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Federated Investors Inc.

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Federated’s shares underperformed the Zacks categorized Investment Management industry in 2016. Though the company’s fourth-quarter 2016 earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate on higher revenues, higher expenses remain a concern. Further, the company’s assets under management (AUM) improvement may be deterred due to volatility in equity markets. Though with rise in interest rates, lower fee waivers are expected to continue to aid top-line performance, stringent regulations remain a headwind.

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