BB&T Securities LLC Purchases 2958 Shares of SPDR Portfolio Large Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:SPLG)

The firm owned 16,142 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,958 shares during the quarter. BB&T Securities LLC’s holdings …

SPDR Portfolio Large Cap ETF logoBB&T Securities LLC lifted its position in shares of SPDR Portfolio Large Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:SPLG) by 22.4% in the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 16,142 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,958 shares during the quarter. BB&T Securities LLC’s holdings in SPDR Portfolio Large Cap ETF were worth $557,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Shepherd Financial Partners LLC raised its position in shares of SPDR Portfolio Large Cap ETF by 3.3% during the 2nd quarter. Shepherd Financial Partners LLC now owns 1,978,568 shares of the company’s stock valued at $68,340,000 after acquiring an additional 62,300 shares in the last quarter. Thoroughbred Financial Services LLC bought a new position in SPDR Portfolio Large Cap ETF during the 2nd quarter worth $173,722,000. Peterson Wealth Advisors LLC grew its stake in SPDR Portfolio Large Cap ETF by 5.1% during the 2nd quarter. Peterson Wealth Advisors LLC now owns 1,494,740 shares of the company’s stock worth $51,628,000 after buying an additional 73,185 shares during the last quarter. Executive Wealth Management LLC grew its stake in SPDR Portfolio Large Cap ETF by 18.8% during the 2nd quarter. Executive Wealth Management LLC now owns 1,489,564 shares of the company’s stock worth $51,450,000 after buying an additional 235,572 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Creative Planning grew its stake in SPDR Portfolio Large Cap ETF by 41.7% during the 2nd quarter. Creative Planning now owns 1,430,831 shares of the company’s stock worth $49,421,000 after buying an additional 421,297 shares during the last quarter.

Shares of NYSEARCA:SPLG traded down $0.03 on Friday, hitting $35.32. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 793,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 797,458. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $34.47 and its two-hundred day moving average is $34.01. SPDR Portfolio Large Cap ETF has a 12 month low of $27.30 and a 12 month high of $35.59.

SPDR Portfolio Large Cap ETF Profile

SPDR Russell 1000 ETF (the Fund), formerly SPDR Dow Jones Large Cap ETF, seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the total return performance of an index that tracks the performance of large capitalization exchange traded the United States equity securities.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for SPDR Portfolio Large Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:SPLG)

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Infosys Limited (NYSE:INFY) Analyst’s Long Term Pick As Shares Moved 24.31% This Year

Infosys Limited (NYSE:INFY) has been recommended as a long term growth stock according to analysts at Beta Research. With their stock price …

Infosys Limited (NYSE:INFY) has been recommended as a long term growth stock according to analysts at Beta Research. With their stock price currently trading around $11.77, the firm has proven a solid track record of growth over the past few years. Investors might consider the stock as a long term growth candidate as the firm has yielded 147.20% earnings per share growth over the past 5 years and 151.30% revenue growth over that same time frame.

Investors studying the fundamentals might be conducting in-depth company research before deciding when to purchase a particular stock. The investor checklist may include studying the scope of a company’s competitive industry advantage, examining company management, and trying to get a general feel if the stock is valued properly. Once the decision is made that the company is a good fit for the portfolio, it may be wise to assess whether or not current conditions and price levels indicate proper levels for share purchase. The timing of purchasing a researched stock obviously comes with some level of trepidation. Investors will only know in the future whether they got in at the right price. A stock that looks very attractive today may not be as attractive in the future. Sometimes the investor will just have to trust their research and instinct when purchasing shares.

Long-term growth (LTG) is an investing strategy where a stock will (hopefully) grow in value for a relatively long period of time. Long-term growth should be considered to be a relative term, due to different styles and goals of investors, but the endgame is the same.

A “buy-and-hold” investor will consider long-term growth as a longer time period then a day trader will. The buy-and-hold strategy looks ahead farther into the future, giving short-term price swings less consideration as long as the fundamentals stay the same. A trader is looking more closely at a weekly, or shorter, time frame and is more interested in immediate price fluctuations.

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Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently. Over the past twelve months, Infosys Limited (NYSE:INFY)’s stock was 24.31%. Over the last week of the month, it was -0.34%, 11.04% over the last quarter, and 10.00% for the past six months.

Over the past 50 days, Infosys Limited’s stock is -2.57% off of the high and 13.50% removed from the low. Their 52-Week High and Low are as follows: -2.57% (High), 33.72%, (Low).

Despite the past success, investors want to know where the stock is headed from here. Analysts covering the shares have a consensus short-term price target of $11.42 on the equity. Analysts have a consensus recommendation of 2.90 based on a 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.

From time to time, investors may need to decide when to sell a winner. This can be one of the tougher portfolio decisions to make. When a winning stock keeps rising, it can be tough to part with it. Investors may become hesitant to sell because they don’t want to miss out on greater profits in the future. Sometimes this strategy will work, and other times investors may be watching all previous gains evaporate. Being able to sell a winner can provide obvious profits, and it may even be a confidence booster for the average investor. On the flip side, investors may also be faced with the decision of when to sell a loser. Even the most researched trades can go sour. Being able to detach from the trade mentally can end up saving the investor more grief down the line. Holding onto a stock with the hopes of a giant turnaround can be a recipe for portfolio disaster. Being able to cut losses is just as much a part of the process as being able to cash in winners. Learning from mistakes and being able to wipe the slate clean can help the investor be better prepared for future endeavors in the markets.

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Don’t React to the Market Out of Fear, Says a Top Financial Advisor

Big, established banks and brokerages have been emphasizing their advisory services, while financial-technology start-ups are offering cheap …

The story behind Lisette Cooper’s $5.8 billion advisory business, Athena Capital Advisors, begins in the sterile laboratories at Harvard University, where she studied isotope geochemistry. She earned her Ph.D., but found she wasn’t suited to the solitude and quiet of a laboratory setting. So she enrolled in classes at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and eventually became drawn to a starkly different environment: the trading floor at Merrill Lynch, cheek by jowl with colleagues, where Cooper was rewarded for both her math brilliance and social acuity.

After Merrill, Cooper built risk-controlled investment strategies for MSCI Barra until 1993, when she launched Lincoln, Mass.–based Athena with a book of institutional business. Cooper took some time to chat with Barron’s about how she pivoted her firm away from its institutional origins, and what’s next.

Barron’s: RIAs are getting squeezed competitively. Big, established banks and brokerages have been emphasizing their advisory services, while financial-technology start-ups are offering cheap investment services. How are you coping?

Cooper: Advisors are under pressure to show they have value-add. A lot of individual investors have gone with passive investment approaches because active managers are having a hard time making more than their fees. We’ve had to adapt how we deliver active managements. We’ve had to change our style of investing somewhat.

How so?

We start with a core of cheap and tax-efficient investments, like a tax-managed U.S. large-cap fund, then supplement that with active managers with concentrated portfolios—maybe 25 names—that deviate more from their benchmark.

Have you made any tactical investment changes in response to recent economic concerns?

We’ve shifted some equity assets to quality managers—meaning, those investing in companies in good positions, with low debt, growing dividends, and a reasonable price. Those types of managers do better in volatile environments. We’re doing this domestically and abroad. But we’re long-term investors and pretty much sticking to our asset allocation.

After the [stock] downdraft late last year, clients are pretty nervous. There has been a lot of hand-holding. If they want to take risk off the table, we take just a little off. When volatility picks up and investors take all their chips off the table—that’s when people really hurt themselves. Part of the job is to help them stay on course.

What about fixed income and alternatives?

We have shifted our fixed-income exposure to higher quality. We have no high-yield right now. And we’ve been gradually adjusting our hedge fund allocation so it has as low as possible a correlation to both fixed income and equities.

Strategies we’ve emphasized include sector-focused, long/short equity funds; merger-arbitrage funds; fixed-income relative-value funds; reinsurance funds; and tightly risk-managed macro funds.

So you’re bracing—well, for what?

I don’t think we’re on the precipice of the next Great Depression. We may eventually fall into a recession, but for now we have headwinds. The trade war between the U.S. and China is the tip of the iceberg, and we’re entering into an economic cold war. To the extent that China is under pressure economically, that is a headwind for the rest of the world. The implication is slower growth.

Recently you hired Bill McCalpin as head of impact investing.

We’ve always had a customized, hands-on approach to working with clients to incorporate their needs and values. Bill brought us a wealth of contacts and connections and a depth of history.

You started as an institutional shop. One of its first milestones was its shift to the retail market—how did you adapt?

We started working with executives. When working on a pension plan, they would ask for help with their own portfolios. So we pivoted the firm’s model.

There were two adjustments. One, working with people and their own personal situation was so much more relational; I really loved it. The other thing that was different was that taxes were a big component. Our work wasn’t just finding best investments. It became finding ways to create alpha from taxes.

Our initial clients were often investment professionals themselves; we were the investor’s investor. Now, we’re working with founders of companies and multigenerational families; 90% of our clients are families and 10% are institutions. We have 50 employees and three offices, including in San Francisco and New York.

Thank you, Lisette.

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Brown Advisory Securities LLC Trims Stock Position in Vanguard Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA …

Brown Advisory Securities LLC cut its position in Vanguard Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:VNQ) by 35.5% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most …

Vanguard Real Estate ETF logoBrown Advisory Securities LLC cut its position in Vanguard Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:VNQ) by 35.5% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 4,665 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock after selling 2,565 shares during the quarter. Brown Advisory Securities LLC’s holdings in Vanguard Real Estate ETF were worth $405,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in VNQ. Meridian Wealth Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Vanguard Real Estate ETF during the 1st quarter valued at about $84,000. MD Financial Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Vanguard Real Estate ETF by 39.3% during the 1st quarter. MD Financial Management Inc. now owns 1,120,654 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $97,396,000 after purchasing an additional 316,368 shares in the last quarter. Capital Financial Planning LLC bought a new stake in shares of Vanguard Real Estate ETF during the 2nd quarter valued at about $238,000. Mascoma Wealth Management LLC boosted its holdings in Vanguard Real Estate ETF by 8.3% in the second quarter. Mascoma Wealth Management LLC now owns 2,842 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $248,000 after acquiring an additional 217 shares in the last quarter. Finally, NEXT Financial Group Inc boosted its holdings in Vanguard Real Estate ETF by 14.3% in the second quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc now owns 40,325 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $3,551,000 after acquiring an additional 5,043 shares in the last quarter.

NYSEARCA:VNQ traded down $0.56 on Friday, hitting $92.07. The stock had a trading volume of 99,834 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,725,746. The business’s fifty day moving average is $90.79 and its 200 day moving average is $88.13. Vanguard Real Estate ETF has a 52 week low of $71.08 and a 52 week high of $94.07.

Vanguard Real Estate ETF Profile

Vanguard REIT ETF (the Fund) is an open-end investment company. The Fund invests in stocks issued by real estate investment trusts (REITs), companies that purchase office buildings, hotels, and other real property. It tracks the return of the MSCI US RIT Index, a gauge of real estate stocks. The Vanguard Group, Inc provides investment advisory services to the Fund.

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