Harris Associates LP Position in U S G (USG) Lowered as Market Valuation Rose; Green Square Capital Boosted Its Stake in Autozone Nev (AZO) by $514,750

May 19, 2018 - By Nellie Frank

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Harris Associates LP decreased its stake in U S G Corp (USG) by 1.09% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Harris Associates LP sold 74,875 shares as the company’s stock rose 5.67% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund held 6.76M shares of the building materials company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $260.85M, down from 6.84M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Harris Associates LP who had been investing in U S G Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $5.79 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.34% or $0.14 during the last trading session, reaching $41.45. About 849,767 shares traded. USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) has risen 19.90% since May 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 8.35% the S&P500.

Green Square Capital Llc increased its stake in Autozone Inc Nev (AZO) by 167.05% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Green Square Capital Llc bought 725 shares as the company’s stock declined 10.64% with the market. The hedge fund held 1,159 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $824,000, up from 434 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Green Square Capital Llc who had been investing in Autozone Inc Nev for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $17.56B market cap company. The stock increased 0.98% or $6.34 during the last trading session, reaching $652.64. About 384,541 shares traded. AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) has declined 11.15% since May 19, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 22.70% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.85 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.20, from 1.05 in 2017Q3. It dropped, as 37 investors sold AZO shares while 200 reduced holdings. 86 funds opened positions while 116 raised stakes. 25.09 million shares or 5.64% less from 26.58 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. 47,249 are owned by Bain Pub Equity Limited Liability. Eqis Capital has 0.01% invested in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Asset Mngmt One Com Limited holds 0.07% in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) or 45,631 shares. Tci Wealth Advsr Inc holds 0.01% in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) or 41 shares. Apg Asset Nv reported 0.13% of its portfolio in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Clearbridge Ltd Liability holds 1.91% of its portfolio in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) for 128,990 shares. Primecap Mngmt Ca has invested 0% in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Nelson Roberts Inv Ltd Limited Liability Company stated it has 10 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Community Financial Group Inc Limited Company reported 0.14% in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Stevens LP owns 0.36% invested in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) for 13,112 shares. Prudential Finance holds 0.04% of its portfolio in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) for 38,849 shares. Bridges Investment Mgmt Incorporated reported 300 shares stake. Muhlenkamp Comm owns 6,774 shares. Wellington Management Grp Llp holds 0.01% or 78,800 shares.

Since January 3, 2018, it had 1 insider buy, and 5 insider sales for $12.56 million activity. Graves William W also sold $7.82 million worth of AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) shares. $1.21 million worth of AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) was sold by Griffith James C. on Tuesday, January 16. 162 shares were bought by BROOKS DOUGLAS H, worth $98,413 on Monday, April 16. $577,472 worth of AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) was sold by Daniele Philip B..

Among 25 analysts covering Autozone Inc. (NYSE:AZO), 14 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 56% are positive. Autozone Inc. had 82 analyst reports since August 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Tuesday, April 17 the stock rating was initiated by Guggenheim with “Hold”. The company was maintained on Tuesday, March 22 by Oppenheimer. On Wednesday, May 24 the stock rating was downgraded by Stephens to “Equal-Weight”. The firm has “Buy” rating by Gabelli given on Friday, April 15. The firm has “Hold” rating by Deutsche Bank given on Wednesday, December 7. Jefferies maintained it with “Hold” rating and $720.0 target in Wednesday, December 6 report. Bank of America downgraded the stock to “Neutral” rating in Friday, July 7 report. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Monday, June 26 by Jefferies. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, September 19 by Jefferies. The rating was maintained by UBS on Wednesday, November 29 with “Buy”.

More notable recent AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) news were published by: Benzinga.com which released: “Why Goldman Sachs Is Adding AutoZone, McDonald’s To Its Conviction List” on May 07, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Death Of Retail Is Premature” published on May 16, 2018, Globenewswire.com published: “Consolidated Research: 2018 Summary Expectations for Virtusa, AutoZone, Healthcare Services Group, Vmware …” on May 17, 2018. More interesting news about AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) were released by: Globenewswire.com and their article: “AutoZone Appoints New Board Members” published on May 15, 2018 as well as Globenewswire.com‘s news article titled: “AutoZone to Release Third Quarter Earnings May 22, 2018” with publication date: April 26, 2018.

Green Square Capital Llc, which manages about $1.82 billion and $664.32M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Pbf Energy Inc Cl A (NYSE:PBF) by 183,391 shares to 51,268 shares, valued at $1.82 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Boeing Co Com (NYSE:BA) by 29,470 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 3,208 shares, and cut its stake in Visa Inc (NYSE:V).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.88 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.18, from 1.06 in 2017Q3. It worsened, as 19 investors sold USG shares while 81 reduced holdings. 38 funds opened positions while 50 raised stakes. 113.11 million shares or 5.42% less from 119.59 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Staley Cap Advisers owns 60,000 shares. Vanguard Group accumulated 6.81 million shares or 0.01% of the stock. Moreover, Hap Trading Ltd Liability Company has 0.07% invested in USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) for 42,314 shares. Mesirow Mgmt holds 42,975 shares. Ledyard Bank & Trust accumulated 0% or 225 shares. Royal Bancorp Of Canada holds 0% in USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) or 145,113 shares. Highlander Capital Mngmt Ltd Liability Company reported 200 shares stake. Sg Americas Ltd Liability Com invested in 0% or 8,743 shares. 45 are owned by Qs Invsts Ltd. Pnc Fincl Svcs Gru Inc accumulated 50,400 shares. Macquarie Grp Inc Ltd stated it has 2.29 million shares. Dudley & Shanley Limited Liability Company stated it has 764,650 shares. 9,106 were reported by Virtu Fincl Limited Company. Citadel Advsr Ltd Liability reported 1.48M shares. Citigroup reported 44,487 shares.

Harris Associates L P, which manages about $61.07B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Wells Fargo Co New (NYSE:WFC) by 8,677 shares to 25.86 million shares, valued at $1.57B in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Automatic Data Processing In (NASDAQ:ADP) by 200,280 shares in the quarter, for a total of 3.51M shares, and has risen its stake in Liberty Broadband Corp.

More important recent USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) news were published by: Streetinsider.com which released: “Buffett’s Berkshire 13F Confirms Increase in Apple (AAPL) Stake Along with Increase in Holdings of Teva (TEVA) (More…)” on May 15, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com published article titled: “USG (USG) Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript”, Seekingalpha.com published: “Eagle Materials Poised To Outperform” on May 15, 2018. More interesting news about USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) was released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Breakingviews: There’s No I In Buffett” with publication date: April 25, 2018.

Among 24 analysts covering USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), 7 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 15 Hold. Therefore 29% are positive. USG Corporation had 86 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Hold” rating by SunTrust on Thursday, October 26. On Monday, August 28 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. Jefferies maintained USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) on Thursday, July 13 with “Hold” rating. On Monday, July 17 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. The firm has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Thursday, July 27. Jefferies maintained USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) rating on Monday, August 28. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $29.0 target. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, February 1 by Robert W. Baird. The firm earned “Sector Perform” rating on Monday, February 8 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) earned “Buy” rating by Bank of America on Friday, September 23. Robert W. Baird maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, October 26 report.

Analysts await USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) to report earnings on July, 25. They expect $0.61 EPS, up 38.64% or $0.17 from last year’s $0.44 per share. USG’s profit will be $85.19 million for 16.99 P/E if the $0.61 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.32 actual EPS reported by USG Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 90.63% EPS growth.

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