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Simmons First Nation Class A (SFNC) Stake Held by Rowland & Company Investment Counsel; As Aflac (AFL) Shares Declined, Nj State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan Has Increased Stake

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Nj State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan increased its stake in Aflac Inc (AFL) by 100% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Nj State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan bought 15,000 shares as the company’s stock declined 0.09% with the market. The institutional investor held 30,000 shares of the accident &health insurance company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $1.31M, up from 15,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Nj State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan who had been investing in Aflac Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $35.42B market cap company. The stock increased 0.15% or $0.07 during the last trading session, reaching $45.75. About 4.43M shares traded or 28.82% up from the average. Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has risen 21.38% since June 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 8.81% the S&P500.

Rowland & Company Investment Counsel increased its stake in Simmons First Nation Class A (SFNC) by 100% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Rowland & Company Investment Counsel bought 1,875 shares as the company’s stock rose 7.88% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 3,750 shares of the major banks company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $107.81 million, up from 1,875 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Rowland & Company Investment Counsel who had been investing in Simmons First Nation Class A for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $2.91 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.47% or $0.15 during the last trading session, reaching $31.55. About 594,010 shares traded or 57.99% up from the average. Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) has risen 23.17% since June 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 10.60% the S&P500. Some Historical SFNC News: 23/04/2018 – SIMMONS FIRST 1Q CORE EPS 57C, EST. 52C

Among 22 analysts covering Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), 5 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 15 Hold. Therefore 23% are positive. Aflac Incorporated had 60 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Tuesday, May 10 the stock rating was downgraded by FBR Capital to “Market Perform”. The company was maintained on Thursday, February 4 by Deutsche Bank. The stock has “Equal Weight” rating by Barclays Capital on Monday, July 3. The firm has “Sell” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Monday, July 31. Bank of America maintained the shares of AFL in report on Monday, March 26 with “Neutral” rating. Wells Fargo maintained the shares of AFL in report on Tuesday, January 9 with “Hold” rating. Wells Fargo initiated Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Friday, September 23 with “Market Perform” rating. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has “Mkt Perform” rating given on Friday, May 20 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, January 26 by Citigroup. Bank of America downgraded the stock to “Underperform” rating in Wednesday, August 19 report.

Nj State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan, which manages about $561.24M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Geron Corp (NASDAQ:GERN) by 135,000 shares to 145,000 shares, valued at $616,000 in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY) by 25,000 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 20,000 shares, and cut its stake in Lumentum Hldgs Inc.

Investors sentiment increased to 7.76 in 2018 Q1. Its up 6.70, from 1.06 in 2017Q4. It increased, as 56 investors sold AFL shares while 35 reduced holdings. 82 funds opened positions while 624 raised stakes. 1.00 billion shares or 291.45% more from 256.45 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Tdam Usa invested 0.07% of its portfolio in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Northern reported 10.63M shares. Pictet Asset Mngmt Ltd accumulated 1.05M shares. Everence Management Incorporated stated it has 0.29% of its portfolio in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Seaward Mngmt LP invested in 14,654 shares. Goldman Sachs Grp stated it has 10.36 million shares. Cambridge Investment Rech Advsrs accumulated 118,070 shares. Bb&T Securities Ltd Llc has 381,193 shares for 0.19% of their portfolio. Connor Clark And Lunn Investment invested in 0.13% or 485,750 shares. 520,046 were accumulated by Destination Wealth. The Pennsylvania-based Bryn Mawr Trust Communications has invested 0.7% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). One Capital Mngmt Llc has invested 0.56% of its portfolio in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Driehaus Cap Management Lc owns 8,416 shares or 0.01% of their US portfolio. Rockland Communication has 0.11% invested in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Diligent Investors Ltd Liability owns 9,000 shares.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 2 buys, and 4 sales for $2.81 million activity. On Wednesday, February 28 the insider HOWARD JUNE P sold $239,194. AMOS DANIEL P sold $2.24M worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Friday, February 16. KNAPP CHARLES B sold $437,155 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Monday, March 26. MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L had bought 550 shares worth $49,022. TILLMAN AUDREY B had sold 1,300 shares worth $117,123.

Rowland & Company Investment Counsel, which manages about $228.64M and $252.25 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED) by 280 shares to 6,364 shares, valued at $497.00 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Amgen Incorporated (NASDAQ:AMGN) by 245 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 19,157 shares, and cut its stake in Vanguard Total Stock Market Etf (VTI).

Among 7 analysts covering Simmons First National (NASDAQ:SFNC), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 43% are positive. Simmons First National had 27 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Monday, September 21 by Piper Jaffray. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, February 9 by Stephens. The stock of Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) earned “Hold” rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Monday, June 26. The rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with “Hold” on Monday, October 23. The rating was maintained by Stephens with “Buy” on Tuesday, January 23. As per Monday, February 26, the company rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. Sandler O’Neill maintained the shares of SFNC in report on Tuesday, April 24 with “Buy” rating. Raymond James downgraded the stock to “Underperform” rating in Wednesday, January 25 report. The rating was downgraded by Raymond James on Friday, October 23 to “Mkt Perform”. The company was upgraded on Wednesday, July 5 by Raymond James.

Investors sentiment increased to 8.81 in 2018 Q1. Its up 5.63, from 3.18 in 2017Q4. It improved, as 9 investors sold SFNC shares while 7 reduced holdings. 28 funds opened positions while 113 raised stakes. 101.47 million shares or 109.16% more from 48.51 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Mesirow Fincl Invest Mgmt owns 509,342 shares for 1.42% of their portfolio. Geode Mgmt Limited Liability Com, Massachusetts-based fund reported 731,597 shares. Schwab Charles Invest stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC). Maltese Cap Lc invested in 255,010 shares or 0.49% of the stock. 92,441 were accumulated by Comerica Comml Bank. D Scott Neal Inc holds 0.02% of its portfolio in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) for 1,246 shares. Great West Life Assurance Company Can has invested 0.01% in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC). 12,000 were reported by Argent Tru. Tower Research Cap Ltd Liability Company (Trc) invested 0% of its portfolio in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC). Goldman Sachs Group Inc Inc has 0% invested in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC). Connors Investor Services holds 0.39% of its portfolio in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) for 92,411 shares. Rhumbline Advisers has 0.01% invested in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) for 198,477 shares. Rothschild Asset Mngmt holds 475,293 shares. Teachers Retirement Sys Of The State Of Kentucky holds 0.01% or 21,900 shares. Ameritas Prns reported 0.01% of its portfolio in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC).

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