Waters Parkerson & Company Has Trimmed Visa Classa (V) Position By $732,060; Metlife (MET) Shorts Up By 0.14%

February 17, 2018 - By Adrian Mccoy

Metlife Incorporated (NYSE:MET) had an increase of 0.14% in short interest. MET’s SI was 12.45 million shares in February as released by FINRA. Its up 0.14% from 12.44M shares previously. With 3.68M avg volume, 3 days are for Metlife Incorporated (NYSE:MET)’s short sellers to cover MET’s short positions. The stock decreased 0.19% or $0.09 during the last trading session, reaching $46.64. About 7.67M shares traded or 17.55% up from the average. MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) has risen 13.92% since February 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.78% the S&P500.

Waters Parkerson & Company decreased Visa Inc Classa (V) stake by 1.64% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Waters Parkerson & Company sold 6,972 shares as Visa Inc Classa (V)’s stock rose 5.74%. The Waters Parkerson & Company holds 419,157 shares with $44.11M value, down from 426,129 last quarter. Visa Inc Classa now has $275.00 billion valuation. The stock decreased 0.35% or $0.43 during the last trading session, reaching $121.85. About 6.37 million shares traded. Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) has risen 20.29% since February 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 3.59% the S&P500.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides life insurance, annuities, employee benefits, and asset management products in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The company has market cap of $48.65 billion. It operates in six divisions: U.S.; Asia; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; MetLife Holdings; and Brighthouse Financial. It has a 13.81 P/E ratio. The firm offers life, dental, group short- and long-term disability, individual disability, accidental death and dismemberment, and critical illness insurance products; vision, and accident and health coverages, as well as prepaid legal plans; administrative services-only and private floating rate funding agreements; and account guaranteed, separate account guaranteed, and trust guaranteed interest contracts.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.89 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.05, from 0.94 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 61 investors sold MetLife, Inc. shares while 336 reduced holdings. 65 funds opened positions while 289 raised stakes. 784.85 million shares or 1.65% more from 772.09 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Provise Mngmt Lc holds 0.07% or 9,392 shares in its portfolio. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Mngmt Communication has invested 0% in MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET). Letko Brosseau Assocs invested in 0% or 10,049 shares. Baldwin Brothers Ma has 0.89% invested in MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) for 106,333 shares. Cleararc Capital Inc holds 0.21% of its portfolio in MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) for 27,305 shares. Amer Group holds 0.06% or 316,896 shares. Moreover, Anchor Advsrs Lc has 0.74% invested in MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET). Citadel Advisors Limited Company owns 17,325 shares. Skba Mgmt Lc owns 364,720 shares or 2.72% of their US portfolio. Cornerstone Advsr holds 0.01% or 176 shares. Cypress Asset Mngmt Inc Tx reported 4,325 shares or 0.05% of all its holdings. Argent Trust reported 0.56% stake. Wunderlich Managemnt has invested 0.94% of its portfolio in MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET). Arete Wealth Advsr Limited invested 0.25% of its portfolio in MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET). Nordea Investment Ab stated it has 1.28M shares or 0.16% of all its holdings.

Among 16 analysts covering MetLife (NYSE:MET), 9 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 56% are positive. MetLife had 49 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) earned “Buy” rating by Deutsche Bank on Monday, January 23. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Tuesday, January 19 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Monday, June 5. Citigroup initiated the stock with “Sell” rating in Thursday, January 26 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Monday, October 9. The rating was upgraded by Sandler O’Neill on Monday, June 27 to “Buy”. Wells Fargo reinitiated the stock with “Outperform” rating in Friday, September 23 report. The stock of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Wednesday, February 14 by Morgan Stanley. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Tuesday, January 5 by Citigroup. FBR Capital maintained the shares of MET in report on Monday, August 29 with “Outperform” rating.

Among 42 analysts covering Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), 34 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 81% are positive. Visa Inc. had 125 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. SunTrust maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, October 26 report. Buckingham Research maintained Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) rating on Thursday, October 26. Buckingham Research has “Buy” rating and $130 target. JP Morgan upgraded Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) rating on Monday, June 6. JP Morgan has “Overweight” rating and $88 target. The stock of Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) earned “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Friday, June 23. The stock of Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) has “Mkt Perform” rating given on Friday, July 24 by FBR Capital. As per Friday, July 24, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, January 29 by Susquehanna. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, August 21 report. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, December 16 by UBS. On Tuesday, October 25 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Outperform”.

Since August 17, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 insider sales for $6.36 million activity. $5.65 million worth of stock was sold by MAHON TULLIER KELLY on Friday, December 15. MATSCHULLAT ROBERT W had sold 6,220 shares worth $707,561 on Wednesday, December 13. CRANSTON MARY B sold 10,400 shares worth $1.07 million.

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