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Stocks with high institutional ownership: Verisk Analytics, (VRSK), Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (LH), Delphi Automotive (DLPH), Symantec Corporation (SYMC)

Most stock ownership is held by institutions. These entities may be pension funds, insurance companies, mutual funds, hedge funds or investment banks. Because the largest holders of most stocks are institutions knowing what they are doing with their stock could be useful information for traders.

When it comes to common stocks, institutional ownership is often expressed as a percentage of a firm’s outstanding shares. This figure represents the percentage of a company’s shares that are held by institutions. In addition, any owner who establishes a position exceeding 5% of the outstanding shares of any stock must disclose the details within ten days by filing a Form 13-D with the SEC.

Institutions wield tremendous influence in other matters as well. Since these major organizations are often a company’s largest shareholders, they are not shy about offering suggestions or opinions from time to time — often publicly. For example, institutional owners may sometimes pressure management into restructuring the company, divesting certain business segments, selling off assets, or even putting the firm itself up for sale. Occasionally, they may even express their disapproval by launching a proxy battle.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) institutional ownership was 94%. The stock has the market capitalization of $ 13.67B while its 168.49 Mshares were outstanding. The price to sale ratio was 7.34.Net profit margin of the company was 24.60% while operating profit margin as 36.60%. Stock volatility for the month was 1.75%while for the week was 1.43%.

With 97% institutional stake, Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) has the market capitalization of $ 11.36B while its 101.10M shares were outstanding. The company offers 5.10% sales in prior five years. Net profit margin of corporation was 6.00%. Shares of company were moving above of 50 days simple moving average with -5.01% while 200 days simple moving average with -6.03%.

Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH) institutional ownership is held at 97% while inside ownership was 0.30%. The company has the market capitalization of $ 23.29B. Its EPS was 4.37 while outstanding shares of the company were 284.35M. The Company’s Net profit margin was 9.40%while gross profit margin was 19.40%. The company earned $ 1.29B prior twelve months on revenue of $ 15.95B.

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) has the market capitalization of $ 14.26B while 679.20M shares were outstanding. Beta factor, which is used to measure risk associated with the stock, was 1.09. Return on equity was booked as 12.80% while return on assets was 5.80%. The stock’s institutional ownership stands at 94%.