Stephens Boosted Position in National Fuel Gas Co N J (NFG) as Share Price Declined; Lazard Asset Management Has Cut Its Msci (MSCI) Holding as Stock Value Rose

April 16, 2018 - By mmahotstuff

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Stephens Inc increased its stake in National Fuel Gas Co N J (NFG) by 11.08% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Stephens Inc bought 6,011 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.23% with the market. The institutional investor held 60,277 shares of the oil and gas transmission company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $3.31 million, up from 54,266 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Stephens Inc who had been investing in National Fuel Gas Co N J for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $4.42B market cap company. The stock increased 0.90% or $0.46 during the last trading session, reaching $51.49. About 311,931 shares traded. National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE:NFG) has declined 14.76% since April 16, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 26.31% the S&P500.

Lazard Asset Management Llc decreased its stake in Msci Inc (MSCI) by 21.45% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Lazard Asset Management Llc sold 3,390 shares as the company’s stock rose 20.03% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 12,415 shares of the business services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $1.57M, down from 15,805 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Lazard Asset Management Llc who had been investing in Msci Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $13.27 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 1.13% or $1.69 during the last trading session, reaching $147.61. About 946,852 shares traded. MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) has risen 59.43% since April 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 47.88% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.15 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.07, from 1.22 in 2017Q3. It worsened, as 20 investors sold NFG shares while 96 reduced holdings. 44 funds opened positions while 89 raised stakes. 59.62 million shares or 1.53% less from 60.55 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. 81,715 were reported by Ahl Partners Ltd Liability Partnership. 2.88 million were accumulated by Gamco Incorporated Et Al. Amer Century Cos holds 280,503 shares. Cutler Invest Counsel Ltd Liability has 103,755 shares for 1.1% of their portfolio. Goldman Sachs Grp Inc holds 775,229 shares. Pacad Investment Ltd has invested 0.09% in National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE:NFG). Moreover, Manufacturers Life Ins Com The has 0.01% invested in National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE:NFG). Citigroup, a New York-based fund reported 56,699 shares. Guggenheim Ltd reported 0.02% stake. Wells Fargo And Mn accumulated 321,322 shares. Envestnet Asset Mgmt Inc has 61,733 shares. Mutual Of America Cap Ltd stated it has 0.06% in National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE:NFG). Northern owns 655,275 shares. Sasco Capital Ct invested in 13,794 shares. Voya Invest Management Limited Liability invested 0.02% in National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE:NFG).

Among 5 analysts covering National Fuel Gas Co. (NYSE:NFG), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 40% are positive. National Fuel Gas Co. had 16 analyst reports since July 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Sidoti initiated National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE:NFG) rating on Thursday, October 12. Sidoti has “Hold” rating and $65.0 target. The company was maintained on Thursday, August 31 by Jefferies. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold” on Wednesday, December 20. The rating was downgraded by Jefferies on Monday, April 18 to “Hold”. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Thursday, July 23. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, January 2 by Sidoti. On Wednesday, August 10 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Equal-Weight”. The stock of National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE:NFG) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, April 19 by Jefferies. Jefferies upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Thursday, October 13 report. Jefferies upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Monday, February 5 report.

Stephens Inc, which manages about $6.58 billion and $2.67B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Dominion Energy Inc (NYSE:D) by 8,622 shares to 142,014 shares, valued at $11.51 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) by 10,517 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 39,696 shares, and cut its stake in Microchip Technology Inc (NASDAQ:MCHP).

Lazard Asset Management Llc, which manages about $52.81 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Alcoa Corp by 17,090 shares to 17,322 shares, valued at $933,000 in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Ctxs 0.5 4/19 (Prn) by 11.51M shares in the quarter, for a total of 16.51 million shares, and has risen its stake in Ishr Msci Em (EEM).

Analysts await MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) to report earnings on May, 3. They expect $1.28 EPS, up 45.45% or $0.40 from last year’s $0.88 per share. MSCI’s profit will be $115.04 million for 28.83 P/E if the $1.28 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.15 actual EPS reported by MSCI Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 11.30% EPS growth.

Among 9 analysts covering MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI), 3 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 33% are positive. MSCI Inc. had 17 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) has “Neutral” rating given on Monday, August 31 by Northcoast. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Credit Suisse given on Friday, November 3. As per Tuesday, October 11, the company rating was downgraded by Evercore. The firm has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Monday, October 23 by Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley maintained the stock with “Equal-Weight” rating in Monday, August 7 report. UBS maintained it with “Buy” rating and $125 target in Friday, August 4 report. Morgan Stanley maintained the shares of MSCI in report on Friday, November 3 with “Equal-Weight” rating. On Wednesday, January 31 the stock rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with “Equal-Weight”. UBS maintained MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) rating on Friday, November 3. UBS has “Buy” rating and $141 target. UBS maintained it with “Buy” rating and $177 target in Friday, March 2 report.

Investors sentiment is 1.32 in Q4 2017. Its the same as in 2017Q3. It is the same, as 12 investors sold MSCI shares while 118 reduced holdings. only 56 funds opened positions while 116 raised stakes. 79.53 million shares or 2.23% less from 81.35 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Alabama-based Andra Ap has invested 0.04% in MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI). State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue stated it has 0.03% in MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI). Tci Wealth Advisors Inc invested in 0% or 31 shares. Geode Management Lc invested in 762,500 shares or 0.03% of the stock. Moreover, Jupiter Asset Mgmt Ltd has 0.52% invested in MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI). Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) owns 26,624 shares for 0.03% of their portfolio. Northern Trust Corp owns 826,138 shares for 0.03% of their portfolio. Advantus Cap Management Incorporated holds 11,092 shares. Gulf State Bank (Uk) Ltd owns 29,574 shares. New York-based Douglass Winthrop Ltd Co has invested 0.01% in MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI). New Mexico Educational Retirement Board has 22,300 shares. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund holds 48,180 shares. Rmb Capital Lc stated it has 1,682 shares. Fmr Ltd owns 7.79M shares or 0.12% of their US portfolio. Alliancebernstein LP has 780,956 shares.

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