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Fayez Sarofim & Co. Sells 40,350 Shares of Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN)

Fayez Sarofim & Co. decreased its stake in Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) by 9.2% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 398,182 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock after selling 40,350 shares during the quarter. Fayez Sarofim & Co. owned approximately 0.07% of Franklin Resources worth $17,834,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans boosted its position in shares of Franklin Resources by 1.8% during the 2nd quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 12,930 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock valued at $579,000 after acquiring an additional 229 shares during the last quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC increased its stake in Franklin Resources by 4.9% in the second quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC now owns 1,485,811 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock worth $66,549,000 after purchasing an additional 69,254 shares during the period. BlueMountain Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Franklin Resources by 470.2% during the second quarter. BlueMountain Capital Management LLC now owns 20,857 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock valued at $934,000 after purchasing an additional 17,199 shares during the period. Amalgamated Bank boosted its position in Franklin Resources by 50.7% in the 2nd quarter. Amalgamated Bank now owns 37,853 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock valued at $1,695,000 after buying an additional 12,735 shares during the period. Finally, BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in shares of Franklin Resources by 1.2% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 21,369,185 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock valued at $957,127,000 after acquiring an additional 249,766 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 44.96% of the company’s stock.

BEN has been the topic of a number of research reports. Barclays PLC began coverage on shares of Franklin Resources in a research report on Friday, September 8th. They set an “underweight” rating and a $40.00 target price on the stock. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $44.00 price objective on shares of Franklin Resources in a research report on Sunday, September 3rd. BidaskClub downgraded Franklin Resources from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Franklin Resources from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Finally, UBS AG reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $45.00 price objective (down from $46.00) on shares of Franklin Resources in a report on Monday, July 31st. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $44.09.

Shares of Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN) opened at 44.51 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $24.82 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.48 and a beta of 1.72. Franklin Resources, Inc. has a 52 week low of $33.02 and a 52 week high of $47.65. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $42.65 and its 200 day moving average price is $43.09.

Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN) last released its earnings results on Friday, July 28th. The closed-end fund reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.73. Franklin Resources had a return on equity of 13.96% and a net margin of 27.30%. The business had revenue of $1.61 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.62 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.77 earnings per share. Franklin Resources’s revenue was down 1.2% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts anticipate that Franklin Resources, Inc. will post $2.95 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 29th will be issued a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 28th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.80%. Franklin Resources’s dividend payout ratio is currently 26.14%.

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