BlackRock shares gain for a second straight session on Wednesday, fund manager now has stake of less than 5% in Danske Bank

January 31, 2019 10:09 am

According to a report by Reuters, citing an announcement by Danske Bank, BlackRock Inc (BLK), the largest asset manager worldwide, has reduced its stake in Denmark’s largest bank, which is under investigation over money laundering.

BlackRock shares closed higher for a second consecutive trading session in New York on Wednesday. The stock edged up 0.17% ($0.71) to $408.33, after touching an intraday low at $401.27, or a price level not seen since January 15th ($393.40).

Shares of BlackRock Inc have surged 3.95% so far in 2019 compared with a 6.95% gain for the benchmark index, S&P 500 (SPX).

In 2018, BlackRock Inc’s stock went down 23.53%, thus, it again underperformed the S&P 500, which registered a 6.24% loss.

Danske Bank is being probed in Denmark, Estonia, the United Kingdom as well as in the United States in relation with suspicious payments at the amount of EUR 200 billion, made through the bank’s Estonian branch during the period 2007-2015.

In the beginning of December, BlackRock Inc had a stake of 5.27% in Danske Bank, which has now been cut to just below the 5% threshold where the fund manager has an obligation to inform the market.

According to CNN Money, the 13 analysts, offering 12-month forecasts regarding BlackRock Inc’s stock price, have a median target of $460.00, with a high estimate of $532.00 and a low estimate of $410.00. The median estimate represents a 12.65% upside compared to the closing price of $408.33 on January 30th.

The same media also reported that 12 out of 17 surveyed investment analysts had rated BlackRock Inc’s stock as “Buy”, while 3 – as “Hold”.

Weekly Pivot Levels

By using the traditional method of calculation, the weekly levels of importance for BlackRock Inc (BLK) are presented as follows:

Central Pivot Point – $410.32
R1 – $418.83
R2 – $427.72
R3 – $436.23
R4 – $444.75

S1 – $401.43
S2 – $392.92
S3 – $384.03
S4 – $375.15

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