Westfield Capital Management Company LP Has Upped Its Holding in Orbotech LTD (ORBK) by $22.97 Million; Evanston Investments Dba Evanston Advisors Decreased Its Stake in Sanderson Farms (SAFM) as Share Value Rose

February 15, 2018 - By Dolores Ford

Westfield Capital Management Company Lp increased its stake in Orbotech Ltd (ORBK) by 109.96% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Westfield Capital Management Company Lp bought 546,909 shares as the company’s stock rose 18.15% with the market. The institutional investor held 1.04 million shares of the industrial machinery and components company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $44.08 million, up from 497,377 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Westfield Capital Management Company Lp who had been investing in Orbotech Ltd for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $2.54B market cap company. The stock increased 3.82% or $1.95 during the last trading session, reaching $53.01. About 350,348 shares traded. Orbotech Ltd. (NASDAQ:ORBK) has risen 49.39% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 32.69% the S&P500.

Evanston Investments Inc Dba Evanston Advisors decreased its stake in Sanderson Farms Inc (SAFM) by 10.26% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Evanston Investments Inc Dba Evanston Advisors sold 3,106 shares as the company’s stock rose 21.33% with the market. The institutional investor held 27,174 shares of the consumer non-durables company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $4.39M, down from 30,280 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Evanston Investments Inc Dba Evanston Advisors who had been investing in Sanderson Farms Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $3.00B market cap company. The stock increased 0.31% or $0.41 during the last trading session, reaching $131.57. About 315,912 shares traded. Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) has risen 33.01% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.31% the S&P500.

Analysts await Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) to report earnings on February, 22. They expect $1.21 EPS, up 18.63% or $0.19 from last year’s $1.02 per share. SAFM’s profit will be $27.63 million for 27.18 P/E if the $1.21 EPS becomes a reality. After $3.20 actual EPS reported by Sanderson Farms, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -62.19% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.87 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.07, from 0.94 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 45 investors sold SAFM shares while 98 reduced holdings. 62 funds opened positions while 63 raised stakes. 21.94 million shares or 0.56% less from 22.07 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Vident Inv Advisory Ltd Llc reported 0.18% stake. Putnam Invests Ltd Com holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) for 30,038 shares. Gotham Asset Management Ltd Liability owns 0.28% invested in Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) for 117,108 shares. Van Eck Corp reported 0.03% stake. Principal Financial Gru reported 0.01% of its portfolio in Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM). Dreman Value Mngmt L L C reported 2,987 shares. Jane Street Grp Ltd Liability holds 0.01% or 11,337 shares in its portfolio. Moreover, Hancock Holdings Company has 0.65% invested in Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM). Sg Americas Securities holds 16,023 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Nationwide Fund Advsr has invested 0.03% in Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM). Wells Fargo & Mn owns 341,522 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio. Colorado-based Advisors Asset has invested 0.01% in Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM). Burney reported 12,571 shares. Cibc World Markets holds 0% of its portfolio in Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) for 2,685 shares. Kansas-based Kwmg Ltd Com has invested 0.94% in Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM).

Evanston Investments Inc Dba Evanston Advisors, which manages about $372.58 million and $415.80M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Windstream Hldgs Inc by 362,648 shares to 910,229 shares, valued at $1.61 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Mylan N V (NASDAQ:MYL) by 18,431 shares in the quarter, for a total of 217,186 shares, and has risen its stake in Amerisourcebergen Corp (NYSE:ABC).

Since August 25, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 5 selling transactions for $1.09 million activity. Shares for $123,714 were sold by LIVINGSTON PHIL K on Friday, August 25. Another trade for 1,775 shares valued at $252,593 was sold by KHAYAT ROBERT C. On Wednesday, August 30 the insider MOONEY DIANNE sold $198,771. Another trade for 3,000 shares valued at $432,315 was sold by BANKS FRED L JR.

Among 14 analysts covering Sanderson Farms Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM), 5 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 36% are positive. Sanderson Farms Inc. had 34 analyst reports since August 26, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Jefferies initiated Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) on Wednesday, December 16 with “Underperform” rating. The stock of Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) earned “Equal-Weight” rating by Barclays Capital on Friday, August 25. On Friday, December 2 the stock rating was initiated by KeyBanc Capital Markets with “Sector Weight”. The rating was upgraded by JP Morgan to “Overweight” on Monday, January 11. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Friday, June 9 by Jefferies. Sidoti downgraded the shares of SAFM in report on Friday, November 20 to “Neutral” rating. The company was upgraded on Thursday, December 3 by CLSA. The company was initiated on Wednesday, October 5 by DA Davidson. The company was upgraded on Monday, December 5 by DA Davidson. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Hold” on Friday, December 15.

Among 10 analysts covering Orbotech (NASDAQ:ORBK), 9 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 90% are positive. Orbotech had 22 analyst reports since September 8, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Needham on Thursday, December 10 with “Buy”. The stock of Orbotech Ltd. (NASDAQ:ORBK) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, August 3 by Oppenheimer. The rating was maintained by Needham on Monday, November 16 with “Buy”. The stock has “Buy” rating by Oppenheimer on Thursday, August 10. The stock of Orbotech Ltd. (NASDAQ:ORBK) earned “Buy” rating by Lake Street on Tuesday, September 8. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, August 2 by Jefferies. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, November 7 by Needham. The company was maintained on Monday, July 10 by Jefferies. As per Monday, May 22, the company rating was downgraded by Standpoint Research. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Monday, February 12.

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