Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) – Research analysts at Jefferies Group raised their FY2018 EPS estimates for Franklin Resources in a research note issued on Tuesday. Jefferies Group analyst D. Fannon now anticipates that the closed-end fund will post earnings per share of $3.00 for the year, up from their previous estimate of $2.98. Jefferies Group currently has a “Hold” rating and a $44.00 price objective on the stock.

A number of other research analysts have also weighed in on BEN. BidaskClub raised Franklin Resources from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 20th. Deutsche Bank AG increased their price objective on Franklin Resources from $41.00 to $42.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 4th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $47.00 price objective on shares of Franklin Resources in a report on Thursday, July 6th. Morgan Stanley reissued an “underweight” rating and issued a $40.00 price objective (up from $39.00) on shares of Franklin Resources in a report on Monday, July 10th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company lowered Franklin Resources from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $50.00 price objective on the stock. in a report on Monday, July 24th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. Franklin Resources presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $44.36.

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The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 13th. Investors of record on Friday, September 29th will be issued a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 28th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.79%. Franklin Resources’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 26.14%.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in BEN. BlackRock Inc. boosted its holdings in Franklin Resources by 1,550.0% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 21,119,419 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock valued at $889,973,000 after purchasing an additional 19,839,472 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in Franklin Resources by 5.2% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 26,930,042 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock valued at $1,134,833,000 after purchasing an additional 1,337,903 shares during the period. Nordea Investment Management AB boosted its holdings in Franklin Resources by 70.2% in the second quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 1,689,754 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock valued at $75,684,000 after purchasing an additional 696,730 shares during the period. Ameriprise Financial Inc. boosted its holdings in Franklin Resources by 92.8% in the second quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 1,412,702 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock valued at $63,289,000 after purchasing an additional 680,059 shares during the period. Finally, Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership boosted its holdings in Franklin Resources by 1,908.2% in the second quarter. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership now owns 492,000 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock valued at $22,037,000 after purchasing an additional 467,500 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 44.96% of the company’s stock.

About Franklin Resources

Franklin Resources, Inc is a holding company. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, operates as Franklin Templeton Investments. It is a global investment management company that provides investment management and related services to retail, institutional and high net-worth clients in jurisdictions around the world.

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