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Stocks with high institutional ownership: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCAU), Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK), Discover Financial Services (DFS), Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (ADR) (MPEL)

Institutional investors are playing an increasingly important role in global capital markets. However, the extent to which institutional investors’ stock selection costs and efforts are transformed into superior stock selection remains an important and open research question for both practitioners and academic researchers. While there is already a large body of literature on this issue, the results have been mixed.

Investors use stock ownership information to augment research and to understand the affect these institutions can have on the price of a share of stock.  Large institutions can own enough stock to single-handedly drive the price of the security either up or down.  By analyzing stock ownership information, it’s possible to gain a better understanding of the opportunities for that movement to occur in a stock’s price.  For example, a stock with a relatively large proportion of their shares held by institutional owners may be more volatile.  This attribute would also be reflected in the stock’s beta.  Some investors view these relatively rapid swings in stock price as a risk they’d prefer to avoid.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU) institutional ownership was 38.60%. The stock has the market capitalization of $ 18.27B while it’s 1.30B shares were outstanding. The price to sale ratio was 0.15. Net profit margin of the company was 0.50% while operating profit margin as 3.10%. Stock volatility for the month was 1.69% while for the week was 1.53%.

With 93% institutional stake, Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) has the market capitalization of $16.56B while its 13.05B shares were outstanding. The company offers 11.20% sales in prior five years. Net profit margin of corporation was 25.00%. Shares of company were moving below of 50 days simple moving average with 2.64% while 200 days simple moving average with 3.50%.

Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) institutional ownership is held at 86% while inside ownership was 0.90%. The company has the market capitalization of $ 23.43B. Its EPS was 4.85 while outstanding shares of the company were 427.48M. The Company’s Net profit margin was 27.40%. The company earned $ 2.15B in prior twelve months on revenue of $ 7.86B.

Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (ADR)
(NASDAQ:MPEL) has the market capitalization of $ 9.38B while 574.78M shares were outstanding. Beta factor, which is used to measure risk associated with the stock, was 2.58. Return on equity was booked as 4.90% while return on assets was 2.00%. The stock’s institutional ownership stands at 10%.