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Union Pac (UNP) Holding Lifted by Associated Banc-Corp; As Verisk Analytics (VRSK) Market Value Declined, Shareholder Harding Loevner LP Has Lowered Its Stake

Associated Banc-Corp increased its stake in Union Pac Corp (UNP) by 5.64% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Associated Banc-Corp bought 6,455 shares as the company’s stock declined 2.52% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 120,961 shares of the railroads company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $14.03 million, up from 114,506 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Associated Banc-Corp who had been investing in Union Pac Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $105.69 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.28% or $0.38 during the last trading session, reaching $134.27. About 3.60 million shares traded. Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) has risen 31.45% since February 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 14.75% the S&P500.

Harding Loevner Lp decreased its stake in Verisk Analytics Inc (VRSK) by 1.16% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Harding Loevner Lp sold 34,678 shares as the company’s stock declined 6.47% while stock markets rallied. The hedge fund held 2.96M shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $246.04M, down from 2.99 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Harding Loevner Lp who had been investing in Verisk Analytics Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $16.27 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.57% or $0.56 during the last trading session, reaching $98.79. About 2.07M shares traded or 128.12% up from the average. Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) has risen 4.02% since February 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 12.68% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.03 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.03, from 1 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 39 investors sold VRSK shares while 143 reduced holdings. 49 funds opened positions while 139 raised stakes. 149.72 million shares or 1.38% more from 147.68 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Kbc Grp Nv accumulated 22,791 shares. Weatherstone Cap Mngmt reported 0.23% stake. Us State Bank De holds 0.04% or 162,080 shares in its portfolio. Wedgewood Prtn Inc stated it has 3.97% in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Farmers And Merchants Invs invested in 0% or 37 shares. Comerica Secs Incorporated has invested 0.05% in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Hsbc Plc holds 95,695 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Jarislowsky Fraser Limited owns 1.47M shares for 0.73% of their portfolio. Jane Street Grp Inc Ltd Llc stated it has 14,846 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Caisse De Depot Et Placement Du Quebec reported 3,103 shares. Grandfield Dodd Ltd Liability Com has 1.43% invested in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue invested in 0.07% or 17,263 shares. Cibc Asset Management stated it has 0.02% of its portfolio in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Arizona State Retirement System accumulated 0.09% or 90,272 shares. Synovus Fincl owns 15,143 shares.

Analysts await Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) to report earnings on February, 20. They expect $0.77 EPS, down 3.75% or $0.03 from last year’s $0.8 per share. VRSK’s profit will be $126.81M for 32.07 P/E if the $0.77 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.84 actual EPS reported by Verisk Analytics, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -8.33% negative EPS growth.

Harding Loevner Lp, which manages about $36.30B and $17.58 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN) by 116,195 shares to 647,777 shares, valued at $289.64M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Bancolombia S A (NYSE:CIB) by 46,900 shares in the quarter, for a total of 4.11 million shares, and has risen its stake in Itau Unibanco Hldg Sa (NYSE:ITUB).

Among 19 analysts covering Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK), 8 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 42% are positive. Verisk Analytics had 42 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. BMO Capital Markets maintained Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) on Monday, January 22 with “Hold” rating. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Sunday, December 10 by RBC Capital Markets. Robert W. Baird maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, January 8 report. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Thursday, August 4 by UBS. KBW initiated the stock with “Outperform” rating in Tuesday, July 21 report. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, January 18 by RBC Capital Markets. BMO Capital Markets maintained it with “Hold” rating and $91.0 target in Wednesday, November 1 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, June 9 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The company was initiated on Tuesday, March 22 by Sterne Agee CRT. RBC Capital Markets initiated Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) rating on Friday, January 20. RBC Capital Markets has “Sector Perform” rating and $88 target.

Since September 6, 2017, it had 2 buys, and 9 sales for $16.70 million activity. LEHMAN JOHN F had sold 10,526 shares worth $1.00M on Friday, December 15. 390 shares valued at $37,580 were bought by Shavel Lee on Wednesday, December 20. WRIGHT DAVID B also sold $808,200 worth of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) on Wednesday, September 6. 69,793 shares were sold by Thompson Kenneth E, worth $5.94 million on Thursday, October 26.

Associated Banc-Corp, which manages about $1.81B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Spdr S&P Midcap 400 Etf Tr (MDY) by 1,086 shares to 15,198 shares, valued at $4.96 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Cisco Sys Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) by 26,103 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 475,608 shares, and cut its stake in Philip Morris Intl Inc (NYSE:PM).

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