American Homes 4 Rent (AMH) Valuation Rose While Clearbridge Trimmed Stake by $996,700; Dowling & Yahnke Lifted Its Stake in Aflac (AFL) as Share Price Declined

June 12, 2018 - By Peter Kolinski

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Dowling & Yahnke Llc increased its stake in Aflac Inc (AFL) by 106.89% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Dowling & Yahnke Llc bought 25,830 shares as the company’s stock declined 0.09% with the market. The institutional investor held 49,995 shares of the accident &health insurance company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $2.19 million, up from 24,165 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Dowling & Yahnke Llc who had been investing in Aflac Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $35.42 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.31% or $0.14 during the last trading session, reaching $45.75. About 3.49M shares traded or 3.22% up from the average. Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has risen 21.38% since June 12, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 8.81% the S&P500. Some Historical AFL News: 02/04/2018 – A.M. Best Assigns Credit Ratings to Aflac’s New Japan Subsidiary; Affirms Credit Ratings of U.S. Insurance Subsidiaries; 07/03/2018 New Sponsorship Pairs Aflac and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to Help Defeat Childhood Cancer; 25/04/2018 – AFLAC REPORTS 1Q RESULTS, AFFIRMS 2018 OUTLOOK, DECLARES 2Q; 25/04/2018 – AFLAC 1Q REV. $5.5B, EST. $5.47B; 22/04/2018 – DJ Aflac Incorporated, Inst Holders, 1Q 2018 (AFL); 02/04/2018 – Fitch Assigns ‘A+’ IFS to Aflac Japan Insurance Subsidiary; Outlook Stable; 16/04/2018 – S&PGR Revises Aflac Outlook To Pos From Stable, Affirms Rtgs; 02/04/2018 – Moody’s Assigns First-time Aa3 Ifsr To Aflac Japan; Outlook Stable; 02/04/2018 – Aflac Incorporated Announces Completion of Aflac Japan Branch Conversion to Subsidiary; 02/04/2018 – S&PGR Rates Aflac Life Insurance Japan ‘A+’; Otlk Stable

Clearbridge Llc decreased its stake in American Homes 4 Rent (AMH) by 1.58% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Clearbridge Llc sold 49,835 shares as the company’s stock rose 0.26% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 3.11M shares of the real estate investment trusts company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $62.49 million, down from 3.16 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Clearbridge Llc who had been investing in American Homes 4 Rent for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $7.34B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.19% or $0.04 during the last trading session, reaching $20.91. About 1.28M shares traded. American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH) has declined 12.21% since June 12, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 24.78% the S&P500. Some Historical AMH News: 24/05/2018 – American Homes 4 Rent to Participate in NAREIT REITweek 2018 Conference; 12/04/2018 – Moody’s upgrades $120.4 million of RMBS issued from American Home 4 Rent 2015-SFR1; 23/05/2018 – American Homes 4 Rent Appoints Christopher Lau As Chief Financial Officer; 23/04/2018 – DJ American Homes 4 Rent Class A, Inst Holders, 1Q 2018 (AMH); 29/03/2018 AMERICAN HOMES 4 RENT: CONVERSION OF 5.500% SERIES C PFD SHRS; 03/05/2018 – AMERICAN HOMES 1Q CORE FFO/SHR 25C, EST. 26C; 21/05/2018 – AMERICAN HOMES 4 RENT AMH.N : BOFA MERRILL RAISES PRICE OBJECTIVE TO $24 FROM $23; 23/05/2018 – AMERICAN HOMES 4 RENT NAMES CHRISTOPHER LAU AS CFO; 03/05/2018 – AMERICAN HOMES 4 RENT SEES FULL YEAR 2018 CORE NOI AFTER CAPITAL EXPENDITURES GROWTH 3.0% – 4.0%; 24/05/2018 – American Homes 4 Rent to Participate in NAREIT RElTweek 2018 Conference

Another recent and important American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH) news was published by Seekingalpha.com which published an article titled: “SA Interview: Investing In REITs With Robert Ruggirello, CFA” on June 10, 2018.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.84 in 2018 Q1. Its down 0.96, from 1.8 in 2017Q4. It dived, as 30 investors sold AMH shares while 88 reduced holdings. 28 funds opened positions while 71 raised stakes. 237.22 million shares or 6.69% less from 254.23 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. United Service Automobile Association reported 218,853 shares stake. The Texas-based Employees Retirement Of Texas has invested 0.09% in American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH). Panagora Asset reported 0% of its portfolio in American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH). Carlson Lp owns 1.32M shares for 0.4% of their portfolio. Jane Street Group Limited Liability Corporation reported 0% of its portfolio in American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH). State Of Tennessee Treasury Department has 47,224 shares. Northern reported 0.01% of its portfolio in American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH). Benjamin F Edwards And Inc owns 524 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Real Mngmt Svcs Lc holds 3.74% in American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH) or 737,600 shares. The New York-based Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa has invested 0% in American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH). Alpha Windward Ltd Co holds 0.02% in American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH) or 1,543 shares. 2.06 million are owned by Fil. Teachers Ins And Annuity Association Of America invested in 0.51% or 316,521 shares. New York State Common Retirement Fund reported 0.01% in American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH). Alps Advsrs holds 0% of its portfolio in American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH) for 18,000 shares.

Clearbridge Llc, which manages about $5.40 billion and $4.49 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Aecom (NYSE:ACM) by 98,358 shares to 1.41 million shares, valued at $50.10M in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Tower Semiconductor Ltd (NASDAQ:TSEM) by 54,490 shares in the quarter, for a total of 457,790 shares, and has risen its stake in Qualcomm Inc (NASDAQ:QCOM).

Among 13 analysts covering American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH), 13 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. American Homes 4 Rent had 29 analyst reports since August 10, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, October 10 by BTIG Research. The rating was upgraded by Zacks on Tuesday, August 18 to “Sell”. Robert W. Baird maintained American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH) rating on Wednesday, March 28. Robert W. Baird has “Buy” rating and $2300 target. The firm has “Buy” rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods given on Thursday, December 7. Mizuho upgraded American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH) on Monday, July 10 to “Buy” rating. The stock of American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH) earned “In-Line” rating by Evercore on Monday, June 5. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Mizuho on Thursday, February 9. J.P. Morgan upgraded American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH) on Friday, December 15 to “Buy” rating. The company was maintained on Thursday, August 3 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The stock of American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH) earned “Buy” rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Friday, February 23.

Analysts await American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH) to report earnings on August, 2. They expect $0.27 EPS, up 3.85% or $0.01 from last year’s $0.26 per share. AMH’s profit will be $94.83 million for 19.36 P/E if the $0.27 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.25 actual EPS reported by American Homes 4 Rent for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 8.00% EPS growth.

Dowling & Yahnke Llc, which manages about $2.91 billion and $1.07B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Vanguard Index Fds (VBR) by 4,408 shares to 23,534 shares, valued at $3.05 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Vanguard World Fds (VOX) by 4,537 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 89,794 shares, and cut its stake in Vanguard World Fds (VFH).

Since February 16, 2018, it had 2 insider buys, and 4 selling transactions for $2.81 million activity. TILLMAN AUDREY B also sold $117,123 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares. AMOS DANIEL P also sold $2.24M worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares. 2,000 Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares with value of $178,090 were bought by Lloyd Karole. KNAPP CHARLES B also sold $437,155 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Monday, March 26. $49,022 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares were bought by MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L.

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. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) earned “Neutral” rating by Bank of America on Thursday, April 6. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) earned “Market Perform” rating by Wells Fargo on Friday, September 23. The company was maintained on Thursday, December 21 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. RBC Capital Markets downgraded Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Friday, December 9 to “Underperform” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, January 9 by Wells Fargo. The firm has “Hold” rating by Deutsche Bank given on Monday, December 5. The firm has “Sell” rating given on Monday, July 31 by RBC Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by Sandler O’Neill on Thursday, April 5 with “Hold”. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, July 27 by Wells Fargo. Bank of America maintained the stock with “Neutral” rating in Monday, March 26 report.

More important recent Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Aflac: Excellent Management Offers 50% Upside” on May 17, 2018, also Nasdaq.com published article titled: “6 Dividend Aristocrats to Buy as Trump Irks G7”, Bizjournals.com published: “Southern Company CEO: Many immediate tax reform benefits were ‘flash paper’ (Video)” on June 08, 2018. More interesting news about Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) was released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “Recent Analysis Shows Independent Bank, Teradyne, Cummins, Concho Resources, Ameren, and Aflac Market …” with publication date: June 11, 2018.

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