Veritas Asset Management Llp Increased Comcast New (CMCSA) Holding By $45.19 Million; Vical (VICL) Shorts Increased By 15.03%

March 23, 2018 - By Hazel Jackson

Vical Incorporated (NASDAQ:VICL) had an increase of 15.03% in short interest. VICL’s SI was 399,600 shares in March as released by FINRA. Its up 15.03% from 347,400 shares previously. With 460,800 avg volume, 1 days are for Vical Incorporated (NASDAQ:VICL)’s short sellers to cover VICL’s short positions. The SI to Vical Incorporated’s float is 5.04%. The stock decreased 1.68% or $0.026 during the last trading session, reaching $1.524. About 50,345 shares traded. Vical Incorporated (NASDAQ:VICL) has declined 38.65% since March 23, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 55.35% the S&P500.

Veritas Asset Management Llp increased Comcast Corp New (CMCSA) stake by 3.72% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Veritas Asset Management Llp acquired 1.19M shares as Comcast Corp New (CMCSA)’s stock rose 3.16%. The Veritas Asset Management Llp holds 33.20M shares with $1.28 billion value, up from 32.01 million last quarter. Comcast Corp New now has $155.92 billion valuation. The stock increased 1.02% or $0.34 during the last trading session, reaching $33.57. About 14.01M shares traded. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has risen 28.96% since March 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 12.26% the S&P500.

Among 2 analysts covering Vical (NASDAQ:VICL), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. Vical had 8 analyst reports since July 19, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, January 22 by H.C. Wainwright. As per Friday, March 16, the company rating was maintained by H.C. Wainwright. The stock has “Buy” rating by H.C. Wainwright on Tuesday, July 19. The rating was maintained by H.C. Wainwright on Thursday, February 1 with “Buy”. The company was maintained on Tuesday, November 21 by H.C. Wainwright. On Wednesday, August 9 the stock rating was maintained by H.C. Wainwright with “Buy”. Rodman \u0026 Renshaw reinitiated Vical Incorporated (NASDAQ:VICL) on Monday, June 12 with “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, June 12 by H.C. Wainwright.

Vical Incorporated engages in the research and development of biopharmaceutical products based on its DNA delivery technologies for the prevention and treatment of serious or life-threatening diseases. The company has market cap of $33.24 million. It is developing various DNA vaccines and other therapeutics, such as VCL-HB01 therapeutic vaccine for herpes simplex virus-2 that is in Phase II clinical trial to prevent and protect against lesion recurrence; VL-2397 antifungal program, which is in Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of invasive fungal infections; and CyMVectin prophylactic vaccine for CMV that is in preclinical stage for the prevention of fetal transmission during pregnancy. It currently has negative earnings. The firm also engages in contract manufacturing of plasmid investigational products for various clients.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.93 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.10, from 1.03 in 2017Q2. It fall, as 53 investors sold CMCSA shares while 517 reduced holdings. 115 funds opened positions while 470 raised stakes. 3.65 billion shares or 1.23% less from 3.69 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Winslow Asset Management reported 348,211 shares stake. Rech & stated it has 1,346 shares. Bkd Wealth Advisors Ltd Limited Liability Company accumulated 24,314 shares or 0.1% of the stock. Hollencrest Limited Company reported 7,235 shares. Gemmer Asset Mgmt owns 7,487 shares for 0.11% of their portfolio. Ls Inv Advsrs Limited Liability accumulated 525,286 shares. Dubuque Savings Bank & invested in 0.84% or 132,877 shares. Mcf Advsr Lc holds 0% of its portfolio in Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) for 554 shares. Cohen Klingenstein Limited Company holds 357,788 shares. 42,652 were reported by Cetera Advisors Ltd. 26,180 are owned by Rainier Mngmt Lc. Endurance Wealth Incorporated owns 373,667 shares. North Carolina-based Bragg has invested 0.78% in Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA). Schnieders Limited Liability Corporation holds 0.46% or 27,548 shares in its portfolio. Park Natl Oh holds 71,415 shares.

Among 31 analysts covering Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), 23 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 74% are positive. Comcast Corporation had 81 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, December 19 by Jefferies. The rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird on Friday, November 17 with “Buy”. The stock of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has “Neutral” rating given on Monday, January 4 by Macquarie Research. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Suntrust Robinson given on Wednesday, November 11. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Outperform” rating and $80 target in Tuesday, January 31 report. The stock has “Buy” rating by Guggenheim on Thursday, August 3. Macquarie Research downgraded Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) on Wednesday, February 28 to “Neutral” rating. Oppenheimer maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, July 27 report. Moffett Nathanson upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Tuesday, September 12 report. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Outperform” rating and $66 target in Monday, July 27 report.

Veritas Asset Management Llp decreased Baxter International Inc (NYSE:BAX) stake by 83,900 shares to 10.10M valued at $633.47 million in 2017Q3. It also reduced Oracle Corp (NYSE:ORCL) stake by 8.43 million shares and now owns 7.73 million shares. Alphabet Inc was reduced too.

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