Piedmont Investment Advisors Has Trimmed Lowes Cos Com (LOW) Holding; BODYCOTE INTERNATIONAL PLC (BYPLF) SI Decreased By 12.2%

December 7, 2017 - By Hazel Jackson

Piedmont Investment Advisors Llc decreased Lowes Cos Inc Com (LOW) stake by 3.35% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Piedmont Investment Advisors Llc sold 6,352 shares as Lowes Cos Inc Com (LOW)’s stock rose 10.23%. The Piedmont Investment Advisors Llc holds 183,451 shares with $14.22 million value, down from 189,803 last quarter. Lowes Cos Inc Com now has $68.47 billion valuation. The stock decreased 4.53% or $3.91 during the last trading session, reaching $82.4. About 12.29M shares traded or 88.93% up from the average. Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has risen 5.92% since December 7, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 10.78% the S&P500.

BODYCOTE INTERNATIONAL PLC (OTCMKTS:BYPLF) had a decrease of 12.2% in short interest. BYPLF’s SI was 175,600 shares in December as released by FINRA. Its down 12.2% from 200,000 shares previously. With 100 avg volume, 1756 days are for BODYCOTE INTERNATIONAL PLC (OTCMKTS:BYPLF)’s short sellers to cover BYPLF’s short positions. It closed at $12.15 lastly. It is down 0.00% since December 7, 2016 and is . It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500.

Bodycote plc provides thermal processing services worldwide. The company has market cap of $2.15 billion. The firm operates in two business areas, Aerospace, Defence & Energy; and Automotive & General Industrial. It has a 22.21 P/E ratio. It offers heat treatment services, including altering the microstructure of metals and alloys, such as steel and aluminum to impart properties comprising surface hardness, temperature resistance, ductility, and strength; metal joining services consisting of electron beam welding, and vacuum and honeycomb brazing; and Hot isostatic pressing services, including HIP product fabrication, isostatic pressing, and HIP supporting services.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.03 in 2017 Q2. Its up 0.03, from 1 in 2017Q1. It increased, as 79 investors sold LOW shares while 402 reduced holdings. 108 funds opened positions while 386 raised stakes. 606.01 million shares or 2.56% less from 621.93 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Lee Danner And Bass has 101,782 shares for 0.89% of their portfolio. Schulhoff Co has invested 0.2% of its portfolio in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Ngam LP accumulated 53,638 shares or 0.05% of the stock. Moreover, Connors Investor Services has 0.85% invested in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). The New York-based Silvercrest Asset Mgmt Gru Llc has invested 0.07% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Associated Banc reported 125,428 shares. Finemark National Bank & Trust Tru holds 25,257 shares. Trustco Bank & Trust Corporation N Y holds 0.71% or 9,262 shares in its portfolio. Sheets Smith Wealth Management reported 9,265 shares. Sandy Spring Commercial Bank accumulated 54,224 shares. Condor Cap invested in 33,500 shares or 0.55% of the stock. Stock Yards Bancshares & owns 13,167 shares or 0.12% of their US portfolio. Peddock Advsr Limited stated it has 0.45% of its portfolio in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Baystate Wealth Lc invested in 0.01% or 769 shares. Sather Fin Gru reported 6,055 shares stake.

Among 31 analysts covering Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE:LOW), 17 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 13 Hold. Therefore 55% are positive. Lowe’s Companies Inc. had 72 analyst reports since August 19, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, November 22 by SunTrust. The stock has “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Thursday, July 20. Credit Suisse maintained the shares of LOW in report on Thursday, August 24 with “Outperform” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by Goldman Sachs on Wednesday, April 6. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Monday, November 27 by Raymond James. The firm has “Buy” rating by Longbow given on Friday, August 14. The firm earned “Market Perform” rating on Thursday, December 8 by Telsey Advisory Group. As per Wednesday, November 22, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. Piper Jaffray maintained it with “Hold” rating and $80.0 target in Friday, September 29 report. The firm has “Hold” rating by Piper Jaffray given on Wednesday, August 23.

Piedmont Investment Advisors Llc increased Ebix Inc Com New (NASDAQ:EBIX) stake by 9,449 shares to 24,693 valued at $1.33 million in 2017Q2. It also upped Umb Finl Corp Com (NASDAQ:UMBF) stake by 8,664 shares and now owns 28,614 shares. Allete Inc Com New (NYSE:ALE) was raised too.

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