Criterion Capital Management Has Upped Its Mastercard (MA) Stake; Pra Group (PRAA) Shorts Down By 0.8%

February 23, 2018 - By wolcottdaily

Criterion Capital Management Llc increased Mastercard Incorporated (MA) stake by 81.86% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Criterion Capital Management Llc acquired 117,494 shares as Mastercard Incorporated (MA)’s stock rose 7.46%. The Criterion Capital Management Llc holds 261,030 shares with $36.86M value, up from 143,536 last quarter. Mastercard Incorporated now has $183.80 billion valuation. The stock increased 1.08% or $1.869 during the last trading session, reaching $174.819. About 1.20 million shares traded. Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) has risen 24.16% since February 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 7.46% the S&P500.

Pra Group Inc (NASDAQ:PRAA) had a decrease of 0.8% in short interest. PRAA’s SI was 7.02 million shares in February as released by FINRA. Its down 0.8% from 7.07 million shares previously. With 309,300 avg volume, 23 days are for Pra Group Inc (NASDAQ:PRAA)’s short sellers to cover PRAA’s short positions. The SI to Pra Group Inc’s float is 16.79%. The stock decreased 1.61% or $0.58 during the last trading session, reaching $35.22. About 58,432 shares traded. PRA Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA) has risen 44.62% since February 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 27.92% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.89 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.01, from 0.88 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 39 investors sold MA shares while 488 reduced holdings. 103 funds opened positions while 367 raised stakes. 779.91 million shares or 1.33% less from 790.40 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Korea Invest Corp holds 682,021 shares. 12,927 were accumulated by San Francisco Sentry Invest Group (Ca). Moreover, Pension Serv has 0.6% invested in Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA). Legal General Gp Public Ltd holds 0.5% or 4.71 million shares in its portfolio. 486,910 are held by Aqr Capital Mgmt Ltd Company. 3,000 were reported by Moreno Evelyn V. Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo And Limited Liability Com owns 1.00 million shares for 0.83% of their portfolio. Inv House Ltd invested 0.29% in Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA). Independence accumulated 2,308 shares or 0.37% of the stock. Carderock Mngmt owns 51,712 shares or 3.29% of their US portfolio. Moreover, First Long Island Limited has 1.21% invested in Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) for 59,222 shares. Moreover, Ci Investments has 0% invested in Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) for 293 shares. Adage Group Limited Com holds 1.45M shares or 0.5% of its portfolio. Cibc World Incorporated reported 0.07% in Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA). Utd National Bank & Trust has 0.09% invested in Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA).

Criterion Capital Management Llc decreased Charter Communications Inc N (Call) stake by 192,028 shares to 57,700 valued at $20.97 million in 2017Q3. It also reduced Alphabet Inc stake by 3,118 shares and now owns 78,261 shares. Charter Communications Inc N was reduced too.

Among 40 analysts covering Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA), 36 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 90% are positive. Mastercard Incorporated had 121 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, July 27 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. Robert W. Baird maintained Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) rating on Friday, January 19. Robert W. Baird has “Buy” rating and $182.0 target. Credit Suisse downgraded it to “Hold” rating and $12800 target in Thursday, July 27 report. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Buy” rating and $116 target in Monday, October 31 report. The stock has “Buy” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets on Wednesday, November 1. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Buy” rating and $140.0 target in Tuesday, August 29 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, December 28 by Susquehanna. The rating was maintained by Bernstein on Monday, December 11 with “Buy”. The rating was upgraded by Wedbush to “Outperform” on Friday, January 20. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, February 15 by Loop Capital.

Since September 21, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 sales for $6.19 million activity. Shares for $2.61M were sold by McLaughlin Edward Grunde. 14,200 shares were sold by Vosburg Craig, worth $2.01M on Thursday, September 21. The insider Fraccaro Michael sold 5,800 shares worth $856,027. The insider Haythornthwaite Richard sold 5,000 shares worth $712,540.

Since December 29, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for $66,064 activity. On Friday, December 29 the insider KYLE PENELOPE W sold $66,064.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.76 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.60, from 1.36 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 26 investors sold PRA Group, Inc. shares while 77 reduced holdings. 30 funds opened positions while 48 raised stakes. 49.44 million shares or 3.50% more from 47.77 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Gmt Cap Corp accumulated 171,100 shares. Pacad Invest Limited accumulated 12,400 shares or 0.08% of the stock. Mai Capital Mgmt, a Ohio-based fund reported 8,800 shares. Pitcairn Com holds 9,904 shares or 0.03% of its portfolio. Moreover, Citigroup has 0% invested in PRA Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA) for 5,501 shares. Pinebridge Invs Ltd Partnership owns 54,552 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio. Ubs Asset Mgmt Americas Inc invested 0% of its portfolio in PRA Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA). Virginia Retirement Sys Et Al has invested 0% in PRA Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA). Moreover, Bb&T Securities Ltd Liability Corporation has 0.01% invested in PRA Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA). Timber Creek Cap Mngmt Ltd Liability Com, Massachusetts-based fund reported 750 shares. Bell National Bank accumulated 7,804 shares. 80,035 are held by Morgan Stanley. Nationwide Fund holds 27,565 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Natixis reported 7,120 shares stake. 646 were reported by Assetmark Inc.

Among 7 analysts covering Portfolio Recovery Associates (NASDAQ:PRAA), 2 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 29% are positive. Portfolio Recovery Associates had 17 analyst reports since October 14, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Raymond James downgraded PRA Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA) on Tuesday, May 10 to “Outperform” rating. On Tuesday, November 17 the stock rating was upgraded by Raymond James to “Strong Buy”. The rating was initiated by First Analysis on Tuesday, June 7 with “Overweight”. The stock of PRA Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, August 9 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The stock has “Underperform” rating by Raymond James on Thursday, September 21. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, October 10 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, November 9 by Janney Capital. On Tuesday, November 8 the stock rating was downgraded by Raymond James to “Mkt Perform”. On Thursday, November 9 the stock rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with “Hold”. Oppenheimer initiated PRA Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA) on Monday, January 8 with “Hold” rating.

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