr Lp owns 886,880 shares. D L Carlson Invest Group accumulated 0.35% or 47,015 shares. Saratoga Rech Invest reported 12,394 shares or 0.18% of all its holdings. Glg Ltd Liability Corporation holds 0.68% of its portfolio in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) for 430,795 shares. Advantage reported 0% in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). Rmb Mngmt Ltd Liability Corp has invested 0.35% in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). Palouse Capital, Washington-based fund reported 190,591 shares.

Analysts await General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) to report earnings on January, 19. They expect $0.29 EPS, down 36.96% or $0.17 from last year’s $0.46 per share. GE’s profit will be $2.51 billion for 15.98 P/E if the $0.29 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.29 actual EPS reported by General Electric Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 0.00% EPS growth.

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Marquette Asset Management Inc. Acquires Shares of 38803 Fifth Street Finance Corp. (FSC)

Two Sigma Investments LP increased its position in shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. by 228.3% in the fourth quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP now owns 928,768 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $4,987,000 after buying an additional 645,862 shares in the last quarter. Finally …

Other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. boosted its position in shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. by 19.6% in the first quarter. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. now owns 251,450 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,161,000 after buying an additional 41,250 shares during the period. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. increased its position in shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. by 31.6% in the fourth quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 252,949 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,358,000 after buying an additional 60,693 shares in the last quarter. Guggenheim Capital LLC increased its position in shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. by 19.0% in the fourth quarter. Guggenheim Capital LLC now owns 658,789 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $3,538,000 after buying an additional 105,174 shares in the last quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP increased its position in shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. by 228.3% in the fourth quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP now owns 928,768 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $4,987,000 after buying an additional 645,862 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Shelton Capital Management purchased a new position in shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. during the fourth quarter worth about $1,231,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 32.17% of the company’s stock.

Marquette Asset Management Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ:FSC) during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm purchased 38,803 shares of the credit services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $179,000.

Shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ:FSC) traded up 0.115% during trading on Tuesday, reaching $4.355. 178,809 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The company has a 50 day moving average of $4.50 and a 200-day moving average of $5.21. The company’s market capitalization is $613.88 million. Fifth Street Finance Corp. has a 1-year low of $4.31 and a 1-year high of $6.32.

Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ:FSC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 9th. The credit services provider reported $0.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.02. Fifth Street Finance Corp. had a positive return on equity of 9.13% and a negative net margin of 33.22%. The firm had revenue of $51.76 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $57.10 million. Equities analysts predict that Fifth Street Finance Corp. will post $0.62 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.125 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 14th. This is a boost from Fifth Street Finance Corp.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.02. This represents a $0.50 annualized dividend and a yield of 11.49%. Fifth Street Finance Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -130.91%.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on FSC. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $4.00 price target on shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. in a research note on Tuesday, April 11th. Raymond James Financial, Inc. restated an “underperform” rating on shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. in a research report on Thursday, March 30th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 5th. National Securities reduced their price objective on shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. from $6.00 to $4.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, February 13th. Finally, Barclays PLC set a $5.00 price objective on shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 14th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $5.20.

In related news, CEO Patrick J. Dalton bought 22,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 14th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $4.57 per share, for a total transaction of $102,825.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the chief executive officer now owns 22,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $102,825. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Byron J. Haney bought 18,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 10th. The stock was bought at an average price of $4.61 per share, for a total transaction of $82,980.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 16,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $73,760. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have purchased 4,504,815 shares of company stock worth $20,564,565 over the last 90 days. 0.08% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

About Fifth Street Finance Corp.

Fifth Street Finance Corp. is a specialty finance company. The Company is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company acts as a business development company (BDC). The Company’s investment objective is to maximize its portfolio’s total return by generating current income from its debt investments, and capital appreciation from its equity investments.

Carroll Financial Associates Has Upped Holding in United Technologies Com (UTX) by $4.09 …

Aqr Capital Management Llc sold 8,173 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.94% with the market. The hedge fund run by Cliff Asness held 924,063 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $228.88M, down from 932,236 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Aqr Capital …

December 31, 2017 – By Louis Casey

Carroll Financial Associates Inc increased its stake in United Technologies Corp Com (UTX) by 332.53% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Carroll Financial Associates Inc bought 34,650 shares as the company’s stock rose 8.03% with the market. The institutional investor held 45,070 shares of the aerospace company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $5.33 million, up from 10,420 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Carroll Financial Associates Inc who had been investing in United Technologies Corp Com for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $101.87 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.43% or $0.55 during the last trading session, reaching $127.57. About 1.81M shares traded. United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) has risen 22.99% since December 31, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 6.29% the S&P500.

Cliff Asness decreased its stake in Baidu Inc (BIDU) by 0.88% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Aqr Capital Management Llc sold 8,173 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.94% with the market. The hedge fund run by Cliff Asness held 924,063 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $228.88M, down from 932,236 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Aqr Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Baidu Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $81.32B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.23% or $0.53 during the last trading session, reaching $234.21. About 1.14M shares traded. Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU) has risen 12.02% since December 31, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 4.68% the S&P500.

Since December 13, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 insider sales for $734,561 activity. 4,341 shares were sold by Amato Elizabeth B, worth $546,600 on Friday, December 15.

Carroll Financial Associates Inc, which manages about $1.57 billion and $877.90 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Ishares Edge Msci Usa Momentum Factor Etf (MTUM) by 160,607 shares to 189,813 shares, valued at $18.41M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Velocityshares Vix Short Volatility Hedged Etn Linked To The S&P 500 Vix Fu by 67,493 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 2,061 shares, and cut its stake in Microsoft Corp Com (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Among 21 analysts covering United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), 7 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 33% are positive. United Technologies Corporation had 67 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, October 3 by Jefferies. The firm has “Sector Perform” rating given on Tuesday, December 15 by RBC Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Hold” on Thursday, August 10. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Hold” on Sunday, October 8. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, January 27 report. On Friday, September 15 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Hold”. The stock of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) earned “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Friday, July 7. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, June 2 by RBC Capital Markets. On Monday, September 21 the stock rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Hold”. The firm has “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Friday, July 7.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.05 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.10, from 0.95 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 63 investors sold UTX shares while 503 reduced holdings. 111 funds opened positions while 484 raised stakes. 621.08 million shares or 1.52% more from 611.76 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Kcm Ltd Liability Com has 26,496 shares. Prescott Grp Cap Mngmt Ltd Liability Corp has 0.13% invested in United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). Moreover, Meyer Handelman has 0.91% invested in United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). City Tru Com Fl owns 1.02% invested in United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) for 21,443 shares. Bragg Financial Advisors Inc stated it has 1.02% in United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). Mcf Advsr Lc owns 0.03% invested in United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) for 1,273 shares. Aull Monroe Inv Corp owns 22,240 shares. Amg National Tru Commercial Bank holds 0.11% of its portfolio in United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) for 13,840 shares. Timber Creek Mgmt Ltd reported 200 shares. Burns J W & Co Inc New York owns 29,421 shares for 0.91% of their portfolio. The Oregon-based Northwest Invest Counselors Ltd has invested 0.01% in United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). Ray Gerald L Limited, a Texas-based fund reported 47,416 shares. Brown Advisory Inc, a Maryland-based fund reported 1.08M shares. Pinnacle stated it has 0.7% of its portfolio in United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). Moreover, Raymond James Svcs Advisors has 0.16% invested in United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX).

Analysts await Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU) to report earnings on February, 22. They expect $1.66 earnings per share, up 3.75% or $0.06 from last year’s $1.6 per share. BIDU’s profit will be $576.40M for 35.27 P/E if the $1.66 EPS becomes a reality. After $3.62 actual earnings per share reported by Baidu, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -54.14% negative EPS growth.

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