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Gam Holding Ag Trimmed Citizens Finl Group (CFG) Stake by $388,500; Share Value Declined; Ariel Investments Has Boosted Its Stake in Novartis Ag Adr (NVS) by $682,720

Gam Holding Ag decreased its stake in Citizens Finl Group Inc (CFG) by 35.65% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Gam Holding Ag sold 10,500 shares as the company’s stock declined 8.64% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 18,950 shares of the finance company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $717,000, down from 29,450 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Gam Holding Ag who had been investing in Citizens Finl Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $22.42 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.61% or $0.28 during the last trading session, reaching $45.56. About 1.05M shares traded. Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG) has risen 50.96% since January 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 34.26% the S&P500.

John W. Rogers increased its stake in Novartis Ag Adr (NVS) by 16.17% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Ariel Investments Llc bought 8,032 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.17% with the market. The hedge fund run by John W. Rogers held 57,697 shares of the major pharmaceuticals company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $4.95M, up from 49,665 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Ariel Investments Llc who had been investing in Novartis Ag Adr for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $203.36 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.62% or $0.5369 during the last trading session, reaching $86.3431. About 458,403 shares traded. Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) has risen 7.67% since January 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 9.03% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.01 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.01, from 1 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 50 investors sold CFG shares while 178 reduced holdings. 55 funds opened positions while 175 raised stakes. 468.84 million shares or 1.38% less from 475.38 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Qs Invsts Lc holds 101,210 shares. First Republic Investment Mgmt Incorporated holds 7,649 shares. Principal Gru Incorporated reported 818,023 shares. Regions Fincl Corp invested in 10,902 shares or 0% of the stock. 18,626 are held by Profund Advisors Limited Liability Corporation. State Of Tennessee Treasury Department reported 0.11% in Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG). Gam Hldg Ag reported 18,950 shares. Pl Advisors Limited Liability Company holds 1.78% of its portfolio in Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG) for 183,500 shares. Arizona State Retirement Sys has invested 0.16% in Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG). Lombard Odier Asset (Switzerland) Sa holds 0.15% or 41,675 shares. Utah Retirement Sys owns 0.08% invested in Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG) for 91,900 shares. 14.23M were accumulated by Commercial Bank Of America De. 2.30 million are held by Massachusetts Fincl Ma. Cwm reported 1,479 shares. Credit Suisse Ag has 0.03% invested in Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG).

Analysts await Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG) to report earnings on January, 19 before the open. They expect $0.67 EPS, up 21.82% or $0.12 from last year’s $0.55 per share. CFG’s profit will be $329.63 million for 17.00 P/E if the $0.67 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.68 actual EPS reported by Citizens Financial Group, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -1.47% negative EPS growth.

Gam Holding Ag, which manages about $2.37B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Tal Ed Group (NYSE:XRS) by 36,523 shares to 84,000 shares, valued at $2.82 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Ishares Tr (EEM) by 19,200 shares in the quarter, for a total of 86,501 shares, and has risen its stake in Select Sector Spdr Tr (XLE).

Among 26 analysts covering Citizens Financial Group (NYSE:CFG), 12 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 46% are positive. Citizens Financial Group had 75 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, November 8 by Deutsche Bank. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, August 15 by Piper Jaffray. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Sector Perform” rating in Monday, October 26 report. The stock has “Overweight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Wednesday, December 13. The firm has “Underperform” rating given on Monday, October 2 by Bank of America. On Monday, May 1 the stock rating was upgraded by Wedbush to “Outperform”. The stock of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG) earned “Hold” rating by Citigroup on Monday, April 24. The company was maintained on Sunday, September 17 by Piper Jaffray. The company was maintained on Monday, October 24 by Wedbush. As per Thursday, September 14, the company rating was upgraded by Bernstein.

Ariel Investments Llc, which manages about $8.99B and $8.61B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Lazard Ltd. (NYSE:LAZ) by 45,847 shares to 5.47 million shares, valued at $247.52M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Spartan Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:SPAR) by 195,696 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 631,295 shares, and cut its stake in Pendrell Corp..

Among 16 analysts covering Novartis Ag (NYSE:NVS), 5 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 31% are positive. Novartis Ag had 34 analyst reports since July 28, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Market Perform” rating given on Wednesday, April 5 by Cowen & Co. The company was maintained on Wednesday, August 9 by Cowen & Co. The rating was downgraded by JP Morgan on Tuesday, January 3 to “Neutral”. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, June 16 by J P Morgan Chase Co. The rating was downgraded by Barclays Capital on Wednesday, October 25 to “Sell”. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, June 23 by Barclays Capital. As per Wednesday, April 19, the company rating was maintained by JP Morgan. Leerink Swann downgraded Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) on Wednesday, March 23 to “Market Perform” rating. Chardan Capital Markets maintained the shares of NVS in report on Monday, October 10 with “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Underperform” rating on Tuesday, April 12 by Morgan Stanley.

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