Rothschild Asset Management Has Raised Its Newfield Expl Co (NFX) Stake; Walmart (WMT) Holder Kepos Capital LP Has Trimmed Position by $1.93 Million

April 19, 2018 - By Dolores Ford

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Kepos Capital Lp decreased its stake in Walmart Inc (WMT) by 47.78% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Kepos Capital Lp sold 19,670 shares as the company’s stock declined 12.38% with the market. The hedge fund held 21,495 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $2.12M, down from 41,165 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Kepos Capital Lp who had been investing in Walmart Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $257.33B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.41% or $0.36 during the last trading session, reaching $87.21. About 1.93 million shares traded. Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has risen 23.53% since April 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 11.98% the S&P500.

Rothschild Asset Management Inc increased its stake in Newfield Expl Co (NFX) by 1620.59% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Rothschild Asset Management Inc bought 426,765 shares as the company’s stock declined 24.76% with the market. The institutional investor held 453,099 shares of the oil & gas production company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $14.29M, up from 26,334 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Rothschild Asset Management Inc who had been investing in Newfield Expl Co for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $5.55B market cap company. The stock increased 0.57% or $0.16 during the last trading session, reaching $28.05. About 1.32 million shares traded. Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE:NFX) has declined 31.29% since April 19, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 42.84% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.99 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.03, from 1.02 in 2017Q3. It fall, as 68 investors sold WMT shares while 541 reduced holdings. 165 funds opened positions while 435 raised stakes. 865.70 million shares or 1.77% less from 881.34 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Rwc Asset Mgmt Llp accumulated 286,004 shares. Beacon Financial Grp Incorporated holds 18,557 shares or 0.32% of its portfolio. Diversified Investment Strategies Limited owns 54,605 shares or 4.89% of their US portfolio. Ccm Advisers Lc has 2,626 shares for 0.05% of their portfolio. Cls Investments Lc holds 100 shares. Putnam Ltd Llc reported 584,716 shares stake. 5,350 were accumulated by Rice Hall James And Assoc Limited Liability Corp. Moreover, Tru Of Virginia Va has 0.14% invested in Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Farmers Tru invested 1.94% in Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Focused Llc has 5.3% invested in Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Monroe Commercial Bank And Tru Mi holds 0.01% or 352 shares. Mercer Capital Advisers Inc invested 3.1% of its portfolio in Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Silvercrest Asset Management Gp Ltd Liability Com reported 0.02% of its portfolio in Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Verity Asset Management invested in 0.28% or 3,680 shares. Thomas J Herzfeld Advisors reported 91 shares.

Analysts await Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) to report earnings on May, 17. They expect $1.12 earnings per share, up 12.00% or $0.12 from last year’s $1 per share. WMT’s profit will be $3.30 billion for 19.47 P/E if the $1.12 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.33 actual earnings per share reported by Walmart Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -15.79% negative EPS growth.

Kepos Capital Lp, which manages about $2.11 billion and $1.11 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Hp Inc by 187,618 shares to 229,026 shares, valued at $4.81 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ:EA) by 9,029 shares in the quarter, for a total of 26,854 shares, and has risen its stake in Wynn Resorts Ltd (NASDAQ:WYNN).

Among 37 analysts covering Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), 16 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 21 Hold. Therefore 43% are positive. Wal-Mart Stores Inc had 153 analyst reports since August 14, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of WMT in report on Friday, October 7 with “Underperform” rating. As per Friday, July 14, the company rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs. On Friday, April 7 the stock rating was upgraded by Telsey Advisory Group to “Outperform”. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy” on Friday, August 18. RBC Capital Markets maintained Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) rating on Monday, June 19. RBC Capital Markets has “Sell” rating and $7400 target. The firm has “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Friday, June 23. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Saturday, August 22 by Stephens. The rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Buy” on Thursday, August 17. KeyBanc Capital Markets initiated Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) rating on Friday, September 30. KeyBanc Capital Markets has “Overweight” rating and $90 target. The firm has “Market Perform” rating given on Friday, February 23 by BMO Capital Markets.

Since December 11, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for $200,291 activity.

Rothschild Asset Management Inc, which manages about $4.79 billion and $9.48B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Ps Business Pks Inc Calif (NYSE:PSB) by 9,652 shares to 238,444 shares, valued at $29.83 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Knight Swift Transn Hldgs In by 10,269 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 134,613 shares, and cut its stake in Childrens Pl Inc (NASDAQ:PLCE).

Since January 2, 2018, it had 2 insider buys, and 2 selling transactions for $520,152 activity. Boothby Lee K sold $381,000 worth of stock. On Thursday, March 1 the insider RICKS THOMAS G bought $196,160.

Among 37 analysts covering Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE:NFX), 25 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 68% are positive. Newfield Exploration Co. had 125 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Tuesday, January 9 with “Buy”. As per Friday, February 26, the company rating was upgraded by Suntrust Robinson. J.P. Morgan downgraded the shares of NFX in report on Friday, December 15 to “Hold” rating. The firm has “Equal-Weight” rating by Barclays Capital given on Thursday, August 3. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, August 18 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock has “Hold” rating by Seaport Global on Tuesday, December 19. Scotia Capital maintained Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE:NFX) on Friday, May 5 with “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Tuesday, November 14 by BMO Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Buy” on Thursday, October 5. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Thursday, August 6 by RBC Capital Markets.

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