Merck & Co (MRK) Shareholder Next Financial Group Has Decreased Position by $425,376 as Stock Value Declined; Lkq (LKQ) Stock Declined While Villere St Denis J & Co Has Lowered Its Holding by $14.52 Million

January 14, 2018 - By Ellis Scott

Villere St Denis J & Co Llc decreased its stake in Lkq Corp (LKQ) by 15.09% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Villere St Denis J & Co Llc sold 414,815 shares as the company’s stock declined 2.79% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 2.33 million shares of the motor vehicles company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $84.03M, down from 2.75 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Villere St Denis J & Co Llc who had been investing in Lkq Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $13.43B market cap company. The stock increased 1.12% or $0.48 during the last trading session, reaching $43.47. About 1.15M shares traded. LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) has declined 1.30% since January 14, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 18.00% the S&P500.

Next Financial Group Inc decreased its stake in Merck & Co Inc (MRK) by 16.53% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Next Financial Group Inc sold 6,752 shares as the company’s stock declined 2.46% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 34,084 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.16 million, down from 40,836 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Next Financial Group Inc who had been investing in Merck & Co Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $159.82B market cap company. The stock increased 1.84% or $1.06 during the last trading session, reaching $58.66. About 12.34 million shares traded or 0.58% up from the average. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has risen 16.86% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 0.16% the S&P500.

Among 9 analysts covering LKQ (NASDAQ:LKQ), 8 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 89% are positive. LKQ had 23 analyst reports since January 15, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was initiated on Tuesday, February 21 by JP Morgan. Robert W. Baird maintained LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) on Thursday, October 26 with “Buy” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Tuesday, November 29. Susquehanna initiated it with “Positive” rating and $42 target in Friday, August 26 report. The stock of LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) earned “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, January 4. As per Tuesday, December 12, the company rating was maintained by FBR Capital. As per Thursday, July 6, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, August 9 by Jefferies. The stock of LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) earned “Neutral” rating by Northcoast on Tuesday, July 25. The stock of LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, December 22 by Robert W. Baird.

Since August 24, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 selling transactions for $5.45 million activity. Another trade for 100,000 shares valued at $4.00 million was sold by WEBSTER WILLIAM M IV. 25,000 shares were sold by CASINI VICTOR M, worth $920,500 on Thursday, October 26.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.92 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.09, from 1.01 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 33 investors sold LKQ shares while 175 reduced holdings. 55 funds opened positions while 137 raised stakes. 273.62 million shares or 1.13% less from 276.76 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Ohio-based Johnson Invest Counsel has invested 0.02% in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ). 343 are held by Guinness Asset Management Ltd. Maryland-based Torray Limited Liability has invested 1.88% in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ). Tower Rech Limited Liability Co (Trc), a New York-based fund reported 244 shares. Hood River Capital stated it has 229 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Davidson Kempner Capital Mgmt Lp reported 900,000 shares stake. Mitsubishi Ufj Trust And Bk Corporation holds 0.04% or 605,707 shares. Deutsche National Bank & Trust Ag holds 0.03% or 1.12 million shares. Rockefeller Services has 0% invested in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) for 1,157 shares. 5,776 were reported by X Mgmt Ltd Liability Corp. State Treasurer State Of Michigan holds 0.03% or 93,752 shares. Geode Management Limited Liability Company owns 3.34M shares for 0.04% of their portfolio. Secor Advsrs LP has 112,372 shares for 0.38% of their portfolio. Private Tru Na owns 39,948 shares. 14,775 were reported by Highland Mgmt L P.

Analysts await LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) to report earnings on February, 22. They expect $0.43 earnings per share, up 22.86% or $0.08 from last year’s $0.35 per share. LKQ’s profit will be $132.89 million for 25.27 P/E if the $0.43 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.45 actual earnings per share reported by LKQ Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -4.44% negative EPS growth.

Villere St Denis J & Co Llc, which manages about $3.49B and $1.71B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Pinnacle Foods Inc Del (NYSE:PF) by 16,300 shares to 186,500 shares, valued at $10.66 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Kraft Heinz Co by 28,050 shares in the quarter, for a total of 113,500 shares, and has risen its stake in At&T Inc (NYSE:T).

Among 23 analysts covering Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), 15 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 65% are positive. Merck & Co. Inc. had 71 analyst reports since August 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. SunTrust maintained Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) rating on Friday, July 28. SunTrust has “Buy” rating and $7300 target. BMO Capital Markets downgraded the stock to “Market Perform” rating in Monday, July 18 report. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Friday, October 20 by Jefferies. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Tuesday, August 18 by BNP Paribas. Jefferies downgraded Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) on Monday, December 19 to “Underperform” rating. The rating was upgraded by Citigroup to “Buy” on Wednesday, October 18. JP Morgan maintained Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) on Monday, September 21 with “Overweight” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by Bank of America on Tuesday, November 28. As per Wednesday, September 30, the company rating was initiated by Societe Generale. As per Monday, June 12, the company rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.06 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.01, from 1.07 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 46 investors sold MRK shares while 619 reduced holdings. 106 funds opened positions while 598 raised stakes. 1.96 billion shares or 0.47% more from 1.95 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Lvw Advisors Ltd Com holds 15,665 shares. Duncker Streett Com Incorporated reported 1.01% stake. Bowling Portfolio Limited owns 96,059 shares or 0.92% of their US portfolio. Cacti Asset Ltd Liability Company holds 4.01% or 738,840 shares. Parkside Retail Bank And Trust holds 0.43% or 17,150 shares. Laurion Cap LP owns 209,853 shares for 0.06% of their portfolio. Continental Advsrs Lc owns 1.04% invested in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) for 70,900 shares. Acadian Asset Mngmt Ltd Llc reported 139,664 shares. Associated Banc stated it has 262,821 shares or 0.93% of all its holdings. Kcm Advisors Ltd Liability Corp invested in 0.52% or 133,742 shares. Indiana Trust And Investment Mgmt owns 3,813 shares or 0.12% of their US portfolio. Granite Ptnrs Ltd Liability Corporation reported 23,813 shares. Moreover, Comerica Financial Bank has 0.56% invested in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Meeder Asset invested 0.22% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Noesis Capital Mangement Corporation accumulated 0.44% or 18,382 shares.

Analysts await Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) to report earnings on February, 1. They expect $0.94 earnings per share, up 5.62% or $0.05 from last year’s $0.89 per share. MRK’s profit will be $2.56B for 15.60 P/E if the $0.94 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.11 actual earnings per share reported by Merck & Co., Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -15.32% negative EPS growth.

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