Crawford Investment Counsel Inc Lowers stake in BlackRock (BLK)

BlackRock (BLK) : Crawford Investment Counsel Inc reduced its stake in BlackRock by 3.28% during the most recent quarter end. The investment management company now holds a total of 176,225 shares of BlackRock which is valued at $64,604,085 after selling 5,976 shares in BlackRock , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Aug 11, 2016.BlackRock makes up approximately 2.49% of Crawford Investment Counsel Inc’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Woodmont Investment Counsel reduced its stake in BLK by selling 134 shares or 3.96% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 3,249 shares of BLK which is valued at $1,191,083. BlackRock makes up approx 0.34% of Woodmont Investment Counsel’s portfolio.Edmond De Rothschild Holding S.a. reduced its stake in BLK by selling 2,044 shares or 16.65% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 10,233 shares of BLK which is valued at $3,751,418. BlackRock makes up approx 0.12% of Edmond De Rothschild Holding S.a.’s portfolio.Cambridge Investment Research Advisors boosted its stake in BLK in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 786 additional shares and now holds a total of 12,781 shares of BlackRock which is valued at $4,789,680. BlackRock makes up approx 0.10% of Cambridge Investment Research Advisors’s portfolio.State Treasurer State Of Michigan boosted its stake in BLK in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 200 additional shares and now holds a total of 43,660 shares of BlackRock which is valued at $16,073,866. BlackRock makes up approx 0.12% of State Treasurer State Of Michigan’s portfolio.Diam Ltd. boosted its stake in BLK in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 90 additional shares and now holds a total of 15,679 shares of BlackRock which is valued at $5,772,381. BlackRock makes up approx 0.08% of Diam Ltd.’s portfolio.

BlackRock opened for trading at $374.48 and hit $374.48 on the upside on Tuesday, eventually ending the session at $372.28, with a gain of 0.20% or 0.73 points. The heightened volatility saw the trading volume jump to 2,84,004 shares. Company has a market cap of $61,152 M.

On the company’s financial health, BlackRock reported $4.78 EPS for the quarter, missing the analyst consensus estimate by $ -0.01 based on the information available during the earnings call on Jul 14, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $4.79. The company had revenue of $2804.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $2805.03 million. The company’s revenue was down -3.5 % compared to the same quarter last year.During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $4.96 EPS.

Investors should note that on Jul 20, 2016, BlackRock announced a cash dividend of $2.2900. The company’s management has announced Aug 31, 2016 as the ex-dividend date and fixed the record date on Sep 2, 2016. The payable date has been fixed on Sep 23, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on BlackRock. BlackRock was Downgraded by Keefe Bruyette to ” Mkt Perform” on Jul 15, 2016. Shares were Reiterated by Deutsche Bank on Jun 16, 2016 to “Buy” and Lowered the Price Target to $ 363 from a previous price target of $386 .

BlackRock Inc. is an investment management firm. The Company provides investment and risk management services to institutional and retail clients across the world. Its product offerings include single- and multi-asset class portfolios investing in equities fixed income alternatives and money market instruments. Products are offered directly and through intermediaries in a variety of vehicles including open-end and closed-end mutual funds iShares exchange-traded funds (ETFs) separate accounts collective investment funds and other pooled investment vehicles. The Company also offers its BlackRock Solutions investment and risk management technology platform Aladdin risk analytics and advisory services and solutions. It has $4.65 trillion of assets under management at December 31 2014.

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