As Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) Market Value Rose, Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company Has Boosted by $337,990 Its Stake; Stillwater Capital Advisors Holding in Merck & Co (MRK) Upped by $2.11 Million

May 26, 2018 - By Marie Mckinney

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Stillwater Capital Advisors Llc increased its stake in Merck & Co Inc (MRK) by 18.89% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Stillwater Capital Advisors Llc bought 37,624 shares as the company’s stock declined 4.63% with the market. The institutional investor held 236,803 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $13.33M, up from 199,179 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Stillwater Capital Advisors Llc who had been investing in Merck & Co Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $158.97 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.07% or $0.04 during the last trading session, reaching $59.09. About 6.67 million shares traded. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has declined 14.94% since May 26, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 26.49% the S&P500.

Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company increased its stake in Intuitive Surgical Inc (ISRG) by 200% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company bought 926 shares as the company’s stock rose 11.58% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 1,389 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $507,000, up from 463 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company who had been investing in Intuitive Surgical Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $51.73B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.27% or $1.23 during the last trading session, reaching $456.56. About 414,632 shares traded. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) has risen 58.43% since May 26, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 46.88% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.94 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.12, from 1.06 in 2017Q3. It dived, as 94 investors sold MRK shares while 631 reduced holdings. 123 funds opened positions while 558 raised stakes. 1.93 billion shares or 1.34% less from 1.96 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Cibc Ww Markets reported 824,996 shares. Rice Hall James Assocs Limited Liability Corporation holds 8,086 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Cetera Ltd Liability Corporation invested in 43,195 shares. Boulegeris Inc has invested 0.3% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Piedmont Inv Advisors Llc holds 589,171 shares or 0.67% of its portfolio. Kamunting Street Cap Limited Partnership stated it has 88,000 shares. Moller stated it has 4,303 shares. Campbell Newman Asset Mgmt has 28,665 shares for 0.27% of their portfolio. Needelman Asset Mgmt Incorporated has invested 1.82% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Moreover, Riverhead Cap Mgmt Ltd Llc has 0.16% invested in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) for 65,389 shares. Zacks Investment Management invested in 1.64% or 1.34 million shares. North Carolina-based Jolley Asset Management Ltd Company has invested 1.91% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Perkins Cap has 5,800 shares. Chevy Chase Tru invested in 2.99M shares or 0.72% of the stock. Compton Cap Management Ri holds 0.55% or 22,734 shares in its portfolio.

More notable recent Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) news were published by: Streetinsider.com which released: “Foundation Medicine (FMI) Reports Immuno-Oncology Companion Diagnostics Collaboration with Merck (MRK)” on May 24, 2018, also Livetradingnews.com with their article: “Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) Trending Upwards” published on May 18, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “Eisai and Merck provide update on sNDA for Lenvatinib in HCC” on May 25, 2018. More interesting news about Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Congo’s Ebola outbreak in ‘new phase'” published on May 17, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Merck: Getting Stronger” with publication date: May 04, 2018.

Stillwater Capital Advisors Llc, which manages about $603.89 million and $425.20M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Spdr S&P 500 Etf Tr (SPY) by 1,130 shares to 927 shares, valued at $247,000 in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in General Electric Co (NYSE:GE) by 72,036 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 352,407 shares, and cut its stake in Ishares Us Healthcare Etf (IYH).

Among 24 analysts covering Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), 21 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 88% are positive. Merck & Co. Inc. had 90 analyst reports since August 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has “Sell” rating given on Friday, August 18 by Jefferies. On Monday, July 17 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Sell”. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, November 24 by Berenberg. Guggenheim maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, April 17 report. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, April 6 by Societe Generale. The firm has “Buy” rating by Piper Jaffray given on Thursday, October 26. SunTrust maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, July 28 report. Barclays Capital downgraded Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) on Monday, October 30 to “Equal-Weight” rating. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Tuesday, October 31 by Jefferies. As per Thursday, October 13, the company rating was upgraded by Bank of America.

Investors sentiment increased to 12.48 in 2017 Q4. Its up 11.44, from 1.04 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 23 investors sold ISRG shares while 21 reduced holdings. 91 funds opened positions while 458 raised stakes. 191.92 million shares or 430.23% more from 36.20 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Carmignac Gestion owns 597,009 shares. 2,011 were reported by Northwestern Mutual Wealth Mngmt. Cibc Commercial Bank Usa invested in 1,355 shares. 8,000 were reported by Olstein Cap Management Lp. Bahl & Gaynor invested 0.04% in Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG). Hussman Strategic Advsr stated it has 10,000 shares. California Public Employees Retirement Systems, a California-based fund reported 306,131 shares. 3,465 are held by Rmb Capital Mngmt Limited Co. 345 are held by Department Mb State Bank N A. Renaissance Technology Llc invested in 0.58% or 1.44 million shares. 3,906 are owned by Cipher Lp. Triangle Secs Wealth Mngmt owns 919 shares for 0.19% of their portfolio. Metropolitan Life Insur Company Ny has 0.11% invested in Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG). Alliancebernstein Lp accumulated 0.44% or 1.69 million shares. Jane Street Gp Inc Lc invested in 33,210 shares.

Among 20 analysts covering Intuitive Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:ISRG), 14 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 70% are positive. Intuitive Surgical Inc had 77 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Vetr upgraded the shares of ISRG in report on Wednesday, September 2 to “Strong-Buy” rating. J.P. Morgan maintained Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) rating on Friday, July 21. J.P. Morgan has “Buy” rating and $105000 target. Canaccord Genuity maintained the shares of ISRG in report on Wednesday, October 19 with “Buy” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, January 25. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Hold” rating and $95000 target in Tuesday, July 18 report. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, July 20 report. The stock of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, August 26 by Raymond James. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Thursday, October 19 with “Hold”. Wedbush maintained Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) rating on Monday, September 25. Wedbush has “Buy” rating and $1060.0 target. Canaccord Genuity maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, July 21 report.

More important recent Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “Carve Through Weakness in Mazor Robotics Ltd. Stock With Surgical Precision” on May 14, 2018, also Investorplace.com published article titled: “Does Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Have Any More Room to Run?”, Seekingalpha.com published: “Intuitive Surgical At The Cutting Edge” on May 13, 2018. More interesting news about Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) was released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “New Study Shows Robotic-Assisted Surgery Benefits for Inguinal Hernia Repair” with publication date: May 03, 2018.

Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company, which manages about $662.85 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Illinois Tool Wks Inc (NYSE:ITW) by 3,900 shares to 2,400 shares, valued at $400,000 in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Raytheon Co (NYSE:RTN) by 6,000 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 1,800 shares, and cut its stake in Qualcomm Inc (NASDAQ:QCOM).

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