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Sterling Construction Company (STRL) Holder Argent Capital Management Lowered Stake; Meta Financial Group (CASH) Shareholder Ashford Capital Management Trimmed Holding by $868,403

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Argent Capital Management Llc decreased its stake in Sterling Construction Company (STRL) by 25.11% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Argent Capital Management Llc sold 87,920 shares as the company’s stock rose 0.48% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 262,175 shares of the military and government and technical company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $3.01 million, down from 350,095 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Argent Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Sterling Construction Company for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $352.61M market cap company. The stock decreased 0.08% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $13.05. About 103,008 shares traded. Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL) has risen 21.61% since June 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 9.04% the S&P500. Some Historical STRL News: 17/04/2018 – Sterling Construction Co, Inc. Awarded $60M Boerne, TX Project; 22/04/2018 – DJ Sterling Construction Company Inc, Inst Holders, 1Q 2018 (STRL); 05/03/2018 – STERLING CONSTRUCTION COMPANY – 2018 NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO STERLING COMMON STOCKHOLDERS GUIDANCE IMPLIES YEAR-OVER-YEAR EPS GROWTH OF OVER 100%; 14/05/2018 – Fidelity Management & Research Exits Sterling Construction; 02/05/2018 – Hennessy Advisors Inc. Exits Position in Sterling Construction; 09/05/2018 – Tygh Capital Buys New 1.3% Position in Sterling Construction; 07/05/2018 – STERLING CONSTRUCTION CO – HEAVY CIVIL CONSTRUCTION COMBINED BACKLOG AT MARCH 31, 2018 WAS $1.04 BLN, AN INCREASE FROM $995 MLN AT DEC 31, 2017; 07/05/2018 – STERLING CONSTRUCTION COMPANY INC – “REAFFIRMS 2018 OUTLOOK FOR SIGNIFICANT TOP AND BOTTOM LINE GROWTH”; 07/05/2018 – Sterling Construction Sees FY Rev $1B-$1.035B; 05/03/2018 – Sterling Construction Sees FY18 Rev $1B-$1.035B

Ashford Capital Management Inc decreased its stake in Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH) by 2.33% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Ashford Capital Management Inc sold 7,967 shares as the company’s stock declined 0.05% with the market. The hedge fund held 333,650 shares of the finance company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $36.44M, down from 341,617 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Ashford Capital Management Inc who had been investing in Meta Financial Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $1.03B market cap company. The stock decreased 1.75% or $1.9 during the last trading session, reaching $106.45. About 106,992 shares traded or 56.54% up from the average. Meta Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASH) has risen 24.97% since June 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 12.40% the S&P500. Some Historical CASH News: 12/03/2018 – Meta Financial at Company Marketing Hosted By FBR Today; 12/03/2018 – METABANK – ANNOUNCED 10-YEAR RENEWAL OF RELATIONSHIP WITH MONEY NETWORK FINANCIAL; 24/04/2018 – Meta Financial Closes Below 50-Day Moving Average: Technicals; 03/04/2018 – MetaBank® Announces Partnership with Health Credit Services to Originate Personal Healthcare Loans; 12/03/2018 – METABANK REPORTS 10-YEAR RENEWAL OF PACT WITH MONEY NETWORK; 21/05/2018 – Alliance Wealth Management Group Buys 25% of Meta Financial; 30/04/2018 – MetaBank® and AAA Announce Renewal of Payments Partnership; 30/05/2018 – Meta Financial Group, Inc.® Declares Cash Dividend; 12/03/2018 – MetaBank® Announces 10-Year Renewal of Relationship with Money Network; 29/05/2018 – META FINANCIAL GROUP INC – COMPANIES ANTICIPATE MERGER WILL CLOSE IN EARLY JULY 2018

Analysts await Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL) to report earnings on August, 1. They expect $0.23 earnings per share, 0.00% or $0.00 from last year’s $0.23 per share. STRL’s profit will be $6.21M for 14.18 P/E if the $0.23 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.09 actual earnings per share reported by Sterling Construction Company, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 155.56% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.09 in 2018 Q1. Its down 0.15, from 1.24 in 2017Q4. It is negative, as 21 investors sold STRL shares while 35 reduced holdings. 27 funds opened positions while 34 raised stakes. 19.17 million shares or 2.81% more from 18.65 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. First Tru Advsrs LP has 259,754 shares. Los Angeles Management And Equity Inc holds 106,657 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Balyasny Asset Management holds 0% or 30,172 shares in its portfolio. Next Century Growth Limited Liability Co invested in 116,438 shares or 0.18% of the stock. The Virginia-based Thompson Davis And Communications has invested 0.32% in Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL). 73,494 are owned by Raymond James And Assocs. White Pine Limited Liability has 40,680 shares for 0.17% of their portfolio. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP stated it has 0.01% in Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL). 54,800 were reported by California Pub Employees Retirement. Barclays Public Limited Com reported 17,473 shares. Ellington Mngmt Gru Inc Ltd owns 41,100 shares for 0.03% of their portfolio. Essex Investment Mngmt Limited reported 125,764 shares or 0.19% of all its holdings. 262,175 are owned by Argent Cap Ltd Liability Corp. Blackrock holds 1.79M shares. X Mgmt Limited Liability Corp holds 20,319 shares or 0% of its portfolio.

Another recent and important Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL) news was published by Streetinsider.com which published an article titled: “Sterling Construction (STRL) Secures $18.7M Contract from Texas Department of Transportation for Project in Winnie, TX” on May 24, 2018.

Among 5 analysts covering Sterling Construction (NASDAQ:STRL), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 60% are positive. Sterling Construction had 15 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, October 31 by Canaccord Genuity. The rating was downgraded by BWS Financial on Tuesday, May 3 to “Hold”. As per Thursday, August 24, the company rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity with “Buy” on Wednesday, August 9. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, April 18 by Canaccord Genuity. The rating was downgraded by KeyBanc Capital Markets on Thursday, February 9 to “Sector Weight”. The stock of Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL) earned “Buy” rating by Canaccord Genuity on Thursday, August 3. The stock has “Buy” rating by DA Davidson on Monday, May 9. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity with “Buy” on Thursday, January 11. As per Thursday, October 5, the company rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets.

Argent Capital Management Llc, which manages about $2.51 billion and $2.73 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) by 41,310 shares to 556,639 shares, valued at $7.50 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Conocophillips (NYSE:COP) by 840,295 shares in the quarter, for a total of 1.24M shares, and has risen its stake in Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:OXY).

Since December 18, 2017, it had 1 insider purchase, and 1 sale for $3,040 activity. 8,000 shares were sold by Davenport Marian M, worth $102,480 on Tuesday, May 22. Shares for $99,440 were bought by WADSWORTH CON L.

Analysts await Meta Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASH) to report earnings on July, 25. They expect $1.18 earnings per share, down 5.60% or $0.07 from last year’s $1.25 per share. CASH’s profit will be $11.45 million for 22.55 P/E if the $1.18 EPS becomes a reality. After $3.67 actual earnings per share reported by Meta Financial Group, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -67.85% negative EPS growth.

Ashford Capital Management Inc, which manages about $593.71 million and $665.19 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Msci Eafe Index Fund (EFA) by 8,776 shares to 118,660 shares, valued at $8.27 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Argan Inc. (NYSE:AGX) by 180,700 shares in the quarter, for a total of 515,263 shares, and has risen its stake in Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP).

Since May 3, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 6 sales for $4.47 million activity. The insider Hanson Bradley C sold 20,000 shares worth $2.27M. $841,860 worth of stock was sold by Herrick Glen William on Friday, June 8. Another trade for 800 shares valued at $80,624 was made by Hajek Douglas J. on Friday, May 4. 10,000 shares were sold by Turner Michael Brent, worth $1.14 million on Friday, June 1.

Among 5 analysts covering Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ:CASH), 5 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. Meta Financial Group had 21 analyst reports since October 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, January 12 by Sandler O’Neill. On Tuesday, January 10 the stock rating was initiated by FBR Capital with “Outperform”. FBR Capital downgraded it to “Hold” rating and $9500 target in Friday, July 28 report. The rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with “Buy” on Monday, February 26. The company was maintained on Tuesday, October 3 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, December 21 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by Sandler O’Neill given on Tuesday, October 13. Sandler O’Neill maintained the shares of CASH in report on Tuesday, March 20 with “Buy” rating. The company was maintained on Monday, August 15 by Wood. The stock of Meta Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASH) earned “Buy” rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Monday, June 26.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.55 in 2018 Q1. Its up 0.39, from 1.16 in 2017Q4. It improved, as 11 investors sold CASH shares while 40 reduced holdings. 26 funds opened positions while 53 raised stakes. 7.27 million shares or 1.00% more from 7.20 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Vanguard holds 0% of its portfolio in Meta Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASH) for 518,722 shares. Washington Fincl Bank holds 200 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Blair William & Il holds 15,941 shares. Amer Gp holds 0% or 5,935 shares in its portfolio. Ashford Capital Mngmt Inc invested in 5.48% or 333,650 shares. Citigroup Inc holds 0% or 3,939 shares. Arizona State Retirement Systems, a Arizona-based fund reported 14,373 shares. Indexiq Advsrs Lc holds 18,364 shares or 0.06% of its portfolio. California-based Hennessy Advsr has invested 0.03% in Meta Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASH). Jacobs Levy Equity Management holds 0.03% or 19,217 shares. Eaton Vance owns 11,155 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Envestnet Asset invested in 33 shares or 0% of the stock. California Employees Retirement stated it has 16,585 shares. Sector Pension Investment Board holds 0% in Meta Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASH) or 5,900 shares. 1,942 are held by Piedmont Advsrs Ltd Com.

More notable recent Meta Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASH) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “Meta Financial Group, Inc.® and Crestmark Bancorp, Inc. Announce Shareholder Approval of Merger” on May 29, 2018, also Globenewswire.com with their article: “MetaBank® Announces New Community Banking President” published on May 31, 2018, Globenewswire.com published: “CORRECTION: IT – INET Nordic – UPDATE: Regulatory suspensions related to double volume cap mechanism and …” on June 12, 2018. More interesting news about Meta Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASH) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “New Research Coverage Highlights Franklin Electric Co., ForeScout Technologies, State Bank Financial, Meta …” published on May 25, 2018 as well as Globenewswire.com‘s news article titled: “IT – INET Nordic – REMINDER: Transfer of Finnish Equity Warrants to First North Helsinki (32/18)” with publication date: June 12, 2018.

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