AMP Capital Investors Ltd grew its holdings in shares of CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME) by 8.0% during the third quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 232,975 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 17,247 shares during the period. AMP Capital Investors Ltd owned approximately 0.07% of CME Group worth $31,609,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of CME Group by 2.5% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 22,795,894 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $2,854,958,000 after purchasing an additional 563,460 shares in the last quarter. Capital International Investors lifted its holdings in shares of CME Group by 3.3% in the 2nd quarter. Capital International Investors now owns 11,209,987 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,403,939,000 after purchasing an additional 359,845 shares in the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC lifted its holdings in shares of CME Group by 13,530.7% in the 2nd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 6,150,016 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $770,227,000 after purchasing an additional 6,104,897 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN lifted its holdings in shares of CME Group by 25.5% in the 2nd quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 4,379,568 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $548,496,000 after purchasing an additional 889,217 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Thornburg Investment Management Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of CME Group by 5.4% in the 3rd quarter. Thornburg Investment Management Inc. now owns 3,902,886 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $529,544,000 after purchasing an additional 200,483 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 83.17% of the company’s stock.

In other news, CFO John W. Pietrowicz sold 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, October 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $136.83, for a total transaction of $342,075.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CFO John W. Pietrowicz sold 5,175 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $139.70, for a total value of $722,947.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 34,921 shares of company stock worth $5,016,248. Company insiders own 0.57% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. BidaskClub upgraded CME Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 18th. Citigroup increased their target price on CME Group from $138.00 to $155.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Barclays initiated coverage on CME Group in a research note on Friday, September 8th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $139.00 price objective on the stock. Wells Fargo & Company raised their price objective on CME Group from $130.00 to $145.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and set a $133.00 price objective on shares of CME Group in a research note on Thursday, September 21st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $141.75.

CME Group Inc (NASDAQ CME) opened at $152.75 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.11, a quick ratio of 1.05 and a current ratio of 1.05. CME Group Inc has a 52 week low of $113.27 and a 52 week high of $155.29. The firm has a market capitalization of $51,582.78, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.82, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.12 and a beta of 0.73.

CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The financial services provider reported $1.19 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.16 by $0.03. CME Group had a return on equity of 7.89% and a net margin of 40.94%. The business had revenue of $890.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $890.22 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.05 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 5.8% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that CME Group Inc will post 4.78 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 8th will be paid a dividend of $0.66 per share. This represents a $2.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.73%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 7th. CME Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 59.86%.

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About CME Group

CME Group Inc, through its exchanges, provides products across all asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural products and metals. The Company’s segment primarily consists of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc (CME), Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc (CBOT), New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc (NYMEX) and Commodity Exchange, Inc (COMEX) exchanges.

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