Maven Securities LTD acquired a new stake in Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 33,897 shares of the cell phone carrier’s stock, valued at approximately $671,000.

Several other hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in VOD. Delek Group Ltd. lifted its stake in shares of Vodafone Group by 7.9% in the fourth quarter. Delek Group Ltd. now owns 681,000 shares of the cell phone carrier’s stock worth $13,768,000 after buying an additional 50,000 shares in the last quarter. Semmax Financial Advisors Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Vodafone Group during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $995,000. Brown Advisory Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Vodafone Group by 27.2% during the fourth quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. now owns 43,635 shares of the cell phone carrier’s stock valued at $841,000 after purchasing an additional 9,339 shares during the last quarter. Quinn Opportunity Partners LLC raised its holdings in shares of Vodafone Group by 57.5% during the fourth quarter. Quinn Opportunity Partners LLC now owns 63,000 shares of the cell phone carrier’s stock valued at $1,215,000 after purchasing an additional 23,000 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Natixis Advisors L.P. raised its holdings in shares of Vodafone Group by 111.4% during the fourth quarter. Natixis Advisors L.P. now owns 520,695 shares of the cell phone carrier’s stock valued at $10,039,000 after purchasing an additional 274,356 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 8.36% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NASDAQ:VOD traded up $0.15 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $18.57. 72,573 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 5,059,936. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70, a quick ratio of 1.27 and a current ratio of 1.30. Vodafone Group Plc has a one year low of $17.05 and a one year high of $30.20. The firm has a market cap of $49.13 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.66, a P/E/G ratio of 2.37 and a beta of 0.72.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on VOD shares. BidaskClub raised shares of Vodafone Group from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, November 15th. Gabelli reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Vodafone Group in a report on Wednesday, November 14th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Vodafone Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, November 17th. UBS Group raised shares of Vodafone Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, December 17th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada cut shares of Vodafone Group from an “outperform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 8th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Vodafone Group presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $27.63.

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Vodafone Group Profile

Vodafone Group Plc engages in telecommunication services in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific. The company's consumer products include mobile services, such as call, text, and data; broadband; television offerings and voice; mobile money services through M-pesa; Giga TV, an advanced digital service; and converged communication solutions, such as GigaKombi, Vodafone One Net Enterprise, Vodafone One, and Vodafone Meet Anywhere.

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