SunTrust Robinson Maintains a “Buy” Rating on AO Smith (AOS) and $65.0 Target; Weatherstone Capital Management Upped Its Msci (MSCI) Stake

October 12, 2017 - By Linda Rogers

Weatherstone Capital Management increased Msci Inc (MSCI) stake by 112.97% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Weatherstone Capital Management acquired 3,432 shares as Msci Inc (MSCI)’s stock rose 4.89%. The Weatherstone Capital Management holds 6,470 shares with $666,000 value, up from 3,038 last quarter. Msci Inc now has $11.10B valuation. The stock increased 0.70% or $0.85 during the last trading session, reaching $122.73. About 261,361 shares traded. Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI) has risen 31.33% since October 12, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 14.63% the S&P500.

Among 15 analysts covering AO Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS), 9 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 60% are positive. AO Smith Corp has $111 highest and $50 lowest target. $74.25’s average target is 20.83% above currents $61.45 stock price. AO Smith Corp had 26 analyst reports since September 11, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Robert W. Baird maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, September 5 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by Robert W. Baird given on Wednesday, August 23. As per Friday, April 28, the company rating was downgraded by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The company was maintained on Wednesday, July 26 by Boenning & Scattergood. As per Friday, January 8, the company rating was downgraded by Maxim Group. Jefferies maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, September 23 report. The stock of A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) has “Sector Weight” rating given on Monday, May 1 by KeyCorp. The stock of A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, March 8 by Northland Capital. The firm has “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Friday, July 7. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Tuesday, September 12.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.94 in Q2 2017. Its down 0.08, from 1.02 in 2017Q1. It dropped, as 38 investors sold A. O. Smith Corp shares while 135 reduced holdings. 49 funds opened positions while 114 raised stakes. 152.59 million shares or 21.62% more from 125.46 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Castleark Mngmt Ltd Limited Liability Company has 86,665 shares. Aureus Asset Lc has invested 0.06% in A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS). Glenmede Communications Na stated it has 0.09% of its portfolio in A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS). Goldman Sachs Gp Incorporated owns 1.64M shares or 0.02% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Shell Asset Mgmt has 0.01% invested in A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS). Savant Capital Ltd Liability Com invested in 8,100 shares or 0.11% of the stock. Insight & has 0.2% invested in A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) for 5,990 shares. Tradewinds Cap Mgmt Ltd Liability Com invested 0.01% in A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS). California State Teachers Retirement System owns 264,383 shares or 0.03% of their US portfolio. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board has invested 0.04% of its portfolio in A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS). Sei Invs Co holds 0.05% or 239,285 shares. Susquehanna Grp Incorporated Llp reported 6,821 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Impala Asset Mngmt Llc accumulated 0.05% or 18,260 shares. Timessquare Cap Mngmt Ltd Llc has 457,000 shares. Moreover, Amalgamated National Bank has 0.05% invested in A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS).

Since May 1, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 11 sales for $9.66 million activity. $1.66 million worth of stock was sold by Rajendra Ajita G on Friday, May 5. $739,708 worth of A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) was sold by Wheeler Kevin J. on Thursday, May 4. $1.62 million worth of stock was sold by Heideman Robert J on Monday, May 1. KITA JOHN J sold $687,149 worth of stock or 12,200 shares. On Wednesday, May 10 the insider Lauber Charles T sold $216,707. $1.37 million worth of A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) was sold by STERN JAMES F on Thursday, May 25. $41,220 worth of A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) was sold by WOLF IDELLE K.

Analysts await A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) to report earnings on October, 25. They expect $0.53 earnings per share, up 12.77% or $0.06 from last year’s $0.47 per share. AOS’s profit will be $91.68M for 28.99 P/E if the $0.53 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.53 actual earnings per share reported by A. O. Smith Corp for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 0.00% EPS growth.

A. O. Smith Corporation operates through two divisions: North America and Rest of World. The company has market cap of $10.63 billion. The Company’s Rest of World segment primarily consists of China, Europe and India. It has a 31.2 P/E ratio. Both divisions manufacture and market comprehensive lines of residential and commercial gas, gas tankless and electric water heaters, as well as water treatment products.

The stock increased 1.32% or $0.8 during the last trading session, reaching $61.45. About 545,978 shares traded. A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) has risen 35.20% since October 12, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 18.50% the S&P500.

Since May 8, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 sales for $423,974 activity. Pettit CD Baer sold $216,570 worth of Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI) on Monday, June 5.

Among 8 analysts covering MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI), 2 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 25% are positive. MSCI Inc. had 10 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Northcoast given on Monday, August 31. The rating was initiated by Cantor Fitzgerald with “Buy” on Tuesday, November 10. UBS upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Monday, November 2 report. UBS maintained it with “Buy” rating and $125 target in Friday, August 4 report. The rating was upgraded by Keefe Bruyette & Woods to “Market Perform” on Monday, November 2. The firm has “Sell” rating given on Tuesday, October 11 by Evercore. The firm has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Monday, August 7 by Morgan Stanley.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.16 in 2017 Q2. Its up 0.30, from 0.86 in 2017Q1. It is positive, as 31 investors sold MSCI shares while 102 reduced holdings. 40 funds opened positions while 114 raised stakes. 82.91 million shares or 1.52% less from 84.19 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. 182,560 are held by Rhumbline Advisers. Nikko Asset Americas holds 0.31% or 50,100 shares in its portfolio. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Ltd holds 6,363 shares. Hl Financial Ltd Liability owns 78,811 shares. Fincl Bank Of Montreal Can reported 202,867 shares. State Of Wisconsin Investment Board stated it has 74,525 shares. Engineers Gate Manager Lp invested 0.24% of its portfolio in Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI). Amg Tru Bancorporation invested 0.09% in Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI). Sg Americas owns 27,531 shares. Fifth Third Financial Bank owns 1,800 shares. Goldman Sachs Gru Inc, a New York-based fund reported 504,875 shares. Nuveen Asset Mngmt Limited Liability Co holds 0.06% of its portfolio in Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI) for 88,305 shares. Pax Ww Management Ltd has 3,466 shares. Blackrock invested in 0.04% or 8.19M shares. Victory Management owns 66,897 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio.

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