Central Bank & Trust Co Position in Lowes Cos Com (LOW) Has Cut as Stock Rose; As Hess (HES) Stock Value Declined, Outfitter Advisors LTD Has Lowered Its Stake by $308,200

February 22, 2018 - By Marguerite Chambers

Outfitter Advisors Ltd decreased its stake in Hess Corp (HES) by 10.52% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Outfitter Advisors Ltd sold 6,700 shares as the company’s stock declined 5.45% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 56,989 shares of the integrated oil company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.67 million, down from 63,689 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Outfitter Advisors Ltd who had been investing in Hess Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $14.91B market cap company. The stock increased 3.75% or $1.6948 during the last trading session, reaching $46.9248. About 4.03M shares traded. Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) has declined 14.55% since February 22, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 31.25% the S&P500.




Kelly Cardwell decreased its stake in Lowes Cos Inc Com (LOW) by 68.63% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Central Bank & Trust Co sold 28,343 shares as the company’s stock rose 10.23% with the market. The hedge fund run by Kelly Cardwell held 12,956 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.04 million, down from 41,299 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Central Bank & Trust Co who had been investing in Lowes Cos Inc Com for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $80.33B market cap company. The stock increased 1.55% or $1.48 during the last trading session, reaching $96.82. About 2.73 million shares traded. Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has risen 5.92% since February 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 10.78% the S&P500.

Central Bank & Trust Co, which manages about $402.32 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Monster Beverage Corp New Com by 10,726 shares to 48,877 shares, valued at $2.70M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Unitedhealth Group Inc Com (NYSE:UNH) by 1,744 shares in the quarter, for a total of 19,736 shares, and has risen its stake in Packaging Corp Amer Com (NYSE:PKG).

Investors sentiment increased to 1.04 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.01, from 1.03 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 76 investors sold LOW shares while 406 reduced holdings. 115 funds opened positions while 384 raised stakes. 589.78 million shares or 2.68% less from 606.01 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Altavista Wealth Mngmt Incorporated accumulated 53,274 shares. Lpl Financial Limited Liability has invested 0.03% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Moreover, Nomura Holdg has 0.02% invested in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) for 138,259 shares. Engineers Gate Manager Limited Partnership stated it has 0.26% of its portfolio in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Kentucky Retirement Insur Fund reported 22,689 shares. Andra Ap, Alabama-based fund reported 88,800 shares. Santa Barbara Asset Mngmt Limited Liability has 1.99 million shares for 2.54% of their portfolio. Stifel stated it has 0.19% of its portfolio in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Cls Lc holds 16,133 shares or 0.05% of its portfolio. Rnc Cap Mgmt Ltd Liability Corporation has 0.31% invested in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) for 51,398 shares. New York-based Gamco Et Al has invested 0.01% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Northeast Mgmt has invested 1.41% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). 4,642 are owned by Berkshire Asset Lc Pa. Lenox Wealth Advisors holds 0% or 6 shares. Afam Capital, Texas-based fund reported 54,782 shares.

Among 33 analysts covering Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE:LOW), 21 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 64% are positive. Lowe’s Companies Inc. had 87 analyst reports since August 19, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, July 20 by Jefferies. The firm has “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan given on Wednesday, October 26. As per Wednesday, April 6, the company rating was maintained by Goldman Sachs. Piper Jaffray maintained it with “Hold” rating and $82.0 target in Wednesday, November 22 report. The company was maintained on Wednesday, August 23 by Oppenheimer. The rating was maintained by UBS on Friday, January 26 with “Buy”. As per Friday, November 10, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. The stock has “Buy” rating by Zelman on Thursday, November 19. The stock of Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) earned “Outperform” rating by Telsey Advisory Group on Thursday, January 25. The stock of Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, August 23 by RBC Capital Markets.

Analysts await Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) to report earnings on February, 28 before the open. They expect $0.88 earnings per share, up 2.33% or $0.02 from last year’s $0.86 per share. LOW’s profit will be $730.15 million for 27.51 P/E if the $0.88 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.05 actual earnings per share reported by Lowe's Companies, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -16.19% negative EPS growth.

Since September 19, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 2 selling transactions for $778,532 activity. Hollifield Matthew V sold $614,857 worth of stock or 7,853 shares.

Among 22 analysts covering Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES), 9 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 41% are positive. Hess Corp. had 62 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Tuesday, January 23 with “Buy”. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Tuesday, April 11 by Wolfe Research. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, January 11 by BMO Capital Markets. On Tuesday, November 21 the stock rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Buy”. As per Wednesday, July 22, the company rating was upgraded by Credit Suisse. BMO Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Tuesday, February 6 report. The firm has “Hold” rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Friday, June 16. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Thursday, August 24 with “Buy”. JP Morgan maintained the shares of HES in report on Monday, January 25 with “Neutral” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Friday, July 28 by BMO Capital Markets.

Since August 24, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 8 selling transactions for $5.29 million activity. Another trade for 6,312 shares valued at $280,442 was sold by Hill Gregory P.. Truelove Brian D. sold $255,180 worth of Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) on Monday, September 18. On Thursday, February 8 the insider Turner Michael R sold $85,039. Shares for $150,262 were sold by RIELLY JOHN P on Thursday, February 8. Lowery-Yilmaz Barbara J also sold $85,261 worth of Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) shares. HESS JOHN B also sold $4.15M worth of Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) shares.

Analysts await Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) to report earnings on April, 25. They expect $-0.54 EPS, up 49.53% or $0.53 from last year’s $-1.07 per share. After $-1.01 actual EPS reported by Hess Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -46.53% EPS growth.

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