National Investment Services Has Boosted Its Kroger Company (KR) Stake; Fidus Investment (FDUS) Has 1.48 Sentiment

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Fidus Investment Corp (FDUS) investors sentiment increased to 1.48 in 2018 Q1. It’s up 0.36, from 1.12 in 2017Q4. The ratio is positive, as 31 investment professionals opened new and increased positions, while 21 sold and reduced positions in Fidus Investment Corp. The investment professionals in our database now hold: 6.73 million shares, down from 7.12 million shares in 2017Q4. Also, the number of investment professionals holding Fidus Investment Corp in top ten positions was flat from 1 to 1 for the same number . Sold All: 9 Reduced: 12 Increased: 19 New Position: 12.

National Investment Services Inc increased Kroger Company (KR) stake by 28.64% reported in 2018Q1 SEC filing. National Investment Services Inc acquired 15,067 shares as Kroger Company (KR)’s stock declined 11.63%. The National Investment Services Inc holds 67,683 shares with $1.62 million value, up from 52,616 last quarter. Kroger Company now has $20.90B valuation. The stock decreased 0.08% or $0.02 during the last trading session, reaching $25.99. About 10.29M shares traded or 0.00% up from the average. The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has declined 15.83% since June 20, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 28.40% the S&P500. Some Historical KR News: ; 27/03/2018 – Kroger-Target Rumor May be Tip of Consolidation Iceberg; 27/05/2018 – The great meal-kit shakeout continues as Kroger plans to buy Home Chef for at least $200 million. Via @DelRey:; 15/03/2018 – KROGER BOARD OKS $1B SHARE BUYBACK AUTHORIZATION, DECLARES QTRL; 17/05/2018 – U.S grocer Kroger signs deal to use Ocado’s home delivery tech; 09/03/2018 – Kroger Cincinnati/Dayton Associates Ratify New Contract with UFCW 75; 09/03/2018 – KROGER CINCINNATI/DAYTON ASSOCIATES RATIFY CONTRACT WITH UFCW; 23/03/2018 – Kroger (KR), Target (TGT) Merger Rumors Aren’t True – CNBC; 15/03/2018 – KROGER CO – BOARD OF DIRECTORS TODAY DECLARED A QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF 12.5 CENTS PER SHARE; 20/04/2018 – ADVISORY-Alert on Kroger wrongly coded to unrelated company; 20/04/2018 – Energy-Saving Programs at Ralphs Help Earn 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award

Stepstone Group Lp holds 2.46% of its portfolio in Fidus Investment Corporation for 260,105 shares. West Family Investments Inc. owns 603,824 shares or 2.06% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Muzinich & Co. Inc. has 1.13% invested in the company for 523,348 shares. The North Carolina-based Novare Capital Management Llc has invested 0.79% in the stock. Buckhead Capital Management Llc, a Georgia-based fund reported 111,265 shares.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 1 insider buy, and 0 sales for $91,700 activity.

The stock increased 0.56% or $0.08 during the last trading session, reaching $14.31. About 131,085 shares traded or 23.00% up from the average. Fidus Investment Corporation (FDUS) has declined 15.29% since June 20, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 27.86% the S&P500. Some Historical FDUS News: ; 03/05/2018 – FIDUS INVESTMENT CORP FDUS.O – QTRLY ADJUSTED NET INVESTMENT INCOME PER SHARE $ 0.36; 06/04/2018 KBRA Assigns Preliminary Long-Term Credit Rating of AA with a Stable Outlook to Fidus Re Ltd.’s Series 2018-1 Class A; 16/04/2018 – BUILD AMERICA MUTUAL – EXPANDING CLAIMS-PAYING RESOURCES BY $100 MLN THROUGH COLLATERALIZED REINSURANCE AGREEMENT WITH FIDUS RE; 16/04/2018 – BAM IN COLLATERALIZED REINSURANCE PACT WITH FIDUS RE LTD; 06/04/2018 – KBRA Assigns Preliminary Long-Term Credit Rating of AA with a Stable Outlook to Fidus Re Ltd.’s Series 2018-1 Class A Principal-at-Risk Variable Rate Notes; 03/05/2018 – FIDUS INVESTMENT CORP FDUS.O – QTRLY NET INVESTMENT INCOME PER SHARE $0.30

Fidus Investment Corporation is a business development firm specializing in leveraged buyouts, refinancings, change of ownership transactions, recapitalizations, strategic acquisitions, mezzanine, growth capital, business expansion, lower middle market investments, debt investments, subordinated and second lien loans, senior secured and unitranche debt, preferred equity, warrants, subordinated debt, senior subordinated notes, junior secured loans, and unitranche loans. The company has market cap of $350.07 million. It does not invest in turnarounds or distressed situations. It has a 6.96 P/E ratio. The fund prefers to invest in aerospace and defense, business services, consumer services and products including retail, food, and beverage, healthcare services and products, industrial services and products, information technology services, niche manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and value-added distribution sectors.

Analysts await Fidus Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:FDUS) to report earnings on August, 2. They expect $0.35 EPS, down 10.26% or $0.04 from last year’s $0.39 per share. FDUS’s profit will be $8.56M for 10.22 P/E if the $0.35 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.36 actual EPS reported by Fidus Investment Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -2.78% negative EPS growth.

Another recent and important Fidus Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:FDUS) news was published by Seekingalpha.com which published an article titled: “This 11.2% Yielding BDC Is Ready For Shareholder Activism” on May 30, 2018.

More recent The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Kroger: Investment Drive Should Fuel Profits” on May 31, 2018. Also 247Wallst.com published the news titled: “Worried About Tariffs? 4 Stocks to Buy That Do Almost 100% US Business” on June 19, 2018. Prnewswire.com‘s news article titled: “Kroger Helps Customers Prepare for Hurricane Season” with publication date: June 19, 2018 was also an interesting one.

Among 37 analysts covering Kroger (NYSE:KR), 18 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 19 Hold. Therefore 49% are positive. Kroger has $48 highest and $19.0 lowest target. $31.44’s average target is 20.97% above currents $25.99 stock price. Kroger had 112 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Friday, March 9 the stock rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with “Equal-Weight”. Citigroup maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, December 26 report. The stock of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, August 31 by Jefferies. Morgan Stanley maintained it with “Equal-Weight” rating and $29 target in Tuesday, February 6 report. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Hold” on Tuesday, June 27. Argus Research maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, December 14 report. On Monday, June 19 the stock rating was maintained by UBS with “Hold”. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, October 28 by Telsey Advisory Group. The company was maintained on Tuesday, August 15 by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, June 16 by J.P. Morgan.

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