As Aflac Com (AFL) Share Price Rose, Horizon Investments Cut by $680,287 Its Holding; Retrophin (RTRX) Stock Price Declined While Scopia Capital Management LP Has Upped Holding

January 21, 2018 - By Maria Brooks

Horizon Investments Llc decreased its stake in Aflac Inc Com (AFL) by 49.48% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Horizon Investments Llc sold 9,319 shares as the company’s stock rose 3.90% with the market. The institutional investor held 9,515 shares of the accident &health insurance company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $699,000, down from 18,834 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Horizon Investments Llc who had been investing in Aflac Inc Com for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $34.13B market cap company. The stock increased 0.44% or $0.38 during the last trading session, reaching $86.82. About 1.87 million shares traded. Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has risen 7.68% since January 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 9.02% the S&P500.

Matt Sirovich increased its stake in Retrophin Inc (RTRX) by 11.49% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Scopia Capital Management Lp bought 686,055 shares as the company’s stock declined 17.61% while stock markets rallied. The hedge fund run by Matt Sirovich held 6.66M shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $165.75 million, up from 5.97 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Scopia Capital Management Lp who had been investing in Retrophin Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $971.27 million market cap company. The stock decreased 0.28% or $0.07 during the last trading session, reaching $24.71. About 142,074 shares traded. Retrophin, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTRX) has risen 4.93% since January 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 11.77% the S&P500.

Among 18 analysts covering Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), 2 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 11% are positive. Aflac Incorporated had 48 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Hold” on Thursday, February 4. The rating was maintained by Wells Fargo with “Hold” on Tuesday, January 9. The company was downgraded on Friday, December 9 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has “Underperform” rating given on Monday, May 1 by RBC Capital Markets. The rating was downgraded by Bank of America on Wednesday, August 19 to “Underperform”. RBC Capital Markets maintained Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) rating on Thursday, February 2. RBC Capital Markets has “Underperform” rating and $62 target. The stock has “Equal-Weight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Monday, November 13. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has “Mkt Perform” rating given on Friday, May 20 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The company was maintained on Thursday, February 4 by Citigroup. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has “” rating given on Wednesday, April 19 by Raymond James.

Horizon Investments Llc, which manages about $1.50B and $1.74B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Powershares Etf Trust Dynm Lrg (PWB) by 9,413 shares to 171,969 shares, valued at $6.05M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Dbx Etf Tr Xtrak Msci Eafe (DBEF) by 114,256 shares in the quarter, for a total of 389,077 shares, and has risen its stake in Exxon Mobil Corp Com (NYSE:XOM).

Analysts await Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) to report earnings on January, 30. They expect $1.55 earnings per share, up 0.65% or $0.01 from last year’s $1.54 per share. AFL’s profit will be $609.38M for 14.00 P/E if the $1.55 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.70 actual earnings per share reported by Aflac Incorporated for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -8.82% negative EPS growth.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 6 selling transactions for $2.69 million activity. $2.10M worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) was sold by CLONINGER KRISS III on Thursday, September 21. Another trade for 310 shares valued at $25,907 was made by TILLMAN AUDREY B on Thursday, October 26. 1,279 Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares with value of $107,132 were sold by HUDSON ELIZABETH J. $50,525 worth of stock was sold by Daniels James Todd on Friday, September 29.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.89 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.08, from 0.97 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 44 investors sold AFL shares while 297 reduced holdings. 73 funds opened positions while 232 raised stakes. 250.65 million shares or 1.32% less from 254.01 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Kcm Ltd Llc has invested 0.07% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Bartlett Limited Liability Corporation invested in 300 shares or 0% of the stock. Hsbc Public Ltd Co, a United Kingdom-based fund reported 630,106 shares. Guinness Atkinson Asset Management owns 5,220 shares for 0.27% of their portfolio. Arizona State Retirement reported 132,084 shares. Rockland Tru, Massachusetts-based fund reported 9,334 shares. Oregon Pub Employees Retirement Fund owns 72,127 shares. Cambridge Invest Research Advsr invested in 56,460 shares or 0.06% of the stock. Leuthold Group Limited Liability Com accumulated 68,617 shares or 0.56% of the stock. Sigma Planning owns 10,603 shares. 564,222 are held by Adage Capital Partners Group Lc. Girard Partners reported 0.1% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Daiwa Grp owns 42,458 shares. Profit Investment Ltd Liability holds 0.22% of its portfolio in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) for 3,095 shares. Norinchukin Savings Bank The stated it has 40,626 shares or 0.06% of all its holdings.

Among 4 analysts covering Retrophin (NASDAQ:RTRX), 4 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. Retrophin had 7 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. JMP Securities initiated the stock with “Mkt Outperform” rating in Monday, November 2 report. The stock of Retrophin, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTRX) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, November 7 by BMO Capital Markets. As per Tuesday, April 12, the company rating was initiated by BMO Capital Markets. Zacks downgraded the shares of RTRX in report on Wednesday, August 12 to “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, October 6 by BMO Capital Markets.

Scopia Capital Management Lp, which manages about $7.11 billion and $6.32 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) by 190,839 shares to 2.35M shares, valued at $426.83M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Neuroderm Ltd by 4.18M shares in the quarter, leaving it with 205,358 shares, and cut its stake in Fidelity National Financial (NYSE:FNF).

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