Richard Bernstein Advisors Raised Its Holding in Bb&T (BBT) by $4.56 Million; Vodafone Group New Adr F (VOD) Market Value Declined While North Star Investment Management Cut Position by $1.98 Million

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August 9, 2018 – By Ashley Bratcher

Richard Bernstein Advisors Llc increased its stake in Bb&T Corp (BBT) by 1099.52% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Richard Bernstein Advisors Llc bought 87,654 shares as the company’s stock declined 1.68% with the market. The institutional investor held 95,626 shares of the major banks company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $4.98 million, up from 7,972 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Richard Bernstein Advisors Llc who had been investing in Bb&T Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $40.28 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.58% or $0.3 during the last trading session, reaching $52.01. About 2.05M shares traded. BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) has risen 28.68% since August 9, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.11% the S&P500. Some Historical BBT News: 19/04/2018 – BB&T CORP QTRLY AVERAGE LOANS AND LEASES HELD FOR INVESTMENT WERE $142.9 BLN, UP $194 MLN; 15/03/2018 – BB&T Names Christian Corts President of Tennessee Region; 19/04/2018 – BB&T 1Q Return on Average Common Shareholders’ Equity 11.43%; 19/04/2018 – BB&T CORP – QTR-END RISK BASED COMMON EQUITY TIER 1 RATIO 10.2 PCT VS 10.3 PCT REPORTED LAST YEAR; 06/04/2018 – PRESS RELEASE – REGIONS FINANCIAL AGREES TO SELL INSURANCE BUSINESS TO BB&T INSURANCE HOLDINGS; 19/04/2018 – BB&T 1Q Effective Tax Rate 19%; 19/04/2018 – BB&T CORP CFO SAYS REGIONAL INSURANCE WILL ADD ABOUT $70-PLUS MILLION IN REVENUE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR- CONF CALL; 06/04/2018 – BB&T: Terms Not Disclosed, Transaction Seen Closing 3; 25/05/2018 – BB&T CORP: FILES FOR MIXED SECURITIES OFFERING; 19/04/2018 – BB&T 1Q Provision for Credit Losses $150M

North Star Investment Management Corp decreased its stake in Vodafone Group New Adr F (VOD) by 82.43% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. North Star Investment Management Corp sold 73,487 shares as the company’s stock declined 10.20% with the market. The institutional investor held 15,666 shares of the Telecommunications equipment company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $436,000, down from 89,153 at the end of the previous reported quarter. North Star Investment Management Corp who had been investing in Vodafone Group New Adr F for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $66.81 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.12% or $0.03 during the last trading session, reaching $24.37. About 1.74 million shares traded. Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) has declined 12.54% since August 9, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 25.11% the S&P500. Some Historical VOD News: 08/03/2018 – OneWeb Finalizes Executive Team Appointments Leading Up to the Launch of Global Constellation and Services; 08/03/2018 – CELLULAR OPERATORS ASSOCIATION OF INDIA SAYS NEW SPECTRUM CAPS WILL FACILITATE CONSOLIDATION IN INDUSTRY- Jio AND RCOM AND IDEA & Vodafone; 09/05/2018 – Vodafone-Liberty deal would create cable monopoly – Telefonica Deutschland; 08/03/2018 – BOOKING HOLDINGS – BOARD NOMINATED FOR ELECTION TO BOARD AT JUNE ANNUAL MEETING NICK READ, GROUP CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF Vodafone GROUP PLC; 15/05/2018 – Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao to Be Succeeded by CFO Nick Read; 11/05/2018 – LIBERTY GLOBAL – IF DEAL WITH Vodafone TERMINATES BECAUSE CONDITION TO GET ANTITRUST APPROVAL IS NOT MET, CO TO BE PAID COMPENSATORY PAYMENT OF EUR 250 MLN; 10/04/2018 – ProactiveInvstrs: Vodafone Group tipped to show strong full year earnings; 09/05/2018 – Vodafone burnishes champion credentials; 22/03/2018 – Vodafone – ONLY UPON COMPLETION OF MERGER BETWEEN Vodafone INDIA, Idea cellular TWO BUSINESSES WILL CEASE TO OPERATE AS DISTINCT AND COMPETING ENTITIES; 22/03/2018 – Vodafone: Akshaya Moondra To Be CFO of Merged Vodafone India, Idea cellular

Richard Bernstein Advisors Llc, which manages about $1.18B and $2.82 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Applied Matls Inc (NASDAQ:AMAT) by 31,398 shares to 91,241 shares, valued at $5.07 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) by 21,680 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 208,371 shares, and cut its stake in Jpmorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM).

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.12 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.03, from 1.15 in 2017Q4. It fall, as 36 investors sold BBT shares while 301 reduced holdings. 110 funds opened positions while 268 raised stakes. 481.29 million shares or 0.34% more from 479.66 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Kdi Prtn Limited Company holds 198,392 shares. Flippin Bruce & Porter owns 182,101 shares. Tru Department Mb Natl Bank N A reported 169 shares. Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance holds 5,600 shares or 0.04% of its portfolio. Virginia-based Godsey Gibb Associate has invested 2.58% in BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT). Mufg Americas Holdg Corporation invested 0.08% in BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT). Svcs Automobile Association has invested 0.04% in BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT). Shelton Cap Mgmt holds 6,347 shares. Blair William And Company Il stated it has 62,441 shares. Private Advisor Gp Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 11,435 shares. Mirae Asset Global Limited owns 19,078 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Miller Howard Investments New York reported 2.84% stake. Moreover, Of Virginia Va has 0.18% invested in BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT). Leavell Investment Management Inc holds 0.15% or 25,053 shares in its portfolio. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System holds 47,500 shares or 0.11% of its portfolio.

Since February 20, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 12 insider sales for $17.62 million activity. Boyer K. David Jr. sold $130,852 worth of BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) on Friday, June 15. Shares for $155,943 were sold by HENRY I. PATRICIA on Tuesday, March 6. Another trade for 3,116 shares valued at $167,146 was made by Standridge Brantley J on Thursday, April 26. Starnes Clarke R III sold $1.25M worth of stock. DUCK BARBARA F had sold 68,402 shares worth $3.66 million on Wednesday, April 25. 44,960 BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) shares with value of $2.41 million were sold by Goodrich Donna C.

More news for BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) were recently published by: Seekingalpha.com, which released: “BB&T Corporation 2018 Q2 – Results – Earnings Call Slides” on July 19, 2018. Benzinga.com‘s article titled: “Earnings Outlook For BB&T” and published on July 18, 2018 is yet another important article.

Among 32 analysts covering BB&T Corp (NYSE:BBT), 16 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 16 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. BB&T Corp had 114 analyst reports since July 17, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Susquehanna on Thursday, January 18 with “Hold”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, April 5 by RBC Capital Markets. The company was maintained on Thursday, July 20 by BMO Capital Markets. On Monday, December 7 the stock rating was upgraded by Raymond James to “Strong Buy”. Piper Jaffray maintained BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) on Sunday, October 15 with “Hold” rating. FBR Capital maintained BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) on Friday, July 20 with “Buy” rating. Barclays Capital maintained the stock with “Equal Weight” rating in Tuesday, January 3 report. The stock has “Buy” rating by SunTrust on Thursday, October 19. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, January 25 by Hilliard Lyons. The company was upgraded on Monday, April 23 by Hilliard Lyons.

More recent Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Vodafone Group Plc (VOD) CEO Vittorio Colao on Q1 2019 Results – Earnings Call Transcript” on July 26, 2018. Also Seekingalpha.com published the news titled: “Your 52 Top Yield, Upside, And Net Gain Nasdaq Stocks For July” on July 16, 2018. Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Up Over 2%; RLJ Entertainment Shares Spike Higher” with publication date: July 30, 2018 was also an interesting one.

Among 11 analysts covering Vodafone Group PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD), 6 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 55% are positive. Vodafone Group PLC (ADR) had 20 analyst reports since October 19, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating by Argus Research given on Wednesday, June 13. On Monday, October 19 the stock rating was upgraded by Macquarie Research to “Outperform”. On Tuesday, January 3 the stock rating was initiated by Standpoint Research with “Accumulate”. The stock has “Hold” rating by HSBC on Tuesday, January 17. The rating was downgraded by Standpoint Research to “Reduce” on Thursday, June 1. The stock of Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) earned “Neutral” rating by Citigroup on Thursday, May 17. As per Monday, June 12, the company rating was upgraded by Argus Research. The stock of Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, September 20 by Argus Research. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Friday, December 8 by Barclays Capital. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, May 16 by Bank of America.

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