Ascent Capital Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA) traded down 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 traded. The stock had previously closed at $15.94.

ASCMA has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. BB&T Corp. initiated coverage on shares of Ascent Capital Group in a research note on Thursday, June 16th. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. Imperial Capital lowered shares of Ascent Capital Group from an “outperform” rating to an “in-line” rating and set a $20.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, June 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ascent Capital Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, May 11th.

The stock’s market cap is $200.07 million. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $17.42 and its 200 day moving average is $14.71.

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

In other Ascent Capital Group news, VP William E. Niles sold 1,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $19.14, for a total transaction of $28,710.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 66,408 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,271,049.12. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

Other hedge funds have modified their holdings of the company. Alambic Investment Management L.P. acquired a new stake in shares of Ascent Capital Group during the fourth quarter worth $1,033,000. Teton Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in shares of 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 during the period. Staley Capital Advisers Inc. boosted its stake in shares of 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 during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in shares of 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 during the period. Finally, Gamco Investors INC. ET AL boosted its stake in shares of 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 during the period.

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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