Ascent Capital Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA)’s share price fell 3.1% during trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $15.24 and last traded at $15.45, with a volume of 135,206 shares. The stock had previously closed at $15.94.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on ASCMA shares. BB&T Corp. started coverage on shares of Ascent Capital Group in a research report on Thursday, June 16th. They issued a “hold” rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ascent Capital Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, May 11th. Finally, Imperial Capital lowered shares of Ascent Capital Group from an “outperform” rating to an “in-line” rating and set a $20.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, June 22nd.

The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $17.43 and its 200 day moving average price is $14.72. The firm’s market capitalization is $192.35 million.

Ascent Capital Group (NASDAQ:ASCMA) last issued its earnings results on Monday, May 9th. The company reported ($1.86) EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($1.89) by $0.03. On average, analysts anticipate that Ascent Capital Group Inc. will post ($5.72) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Ascent Capital Group news, VP William E. Niles sold 1,500 shares of Ascent Capital Group stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.14, for a total transaction of $28,710.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 66,408 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,271,049.12. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Alambic Investment Management L.P. acquired a new position in Ascent Capital Group during the fourth quarter worth about $1,033,000. Teton Advisors Inc. boosted its position in Ascent Capital Group by 4.6% in the fourth quarter. Teton Advisors Inc. now owns 279,463 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,673,000 after buying an additional 12,184 shares in the last quarter. Staley Capital Advisers Inc. boosted its position in Ascent Capital Group by 11.7% in the fourth quarter. Staley Capital Advisers Inc. now owns 285,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,765,000 after buying an additional 29,900 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in Ascent Capital Group by 1.2% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 629,851 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,531,000 after buying an additional 7,478 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Gamco Investors INC. ET AL boosted its position in Ascent Capital Group by 5.3% in the fourth quarter. Gamco Investors INC. ET AL now owns 956,988 shares of the company’s stock worth $16,001,000 after buying an additional 47,968 shares in the last quarter.

Ascent Capital Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Monitronics, LiveWatch and Other Activities. The Company’s subsidiaries include Monitronics International, Inc (Monitronics) and LiveWatch Security, LLC (LiveWatch). Monitronics provides a range of residential security services, including hands-free two-way interactive voice communication with the monitoring center, cellular options, and an interactive service option, which allows the customer to control their security system remotely using a computer or smart phone.

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