Villere St Denis J & Co Has Lowered By $439,470 Its Acuity Brands (AYI) Position; Fulton Financial (FULT) Sentiment Is 1.05

February 14, 2018 - By Adrian Erickson

Villere St Denis J & Co Llc decreased Acuity Brands Inc (AYI) stake by 0.7% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Villere St Denis J & Co Llc sold 2,570 shares as Acuity Brands Inc (AYI)’s stock declined 23.17%. The Villere St Denis J & Co Llc holds 365,438 shares with $62.59 million value, down from 368,008 last quarter. Acuity Brands Inc now has $6.22B valuation. The stock decreased 1.08% or $1.62 during the last trading session, reaching $148.87. About 335,084 shares traded. Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) has declined 31.18% since February 14, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 47.88% the S&P500.

Fulton Financial Corporation operates as a multi-bank financial holding firm that provides banking and financial services to businesses and consumers. The company has market cap of $3.17 billion. It accepts various checking accounts and savings deposit products, certificates of deposit, and individual retirement accounts. It has a 18.47 P/E ratio. The firm also offers consumer loans, including home equity loans and lines of credit, automobile loans, automobile and equipment leases, personal lines of credit, and checking account overdraft protection; fixed, variable, and adjustable-rate products, such as construction and jumbo loans; and residential mortgages, as well as commercial lending products comprising commercial, financial, agricultural, and real estate loans.

The stock increased 0.84% or $0.15 during the last trading session, reaching $18.1. About 950,003 shares traded. Fulton Financial Corporation (FULT) has risen 28.55% since February 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 11.85% the S&P500.

Ratings analysis reveals 33% of Fulton Fincl’s analysts are positive. Out of 3 Wall Street analysts rating Fulton Fincl, 1 give it “Buy”, 1 “Sell” rating, while 1 recommend “Hold”. The lowest target is $15.0 while the high is $17.0. The stock’s average target of $16 is -11.60% below today’s ($18.1) share price. FULT was included in 3 notes of analysts from September 12, 2016. Barclays Capital downgraded Fulton Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:FULT) rating on Tuesday, December 6. Barclays Capital has “Underweight” rating and $17.0 target. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Hovde Group given on Monday, September 12. FBR Capital maintained Fulton Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:FULT) on Thursday, October 20 with “Mkt Perform” rating.

Kestrel Investment Management Corp holds 3.51% of its portfolio in Fulton Financial Corporation for 529,900 shares. Fulton Bank N.A. owns 1.86 million shares or 2.59% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Hillcrest Asset Management Llc has 2.04% invested in the company for 600,031 shares. The New York-based Dalton Greiner Hartman Maher & Co has invested 1.23% in the stock. Foundry Partners Llc, a Minnesota-based fund reported 1.16 million shares.

Villere St Denis J & Co Llc increased Schlumberger Ltd (NYSE:SLB) stake by 10,501 shares to 135,686 valued at $9.47M in 2017Q3. It also upped Pinnacle Foods Inc Del (NYSE:PF) stake by 16,300 shares and now owns 186,500 shares. Kraft Heinz Co was raised too.

Among 21 analysts covering Acuity Brands Inc. (NYSE:AYI), 10 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 48% are positive. Acuity Brands Inc. had 59 analyst reports since August 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was initiated by Canaccord Genuity with “Buy” on Friday, September 23. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity on Wednesday, August 16 with “Buy”. Robert W. Baird maintained it with “Hold” rating and $178.0 target in Wednesday, December 13 report. The company was maintained on Tuesday, December 1 by Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer maintained Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) on Thursday, June 29 with “Buy” rating. The company was initiated on Thursday, February 25 by Credit Agricole. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity with “Buy” on Wednesday, January 10. The rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird with “Hold” on Tuesday, January 9. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, July 17 by Oppenheimer. As per Friday, February 12, the company rating was maintained by Oppenheimer.

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