Montrusco Bolton Investments Has Cut Its Graco (GGG) Position by $371,460 as Stock Price Rose; Sfe Investment Counsel Boosted Its Position in Mks Instrument (MKSI) by $324,770

February 20, 2018 - By mmahotstuff

Montrusco Bolton Investments Inc decreased its stake in Graco Inc (GGG) by 9.5% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Montrusco Bolton Investments Inc sold 3,020 shares as the company’s stock rose 21.24% with the market. The institutional investor held 28,763 shares of the fluid controls company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $3.56M, down from 31,783 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Montrusco Bolton Investments Inc who had been investing in Graco Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $7.37B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.57% or $0.25 during the last trading session, reaching $43.79. About 555,674 shares traded. Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG) has risen 41.79% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.09% the S&P500.

Sfe Investment Counsel increased its stake in Mks Instrument Inc (MKSI) by 49.91% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Sfe Investment Counsel bought 3,455 shares as the company’s stock rose 16.99% with the market. The institutional investor held 10,378 shares of the capital goods company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $980,000, up from 6,923 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Sfe Investment Counsel who had been investing in Mks Instrument Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $6.22 billion market cap company. The stock increased 4.18% or $4.6 during the last trading session, reaching $114.6. About 496,796 shares traded. MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) has risen 119.33% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 102.63% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.35 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.12, from 1.23 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 21 investors sold MKSI shares while 99 reduced holdings. 64 funds opened positions while 98 raised stakes. 51.02 million shares or 0.62% less from 51.34 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Dubuque Bank & Tru accumulated 5,825 shares. Catalyst Capital Advisors Llc stated it has 0.04% of its portfolio in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI). Putnam Lc accumulated 14,500 shares. Dupont Mngmt has 0.13% invested in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) for 60,007 shares. Dana Advsrs holds 98,097 shares or 0.43% of its portfolio. Walleye Trading Ltd Liability Company has invested 0% in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI). Numeric Limited holds 0.12% of its portfolio in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) for 169,600 shares. Jefferies Gru Limited Liability Company owns 0% invested in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) for 3,298 shares. Morgan Dempsey Management Ltd Liability Company stated it has 20,221 shares. Gideon Capital has 2,135 shares for 0.2% of their portfolio. Los Angeles Cap Equity Rech holds 0% or 2,740 shares. Moreover, Hays Advisory has 1.62% invested in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI). Cipher LP holds 0.04% or 6,090 shares in its portfolio. Metropolitan Life Insur Company holds 35,632 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. The California-based Fuller Thaler Asset Management has invested 0.15% in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI).

Since September 1, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 10 sales for $4.82 million activity. Quirk Brian Charles had sold 2,000 shares worth $210,200. COLELLA GERARD G had sold 10,000 shares worth $963,020 on Friday, January 12. HANLEY PETER sold $10,706 worth of stock. Werth Dennis L sold 3,639 shares worth $352,563. $1.09M worth of stock was sold by PHILLIPPY ROBERT J on Thursday, February 15. 300 MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) shares with value of $24,840 were sold by Mora Elizabeth.

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. The stock has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, May 12. The stock has “Buy” rating by Dougherty & Company on Monday, June 13. The firm has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Thursday, February 1. The stock has “Buy” rating by Dougherty & Company on Tuesday, January 24. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, October 26 by Deutsche Bank. The stock of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, November 23 by Stifel Nicolaus. The firm has “Buy” rating by Dougherty & Company given on Monday, May 2. The rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets on Thursday, February 1 with “Buy”. The stock has “Buy” rating by Dougherty & Company on Friday, October 23. The stock has “Buy” rating by Citigroup on Wednesday, October 12.

Sfe Investment Counsel, which manages about $321.20M and $237.84M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) by 5,888 shares to 56,871 shares, valued at $8.77M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) by 9,715 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 13,340 shares, and cut its stake in First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:FSLR).

Among 14 analysts covering Graco Inc (NYSE:GGG), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 14% are positive. Graco Inc had 34 analyst reports since September 15, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of GGG in report on Friday, September 15 with “Hold” rating. The stock of Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, February 1 by Wunderlich. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, January 3 by RBC Capital Markets. Deutsche Bank upgraded it to “Buy” rating and $55 target in Tuesday, January 23 report. As per Tuesday, November 3, the company rating was initiated by Suntrust Robinson. SunTrust downgraded the shares of GGG in report on Thursday, April 14 to “Neutral” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, October 26 by Robert W. Baird. The company was maintained on Thursday, July 27 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, December 13 by Robert W. Baird. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Wednesday, October 4 by Robert W. Baird.

Montrusco Bolton Investments Inc, which manages about $6.00B and $1.89 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Pepsico Inc (NYSE:PEP) by 13,133 shares to 63,791 shares, valued at $7.11 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Procter And Gamble Co (NYSE:PG) by 10,457 shares in the quarter, for a total of 14,204 shares, and has risen its stake in Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA).

Since September 8, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 10 selling transactions for $16.67 million activity. Another trade for 757 shares valued at $90,234 was made by Etchart Eric on Friday, September 15. $1.68 million worth of Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG) was sold by Rothe Christian E. 1,248 shares valued at $150,144 were sold by Moreau Bernard J on Friday, September 15. Ahlers David M sold $2.70M worth of Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG) on Friday, September 15. The insider SHEAHAN MARK W sold $3.94 million. LOWE DAVID M also sold $3.46 million worth of Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG) on Friday, September 8.

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