Bright Rock Capital Management Boosted Its Position in General Mls (GIS) by $657,850; Wal (WMT) Holder Skba Capital Management Decreased Its Position as Stock Declined

April 20, 2018 - By Vivian Park

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Bright Rock Capital Management Llc increased its stake in General Mls Inc (GIS) by 35.97% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Bright Rock Capital Management Llc bought 11,150 shares as the company’s stock declined 24.65% with the market. The institutional investor held 42,150 shares of the consumer non-durables company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $2.50M, up from 31,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Bright Rock Capital Management Llc who had been investing in General Mls Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $25.66B market cap company. The stock decreased 1.72% or $0.755 during the last trading session, reaching $43.275. About 2.64M shares traded. General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS) has declined 22.93% since April 20, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 34.48% the S&P500.

Skba Capital Management Llc decreased its stake in Wal (WMT) by 9.36% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Skba Capital Management Llc sold 27,600 shares as the company’s stock declined 12.38% with the market. The institutional investor held 267,200 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $26.39M, down from 294,800 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Skba Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Wal for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $256.59 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 1.06% or $0.93 during the last trading session, reaching $86.96. About 4.23M shares traded. Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has risen 23.53% since April 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 11.98% the S&P500.

Since January 9, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 1 sale for $517,458 activity.

Among 24 analysts covering General Mills Inc. (NYSE:GIS), 4 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 17 Hold. Therefore 17% are positive. General Mills Inc. had 84 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was upgraded on Thursday, March 22 by Societe Generale. The stock has “Hold” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Wednesday, September 6. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Wednesday, January 3 by PiperJaffray. On Wednesday, June 14 the stock rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Hold”. Goldman Sachs reinitiated the stock with “Neutral” rating in Tuesday, December 1 report. On Thursday, June 29 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Sector Perform”. The stock of General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS) has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, March 24 by JP Morgan. On Tuesday, July 21 the stock rating was upgraded by RBC Capital Markets to “Outperform”. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, March 22 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock has “Hold” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Wednesday, March 21.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.89 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.05, from 0.84 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 56 investors sold GIS shares while 388 reduced holdings. 107 funds opened positions while 288 raised stakes. 405.24 million shares or 0.97% more from 401.33 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Westpac Bk Corporation owns 109,972 shares or 0.15% of their US portfolio. Zevin Asset Mgmt Ltd Liability Corporation reported 0.08% in General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS). Ipswich Invest Mgmt Commerce has 0.22% invested in General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS) for 8,716 shares. Hilltop Holdings Inc reported 13,623 shares. Caprock Group Inc owns 0.14% invested in General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS) for 12,027 shares. Public Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado reported 106,665 shares or 0.04% of all its holdings. Moreover, Koch Indus has 0.1% invested in General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS). Point72 Asia (Hong Kong) invested in 905 shares. Partnervest Advisory Svcs Ltd Liability accumulated 11,469 shares. Smith Chas P And Pa Cpas has 1.71% invested in General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS). Moreover, Gemmer Asset Mngmt Ltd has 0.01% invested in General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS) for 491 shares. Fulton Retail Bank Na holds 0.18% of its portfolio in General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS) for 42,612 shares. Covington Management holds 0.04% or 10,373 shares. Schmidt P J Inv Mngmt owns 20,182 shares. Trustmark Bancorp Tru Department accumulated 0.1% or 14,984 shares.

Analysts await Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) to report earnings on May, 17. They expect $1.12 earnings per share, up 12.00% or $0.12 from last year’s $1 per share. WMT’s profit will be $3.30B for 19.41 P/E if the $1.12 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.33 actual earnings per share reported by Walmart Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -15.79% negative EPS growth.

Among 37 analysts covering Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), 16 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 21 Hold. Therefore 43% are positive. Wal-Mart Stores Inc had 153 analyst reports since August 14, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Monday, July 24 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) earned “Equal-Weight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Wednesday, November 8. On Thursday, October 15 the stock rating was downgraded by Stephens to “Equal Weight”. Barclays Capital maintained Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) rating on Wednesday, February 21. Barclays Capital has “Overweight” rating and $116 target. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, August 15 by Cowen & Co. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Hold” rating and $7900 target in Friday, June 23 report. As per Tuesday, November 21, the company rating was maintained by Cowen & Co. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, September 30 by Guggenheim. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on Tuesday, September 19 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, August 1 by Oppenheimer.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.99 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.03, from 1.02 in 2017Q3. It fall, as 68 investors sold WMT shares while 541 reduced holdings. 165 funds opened positions while 435 raised stakes. 865.70 million shares or 1.77% less from 881.34 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Art Limited Liability, New York-based fund reported 58,824 shares. Asset owns 0.35% invested in Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) for 9,742 shares. Norinchukin Natl Bank The has invested 0.49% of its portfolio in Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Moreover, Brandywine Global Investment Ltd has 1.61% invested in Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Dubuque Natl Bank & has invested 2.61% in Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Chatham Cap Gru has 12,475 shares. Wafra Invest Advisory Grp owns 4,896 shares. Goodman invested in 0.01% or 144 shares. Massachusetts Svcs Co Ma holds 996,043 shares or 0.04% of its portfolio. Stadion Money Mgmt Ltd invested in 0.05% or 15,658 shares. Moreover, Oakbrook Invests Ltd Liability Corp has 0.2% invested in Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) for 31,143 shares. Ledyard National Bank holds 21,285 shares or 0.25% of its portfolio. Bancshares Of Nova Scotia holds 487,537 shares or 0.22% of its portfolio. 22,410 were accumulated by Meridian Investment Counsel. Ruggie Gru owns 688 shares.

Skba Capital Management Llc, which manages about $958.13M and $719.31 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Schlumberger Ltd (NYSE:SLB) by 44,550 shares to 224,550 shares, valued at $15.13 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Eaton Corp Plc (NYSE:ETN) by 6,900 shares in the quarter, for a total of 173,750 shares, and has risen its stake in International Business Machs (NYSE:IBM).

Since December 11, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 1 sale for $200,291 activity.

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