August 18, 2018

Sell-Side Upside & Dividend: MPLX LP (NYSE:MPLX)

17 April 2018, 01:28 | Glen Norman

The stock decreased 0.61% or $0.2 during the last trading session, reaching $32.42. The business had revenue of $1.09 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $937.04 million. MPLX LP (NYSE:MPLX) has declined 6.29% since April 15, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 17.84% the S&P500. "Buy" rating has 8, "Sell" are 0, while 3 are "Hold". The institutional investor held 213,854 shares of the precious metals company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $11.32 million, up from 205,834 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Kempner Capital Management Inc who had been investing in Rio Tinto Plc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $91.35 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.34% or $0.59 during the last trading session, reaching $174.73. About 4.14M shares traded or 24.58% up from the average. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has risen 19.49% since April 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 14.45% the S&P500. Fiduciary Financial Serv Of The Southwest Tx reported 0.21% in MPLX LP (NYSE:MPLX). They expect $0.46 EPS, up 142.11 % or $0.27 from last year's $0.19 per share. ILMN's profit will be $149.68 million for 60.10 P/E if the $1.02 EPS becomes a reality. After $3.89 actual EPS reported by Apple Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -30.33% negative EPS growth.

The Return on Invested Capital (aka ROIC) for MPLX LP (NYSE:MPLX) is 0.070861. That's change of 0.22, from 2017Q3's 1.04. Finally, Westwood Holdings Group Inc. lifted its position in shares of Mplx by 8.0% during the fourth quarter. 73 rose positions while 26 funds amassed positions.

In total 11 analysts cover MPLX LP (NYSE:MPLX). Vantage Inv Advsrs Limited holds 1,000 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Barclays Public Limited Co holds 0.06% of its portfolio in MPLX LP (NYSE:MPLX) for 2.04 million shares. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Mplx by 1.3% during the 3rd quarter. West Chester Cap Advsr has invested 2.54% in Apple Inc. American Century Companies Inc. acquired a new stake in Mplx in the 4th quarter valued at $204,000.

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MPLX LP owns, operates, develops, and acquires midstream energy infrastructure assets. Natixis holds 0.98% of its capital in MPLX LP (NYSE:MPLX) for 3.58M shs. Hills Financial Bank And Trust Communication holds 40,806 shares. (NASDAQ:ILMN). Magellan Asset Mgmt Ltd owns 163 shares or 0% of their USA portfolio. Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc accumulated 0.15% or 12,778 shares.

On 4/26/2017 NYSE:MPLX - Mplx announced a Quarterly dividend of $0.54 6.08% with an ex dividend date of 5/4/2017 which will be payable on 5/15/2017. Raymond James maintained the shares of MPLX in report on Friday, December 1 with "Buy" rating. Therefore 76% are positive.

Among 21 analysts covering MPLX LP (NYSE:MPLX), 16 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. On Friday, December 1 Raymond James maintained the shares of MPLX in report with "Buy" rating. The company was maintained on Thursday, February 1 by Stifel Nicolaus. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. The firm has "Overweight" rating by Morgan Stanley given on Friday, March 23. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Monday, October 16 by Jefferies. Citigroup reiterated a buy rating and issued a $46.00 target price on shares of Mplx in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. As per Friday, February 2, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. S&P Research upgraded the shares of AAPL in report on Thursday, September 17 to "Strong Buy" rating. On Tuesday, April 10 the company was maintained by Citigroup. On Wednesday, January 17 the firm earned "Equal-Weight" rating by Barclays Capital.

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MPLX registered $74,000 net activity with 0 insider purchases and 1 sale since December 11, 2017. Shares for $525,975 were sold by Chancy Mark A on Friday, February 16. Insiders have sold a total of 95,500 shares of company stock valued at $3,343,500 over the last 90 days.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.21 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.09, from 0.97 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 38 investors sold STI shares while 239 reduced holdings. 381.57 million shares or 1.65% more from 375.36 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Ballentine Prtn Ltd invested in 0.05% or 25,660 shs. It also reduced its holding in Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) by 3,957 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 60,597 shares, and cut its stake in General Electric Co (NYSE:GE). Captrust Financial reported 5,035 shs or 0.01% of all its holdings. Ws Mgmt Lllp invested 1.99% of its portfolio in Apple Inc. Northeast Consultants Inc holds 49,592 shs or 0.58% of its capital. (NYSE:AAN) or 57,956 shares. Savings Bank Of Nova Scotia reported 116,318 shares. Stone Ridge Asset Mgmt Llc invested 0.1% of its portfolio in Aaron's, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN). Trillium Asset invested 0.47% of its portfolio in Illumina, Inc. (NYSE:STI). 151,514 are held by Maple Capital Mngmt. Loomis Sayles Lp reported 22,831 shs or 0% of all its holdings. Moreover, Walleye Trading Limited Liability Co has 0% invested in Aaron's, Inc. Moreover, Clarivest Asset Management Lc has 0.08% invested in Aaron's, Inc.

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