Willis Investment Counsel Has Increased Position in Natl Research A (NRCIA) as Share Price Declined; Cubic Asset Management Stake in Unitedhealth Group (UNH) Has Lowered as Stock Value Declined

May 16, 2018 - By Orlando Souther

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Willis Investment Counsel increased its stake in Natl Research Corp A (NRCIA) by 63.39% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Willis Investment Counsel bought 11,625 shares as the company’s stock declined 19.81% with the market. The institutional investor held 29,965 shares of the commercial physical & biological resarch company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $1.12M, up from 18,340 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Willis Investment Counsel who had been investing in Natl Research Corp A for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $889.27 million market cap company. The stock increased 1.51% or $0.5 during the last trading session, reaching $33.55. About 36,816 shares traded or 44.12% up from the average. National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCIA) has risen 44.75% since May 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 33.20% the S&P500.

Cubic Asset Management Llc decreased its stake in Unitedhealth Group Inc (UNH) by 21.26% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Cubic Asset Management Llc sold 7,431 shares as the company’s stock declined 0.93% with the market. The institutional investor held 27,520 shares of the medical specialities company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $6.07M, down from 34,951 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Cubic Asset Management Llc who had been investing in Unitedhealth Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $231.09 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.41% or $0.97 during the last trading session, reaching $240.47. About 521,205 shares traded. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) has risen 32.42% since May 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 20.87% the S&P500.

Cubic Asset Management Llc, which manages about $573.99 million and $358.91M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) by 16,465 shares to 87,410 shares, valued at $6.32M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Associated Banc (NYSE:ASB) by 13,500 shares in the quarter, for a total of 30,010 shares, and has risen its stake in Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings.

Analysts await UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) to report earnings on July, 17. They expect $3.03 earnings per share, up 23.17% or $0.57 from last year’s $2.46 per share. UNH’s profit will be $2.91 billion for 19.84 P/E if the $3.03 EPS becomes a reality. After $3.04 actual earnings per share reported by UnitedHealth Group Incorporated for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -0.33% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.96 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.05, from 0.91 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 51 investors sold UNH shares while 538 reduced holdings. 138 funds opened positions while 426 raised stakes. 806.07 million shares or 0.60% less from 810.94 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Callahan Advsr Ltd Com has 2.41% invested in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) for 55,084 shares. Oakbrook Investments Llc accumulated 46,855 shares or 0.66% of the stock. Granite Partners Ltd Liability accumulated 89,812 shares. Maryland Capital holds 101,726 shares or 3.32% of its portfolio. Riverpark Cap Management Limited Liability Corporation holds 41,979 shares or 1.33% of its portfolio. Legacy Private Tru holds 0.24% of its portfolio in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) for 9,378 shares. Sivik Health Limited owns 35,000 shares or 2.86% of their US portfolio. Kings Point Mngmt holds 687 shares or 0.03% of its portfolio. Alabama-based Cornerstone Inc has invested 1.53% in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH). Sumitomo Mitsui Tru Incorporated holds 0.91% or 3.21 million shares. Vaughan Nelson Limited Partnership stated it has 539,798 shares or 1.38% of all its holdings. High Pointe Capital Ltd Co reported 0.3% stake. Capital Fund Management Sa accumulated 0.3% or 245,209 shares. Daiwa Sb Invests holds 2% of its portfolio in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) for 34,460 shares. Lvw Advisors Limited Liability stated it has 0.07% of its portfolio in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH).

More important recent UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) news were published by: 247Wallst.com which released: “UBS Makes Big Health Care Swap in Top Performing Q-GARP Portfolio” on May 14, 2018, also Streetinsider.com published article titled: “Appaloosa 13F Shows New Stake in Wells Fargo (WFC) and Lam Research (LRCX), Increase in Micron (MU) MGM …”, Bizjournals.com published: “UnitedHealthcare forms group to reach Fayetteville area” on May 08, 2018. More interesting news about UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) was released by: 247Wallst.com and their article: “Why UnitedHealth Is Boasting Healthy Earnings” with publication date: April 17, 2018.

Among 27 analysts covering UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), 27 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. UnitedHealth Group had 88 analyst reports since September 2, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Morgan Stanley initiated the stock with “Overweight” rating in Wednesday, June 7 report. On Friday, October 2 the stock rating was initiated by Citigroup with “Buy”. The stock of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) earned “Buy” rating by Cowen & Co on Friday, August 11. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, July 19 by Citigroup. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Thursday, June 16 by Bernstein. Piper Jaffray initiated UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) on Wednesday, January 4 with “Overweight” rating. Cantor Fitzgerald maintained UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) rating on Thursday, November 16. Cantor Fitzgerald has “Buy” rating and $225.0 target. The rating was maintained by Mizuho with “Buy” on Friday, October 6. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, December 6 by Cantor Fitzgerald. The rating was initiated by Credit Suisse on Friday, November 3 with “Buy”.

Since December 14, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 12 selling transactions for $32.64 million activity. On Thursday, December 14 the insider RENFRO LARRY C sold $5.01M. BURKE RICHARD T sold 10,400 shares worth $2.39M. Shares for $2.46 million were sold by BALLARD WILLIAM C JR on Tuesday, January 23. Shine Kenneth Irwin also sold $48,025 worth of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) on Friday, January 19. HOOPER MICHELE J sold 10,000 shares worth $2.38M. Nelson Steven H had sold 14,233 shares worth $3.28M on Thursday, March 15.

More news for National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCIA) were recently published by: Globenewswire.com, which released: “National Research Corporation Announces First Quarter 2018 Results” on May 01, 2018. Globenewswire.com‘s article titled: “National Research Corporation Announces Consummation of Class B Common Stock Recapitalization” and published on April 17, 2018 is yet another important article.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.75 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.07, from 1.82 in 2017Q3. It worsened, as 5 investors sold NRCIA shares while 19 reduced holdings. 15 funds opened positions while 27 raised stakes. 8.18 million shares or 35.51% more from 6.04 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Panagora Asset Management has 0% invested in National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCIA). Northern Tru invested in 143,290 shares. Royal Bancorp Of Canada reported 0% in National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCIA). 18,442 are held by Wells Fargo & Mn. Moreover, Dimensional Fund Limited Partnership has 0.01% invested in National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCIA). Geode Cap Mngmt Ltd Liability Corp accumulated 0% or 92,696 shares. The Nebraska-based Ameritas Invest Partners Inc has invested 0% in National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCIA). 10,400 were reported by Wedge Management L Lp Nc. Moreover, Virtus Advisers Incorporated has 0.01% invested in National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCIA) for 1.76M shares. Envestnet Asset Mngmt stated it has 0% of its portfolio in National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCIA). Parallax Volatility Advisers Limited Partnership accumulated 1,428 shares or 0% of the stock. Jpmorgan Chase & Co has 0% invested in National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCIA). Amundi Pioneer Asset Mgmt stated it has 0% of its portfolio in National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCIA). Us National Bank De holds 0% or 15,045 shares in its portfolio. New York State Common Retirement Fund has invested 0% in National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCIA).

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