Valeo Financial Advisors LLC raised its holdings in shares of CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME) by 71.1% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 1,560 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 648 shares during the period. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC’s holdings in CME Group were worth $228,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in CME. Capital International Investors boosted its stake in shares of CME Group by 11.4% during the 3rd quarter. Capital International Investors now owns 12,489,045 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,694,514,000 after buying an additional 1,279,058 shares during the last quarter. Thornburg Investment Management Inc. lifted its stake in CME Group by 5.4% in the 3rd quarter. Thornburg Investment Management Inc. now owns 3,902,886 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $529,544,000 after purchasing an additional 200,483 shares during the last quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. lifted its stake in CME Group by 10.7% in the 3rd quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. now owns 2,021,128 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $274,227,000 after purchasing an additional 196,171 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its stake in CME Group by 5.5% in the 4th quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,711,123 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $249,910,000 after purchasing an additional 89,480 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc lifted its stake in CME Group by 3.7% in the 3rd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 1,700,780 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $230,762,000 after purchasing an additional 60,352 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 83.13% of the company’s stock.

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CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME) opened at $165.39 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $56,300.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 38.46, a P/E/G ratio of 2.43 and a beta of 0.54. The company has a quick ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.10. CME Group Inc has a fifty-two week low of $114.82 and a fifty-two week high of $171.71.

CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.10 by $0.02. CME Group had a net margin of 111.49% and a return on equity of 7.68%. The firm had revenue of $900.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $886.85 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.14 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was down 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that CME Group Inc will post 6.47 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 9th will be paid a $0.70 dividend. This is an increase from CME Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.66. This represents a $2.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.69%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 8th. CME Group’s payout ratio is 65.12%.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub downgraded shares of CME Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday. Bank of America raised their target price on shares of CME Group from $175.00 to $185.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 8th. ValuEngine cut shares of CME Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of CME Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 6th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group raised shares of CME Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $180.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. CME Group has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $157.77.

In other CME Group news, insider Hilda Harris Piell sold 3,299 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $163.52, for a total value of $539,452.48. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Jack J. Tobin sold 2,325 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $152.28, for a total transaction of $354,051.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 17,574 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,676,168.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 43,024 shares of company stock valued at $6,620,113. 0.57% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About CME Group

CME Group Inc, through its exchanges, provides products across all asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural products and metals. The Company’s segment primarily consists of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc (CME), Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc (CBOT), New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc (NYMEX) and Commodity Exchange, Inc (COMEX) exchanges.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for CME Group (NASDAQ:CME)

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