Valero Energy (VLO) Shareholder Moody National Bank Trust Division Has Upped Position by $316,920 as Stock Declined; As Centurylink (CTL) Shares Rose, Punch & Associates Investment Management Has Raised Its Holding by $1.45 Million

January 1, 2018 - By Dolores Ford

Moody National Bank Trust Division increased its stake in Valero Energy Corp (VLO) by 121.36% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Moody National Bank Trust Division bought 4,170 shares as the company’s stock declined 2.47% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 7,606 shares of the integrated oil company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $585,000, up from 3,436 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Moody National Bank Trust Division who had been investing in Valero Energy Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $40.22 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.42% or $0.39 during the last trading session, reaching $91.91. About 2.34M shares traded. Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) has risen 15.29% since January 1, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 1.41% the S&P500.

Punch & Associates Investment Management Inc increased its stake in Centurylink Inc (CTL) by 35.16% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Punch & Associates Investment Management Inc bought 80,713 shares as the company’s stock rose 2.43% with the market. The hedge fund held 310,280 shares of the public utilities company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $5.86M, up from 229,567 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Punch & Associates Investment Management Inc who had been investing in Centurylink Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $17.83 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 2.57% or $0.44 during the last trading session, reaching $16.68. About 10.04 million shares traded. CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) has declined 7.62% since January 1, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 24.32% the S&P500.

Since September 6, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 4 selling transactions for $4.10 million activity. CISKOWSKI MICHAEL S sold $3.86 million worth of stock.

Among 22 analysts covering Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO), 10 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 45% are positive. Valero Energy Corporation had 62 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, June 15 report. UBS initiated Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) on Thursday, May 19 with “Neutral” rating. As per Monday, August 3, the company rating was maintained by Oppenheimer. Citigroup maintained the shares of VLO in report on Wednesday, October 18 with “Buy” rating. The stock has “Hold” rating by J.P. Morgan on Friday, October 6. The rating was downgraded by Credit Suisse to “Neutral” on Monday, April 11. The company was maintained on Thursday, July 27 by Jefferies. The firm has “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital given on Tuesday, November 14. The stock has “Buy” rating by Scotia Capital on Thursday, December 21. As per Wednesday, November 16, the company rating was upgraded by Tudor Pickering.

Moody National Bank Trust Division, which manages about $2.04 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) by 4,225 shares to 17,260 shares, valued at $1.26M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Disney Walt Company (NYSE:DIS) by 6,900 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 17,582 shares, and cut its stake in Pnc Financial Services Group (NYSE:PNC).

Investors sentiment decreased to 1 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.19, from 1.19 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 46 investors sold VLO shares while 310 reduced holdings. 97 funds opened positions while 258 raised stakes. 342.98 million shares or 0.60% less from 345.06 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Cantab Llp reported 16,597 shares. Avalon Advisors Limited Co, Texas-based fund reported 242,983 shares. Affinity Investment Advsrs Ltd Company stated it has 1.44% of its portfolio in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO). Westpac Banking holds 31,568 shares or 0.05% of its portfolio. Umb Bankshares N A Mo owns 0.07% invested in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) for 26,528 shares. Pictet Asset Limited holds 0.06% or 286,373 shares. Regentatlantic Cap Lc reported 121,681 shares stake. Hermes Inv Mgmt reported 5,900 shares stake. Wilsey Asset reported 9.04% in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO). Moreover, Connor Clark & Lunn Inv has 0.02% invested in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO). Zeke Cap Advsr Limited Liability Corporation has invested 0.08% in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO). Chicago Equity Prtnrs Ltd Company reported 71,075 shares. Nippon Life Global Invsts Americas reported 0.38% stake. Oak Assocs Oh invested 0.64% of its portfolio in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO). Cleararc Incorporated invested 0.63% in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.95 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.13, from 1.08 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 65 investors sold CTL shares while 190 reduced holdings. 64 funds opened positions while 179 raised stakes. 436.00 million shares or 1.89% less from 444.41 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Citadel Advsrs Llc invested in 0.02% or 1.54M shares. Raymond James And Associate holds 0.04% in CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) or 1.02 million shares. Next Fin Grp holds 15,613 shares. Benjamin F Edwards And holds 0.02% or 9,006 shares in its portfolio. Toronto Dominion Fincl Bank owns 0.01% invested in CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) for 217,719 shares. Credit Suisse Ag holds 1.46M shares or 0.03% of its portfolio. Gotham Asset Mngmt Llc holds 0.33% or 1.20M shares. 969,717 were reported by Hsbc Holdg Public Ltd Com. Kentucky Retirement invested in 0.05% or 33,698 shares. Moors And Cabot invested in 11,776 shares. Paradigm Asset Mngmt Communications Limited Liability holds 0.51% or 105,080 shares in its portfolio. Duff Phelps Inv Mgmt holds 0.21% of its portfolio in CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) for 800,000 shares. Ftb Advisors invested in 0% or 1,965 shares. Exxonmobil Invest Management Inc Tx owns 100,366 shares for 0.05% of their portfolio. Moreover, Jefferies Grp Inc Limited Company has 0.02% invested in CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL).

Among 20 analysts covering Centurylink Inc. (NYSE:CTL), 5 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 25% are positive. Centurylink Inc. had 55 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold” on Thursday, November 9. The stock of CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, May 26 by RBC Capital Markets. On Thursday, March 17 the stock rating was downgraded by Jefferies to “Underperform”. The firm earned “Mkt Perform” rating on Friday, October 28 by Raymond James. The stock has “Market Perform” rating by Wells Fargo on Tuesday, May 3. The company was maintained on Friday, July 7 by RBC Capital Markets. Barclays Capital initiated the stock with “Underweight” rating in Tuesday, September 15 report. The rating was initiated by SunTrust with “Hold” on Tuesday, December 13. UBS maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, November 9 report. As per Wednesday, October 18, the company rating was maintained by Cowen & Co.

Punch & Associates Investment Management Inc, which manages about $832.72 million and $1.13 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Madison Cvred Call & Eq Str (XMCNX) by 376,714 shares to 1.02 million shares, valued at $8.00 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Techtarget Inc (NASDAQ:TTGT) by 69,462 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 925,420 shares, and cut its stake in Stonecastle Finl Corp (NASDAQ:BANX).

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