Central Securities Decreased Its Coherent (COHR) Position by $1.18 Million as Stock Rose; Heartland Finl Usa (HTLF) Stock Declined While Vanguard Group Has Upped Holding by $4.61 Million

February 21, 2018 - By Adrian Erickson

Vanguard Group Inc increased its stake in Heartland Finl Usa Inc (HTLF) by 9.17% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Vanguard Group Inc bought 94,052 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.74% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 1.12M shares of the finance company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $55.33 million, up from 1.03M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Vanguard Group Inc who had been investing in Heartland Finl Usa Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $1.58 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 1.40% or $0.75 during the last trading session, reaching $52.85. About 104,871 shares traded. Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) has risen 36.11% since February 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 19.41% the S&P500.

Central Securities Corp decreased its stake in Coherent Inc (COHR) by 1.39% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Central Securities Corp sold 5,000 shares as the company’s stock rose 26.93% with the market. The institutional investor held 355,000 shares of the capital goods company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $83.49 million, down from 360,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Central Securities Corp who had been investing in Coherent Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $5.31B market cap company. The stock increased 1.58% or $3.33 during the last trading session, reaching $213.74. About 748,570 shares traded or 41.05% up from the average. Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHR) has risen 187.82% since February 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 171.12% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.23 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.08, from 1.15 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 9 investors sold HTLF shares while 39 reduced holdings. 18 funds opened positions while 41 raised stakes. 14.15 million shares or 12.97% more from 12.53 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. 71,423 were reported by Brandywine Invest Management Ltd Liability Co. Virginia Retirement System Et Al invested in 10,800 shares. Credit Suisse Ag owns 35,964 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Envestnet Asset Mgmt Inc has 0% invested in Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF). Wells Fargo & Communications Mn reported 246,461 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Meeder Asset owns 0.01% invested in Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) for 1,455 shares. Legal And General Group Plc owns 6,593 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Clearbridge Invests Lc holds 38,721 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Martingale Asset Mngmt Lp has 0.08% invested in Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF). State Street Corp, Massachusetts-based fund reported 576,674 shares. Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) reported 0% stake. Homrich And Berg holds 14,355 shares or 0.06% of its portfolio. Dreman Value L L C stated it has 256 shares. Credit Agricole S A has invested 0% of its portfolio in Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF). Winch Advisory Services Limited has 364 shares.

Vanguard Group Inc, which manages about $2139.45B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Kb Financial Group Inc (NYSE:KB) by 144,894 shares to 995,279 shares, valued at $48.80 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Gibraltar Inds Inc (NASDAQ:ROCK) by 67,707 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 1.69 million shares, and cut its stake in Quicklogic Corp (NASDAQ:QUIK).

Among 7 analysts covering Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 29% are positive. Heartland Financial USA had 22 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Hold” rating by Sandler O’Neill on Tuesday, January 30. The firm earned “Mkt Perform” rating on Tuesday, January 10 by FBR Capital. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, July 26 by Sandler O’Neill. The stock has “Hold” rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Thursday, December 21. The stock of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) earned “Overweight” rating by Piper Jaffray on Friday, March 11. On Tuesday, January 30 the stock rating was maintained by FBR Capital with “Hold”. The stock of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, November 15 by Piper Jaffray. The stock of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, November 14 by FBR Capital. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) rating on Wednesday, December 13. Keefe Bruyette & Woods has “Hold” rating and $55.0 target. Piper Jaffray maintained the shares of HTLF in report on Monday, January 29 with “Buy” rating.

Analysts await Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHR) to report earnings on May, 8. They expect $3.51 EPS, up 29.52% or $0.80 from last year’s $2.71 per share. COHR’s profit will be $87.12M for 15.22 P/E if the $3.51 EPS becomes a reality. After $3.54 actual EPS reported by Coherent, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -0.85% negative EPS growth.

Among 7 analysts covering Coherent (NASDAQ:COHR), 7 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. Coherent had 29 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Buy” rating by Needham on Wednesday, August 2. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, February 8 by Susquehanna. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Buy” rating and $170 target in Monday, January 9 report. The stock of Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHR) has “Overweight” rating given on Wednesday, November 8 by Barclays Capital. The company was maintained on Thursday, February 8 by Stifel Nicolaus. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Overweight” on Thursday, February 8. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the shares of COHR in report on Tuesday, January 3 with “Buy” rating. The company was maintained on Monday, May 23 by Benchmark. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Buy” rating and $100 target in Monday, March 7 report. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Wednesday, February 15 by Susquehanna.

Since September 12, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 insider sales for $6.77 million activity. SKAGGS STEPHEN A sold $106,135 worth of Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHR) on Monday, February 12. AMBROSEO JOHN had sold 25,000 shares worth $6.25 million on Tuesday, September 12.

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