Copeland Capital Management Raised Exponent (EXPO) Holding; Westwood Holdings Group Has Cut By $1.36 Million Its Markel (MKL) Position

January 14, 2018 - By Darrin Black

Copeland Capital Management Llc increased Exponent Inc (EXPO) stake by 1.97% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Copeland Capital Management Llc acquired 4,123 shares as Exponent Inc (EXPO)’s stock rose 3.17%. The Copeland Capital Management Llc holds 213,677 shares with $15.79 million value, up from 209,554 last quarter. Exponent Inc now has $1.85B valuation. The stock decreased 0.55% or $0.4 during the last trading session, reaching $71.8. About 74,790 shares traded. Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO) has risen 21.10% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 4.40% the S&P500.

Westwood Holdings Group Inc decreased Markel Corp (MKL) stake by 14.95% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Westwood Holdings Group Inc sold 1,272 shares as Markel Corp (MKL)’s stock declined 1.12%. The Westwood Holdings Group Inc holds 7,237 shares with $7.73 million value, down from 8,509 last quarter. Markel Corp now has $15.61B valuation. The stock increased 1.65% or $18.2 during the last trading session, reaching $1123.37. About 30,627 shares traded. Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) has declined 1.06% since January 14, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 17.76% the S&P500.

Since August 1, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 15 insider sales for $7.09 million activity. Shares for $107,770 were sold by KIRSHNER ALAN I. $216,536 worth of Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) was sold by MARKEL STEVEN A. On Monday, August 28 Whitt Richard R III sold $105,020 worth of Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) or 100 shares. 302 shares were sold by Crowley F. Michael, worth $316,254 on Tuesday, August 15. The insider Kiscaden Bradley James sold 350 shares worth $376,096.

Analysts await Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) to report earnings on February, 14. They expect $8.55 EPS, down 6.15% or $0.56 from last year’s $9.11 per share. MKL’s profit will be $118.78 million for 32.85 P/E if the $8.55 EPS becomes a reality. After $-18.82 actual EPS reported by Markel Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -145.43% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.17 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.11, from 1.06 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 29 investors sold MKL shares while 109 reduced holdings. 42 funds opened positions while 119 raised stakes. 10.44 million shares or 0.15% more from 10.42 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale holds 0.01% in Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) or 1,588 shares. First Manhattan Company has 1,419 shares. Kirr Marbach And Ltd Liability Corporation In stated it has 12,288 shares. Mitsubishi Ufj Trust Bk Corporation, a Japan-based fund reported 89,991 shares. Ledyard Bank & Trust accumulated 0.68% or 4,798 shares. 2,058 were reported by Millennium Ltd Limited Liability Company. Teachers Retirement Sys Of The State Of Kentucky holds 0.08% of its portfolio in Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) for 6,476 shares. Broad Run Investment Llc stated it has 256,912 shares. Vanguard Grp Inc Inc reported 1.14 million shares stake. Amp Capital Ltd invested in 4,051 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Moreover, Wells Fargo And Com Mn has 0.03% invested in Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) for 76,310 shares. Raymond James And stated it has 0.04% in Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL). National Bank & Trust Of Mellon Corporation has 0.02% invested in Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) for 58,160 shares. State Street Corp stated it has 297,068 shares. Rmb Cap Mgmt Limited Liability Company invested 0.28% in Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL).

Among 4 analysts covering Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Markel Corporation had 9 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. SunTrust maintained Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) rating on Friday, October 27. SunTrust has “Hold” rating and $1100.0 target. The company was maintained on Thursday, August 4 by SunTrust. The rating was maintained by Boenning & Scattergood with “Buy” on Wednesday, July 26. The stock has “Outperform” rating by William Blair on Thursday, April 14. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Hold” rating and $1050.0 target in Monday, August 28 report. The firm has “Hold” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Thursday, July 27. RBC Capital Markets maintained Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) on Monday, October 2 with “Hold” rating. The firm has “” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Friday, August 7. As per Monday, July 10, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets.

Westwood Holdings Group Inc increased Western Gas Partners Lp (NYSE:WES) stake by 259,428 shares to 1.24M valued at $63.64M in 2017Q3. It also upped Comfort Systems Usa Inc (NYSE:FIX) stake by 750,677 shares and now owns 1.29M shares. Terreno Rlty Corp (NYSE:TRNO) was raised too.

Among 2 analysts covering Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Exponent had 3 analyst reports since August 26, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated the shares of EXPO in report on Friday, August 26 with “Buy” rating.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.94 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.96, from 1.9 in 2017Q2. It dived, as 13 investors sold EXPO shares while 64 reduced holdings. 22 funds opened positions while 50 raised stakes. 22.66 million shares or 1.77% more from 22.27 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Moreover, Piedmont Inv Advisors Ltd Liability Corporation has 0.05% invested in Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO). Georgia-based Invesco Limited has invested 0% in Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO). Advisory Networks Limited Liability holds 0.01% or 997 shares. State Of Tennessee Treasury Department invested in 0.01% or 22,690 shares. Tower Rech Capital (Trc) stated it has 3,368 shares. Atlanta Management L L C holds 0.34% or 809,843 shares. State Teachers Retirement Systems invested in 0% or 24,314 shares. Moreover, State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement has 0% invested in Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO). Assetmark Incorporated holds 0% of its portfolio in Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO) for 76 shares. Gemmer Asset Ltd Liability holds 0% or 92 shares in its portfolio. 15,010 were accumulated by Citigroup Inc. Tiaa Cref Mgmt Limited Co invested 0% of its portfolio in Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO). Eulav Asset accumulated 5,300 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Cordasco Fincl Network has 0.89% invested in Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO) for 10,998 shares. Fmr Limited Company, Massachusetts-based fund reported 242,100 shares.

Since August 1, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 16 selling transactions for $5.11 million activity. 3,150 shares valued at $217,990 were sold by JOHNSTON PAUL R on Friday, September 8. Another trade for 12,000 shares valued at $796,556 was sold by Kytomaa Harri.

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