Winch Advisory Services Increases Position in Apple Com (AAPL); Autozone (AZO) Shareholder Teacher Retirement System Of Texas Trimmed Its Position as Stock Value Declined

February 24, 2018 - By Marie Mckinney

Winch Advisory Services Llc increased its stake in Apple Inc Com (AAPL) by 10.83% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Winch Advisory Services Llc bought 5,198 shares as the company’s stock rose 12.78% with the market. The institutional investor held 53,185 shares of the computer manufacturing company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $8.22M, up from 47,987 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Winch Advisory Services Llc who had been investing in Apple Inc Com for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $890.49 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.74% or $3 during the last trading session, reaching $175.5. About 33.81M shares traded. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has risen 62.48% since February 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 45.78% the S&P500.

Teacher Retirement System Of Texas decreased its stake in Autozone Inc (AZO) by 97.86% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Teacher Retirement System Of Texas sold 17,492 shares as the company’s stock declined 9.10% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 382 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $227,000, down from 17,874 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Teacher Retirement System Of Texas who had been investing in Autozone Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $19.83 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.13% or $8.12 during the last trading session, reaching $725. About 258,493 shares traded. AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) has declined 10.95% since February 24, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 27.65% the S&P500.

Winch Advisory Services Llc, which manages about $228.69 million and $153.74 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Vanguard Crsp Us Sm Cap Growth Ind Etf (VBK) by 28,394 shares to 36 shares, valued at $6,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in First Trust Dj Internet (FDN) by 2,674 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 35 shares, and cut its stake in Mgm Resorts International Com (NYSE:MGM).

Among 53 analysts covering Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), 34 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 18 Hold. Therefore 64% are positive. Apple Inc. had 378 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Friday, November 3, the company rating was maintained by Loop Capital. Nomura maintained Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on Wednesday, September 6 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, June 2 by Drexel Hamilton. Cowen & Co maintained the shares of AAPL in report on Tuesday, August 25 with “Market Perform” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by Bernstein on Friday, November 3. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with “Overweight” on Monday, July 17. The stock of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, September 11 by Piper Jaffray. Susquehanna maintained it with “Buy” rating and $155 target in Wednesday, October 28 report. Canaccord Genuity maintained Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on Friday, November 3 with “Buy” rating. Robert W. Baird maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, June 2 report.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.7 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.02, from 0.68 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 52 investors sold AAPL shares while 1034 reduced holdings. 116 funds opened positions while 640 raised stakes. 2.97 billion shares or 2.78% less from 3.06 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Westpac Bk reported 618,071 shares stake. 8,704 are owned by Mgmt Associates New York. Bartlett & Ltd Liability stated it has 2.97% of its portfolio in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). California Public Employees Retirement Sys owns 12.82 million shares. Apg Asset Mngmt Nv, a Netherlands-based fund reported 9.84M shares. Villere St Denis J & Ltd Liability accumulated 60,538 shares. Hendley & reported 54,751 shares. Associated Banc has 374,817 shares. Creative Planning stated it has 1.74% in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Hall Laurie J Trustee invested 1.88% in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Carlson Cap Mgmt accumulated 7,140 shares. National Mutual Ins Federation Of Agricultural Cooperatives has invested 0.16% in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Amica Retiree, Rhode Island-based fund reported 30,922 shares. Symmetry Peak Mgmt Ltd Liability accumulated 10,000 shares or 0.18% of the stock. Kopp Invest Advsr Ltd Llc, a Minnesota-based fund reported 6,860 shares.

Since August 24, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 5 insider sales for $26.38 million activity. Srouji Johny had sold 5,892 shares worth $948,612. Riccio Daniel J. sold 15,641 shares worth $2.65M. $9.78 million worth of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was sold by AHRENDTS ANGELA J. COOK TIMOTHY D also sold $43.15M worth of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares.

Teacher Retirement System Of Texas, which manages about $16.26B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 721,944 shares to 5.28M shares, valued at $393.46 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE:A) by 10,229 shares in the quarter, for a total of 13,596 shares, and has risen its stake in Danaher Corp Del (NYSE:DHR).

Analysts await AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) to report earnings on February, 27. They expect $8.81 EPS, up 9.03% or $0.73 from last year’s $8.08 per share. AZO’s profit will be $240.98M for 20.57 P/E if the $8.81 EPS becomes a reality. After $9.96 actual EPS reported by AutoZone, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -11.55% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.05 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.20, from 0.85 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 59 investors sold AZO shares while 150 reduced holdings. 74 funds opened positions while 145 raised stakes. 26.58 million shares or 0.11% less from 26.61 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Marco Lc holds 0.25% or 2,723 shares in its portfolio. Beck Mack Oliver Llc holds 0.09% or 4,500 shares in its portfolio. Keybank Natl Association Oh owns 841 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Reliant Management Ltd Liability Co holds 0.36% or 715 shares in its portfolio. Ontario – Canada-based Highstreet Asset Mgmt has invested 0.15% in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Comerica Fincl Bank reported 7,437 shares or 0.03% of all its holdings. Cambridge Inv Research Advisors Inc reported 0.01% of its portfolio in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Geode Cap Management Limited Co holds 282,703 shares. Thomas White Limited owns 1,680 shares or 0.17% of their US portfolio. 30,200 were reported by Petrus Tru Com Lta. Caxton Assocs Lp invested in 0.02% or 900 shares. Cubist Systematic Strategies Ltd Liability stated it has 700 shares. Community Ser Grp Ltd Liability Corporation reported 500 shares or 0.12% of all its holdings. Oppenheimer holds 6,275 shares. Savings Bank Of Montreal Can has 0.02% invested in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) for 38,114 shares.

Since September 28, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 6 selling transactions for $14.41 million activity. $1.21 million worth of AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) shares were sold by Griffith James C.. Daniele Philip B. had sold 740 shares worth $577,472. Smith Richard Craig had sold 2,700 shares worth $2.05 million. Graves William W sold $7.82M worth of stock.

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