Trust Company Of Toledo Na Has Lifted Smith (Ao) (AOS) Stake By $528,750; Shorts at Asta Funding (ASFI) Raised By 89.02%

June 19, 2017 - By Peter Erickson

Asta Funding Incorporated (NASDAQ:ASFI) had an increase of 89.02% in short interest. ASFI’s SI was 49,900 shares in June as released by FINRA. Its up 89.02% from 26,400 shares previously. With 33,200 avg volume, 2 days are for Asta Funding Incorporated (NASDAQ:ASFI)’s short sellers to cover ASFI’s short positions. About 1,394 shares traded. Asta Funding, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASFI) has declined 32.37% since June 19, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 49.07% the S&P500.

Trust Company Of Toledo Na increased Smith (Ao) Corp (AOS) stake by 100% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing. Trust Company Of Toledo Na acquired 11,250 shares as Smith (Ao) Corp (AOS)’s stock rose 8.51%. The Trust Company Of Toledo Na holds 22,500 shares with $1.07 million value, up from 11,250 last quarter. Smith (Ao) Corp now has $9.85B valuation. The stock rose 0.42% or $0.24 reaching $56.98 per share. About 31,531 shares traded. A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) has risen 35.20% since June 19, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 18.50% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 6.44 in 2016 Q4. Its up 5.33, from 1.11 in 2016Q3. It improved, as 37 investors sold AOS shares while 17 reduced holdings. 52 funds opened positions while 296 raised stakes. 247.64 million shares or 292.04% more from 63.17 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported. Rainier Management Ltd Com has invested 1.56% in A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS). Chem Bank & Trust stated it has 13,800 shares. Panagora Asset Management reported 4,204 shares. Water Asset Ltd Limited Liability Company accumulated 176,541 shares. Northern stated it has 1.37 million shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. Blackrock Ltd accumulated 0.01% or 619,795 shares. Svcs Automobile Association owns 24,968 shares. California State Teachers Retirement Sys owns 0.03% invested in A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) for 302,846 shares. Plante Moran Fincl Advsr Limited Liability Corporation invested in 0.01% or 508 shares. Aperio Group Inc Llc has invested 0.01% in A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS). Frontier Capital Mgmt Co Lc accumulated 0.63% or 1.73 million shares. Bb&T Limited Liability Com stated it has 0.04% in A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS). Fjarde Ap stated it has 41,842 shares. Capstone Asset Mgmt invested in 17,624 shares. Hsbc Hldg Public Ltd Liability Corp reported 562,701 shares stake.

Among 12 analysts covering AO Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS), 7 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 58% are positive. AO Smith Corp had 15 analyst reports since September 11, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was downgraded on Friday, April 28 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Longbow given on Friday, June 17. Suntrust Robinson initiated the shares of AOS in report on Tuesday, November 3 with “Buy” rating. Northland Capital initiated the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, March 8 report. The stock of A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) earned “Outperform” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Tuesday, April 5. KeyCorp downgraded the shares of AOS in report on Monday, May 1 to “Sector Weight” rating. The rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets with “Overweight” on Friday, April 8. The company was maintained on Thursday, July 14 by SunTrust. BB&T Capital initiated A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) on Wednesday, September 23 with “Buy” rating. William Blair initiated A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) on Friday, September 11 with “Outperform” rating.

Since February 6, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 17 sales for $21.12 million activity. 120,900 shares were sold by JONES PAUL W, worth $6.02M. On Friday, June 2 KITA JOHN J sold $687,149 worth of A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) or 12,200 shares. Wheeler Kevin J. had sold 13,600 shares worth $739,708. Rajendra Ajita G also sold $1.66 million worth of A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) on Friday, May 5. Shares for $788,480 were sold by Heideman Robert J on Wednesday, February 8. The insider Ackerman Patricia K sold $365,874. 17,621 shares were sold by GREUBEL WILLIAM P, worth $863,429 on Thursday, February 9.

Since June 13, 2017, it had 1 insider purchase, and 0 selling transactions for $21,390 activity. $21,390 worth of Asta Funding, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASFI) shares were bought by Levenfus Mark.

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