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Maltese Capital Management Boosted Associated Banc (ASB) Stake; AXACTOR AB ORD (NCKKF) Shorts Increased By 38.03%

Maltese Capital Management Llc increased Associated Banc Corp (ASB) stake by 44.44% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Maltese Capital Management Llc acquired 20,000 shares as Associated Banc Corp (ASB)’s stock declined 7.25%. The Maltese Capital Management Llc holds 65,000 shares with $1.64M value, up from 45,000 last quarter. Associated Banc Corp now has $3.84B valuation. The stock increased 0.20% or $0.05 during the last trading session, reaching $25.55. About 1.06M shares traded or 16.36% up from the average. Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) has risen 34.85% since December 4, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 18.15% the S&P500.

AXACTOR AB ORD (OTCMKTS:NCKKF) had an increase of 38.03% in short interest. NCKKF’s SI was 6.20M shares in December as released by FINRA. Its up 38.03% from 4.49 million shares previously. With 160,700 avg volume, 39 days are for AXACTOR AB ORD (OTCMKTS:NCKKF)’s short sellers to cover NCKKF’s short positions. It closed at $0.320478 lastly. It is down 0.00% since December 4, 2016 and is . It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500.

Maltese Capital Management Llc decreased Wolverine Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:WBKC) stake by 30,000 shares to 170,000 valued at $6.82 million in 2017Q2. It also reduced Wintrust Finl Corp (NASDAQ:WTFC) stake by 92,689 shares and now owns 27,311 shares. Independent Bk Group Inc (NASDAQ:IBTX) was reduced too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.4 in Q2 2017. Its down 0.13, from 1.53 in 2017Q1. It dived, as 26 investors sold ASB shares while 55 reduced holdings. 27 funds opened positions while 86 raised stakes. 117.37 million shares or 0.48% less from 117.94 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Engineers Gate Manager LP has 37,377 shares. Voya Investment Mgmt holds 0% in Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) or 42,407 shares. Aqr Cap Mngmt Limited Com reported 0.02% in Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB). Kentucky-based Teachers Retirement Of The State Of Kentucky has invested 0.03% in Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB). Bluemountain Mngmt has 9,796 shares. Swiss National Bank accumulated 0.01% or 252,900 shares. 114,100 are held by South Dakota Council. Mason Street Advisors Lc invested in 0.05% or 74,408 shares. 62,789 were accumulated by State Treasurer State Of Michigan. Schwab Charles Inv invested in 0.02% or 808,521 shares. Pnc Grp holds 0% of its portfolio in Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) for 39,609 shares. The New York-based Citigroup has invested 0% in Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB). Koch Inc has 0.16% invested in Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB). First Quadrant LP Ca owns 521,506 shares for 0.26% of their portfolio. Moreover, Savings Bank Of Montreal Can has 0% invested in Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) for 71,150 shares.

Among 14 analysts covering Associated Banc (NYSE:ASB), 1 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 7% are positive. Associated Banc had 34 analyst reports since October 9, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Jefferies maintained Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) rating on Friday, September 15. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $27.0 target. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Monday, August 21 report. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, July 20 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, October 19 by Piper Jaffray. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, July 7 with “Hold”. Piper Jaffray initiated Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) on Thursday, January 12 with “Neutral” rating. The stock of Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Monday, October 23 by Barclays Capital. The stock of Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) earned “Buy” rating by Deutsche Bank on Wednesday, January 13. DA Davidson upgraded the shares of ASB in report on Wednesday, September 6 to “Neutral” rating. The stock of Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Tuesday, January 12 by Stephens.

Axactor AB , through its subsidiaries, operates as a debt collection and debt purchase firm in Sweden, Spain, Norway, Italy, and Germany. The company has market cap of $514.69 million. The firm offers third party debt collection services, including amicable and legal collection, and surveillance; and portfolio acquisition services, such as debt purchase/forward flow, acquisition of non-performing loan portfolios, and carve-outs of internal debt collection departments. It currently has negative earnings. It serves banks, other financial institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises, international investment firms, and debt collection agencies.

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