Barings LLC maintained its position in Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 53,935 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock at the end of the first quarter. Barings LLC’s holdings in Franklin Resources were worth $2,273,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI raised its position in Franklin Resources by 22.3% in the fourth quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI now owns 7,292 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock valued at $289,000 after buying an additional 1,332 shares during the last quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp raised its position in Franklin Resources by 1.1% in the fourth quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp now owns 4,571 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock valued at $181,000 after buying an additional 48 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in Franklin Resources by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,210,421 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock valued at $47,908,000 after buying an additional 4,464 shares during the last quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA raised its position in Franklin Resources by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 9,148 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock valued at $362,000 after buying an additional 56 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Marshall Wace LLP purchased a new position in Franklin Resources during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $4,894,000. 45.54% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.
Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE BEN) traded up 0.91% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $44.38. The company had a trading volume of 195,313 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $24.91 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.30 and a beta of 1.73. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $42.92 and a 200 day moving average price of $41.69. Franklin Resources, Inc. has a 52-week low of $30.56 and a 52-week high of $45.21.
Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN) last announced its earnings results on Friday, April 28th. The closed-end fund reported $0.74 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.67 by $0.07. Franklin Resources had a return on equity of 14.34% and a net margin of 27.77%. The company had revenue of $1.60 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.57 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.61 EPS. Franklin Resources’s revenue for the quarter was down .8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts forecast that Franklin Resources, Inc. will post $2.89 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 14th. Investors of record on Friday, June 30th will be issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.82%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, June 28th. Franklin Resources’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 25.81%.
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BEN has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. TheStreet raised shares of Franklin Resources from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Friday, March 3rd. Bank of America Corporation raised shares of Franklin Resources from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Thursday, March 16th. Morgan Stanley lowered shares of Franklin Resources from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $38.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Thursday, March 16th. Credit Suisse Group set a $33.00 target price on shares of Franklin Resources and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, March 27th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG boosted their target price on shares of Franklin Resources from $41.00 to $42.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 6th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $40.33.
In related news, CFO Kenneth A. Lewis sold 17,141 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.51, for a total transaction of $762,945.91. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 124,021 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,520,174.71. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Company insiders own 21.60% of the company’s stock.
Franklin Resources Company Profile
Franklin Resources, Inc is a holding company. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, operates as Franklin Templeton Investments. It is a global investment management company that provides investment management and related services to retail, institutional and high net-worth clients in jurisdictions around the world.
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