Vodafone Group Plc (VOD) Shares Bought by North Star Investment Management Corp.

North Star Investment Management Corp. boosted its stake in shares of Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) by 7.8% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 89,153 shares of the cell phone carrier’s stock after acquiring an additional 6,446 shares during the period. North Star Investment Management Corp.’s holdings in Vodafone Group were worth $2,844,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of the business. Fisher Asset Management LLC raised its position in shares of Vodafone Group by 4.7% in the third quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 24,824,481 shares of the cell phone carrier’s stock valued at $706,505,000 after buying an additional 1,121,862 shares during the last quarter. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership raised its position in shares of Vodafone Group by 47.8% in the second quarter. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership now owns 3,013,916 shares of the cell phone carrier’s stock valued at $86,590,000 after buying an additional 975,277 shares during the last quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. raised its position in shares of Vodafone Group by 21.3% in the second quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 3,244,439 shares of the cell phone carrier’s stock valued at $93,255,000 after buying an additional 569,025 shares during the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP raised its position in shares of Vodafone Group by 153.7% in the third quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 819,323 shares of the cell phone carrier’s stock valued at $23,318,000 after buying an additional 496,431 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its position in shares of Vodafone Group by 9.0% in the second quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 5,641,400 shares of the cell phone carrier’s stock valued at $162,077,000 after buying an additional 467,200 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 10.23% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Vodafone Group Plc (VOD) traded down $0.95 on Thursday, hitting $31.65. 3,677,100 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,373,914. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46, a current ratio of 0.96 and a quick ratio of 0.95. Vodafone Group Plc has a 12-month low of $24.31 and a 12-month high of $32.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $83,430.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of -85.54, a P/E/G ratio of 2.49 and a beta of 0.94.

The company also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 2nd. Investors of record on Friday, November 24th will be issued a $0.5642 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 3.68%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 22nd. Vodafone Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently -310.81%.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on VOD shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Vodafone Group from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 target price for the company in a research report on Friday, November 17th. BidaskClub cut shares of Vodafone Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Goldman Sachs Group reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Vodafone Group in a report on Thursday, November 23rd. UBS Group reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Vodafone Group in a report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Barclays raised shares of Vodafone Group from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday, December 8th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. Vodafone Group has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $32.14.

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Vodafone Group Profile

Vodafone Group Plc (Vodafone) is a telecommunications company. The Company’s business is organized into two geographic regions: Europe, and Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMAP). Its segments include Europe and AMAP. Its Europe segment includes geographic regions, such as Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Other Europe.

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