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Johnson Financial Group Cut Verizon Communications (VZ) Stake; Denver Investment Advisors Has Boosted By $1.24 Million Its Ensign Group Inc/The (ENSG) Stake

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Johnson Financial Group Inc decreased Verizon Communications (VZ) stake by 14.51% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Johnson Financial Group Inc sold 9,347 shares as Verizon Communications (VZ)’s stock declined 11.05%. The Johnson Financial Group Inc holds 55,063 shares with $2.92M value, down from 64,410 last quarter. Verizon Communications now has $201.06B valuation. The stock increased 0.14% or $0.07 during the last trading session, reaching $48.66. About 9.63M shares traded. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has declined 3.72% since May 24, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 15.27% the S&P500.

Denver Investment Advisors Llc increased Ensign Group Inc/The (ENSG) stake by 6.17% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Denver Investment Advisors Llc acquired 56,503 shares as Ensign Group Inc/The (ENSG)’s stock rose 18.72%. The Denver Investment Advisors Llc holds 971,904 shares with $21.58 million value, up from 915,401 last quarter. Ensign Group Inc/The now has $1.87 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.56% or $0.2 during the last trading session, reaching $35.79. About 254,378 shares traded or 1.73% up from the average. The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) has risen 44.87% since May 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 33.32% the S&P500.

Denver Investment Advisors Llc decreased Visa Inc (NYSE:V) stake by 7,216 shares to 9,797 valued at $1.12M in 2017Q4. It also reduced Caleres Inc stake by 21,712 shares and now owns 438,263 shares. First Midwest Bancorp Inc/Il (NASDAQ:FMBI) was reduced too.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.58 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.47, from 1.11 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 10 investors sold ENSG shares while 42 reduced holdings. 22 funds opened positions while 60 raised stakes. 42.07 million shares or 1.36% more from 41.50 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Pub Sector Pension Board invested 0% in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG). Moreover, Citigroup has 0% invested in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG). 186,281 are held by United Svcs Automobile Association. Victory Capital has invested 0% of its portfolio in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG). Huntington Retail Bank holds 0% or 1,977 shares. Moreover, Td Asset Management has 0% invested in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) for 17,700 shares. Paradigm Cap Mngmt has invested 0.11% in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG). Parallax Volatility Advisers Limited Partnership reported 0% stake. Teachers Retirement Sys Of The State Of Kentucky reported 18,500 shares. Old Natl National Bank & Trust In accumulated 10,432 shares. Ubs Asset Mngmt Americas stated it has 16,785 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Zebra Cap Mngmt Lc invested 0.33% in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG). 495,572 are owned by Ameriprise Fincl. Hgk Asset Inc, a New Jersey-based fund reported 18,067 shares. Btim Corp has invested 0.15% in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG).

Since December 11, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 12 selling transactions for $3.38 million activity. Another trade for 5,000 shares valued at $127,500 was made by Nackel John G. on Friday, February 9. $518,032 worth of The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) was sold by Port Barry. Shares for $112,750 were sold by Wittekind Beverly B. on Monday, December 11. $434,421 worth of stock was sold by Hubenette Antoinette T. on Thursday, January 11.

More news for The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) were recently published by: Globenewswire.com, which released: “The Ensign Group Reports First Quarter Results” on May 02, 2018. Globenewswire.com‘s article titled: “The Ensign Group Acquires Texas Post-Acute Care Campus” and published on May 01, 2018 is yet another important article.

Among 7 analysts covering Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG), 4 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 57% are positive. Ensign Group had 21 analyst reports since August 5, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Thursday, May 12 report. Cantor Fitzgerald maintained The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) on Thursday, November 9 with “Buy” rating. On Monday, October 2 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. The company was maintained on Tuesday, May 22 by Oppenheimer. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy” on Monday, June 26. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of ENSG in report on Sunday, February 11 with “Buy” rating. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Hold” rating and $22.0 target in Thursday, February 8 report. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy” on Monday, July 31. The stock of The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, August 5 by Oppenheimer. The rating was downgraded by JMP Securities on Wednesday, January 4 to “Mkt Underperform”.

Johnson Financial Group Inc increased Ishares Tr (IVV) stake by 86,592 shares to 202,937 valued at $54.56 million in 2017Q4. It also upped Facebook Inc A (NASDAQ:FB) stake by 2,284 shares and now owns 19,824 shares. Ishares Tr (IJH) was raised too.

More notable recent Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) news were published by: Globenewswire.com which released: “Verizon holds sellside analyst meeting” on May 21, 2018, also Globenewswire.com with their article: “Verizon to repurchase debt securities” published on May 11, 2018, Globenewswire.com published: “Verizon to speak at JP Morgan conference May 16” on May 15, 2018. More interesting news about Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) were released by: Globenewswire.com and their article: “Verizon collapses key network elements, improving efficiency and customer functionality” published on April 30, 2018 as well as Finance.Yahoo.com‘s news article titled: “3 Warren Buffett Stocks With Dividend Yields Over 4%” with publication date: May 23, 2018.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.02 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.14, from 0.88 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 57 investors sold VZ shares while 662 reduced holdings. 141 funds opened positions while 592 raised stakes. 2.54 billion shares or 0.48% more from 2.53 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. The New York-based Adirondack Trust has invested 1.41% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). King Wealth Mngmt Lc holds 35,826 shares or 0.67% of its portfolio. Cypress Cap Group accumulated 79,606 shares. Cambridge Tru Co accumulated 144,345 shares. Cibc World Markets owns 1.29M shares. Boston Common Asset Management Limited Liability Company reported 252,846 shares. Whitnell Com has 9,871 shares for 0.22% of their portfolio. Asset Advsrs has invested 0.18% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Palladium Prtnrs Limited Liability Company holds 0.4% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) or 103,716 shares. Moreover, Capital City Trust Communication Fl has 1.25% invested in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Capital Rech Global Invsts reported 158.41 million shares. Pennsylvania-based Mitchell Sinkler And Starr Pa has invested 2.03% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Smith Chas P Pa Cpas owns 420,859 shares. Lloyds Grp Inc Public Ltd Co has invested 0.07% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Paloma Prns Mngmt Company has 10,249 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio.

Analysts await Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) to report earnings on July, 26. They expect $1.14 EPS, up 18.75% or $0.18 from last year’s $0.96 per share. VZ’s profit will be $4.71 billion for 10.67 P/E if the $1.14 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.17 actual EPS reported by Verizon Communications Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -2.56% negative EPS growth.

Among 31 analysts covering Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), 15 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 16 Hold. Therefore 48% are positive. Verizon Communications Inc. had 84 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was downgraded by Jefferies on Thursday, April 7 to “Hold”. On Monday, January 22 the stock rating was upgraded by Scotia Capital to “Buy”. Cowen & Co maintained Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) on Tuesday, April 24 with “Hold” rating. The stock has “Hold” rating by SunTrust on Tuesday, January 23. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Wednesday, April 25 by Jefferies. HSBC downgraded the shares of VZ in report on Thursday, December 14 to “Hold” rating. Moffett Nathanson upgraded the shares of VZ in report on Wednesday, February 28 to “Buy” rating. On Thursday, August 10 the stock rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Hold”. Barclays Capital upgraded the stock to “Overweight” rating in Monday, April 23 report. FBR Capital maintained it with “Outperform” rating and $54 target in Wednesday, October 21 report.

Since February 13, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 2 insider sales for $444,552 activity. Shares for $346,957 were sold by Skiadas Anthony T on Tuesday, February 13.

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