Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. Has $1.03 Million Stock Position in Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO)

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Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. lowered its stake in shares of Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO) by 14.9% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 6,088 shares of the company’s stock after selling 1,064 shares during the period. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc.’s holdings in Diageo were worth $1,025,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Global Retirement Partners LLC raised its holdings in shares of Diageo by 13.5% during the fourth quarter. Global Retirement Partners LLC now owns 545 shares of the company’s stock valued at $92,000 after purchasing an additional 65 shares during the period. CAPROCK Group Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Diageo by 2.5% in the 3rd quarter. CAPROCK Group Inc. now owns 2,845 shares of the company’s stock worth $471,000 after acquiring an additional 69 shares during the last quarter. Cetera Advisor Networks LLC raised its holdings in shares of Diageo by 2.0% in the 3rd quarter. Cetera Advisor Networks LLC now owns 3,513 shares of the company’s stock worth $574,000 after acquiring an additional 70 shares during the last quarter. Bay Colony Advisory Group Inc d b a Bay Colony Advisors raised its holdings in shares of Diageo by 4.6% in the 4th quarter. Bay Colony Advisory Group Inc d b a Bay Colony Advisors now owns 1,585 shares of the company’s stock worth $268,000 after acquiring an additional 70 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Norway Savings Bank raised its holdings in shares of Diageo by 36.5% in the 3rd quarter. Norway Savings Bank now owns 273 shares of the company’s stock worth $45,000 after acquiring an additional 73 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 9.08% of the company’s stock.

DEO opened at $160.86 on Monday. Diageo plc has a fifty-two week low of $153.97 and a fifty-two week high of $176.22. The company’s 50-day moving average is $166.17 and its 200 day moving average is $164.44.

The firm also recently announced a semi-annual dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, April 14th. Investors of record on Friday, February 28th will be issued a $1.4355 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 27th. This represents a dividend yield of 2.2%.

DEO has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Diageo from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $171.00 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, November 4th. Jefferies Financial Group lowered shares of Diageo from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 16th. Argus lowered shares of Diageo from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 4th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Diageo from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 31st. Finally, Cfra upped their target price on shares of Diageo from $166.00 to $175.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 5th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $173.00.

Diageo Company Profile

Diageo plc, together with its subsidiaries, produces, markets, and sells alcoholic beverages worldwide. The company offers a collection of brands across spirits, beer, cider, and wine categories. Its brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan's and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Bundaberg, McDowell's No.

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