Conning Inc. decreased its holdings in shares of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) by 11.5% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 59,767 shares of the asset manager’s stock after selling 7,763 shares during the period. Conning Inc.’s holdings in BlackRock were worth $30,703,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Several other hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in BLK. Aperio Group LLC grew its position in BlackRock by 8.6% during the third quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 68,737 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $30,732,000 after buying an additional 5,451 shares during the period. Honkamp Krueger Financial Services Inc. bought a new position in BlackRock during the third quarter worth about $222,000. Berkshire Asset Management LLC PA boosted its position in BlackRock by 33.0% during the fourth quarter. Berkshire Asset Management LLC PA now owns 899 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $462,000 after purchasing an additional 223 shares during the period. WFG Advisors LP boosted its position in BlackRock by 66.6% during the second quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 1,096 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $463,000 after purchasing an additional 438 shares during the period. Finally, New York State Common Retirement Fund boosted its position in shares of BlackRock by 9.7% in the third quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 357,800 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $159,969,000 after acquiring an additional 31,600 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 82.37% of the company’s stock.
In other BlackRock news, Director Ryan Stork sold 7,136 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $543.50, for a total value of $3,878,416.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Deryck C. Maughan bought 3,861 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 17th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $573.44 per share, with a total value of $2,214,051.84. Following the transaction, the director now owns 12,265 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,033,241.60. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 19,311 shares of company stock valued at $10,255,887. 1.86% of the stock is owned by insiders.Shares of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) traded up $0.96 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $543.56. 483,460 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 752,019. BlackRock, Inc. has a 1 year low of $368.00 and a 1 year high of $594.52. The company has a market cap of $87,150.00, a PE ratio of 23.66, a PEG ratio of 1.45 and a beta of 1.75. The company has a current ratio of 2.89, a quick ratio of 2.89 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.09.
BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) last announced its earnings results on Friday, January 12th. The asset manager reported $6.24 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $5.94 by $0.30. The firm had revenue of $3.47 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.33 billion. BlackRock had a net margin of 39.79% and a return on equity of 12.54%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 20.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $5.14 EPS. equities research analysts expect that BlackRock, Inc. will post 28.5 earnings per share for the current year.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 22nd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, March 7th will be given a $2.88 dividend. This represents a $11.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.12%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, March 6th. This is a positive change from BlackRock’s previous quarterly dividend of $2.50. BlackRock’s payout ratio is currently 43.54%.
A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Citigroup downgraded shares of BlackRock from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $625.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $555.00 price target (up from $535.00) on shares of BlackRock in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Argus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $620.00 price target (up from $520.00) on shares of BlackRock in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Jefferies Group lifted their price target on shares of BlackRock to $565.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 15th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $680.00 price target on shares of BlackRock in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $547.92.
BlackRock Company Profile
BlackRock, Inc (BlackRock) is an investment management company. BlackRock provides a range of investment and risk management services to institutional and retail clients worldwide. Its diverse platform of active (alpha) and index (beta) investment strategies across asset classes enables the Company to tailor investment outcomes and asset allocation solutions for clients.
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