North Star Investment Management Has Lifted Its American Software Cl A (AMSWA) Holding; Howard Bancorp Has 2.38 Sentiment

Howard Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding firm for Howard Bank that provides commercial banking, mortgage banking, and consumer finance services and products to businesses, business owners, professionals, and other consumers. The company has market cap of $181.19 million. It offers various consumer and business deposit products, including demand deposits, money market accounts, savings accounts, individual retirement accounts, and commercial and retail checking accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. It has a 24.5 P/E ratio. The firm also provides commercial loans comprising lines of credit, revolving credit facilities, accounts receivable and inventory financing, term loans, equipment loans, small business administration loans, stand-by letters of credit, and unsecured loans; commercial mortgage loans for owner occupied and investor properties; construction loans; residential mortgage loans; and secured and unsecured consumer loans.

North Star Investment Management Corp increased American Software Inc Cl A (AMSWA) stake by 22.74% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. North Star Investment Management Corp acquired 96,315 shares as American Software Inc Cl A (AMSWA)’s stock rose 0.87%. The North Star Investment Management Corp holds 519,815 shares with $5.91M value, up from 423,500 last quarter. American Software Inc Cl A now has $382.04M valuation. The stock decreased 4.95% or $0.66 during the last trading session, reaching $12.67. About 82,025 shares traded or 16.65% up from the average. American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSWA) has risen 14.22% since February 28, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.48% the S&P500.

Among 3 analysts covering American Software (NASDAQ:AMSWA), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. American Software had 6 analyst reports since August 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was upgraded on Monday, August 31 by Zacks. B. Riley & Co maintained the shares of AMSWA in report on Tuesday, August 29 with “Buy” rating. FBR Capital maintained American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSWA) on Friday, February 23 with “Buy” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, December 4 by B. Riley & Co. The rating was upgraded by TheStreet on Friday, October 16 to “Buy”. The stock of American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSWA) earned “Buy” rating by FBR Capital on Tuesday, November 28.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.56 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.44, from 2 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 7 investors sold AMSWA shares while 27 reduced holdings. 18 funds opened positions while 35 raised stakes. 22.32 million shares or 1.02% more from 22.09 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. North Star Mngmt Corporation holds 0.75% in American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSWA) or 519,815 shares. Wedge Mngmt L Ltd Partnership Nc holds 0.01% of its portfolio in American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSWA) for 94,250 shares. Barclays Public Ltd Com invested in 0% or 624 shares. Ftb Advsr holds 0% or 940 shares. 36,192 are owned by Alliancebernstein Lp. Teton invested 0.21% in American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSWA). Acadian Asset Mgmt Lc holds 7,928 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Manufacturers Life Ins Com The invested in 0% or 24,016 shares. Blackrock holds 0% or 1.80M shares in its portfolio. Martin And Com Tn accumulated 169,100 shares. 97,092 were reported by Cadence Capital Mngmt Lc. Two Sigma Secs Limited, a New York-based fund reported 11,766 shares. National Bank Of Montreal Can holds 1,177 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Tower Research Cap Limited Liability (Trc) reported 2,644 shares. Credit Suisse Ag holds 0% or 18,002 shares.

North Star Investment Management Corp decreased Ishares Select Dividend Etf (DVY) stake by 24,743 shares to 192,747 valued at $18.05 million in 2017Q3. It also reduced Union Pac Corp Com (NYSE:UNP) stake by 16,448 shares and now owns 69,142 shares. Cowen Inc Cl A New was reduced too.

Since August 31, 2017, it had 1 insider buy, and 22 sales for $2.05 million activity. Another trade for 17,815 shares valued at $200,347 was sold by KLINGES VINCENT C. 9,490 shares valued at $104,087 were sold by DOW H ALLAN on Monday, September 25. EDENFIELD JAMES C also sold $4,514 worth of American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSWA) on Tuesday, September 12. 7,915 shares valued at $87,144 were sold by EDENFIELD J MICHAEL on Thursday, August 31. $104,641 worth of American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSWA) was sold by HOGUE DENNIS. On Thursday, December 14 NEWBERRY THOMAS L V sold $143,062 worth of American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSWA) or 11,912 shares. Shares for $44,180 were sold by MCGUONE JAMES R.

Analysts await Howard Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBMD) to report earnings on April, 19. They expect $0.22 earnings per share, up 22.22% or $0.04 from last year’s $0.18 per share. HBMD’s profit will be $2.16M for 20.97 P/E if the $0.22 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.21 actual earnings per share reported by Howard Bancorp, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 4.76% EPS growth.

Ejf Capital Llc holds 1.87% of its portfolio in Howard Bancorp, Inc. for 862,059 shares. Stieven Capital Advisors L.P. owns 432,204 shares or 1.71% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Hilton Capital Management Llc has 0.7% invested in the company for 192,465 shares. The Pennsylvania-based Emerald Mutual Fund Advisers Trust has invested 0.36% in the stock. Maltese Capital Management Llc, a New York-based fund reported 183,900 shares.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 1 buying transaction, and 2 insider sales for $176,955 activity.

The stock decreased 1.07% or $0.2 during the last trading session, reaching $18.45. About 15,903 shares traded. Howard Bancorp, Inc. (HBMD) has risen 58.60% since February 28, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 41.90% the S&P500.