Pictet Asset Management LTD Decreased Its Mks Instrument (MKSI) Position by $12.32 Million; Valuation Rose; As Carbo Ceramics (CRR) Stock Declined, Tieton Capital Management Has Upped Holding

April 14, 2018 - By Louis Casey

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Pictet Asset Management Ltd decreased its stake in Mks Instrument Inc (MKSI) by 32.76% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Pictet Asset Management Ltd sold 131,108 shares as the company’s stock rose 19.08% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 269,127 shares of the capital goods company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $25.43 million, down from 400,235 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Pictet Asset Management Ltd who had been investing in Mks Instrument Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $6.38B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.43% or $0.5 during the last trading session, reaching $117. About 459,744 shares traded. MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) has risen 68.28% since April 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 56.73% the S&P500.

Tieton Capital Management Llc increased its stake in Carbo Ceramics Inc (CRR) by 63.12% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Tieton Capital Management Llc bought 126,160 shares as the company’s stock declined 26.06% with the market. The institutional investor held 326,026 shares of the capital goods company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $3.32M, up from 199,866 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Tieton Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Carbo Ceramics Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $223.97M market cap company. The stock increased 0.86% or $0.07 during the last trading session, reaching $8.17. About 661,341 shares traded. CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR) has declined 36.43% since April 14, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 47.98% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.91 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.59, from 1.5 in 2017Q3. It is negative, as 15 investors sold CRR shares while 40 reduced holdings. 17 funds opened positions while 33 raised stakes. 18.69 million shares or 6.27% less from 19.94 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Moreover, Laurion Capital Management Limited Partnership has 0% invested in CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR). Moreover, Vanguard Gru has 0% invested in CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR). State Common Retirement Fund, New York-based fund reported 21,500 shares. Tieton Management Llc reported 326,026 shares stake. The Louisiana-based Diversified Inv Strategies Ltd Liability has invested 0.8% in CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR). State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue holds 0% or 4,382 shares. Goldman Sachs Grp Inc Inc, a New York-based fund reported 158,443 shares. Eagleclaw Cap Managment Limited Liability owns 18,000 shares. Mason Street owns 5,717 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Parallax Volatility Advisers Limited Partnership invested in 0% or 3,528 shares. 180 are owned by Federated Investors Pa. Jpmorgan Chase Com reported 16,224 shares. Thrivent Fin For Lutherans holds 0% or 13,853 shares in its portfolio. 18,191 were accumulated by Comml Bank Of Montreal Can. Voya Invest Mgmt reported 0% in CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR).

Among 11 analysts covering Carbo Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR), 2 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 18% are positive. Carbo Ceramics Inc. had 25 analyst reports since August 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. KLR Group initiated it with “Hold” rating and $15.25 target in Monday, December 14 report. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Wednesday, August 30 with “Hold”. Piper Jaffray maintained the shares of CRR in report on Monday, April 2 with “Hold” rating. Cowen & Co maintained it with “Hold” rating and $10.5000 target in Friday, July 7 report. The rating was downgraded by Evercore on Monday, January 29 to “In-Line”. As per Tuesday, June 7, the company rating was maintained by Howard Weil. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Friday, December 16 by Goldman Sachs. Howard Weil maintained CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR) rating on Friday, October 28. Howard Weil has “Sector Perform” rating and $11 target. On Monday, November 13 the stock rating was maintained by Loop Capital with “Hold”. The company was maintained on Thursday, July 27 by Piper Jaffray.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.07 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.28, from 1.35 in 2017Q3. It fall, as 30 investors sold MKSI shares while 120 reduced holdings. 58 funds opened positions while 103 raised stakes. 49.89 million shares or 2.22% less from 51.02 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. 847,191 were accumulated by Royal Bancshares Of Canada. Ls Invest Limited Liability Com owns 5,275 shares. Shell Asset Mgmt owns 0.04% invested in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) for 19,020 shares. Columbia Wanger Asset Management Limited Liability Co stated it has 329,284 shares. Zebra Management Ltd Company has invested 0.25% in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI). Sit Inv holds 39,300 shares. Hsbc Holdg Public Limited stated it has 0% in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI). Advisory Svcs Networks Ltd Liability Company owns 0.02% invested in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) for 2,137 shares. Highbridge Cap Mngmt Ltd Llc holds 0.05% of its portfolio in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) for 27,800 shares. Sterling Cap Management Limited Co accumulated 38,095 shares. Credit Suisse Ag accumulated 126,727 shares. Gemmer Asset Mgmt Llc stated it has 0.01% in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI). Axa invested in 223,100 shares. Hillsdale Investment Management Incorporated reported 16,200 shares. Verition Fund Mgmt Limited Liability Corp invested in 0.04% or 4,671 shares.

Pictet Asset Management Ltd, which manages about $38.87B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR) by 55,051 shares to 263,404 shares, valued at $16.80M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Automatic Data Processing In (NASDAQ:ADP) by 14,012 shares in the quarter, for a total of 292,293 shares, and has risen its stake in Flexion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:FLXN).

Since December 14, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 13 insider sales for $7.51 million activity. On Thursday, December 14 Werth Dennis L sold $352,563 worth of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) or 3,639 shares. BAGSHAW SETH H also sold $1.02 million worth of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) shares. $1.55 million worth of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) was sold by Lee John Tseng-Chung on Tuesday, February 20. Another trade for 9,831 shares valued at $1.13 million was sold by Abrams John R. HANLEY PETER sold $10,706 worth of stock or 100 shares. $963,020 worth of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) shares were sold by COLELLA GERARD G.

Among 6 analysts covering MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. MKS Instruments had 12 analyst reports since October 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Dougherty & Company maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, June 13 report. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, November 23 by Stifel Nicolaus. Dougherty & Company maintained MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) on Monday, May 2 with “Buy” rating. The rating was upgraded by Dougherty & Company to “Buy” on Tuesday, January 24. The firm has “Buy” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets given on Thursday, February 1. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Buy” on Thursday, May 12. The firm has “Buy” rating by Dougherty & Company given on Friday, October 23. The stock of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) has “Overweight” rating given on Monday, January 4 by Pacific Crest. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Buy” on Thursday, October 26. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, February 1 by Stifel Nicolaus.

Analysts await MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) to report earnings on April, 25. They expect $1.99 earnings per share, up 56.69% or $0.72 from last year’s $1.27 per share. MKSI’s profit will be $108.43M for 14.70 P/E if the $1.99 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.71 actual earnings per share reported by MKS Instruments, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 16.37% EPS growth.

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