Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Activision Blizzard (ATVI) Upgraded to "Strong-Buy" at Vetr


Franklin Resources Inc. now owns 255,245 shares of the company's stock valued at $14,695,000 after purchasing an additional 229,500 shares in the last quarter. Activision Blizzard has a 12-month low of $26.49 and a 12-month high of $45.55. The stock increased 0.51% or $0.55 during the last trading session, reaching $109.05. Currently, the stock has a 3 months average volume of 5.79 million.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (ATVI) stock analysis is based on price earnings ratio (P/E) ratio. It has outperformed by 31.13% the S&P500. Durkin Dennis M had sold 160,000 shares worth $9.71 million on Friday, August 11. The institutional investor held 146,283 shares of the major banks company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $13.97M, down from 192,419 at the end of the previous reported quarter.

Morgens Waterfall Vintiadis & Co Inc, which manages about $187.68M and $119.15M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Costco Whsl New Corp (NASDAQ:COST) by 2,200 shares to 2,750 shares, valued at $452,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing. About 495 shares traded. (NYSE:JPM) has risen 33.74% since January 10, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 22.07% the S&P500.

Analysts await Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN) to report earnings on February, 9. They expect $-0.01 earnings per share, up 87.50% or $0.07 from last year's $-0.08 per share. ATVI's profit will be $657.80M for 18.87 P/E if the $0.87 EPS becomes a reality.

Among 22 analysts covering McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK), 11 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 10 Hold. Biogen Idec Inc. had 95 analyst reports since July 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. BTIG Research assumed coverage on Activision Blizzard in a report on Monday, December 18th. Vetr raised shares of Activision Blizzard from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating and set a $62.29 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, November 29th. The company operates in the Technology sector with a market capitalization of 51 Million. On Friday, November 3 the stock rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with "Overweight". The rating was upgraded by Keefe Bruyette & Woods to "Market Perform" on Wednesday, June 8. The stock has "Sell" rating by Bank of America on Friday, October 27. The firm has "Neutral" rating given on Thursday, October 6 by UBS.

Shares of ATVI have increased 12.84% in the past three monthswhile the S&P 500 has gained 1.27% in that time. Its down 0.28, from 1.19 in 2017Q2. (NASDAQ:ATVI) for 70,942 shares. South Dakota Investment Council reported 15,400 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. Benchmark maintained Activision Blizzard, Inc. Wellington Shields Capital Mngmt Ltd Liability holds 0.06% or 6,750 shares in its portfolio. Joel Isaacson & Lc holds 73,935 shares. Missouri-based Stifel Financial has invested 0% in Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN). The California-based Aperio Group Lc has invested 0% in USG Corporation (NYSE:USG). Luminus Mgmt Ltd Liability Corp reported 0.43% of its portfolio in Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN). Schwab Charles Inv Mngmt reported 0.11% stake. (NYSE:V) for 2.08 million shares. Kentucky Retirement Ins Fund stated it has 0.21% of its portfolio in Activision Blizzard, Inc. Menta Ltd accumulated 45,444 shares or 0.1% of the stock. (NYSE:JPM). Pinnacle Assoc Limited reported 510,171 shares. Moreover, Swiss Bancshares has 0.19% invested in Activision Blizzard, Inc.

S&T Bancorp, Inc. (STBA) Cut to Hold at Zacks Investment Research
Sold All: 61 Reduced: 441 Increased: 368 New Position: 81. 18 funds opened positions while 41 raised stakes. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States.

Since January 9, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 1 sale for $1.92 million activity.

Shannon River Fund Management Llc increased 8X8 Inc New (NASDAQ:EGHT) stake by 367,459 shares to 583,657 valued at $7.88 million in 2017Q3.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.95 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.10, from 1.29 in 2017Q2.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ATVI. 93 funds opened positions while 240 raised stakes. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 1.35% with $699.20 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. 485,000 are held by Eulav Asset Management. Plante Moran Llc holds 52 shares. Janney Montgomery Scott Limited Liability Corporation holds 0.03% or 47,540 shares. Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its position in Activision Blizzard by 820.8% during the 2nd quarter.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (ATVI) exchanged hands at an unexpectedly low level of 4.12 million shares over the course of the day. (NASDAQ:ATVI). Citigroup stated it has 483,085 shares. Spectrum Inc has invested 0.01% in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Argi Investment Service Ltd Co accumulated 13,241 shares or 0.08% of the stock. Renaissance Tech Limited Liability Company owns 4.30M shares or 0.03% of their United States portfolio. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-five have assigned a buy rating to the company's stock. Therefore 28% are positive. Netgear had 12 analyst reports since October 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Argus Research maintained Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI). First Personal Financial Service reported 0% stake. The company was maintained on Thursday, March 17 by Barclays Capital. BidaskClub upgraded Activision Blizzard from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a report on Tuesday, December 19th. M Partners has "Buy" rating and $30 target. Creative Planning holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Activision Blizzard, Inc. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Friday, August 4 by Jefferies. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Friday, January 15 by Mizuho. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Wednesday, August 5 by UBS.

Since August 7, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 sales for $239.12 million activity.

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