As Alliance Data Systems (ADS) Share Price Rose, Shareholder Legal & General Group Plc Has Cut Holding; As Air Prods & Chems (APD) Market Value Rose, Holder Rand Wealth Has Lifted Its Position

January 14, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

Legal & General Group Plc decreased its stake in Alliance Data Systems Corp (ADS) by 3.82% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Legal & General Group Plc sold 10,006 shares as the company’s stock rose 0.06% with the market. The institutional investor held 251,775 shares of the business services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $55.78M, down from 261,781 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Legal & General Group Plc who had been investing in Alliance Data Systems Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $15.27B market cap company. The stock increased 1.01% or $2.75 during the last trading session, reaching $276.37. About 429,874 shares traded. Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) has risen 14.47% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.23% the S&P500.

Rand Wealth Llc increased its stake in Air Prods & Chems Inc (APD) by 5.59% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Rand Wealth Llc bought 2,582 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.13% with the market. The institutional investor held 48,790 shares of the basic industries company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $7.38M, up from 46,208 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Rand Wealth Llc who had been investing in Air Prods & Chems Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $37.23 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.11% or $0.18 during the last trading session, reaching $170.15. About 648,674 shares traded. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) has risen 9.23% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 7.47% the S&P500.

Among 19 analysts covering Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD), 14 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 74% are positive. Air Products & Chemicals had 47 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Overweight” rating given on Friday, August 12 by JP Morgan. Citigroup downgraded Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) on Tuesday, January 5 to “Neutral” rating. The rating was maintained by Citigroup on Friday, July 29 with “Neutral”. On Wednesday, September 6 the stock rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets with “Buy”. Vertical Research upgraded Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) rating on Monday, August 7. Vertical Research has “Hold” rating and $14600 target. Jefferies upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Monday, December 11 report. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, October 27 by UBS. The stock of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) earned “” rating by Global Hunter Securities on Tuesday, August 4. The stock of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, July 13 by Jefferies. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold” on Thursday, September 28.

Rand Wealth Llc, which manages about $862.40M and $867.04 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Caterpillar Inc Del (NYSE:CAT) by 4,647 shares to 63,059 shares, valued at $7.86 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.31 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.14, from 1.17 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 36 investors sold APD shares while 232 reduced holdings. 90 funds opened positions while 262 raised stakes. 186.79 million shares or 0.55% more from 185.76 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Ashfield Capital Prns Lc owns 10,471 shares for 0.21% of their portfolio. Garde Cap, Washington-based fund reported 5,844 shares. Argyle Mngmt holds 7,452 shares or 0.44% of its portfolio. Birch Hill Invest Advisors Ltd holds 0.2% or 15,478 shares in its portfolio. Doheny Asset Mgmt Ca holds 0.17% or 2,467 shares in its portfolio. Savant Cap Limited Liability Com holds 0.05% or 1,520 shares. Maple Capital Mgmt Inc has invested 0.61% in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD). Berkshire Asset Mgmt Ltd Liability Corp Pa has 0.09% invested in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD). Credit Suisse Ag invested in 815,223 shares or 0.12% of the stock. State Of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D holds 0.13% or 220,500 shares in its portfolio. Toronto Dominion Savings Bank reported 84,675 shares. 5,000 are owned by Opus Group Inc Limited Liability Corp. Cibc Inc accumulated 0.07% or 100,829 shares. Chevy Chase Tru Holdg reported 0.13% stake. Moreno Evelyn V reported 36,778 shares stake.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.93 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.08, from 0.85 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 46 investors sold ADS shares while 163 reduced holdings. 48 funds opened positions while 146 raised stakes. 50.97 million shares or 2.32% less from 52.18 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. 46,211 were accumulated by Artemis Investment Limited Liability Partnership. Franklin Street Advsr Inc Nc reported 22,379 shares or 0.81% of all its holdings. Proshare Limited Liability Corp invested in 0.02% or 9,370 shares. Sterneck Cap Mgmt Limited Liability Corporation reported 3,250 shares. Fernwood Investment Ltd Liability stated it has 4,420 shares. Boothbay Fund Mngmt Ltd accumulated 8,188 shares. State Teachers Retirement stated it has 0.05% in Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS). Wedge Cap Mngmt L Limited Partnership Nc has 367,907 shares. Metropolitan Life Insur New York holds 0.03% or 25,045 shares. Guardian Life Of America holds 0% or 109 shares in its portfolio. Brinker Capital Inc, a Pennsylvania-based fund reported 34,355 shares. Regions Corporation holds 1,490 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Thomas White Ltd owns 0.3% invested in Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) for 7,872 shares. 56,803 are owned by State Of Wisconsin Inv Board. First Republic Mgmt Inc has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS).

Among 32 analysts covering Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS), 18 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 56% are positive. Alliance Data Systems had 71 analyst reports since August 9, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, December 11 by Credit Suisse. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets on Monday, October 16 with “Hold”. The firm has “Buy” rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods given on Thursday, December 21. The stock of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, August 29 by RBC Capital Markets. As per Wednesday, January 3, the company rating was upgraded by Barclays Capital. The stock of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) earned “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Monday, September 18. The firm has “Sell” rating by Compass Point given on Friday, November 4. The firm has “Overweight” rating by Piper Jaffray given on Wednesday, November 25. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) rating on Thursday, August 20. Stifel Nicolaus has “Buy” rating and $330 target. The stock of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) earned “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan on Friday, December 9.

Legal & General Group Plc, which manages about $132.96B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) by 92,710 shares to 4.91 million shares, valued at $255.01 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Annaly Cap Mgmt Inc (NYSE:NLY) by 589,076 shares in the quarter, for a total of 7.16 million shares, and has risen its stake in Newell Brands Inc (NYSE:NWL).

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