Mark Zuckerberg Sold 145,000 Shares of Facebook, Inc. (FB); Vident Investment Advisory Lowered Northrop Grumman (NOC) Stake By $15.19 Million

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Vident Investment Advisory Llc decreased Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC) stake by 95.61% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Vident Investment Advisory Llc sold 49,631 shares as Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC)’s stock rose 14.98%. The Vident Investment Advisory Llc holds 2,279 shares with $699,000 value, down from 51,910 last quarter. Northrop Grumman Corp now has $60.34B valuation. The stock increased 0.15% or $0.52 during the last trading session, reaching $346.04. About 1.02 million shares traded. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has risen 48.11% since April 4, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 36.56% the S&P500.

Since October 27, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 9 insider sales for $8.38 million activity. ASHWORTH SID also sold $1.88M worth of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) shares. 3,226 shares were sold by Pamiljans Janis G, worth $1.13M on Tuesday, February 20. $1.03 million worth of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was sold by Hardesty Michael A. The insider Peppard Denise M. sold 3,721 shares worth $1.31 million.

Vident Investment Advisory Llc increased Exelon Corp (NYSE:EXC) stake by 11,013 shares to 106,824 valued at $4.21 million in 2017Q4. It also upped Incyte Corp (NASDAQ:INCY) stake by 8,205 shares and now owns 17,957 shares. Nuveen Pfd & Incm Securties (JPS) was raised too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.98 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.08, from 1.06 in 2017Q3. It is negative, as 46 investors sold NOC shares while 287 reduced holdings. 105 funds opened positions while 222 raised stakes. 137.07 million shares or 0.41% less from 137.63 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Ing Groep Nv has invested 0.08% in Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC). 905 are owned by Tci Wealth Advisors Inc. Brave Asset Mgmt accumulated 0.74% or 4,650 shares. Utah Retirement has 30,015 shares for 0.19% of their portfolio. Solutions has invested 0.02% in Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC). 3,657 are owned by Boston Private Wealth Ltd. Charter Trust Com owns 3,132 shares or 0.11% of their US portfolio. Burns J W & Co Ny accumulated 0.07% or 909 shares. Comerica Bank has 0.14% invested in Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for 68,263 shares. San Francisco Sentry Inv Group (Ca) invested 0.14% of its portfolio in Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC). Comerica, a Michigan-based fund reported 1,043 shares. Moreover, Usca Ria Limited has 0.05% invested in Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for 1,581 shares. Strs Ohio reported 218,925 shares or 0.29% of all its holdings. 80,461 were accumulated by James Inv Research. Arcadia Investment Corp Mi reported 0.02% in Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).

Among 18 analysts covering Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC), 13 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 72% are positive. Northrop Grumman had 60 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of NOC in report on Friday, July 7 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, September 29 with “Buy”. JP Morgan downgraded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) rating on Thursday, August 25. JP Morgan has “Neutral” rating and $231 target. The company was maintained on Wednesday, June 21 by Jefferies. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of NOC in report on Sunday, October 8 with “Buy” rating. On Thursday, October 26 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. The company was downgraded on Wednesday, March 1 by Citigroup. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Robert W. Baird given on Thursday, October 6. The company was maintained on Thursday, August 6 by Argus Research. The rating was upgraded by Vertical Research to “Buy” on Thursday, May 11.

Analysts await Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) to report earnings on April, 25. They expect $3.56 earnings per share, down 1.93% or $0.07 from last year’s $3.63 per share. NOC’s profit will be $620.81 million for 24.30 P/E if the $3.56 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.82 actual earnings per share reported by Northrop Grumman Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 26.24% EPS growth.

Among 55 analysts covering Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), 50 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 91% are positive. Facebook has $265.0 highest and $88 lowest target. $193.21’s average target is 23.77% above currents $156.11 stock price. Facebook had 245 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, October 12 by William Blair. Piper Jaffray maintained Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) rating on Thursday, January 28. Piper Jaffray has “Overweight” rating and $170 target. As per Thursday, March 22, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. BMO Capital Markets maintained Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) rating on Thursday, February 1. BMO Capital Markets has “Hold” rating and $175.0 target. The stock of Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) earned “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, November 5. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets on Wednesday, November 22 with “Hold”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, April 28 by Axiom Capital. Canaccord Genuity maintained the shares of FB in report on Tuesday, September 5 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Friday, July 14 with “Buy”. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, January 28 report.

Facebook, Inc. provides various products to connect and share through mobile devices, personal computers, and other surfaces worldwide. The company has market cap of $453.50 billion. The Company’s solutions include Facebook Website and mobile application that enables people to connect, share, discover, and communicate each other on mobile devices and personal computers; Instagram, a mobile application that enables people to take photos or videos, customize them with filter effects, and share them with friends and followers in a photo feed or send them directly to friends; Messenger, a messaging application to communicate with people and businesses across platforms and devices; and WhatsApp Messenger, a mobile messaging application. It has a 28.96 P/E ratio. The firm also offers Oculus virtual reality technology and content platform, which allow people to enter an immersive and interactive environment to play games, consume content, and connect with others.

Analysts await Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) to report earnings on May, 2. They expect $1.40 earnings per share, up 34.62% or $0.36 from last year’s $1.04 per share. FB’s profit will be $4.07B for 27.88 P/E if the $1.40 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.20 actual earnings per share reported by Facebook, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -36.36% negative EPS growth.

Since October 3, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 39 insider sales for $1.17 billion activity. $85.53 million worth of stock was sold by Zuckerberg Mark on Thursday, March 15. 5,587 shares were sold by FISCHER DAVID B., worth $1.05M. Another trade for 1.25M shares valued at $221.33M was sold by Koum Jan. Shares for $127,573 were sold by Stretch Colin. 14,901 shares were sold by Wehner David M., worth $2.66 million. Schroepfer Michael Todd sold $6.94M worth of stock. Cox Christopher K sold $2.77 million worth of Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) on Monday, October 9.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.21 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.06, from 1.15 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 57 investors sold Facebook, Inc. shares while 621 reduced holdings. 147 funds opened positions while 670 raised stakes. 1.61 billion shares or 1.26% less from 1.63 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Eqis Cap Mgmt reported 19,982 shares. Private Tru Na invested 0.72% of its portfolio in Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB). Amg Natl Tru Bancshares has 0.03% invested in Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) for 2,364 shares. Paloma Prtnrs Mngmt reported 0.01% in Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB). Tarbox Family Office reported 1,666 shares. Salem Inv Counselors has 127,925 shares for 2.45% of their portfolio. Sterling Capital Ltd Liability Company holds 0.07% or 41,337 shares. 1.24 million are owned by Millennium Mngmt Lc. Rosenblum Silverman Sutton S F Inc Ca stated it has 5.85% in Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB). Signature Est And Inv Advsrs Limited Liability Corp owns 104,029 shares or 1.87% of their US portfolio. Thornburg stated it has 1.36M shares. Arrowmark Colorado Hldgs Ltd Liability Co has 10,400 shares. Regentatlantic Cap Limited Co owns 10,016 shares or 0.14% of their US portfolio. Aspiriant Limited Liability Co has invested 2.23% in Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB). Tiger Management Limited Company reported 4.7% of its portfolio in Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB).

In a public document which was filled with the Security Exchange Commission, it was exposed that the COB and CEO of Facebook Inc Mark Zuckerberg, an insider in question, made a deal for 145,000 shares of the Pinksheet-listed company, having an approx. value of $22,610,877 U.S Dollars using the average stock price of $155.9 U.S Dollars. He also sold 2,636,405 shares that are worth approx $467,445,743 USD in the last month. Because it was a sizable one stocks unloading, it’s not likely to stay unnoticed one. Mark Zuckerberg today owns 8.71 million shares or 10%+ of Facebook Inc’s total market capitalization.

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