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Vantage Investment Advisors Cut Discovery Communications (DISCA) Position By $350,532; Ventas (VTR) Shorts Up By 2.58%

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Vantage Investment Advisors Llc decreased Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA) stake by 98.9% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Vantage Investment Advisors Llc sold 16,692 shares as Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA)’s stock declined 8.64%. The Vantage Investment Advisors Llc holds 185 shares with $4,000 value, down from 16,877 last quarter. Discovery Communications Inc. now has $15.09B valuation. The stock decreased 0.94% or $0.22 during the last trading session, reaching $23.16. About 4.91 million shares traded. Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) has declined 21.53% since April 23, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 33.08% the S&P500.

Ventas Inc (NYSE:VTR) had an increase of 2.58% in short interest. VTR’s SI was 7.42M shares in April as released by FINRA. Its up 2.58% from 7.23 million shares previously. With 2.92 million avg volume, 3 days are for Ventas Inc (NYSE:VTR)’s short sellers to cover VTR’s short positions. The SI to Ventas Inc’s float is 2.09%. The stock decreased 1.65% or $0.79 during the last trading session, reaching $47.01. About 2.29M shares traded. Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) has declined 23.52% since April 23, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 35.07% the S&P500.

Analysts await Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) to report earnings on May, 8 before the open. They expect $0.53 EPS, up 29.27% or $0.12 from last year’s $0.41 per share. DISCA’s profit will be $345.23 million for 10.92 P/E if the $0.53 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.47 actual EPS reported by Discovery, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 12.77% EPS growth.

Since December 13, 2017, it had 3 insider buys, and 4 sales for $9.48 million activity. Another trade for 100,000 shares valued at $1.86 million was bought by WARGO J DAVID. Sims Savalle also sold $61,902 worth of Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) on Wednesday, March 14. MALONE JOHN C bought $2.03M worth of Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) on Thursday, December 14. The insider Leavy David sold 20,673 shares worth $484,002. 3,047 shares were sold by Campbell Bruce, worth $55,349. 16,238 shares were sold by Alpert-Romm Adria, worth $367,214 on Friday, March 16.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.87 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.05, from 0.92 in 2017Q3. It dropped, as 74 investors sold DISCA shares while 172 reduced holdings. 93 funds opened positions while 121 raised stakes. 228.72 million shares or 11.88% more from 204.44 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Ancient Art LP owns 0.26% invested in Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) for 62,896 shares. Hsbc Public Ltd Co holds 256,294 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Bb&T holds 0.07% of its portfolio in Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) for 165,076 shares. Usa Fincl Portformulas holds 0.09% of its portfolio in Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) for 16,126 shares. Vantage Inv Advisors Ltd Limited Liability Company reported 0% of its portfolio in Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA). Los Angeles Cap Mngmt Equity Research Incorporated owns 19,310 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Mitsubishi Ufj Trust Banking Corp reported 0.02% of its portfolio in Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA). Denali Advsr Ltd holds 1.79% in Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) or 516,716 shares. Rbf Ltd Liability holds 10,000 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Indiana-based Old Natl Bankshares In has invested 0.01% in Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA). 23,466 were accumulated by Malaga Cove Capital Limited Liability Corp. Kansas-based Creative Planning has invested 0% in Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA). Amundi Pioneer Asset Mngmt holds 0% in Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) or 40,155 shares. Oregon Pub Employees Retirement Fund owns 0.01% invested in Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) for 23,463 shares. New York State Common Retirement Fund accumulated 0.01% or 449,500 shares.

Vantage Investment Advisors Llc increased Walgreens Boots Allianc stake by 64,033 shares to 66,220 valued at $4.81M in 2017Q4. It also upped Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) stake by 7,583 shares and now owns 163,528 shares. Home Depot (NYSE:HD) was raised too.

Among 32 analysts covering Discovery Communications (NASDAQ:DISCA), 8 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 22 Hold. Therefore 25% are positive. Discovery Communications had 95 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Needham maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Wednesday, October 11 report. On Tuesday, July 25 the stock rating was maintained by Needham with “Hold”. Topeka Capital Markets maintained Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) rating on Wednesday, September 30. Topeka Capital Markets has “Buy” rating and $40 target. Wells Fargo upgraded Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) on Monday, April 2 to “Buy” rating. On Thursday, September 7 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold”. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, September 6 by Cowen & Co. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, August 25 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by Pivotal Research given on Tuesday, August 8. As per Monday, March 12, the company rating was upgraded by Barclays Capital. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Friday, July 7 by Cowen & Co.

Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The company has market cap of $16.87 billion. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It has a 12.44 P/E ratio. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada.

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