Lawson Kroeker Investment Management Trimmed Its Verizon Communications (VZ) Holding; Marten Transport Limited (MRTN) Shorts Raised By 2.58%

Marten Transport Limited (NASDAQ:MRTN) had an increase of 2.58% in short interest. MRTN’s SI was 612,900 shares in December as released by FINRA. Its up 2.58% from 597,500 shares previously. With 226,200 avg volume, 3 days are for Marten Transport Limited (NASDAQ:MRTN)’s short sellers to cover MRTN’s short positions. The SI to Marten Transport Limited’s float is 2.65%. The stock increased 1.00% or $0.2 during the last trading session, reaching $20.3. About 195,096 shares traded. Marten Transport, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRTN) has risen 25.99% since December 31, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 9.29% the S&P500.

Lawson Kroeker Investment Management Inc decreased Verizon Communications (VZ) stake by 8.61% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Lawson Kroeker Investment Management Inc sold 11,025 shares as Verizon Communications (VZ)’s stock declined 7.66%. The Lawson Kroeker Investment Management Inc holds 117,000 shares with $5.79M value, down from 128,025 last quarter. Verizon Communications now has $215.93 billion valuation. The stock decreased 0.94% or $0.5 during the last trading session, reaching $52.93. About 9.99 million shares traded. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has declined 8.48% since December 31, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 25.18% the S&P500.

Analysts await Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) to report earnings on January, 23. They expect $0.88 EPS, up 2.33% or $0.02 from last year’s $0.86 per share. VZ’s profit will be $3.59B for 15.04 P/E if the $0.88 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.98 actual EPS reported by Verizon Communications Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -10.20% negative EPS growth.

Since August 28, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 insider sales for $89,365 activity. $29,658 worth of stock was sold by SILLIMAN CRAIG L. on Friday, October 27.

Among 26 analysts covering Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), 7 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 19 Hold. Therefore 27% are positive. Verizon Communications Inc. had 62 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Hilliard Lyons downgraded the shares of VZ in report on Wednesday, July 27 to “Neutral” rating. Argus Research maintained Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) rating on Wednesday, October 21. Argus Research has “Buy” rating and $53 target. The stock has “Hold” rating by SunTrust on Wednesday, December 6. Argus Research downgraded the stock to “Hold” rating in Friday, April 21 report. The stock of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) earned “Market Perform” rating by Wells Fargo on Monday, January 23. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Nomura on Friday, October 16. On Monday, September 7 the stock rating was downgraded by Zacks to “Hold”. The firm has “Mkt Perform” rating given on Wednesday, January 25 by FBR Capital. Bernstein downgraded the stock to “Market Perform” rating in Thursday, April 7 report. Vetr downgraded Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) on Tuesday, August 11 to “Buy” rating.

Investors sentiment is 0.88 in 2017 Q3. Its the same as in 2017Q2. It is flat, as 81 investors sold VZ shares while 696 reduced holdings. only 114 funds opened positions while 570 raised stakes. 2.53 billion shares or 1.44% more from 2.49 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Money Limited Liability Company has invested 0.18% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Wedge L LP Nc has 266,068 shares. Windward Capital Mngmt Co Ca has 16,696 shares for 0.14% of their portfolio. Stonehearth Capital Management Ltd invested 0.25% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Lincluden Mngmt holds 431,888 shares or 1.66% of its portfolio. Kentucky Retirement invested in 0.94% or 250,479 shares. Robeco Institutional Asset Bv holds 0.93% or 3.04 million shares. Wesbanco Commercial Bank invested in 0.76% or 292,905 shares. Union Financial Bank invested in 2.18% or 130,914 shares. New York-based Cibc World Markets Corp has invested 0.41% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Florida-based Hyman Charles D has invested 1.44% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Btim owns 0.05% invested in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) for 58,454 shares. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board holds 317,620 shares or 0.21% of its portfolio. Factory Mutual Insurance stated it has 1.41 million shares. Kcm Invest Advisors Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 1.77% or 586,076 shares.

Marten Transport, Ltd. operates as a temperature-sensitive truckload carrier for shippers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company has market cap of $1.11 billion. It operates through four divisions: Truckload, Dedicated, Intermodal, and Brokerage. It has a 33.17 P/E ratio. The Truckload segment transports food and other consumer packaged goods that require a temperature-controlled or insulated environment.