Amedisys (AMED) Stake Lifted by Great Lakes Advisors Llc; Wills Financial Group Upped Its Albemarle (ALB) Stake by $1.40 Million as Stock Declined

April 17, 2018 - By Henry Gaston

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Great Lakes Advisors Llc increased its stake in Amedisys Inc (AMED) by 17.14% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Great Lakes Advisors Llc bought 13,534 shares as the company’s stock rose 13.65% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 92,518 shares of the medical and nursing services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $4.88M, up from 78,984 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Great Lakes Advisors Llc who had been investing in Amedisys Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $2.26B market cap company. The stock increased 0.08% or $0.05 during the last trading session, reaching $66.37. About 235,245 shares traded. Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED) has risen 18.43% since April 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 6.88% the S&P500.

Wills Financial Group Inc increased its stake in Albemarle Corp (ALB) by 633.33% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Wills Financial Group Inc bought 11,020 shares as the company’s stock declined 27.74% with the market. The institutional investor held 12,760 shares of the major chemicals company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $1.63 million, up from 1,740 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Wills Financial Group Inc who had been investing in Albemarle Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $10.70 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.21% or $0.205 during the last trading session, reaching $96.665. About 956,835 shares traded. Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) has declined 10.68% since April 17, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 22.23% the S&P500.

Among 15 analysts covering Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED), 8 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 53% are positive. Amedisys Inc. had 41 analyst reports since September 1, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, March 1 by Robert W. Baird. The company was downgraded on Thursday, November 9 by Benchmark. Mizuho maintained Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED) rating on Wednesday, March 1. Mizuho has “Neutral” rating and $50 target. RBC Capital Markets upgraded the stock to “Outperform” rating in Monday, March 19 report. As per Wednesday, June 7, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. The stock has “Hold” rating by Robert W. Baird on Sunday, November 5. Wells Fargo initiated Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED) on Tuesday, September 1 with “Outperform” rating. As per Monday, January 11, the company rating was upgraded by Raymond James. Mizuho downgraded Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED) on Wednesday, November 11 to “Neutral” rating. On Tuesday, January 19 the stock rating was upgraded by Mizuho to “Buy”.

Great Lakes Advisors Llc, which manages about $5.40 billion and $4.55B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Wells Fargo And Co New (NYSE:WFC) by 15,877 shares to 43,661 shares, valued at $2.65 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Tupperware Corp (NYSE:TUP) by 66,770 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 68,922 shares, and cut its stake in Masco Corp (NYSE:MAS).

Investors sentiment increased to 1.77 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.06, from 1.71 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 12 investors sold AMED shares while 44 reduced holdings. 39 funds opened positions while 60 raised stakes. 31.82 million shares or 0.22% more from 31.75 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Quantitative Systematic Strategies Ltd Llc stated it has 0.06% of its portfolio in Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED). Denver Advsr Limited Liability Company, Colorado-based fund reported 13,050 shares. Rhumbline Advisers has invested 0.01% in Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED). Fny Managed Accounts Ltd Liability Corp owns 6,500 shares. The California-based Aperio Gru Limited has invested 0% in Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED). Boston Advsrs Ltd Liability Com invested 0.06% of its portfolio in Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED). State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue reported 0.01% stake. Tiaa Cref Inv Mgmt Ltd has invested 0% in Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED). Millennium Mngmt Ltd Liability Company stated it has 1.05M shares. Gotham Asset Mgmt Ltd Liability Corporation reported 108,718 shares stake. Clarivest Asset Mgmt Ltd Limited Liability Company owns 76,880 shares. Manufacturers Life Insur The reported 21,899 shares. Balyasny Asset Mgmt Lc owns 0% invested in Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED) for 30,178 shares. Proshare Limited Liability has 0% invested in Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED) for 5,097 shares. Moreover, Barclays Public Limited Company has 0% invested in Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED).

Among 23 analysts covering Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB), 16 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 70% are positive. Albemarle Corporation had 76 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Monday, June 12 by RBC Capital Markets. As per Friday, August 7, the company rating was upgraded by Suntrust Robinson. On Monday, November 13 the stock rating was maintained by Citigroup with “Neutral”. Deutsche Bank maintained it with “Buy” rating and $95 target in Friday, August 5 report. As per Tuesday, November 14, the company rating was downgraded by Deutsche Bank. The stock of Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, August 9 by Citigroup. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, March 1 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, July 17 by Jefferies. The stock of Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, November 2 by Citigroup. As per Thursday, March 1, the company rating was maintained by Nomura.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.01 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.12, from 1.13 in 2017Q3. It fall, as 42 investors sold ALB shares while 182 reduced holdings. 82 funds opened positions while 144 raised stakes. 92.86 million shares or 2.44% less from 95.18 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Torray has invested 1.54% in Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB). Raymond James owns 91,429 shares. Sumitomo Life Ins Company holds 0.13% or 7,991 shares. National Asset holds 3,556 shares. Old Point & Ser N A invested in 2,400 shares. Cibc World Mkts reported 22,391 shares. Balyasny Asset Limited Liability Corp reported 12,218 shares. Moreover, Channing Mngmt Limited Liability Corp has 0.06% invested in Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB). Amp Capital Invsts Limited has invested 0.04% in Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB). Pub Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado has invested 0.02% in Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB). Hanson Mcclain stated it has 121 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Gabelli Funds Limited stated it has 0.07% in Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB). Guggenheim Capital Limited invested in 323,443 shares. 73,000 were accumulated by Markel Corporation. World Asset Mgmt accumulated 9,203 shares.

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