Energy Opportunities Capital Management Lowered Noble Drilling Com (NE) Position as Market Valuation Declined; Morgan Stanley (MS) Valuation Declined While Magnetar Financial Lowered Stake

February 20, 2018 - By Michael Collier

Energy Opportunities Capital Management Llc decreased its stake in Noble Drilling Corp Com (NE) by 18.76% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Energy Opportunities Capital Management Llc sold 79,325 shares as the company’s stock declined 34.72% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 343,581 shares of the oil & gas production company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.58M, down from 422,906 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Energy Opportunities Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Noble Drilling Corp Com for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $1.00B market cap company. The stock increased 2.50% or $0.1 during the last trading session, reaching $4.1. About 6.14 million shares traded. Noble Corporation plc (NYSE:NE) has declined 46.66% since February 20, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 63.36% the S&P500.

Alec Litowitz decreased its stake in Morgan Stanley (MS) by 51.86% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Magnetar Financial Llc sold 17,430 shares as the company’s stock declined 9.43% while stock markets rallied. The hedge fund run by Alec Litowitz held 16,179 shares of the investment bankers and brokers and service company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $779,000, down from 33,609 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Magnetar Financial Llc who had been investing in Morgan Stanley for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $98.59 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.47% or $0.26 during the last trading session, reaching $55.14. About 7.45 million shares traded. Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has risen 57.08% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 40.38% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.94 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.06, from 0.88 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 59 investors sold MS shares while 292 reduced holdings. 76 funds opened positions while 255 raised stakes. 1.53 billion shares or 1.48% less from 1.55 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Signaturefd Ltd Liability Corp owns 5,888 shares. California-based Advisor Ptnrs has invested 0.29% in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). Salzhauer Michael holds 0.35% of its portfolio in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) for 16,879 shares. Essex Financial Inc invested in 0.17% or 14,592 shares. Synovus Fin Corp reported 8,315 shares. 31,790 were accumulated by Tiedemann Wealth Management Ltd Co. Covington Cap Mgmt reported 0% in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). Burke And Herbert Bank And accumulated 4,566 shares. Natixis invested 0.24% in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). Compton Capital Management Ri stated it has 49,665 shares or 1.07% of all its holdings. Triangle Secs Wealth Mngmt reported 10,302 shares. Gotham Asset Mngmt Lc invested 0.02% of its portfolio in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). Renaissance Technologies Limited Liability holds 176,200 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. The Wisconsin-based Mason Street Advsrs Limited Liability Corporation has invested 0.23% in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). Quantbot Technologies Ltd Partnership, a New York-based fund reported 99,168 shares.

Among 29 analysts covering Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), 19 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 66% are positive. Morgan Stanley had 97 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Vining Sparks maintained it with “Strong-Buy” rating and $51 target in Friday, April 21 report. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, October 17 by BMO Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Equal Weight” on Tuesday, January 3. BMO Capital Markets maintained Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) rating on Wednesday, August 23. BMO Capital Markets has “Buy” rating and $61.0 target. The stock has “Sell” rating by Societe Generale on Wednesday, January 13. Sandler O’Neill maintained Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) on Friday, January 19 with “Hold” rating. Berenberg initiated Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) rating on Wednesday, July 13. Berenberg has “Hold” rating and $29 target. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Buy” rating and $5000 target in Tuesday, June 6 report. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Monday, October 9 by Credit Suisse. The firm has “Buy” rating by JP Morgan given on Friday, March 31.

Magnetar Financial Llc, which manages about $13.74B and $4.45 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Park Sterling Corp (NASDAQ:PSTB) by 278,390 shares to 679,743 shares, valued at $8.44 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Ship Finance International L (NYSE:SFL) by 37,643 shares in the quarter, for a total of 72,069 shares, and has risen its stake in Rti Intl Metals Inc (Prn).

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