Personal Capital Advisors Lowered Its Stepan Co (SCL) Stake; Plug Power (PLUG) Sentiment Is 1.26

May 18, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

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Personal Capital Advisors Corp decreased Stepan Co (SCL) stake by 6.2% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Personal Capital Advisors Corp sold 7,307 shares as Stepan Co (SCL)’s stock rose 3.31%. The Personal Capital Advisors Corp holds 110,483 shares with $8.73M value, down from 117,790 last quarter. Stepan Co now has $1.60B valuation. The stock increased 0.63% or $0.44 during the last trading session, reaching $70.52. About 145,314 shares traded or 54.20% up from the average. Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) has risen 5.71% since May 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 5.84% the S&P500.

Plug Power Inc (PLUG) investors sentiment decreased to 1.26 in 2017 Q4. It’s down -0.46, from 1.72 in 2017Q3. The ratio has dropped, as 58 investment managers increased and started new holdings, while 46 reduced and sold their holdings in Plug Power Inc. The investment managers in our database now hold: 59.69 million shares, up from 54.72 million shares in 2017Q3. Also, the number of investment managers holding Plug Power Inc in top ten holdings was flat from 0 to 0 for the same number . Sold All: 21 Reduced: 25 Increased: 40 New Position: 18.

The stock increased 0.47% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $2.12. About 3.48M shares traded. Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) has risen 35.00% since May 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 23.45% the S&P500.

Analysts await Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG) to report earnings on August, 14. They expect $-0.07 EPS, up 30.00% or $0.03 from last year’s $-0.1 per share. After $-0.07 actual EPS reported by Plug Power Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 0.00% EPS growth.

Plug Power Inc., an alternative energy technology provider, engages in the design, development, commercialization, and manufacture of hydrogen fuel cell systems primarily for the material handling and stationary power markets in the United States. The company has market cap of $454.26 million. It focuses on proton exchange membrane fuel cell and fuel processing technologies, fuel cell/battery hybrid technologies, and related hydrogen storage and dispensing infrastructure. It currently has negative earnings. The firm offers GenDrive, hydrogen fueled PEM fuel cell system that provides power to material handling vehicles; GenFuel, a hydrogen fueling delivery system; GenCare, which is an ongoing maintenance program for GenDrive fuel cells, GenSure products, and GenFuel products; and GenSure, a stationary fuel cell solution that provides scalable modular PEM fuel cell power to support the backup and grid-support power requirements of the telecommunications, transportation, and utility sectors.

Ratings analysis reveals 100% of Plug Power’s analysts are positive. Out of 2 Wall Street analysts rating Plug Power, 2 give it “Buy”, 0 “Sell” rating, while 0 recommend “Hold”. The lowest target is $3.0 while the high is $3.0. The stock’s average target of $3 is 41.51% above today’s ($2.12) share price. PLUG was included in 2 notes of analysts from December 6, 2016. The stock has “Outperform” rating by FBR Capital on Thursday, April 6. Rodman & Renshaw initiated the shares of PLUG in report on Tuesday, December 6 with “Buy” rating.

New Jersey Better Educational Savings Trust holds 0.43% of its portfolio in Plug Power Inc. for 180,000 shares. Nj State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan owns 320,000 shares or 0.13% of their US portfolio. Moreover, State Of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D has 0.04% invested in the company for 4.40 million shares. The New York-based Virtu Financial Llc has invested 0.04% in the stock. Wealthtrust Axiom Llc, a Pennsylvania-based fund reported 35,000 shares.

More notable recent Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “Market Trends Toward New Normal in Dynavax Technologies, Synergy Resources, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions …” on May 16, 2018, also Globenewswire.com with their article: “Plug Power Announces 2018 First Quarter Results” published on May 09, 2018, Nasdaq.com published: “Plug Power Confirms Details for Its Annual Shareholder Meeting on May 16, 2018” on May 11, 2018. More interesting news about Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “Plug Power to Announce 2018 First Quarter Results” published on May 03, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Plug Power: A Step Toward Making A Buck” with publication date: May 10, 2018.

Personal Capital Advisors Corp increased Tyler Technologies Inc (NYSE:TYL) stake by 7,205 shares to 116,176 valued at $20.57 million in 2017Q4. It also upped Amazon Com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) stake by 1,367 shares and now owns 41,638 shares. Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) was raised too.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.35 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.32, from 1.03 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 15 investors sold SCL shares while 53 reduced holdings. 28 funds opened positions while 64 raised stakes. 13.90 million shares or 0.26% less from 13.94 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. California Public Employees Retirement reported 0% in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL). Hutchin Hill Cap Ltd Partnership stated it has 13,000 shares. Lsv Asset Mgmt has invested 0.02% in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL). Prelude Mgmt Llc owns 0.02% invested in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) for 3,650 shares. The Massachusetts-based Numeric Invsts Llc has invested 0.03% in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL). Advisory Ser Net Ltd Com holds 0% or 15 shares in its portfolio. Price T Rowe Assocs Inc Md has 201,427 shares. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney And Strauss Limited Co reported 68,236 shares stake. Louisiana State Employees Retirement owns 8,500 shares or 0.03% of their US portfolio. Utd Serv Automobile Association reported 7,210 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Moreover, Cubist Systematic Strategies Lc has 0.03% invested in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL). Wellington Shields Cap Mgmt Ltd Limited Liability Company, New York-based fund reported 29,900 shares. State Street reported 493,852 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Illinois-based Balyasny Asset Ltd Liability has invested 0% in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL). Sei Invests Co has 0% invested in Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL).

More recent Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Stepan Co. – A Defensive Graham Study” on April 27, 2018. Also Seekingalpha.com published the news titled: “Stepan’s (SCL) CEO F. Quinn Stepan Jr. on Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript” on April 24, 2018. Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Stepan Co. 2018 Q1 – Results – Earnings Call Slides” with publication date: April 24, 2018 was also an interesting one.

Analysts await Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) to report earnings on July, 25. They expect $1.42 EPS, up 7.58% or $0.10 from last year’s $1.32 per share. SCL’s profit will be $32.16M for 12.42 P/E if the $1.42 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.37 actual EPS reported by Stepan Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 3.65% EPS growth.

Among 7 analysts covering Stepan Co (NYSE:SCL), 4 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 57% are positive. Stepan Co had 12 analyst reports since August 26, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) earned “Outperform” rating by National Bank Canada on Monday, August 15. The stock has “Strong Buy” rating by Industrial Alliance Securities on Monday, May 29. Seaport Global maintained the shares of SCL in report on Wednesday, August 24 with “Neutral” rating. The stock of Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, September 1 by KeyBanc Capital Markets.

Since February 26, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 9 selling transactions for $4.74 million activity. $426,053 worth of Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) was sold by PACHOLEC FRANK. Hale Jennifer Ansbro had sold 2,044 shares worth $157,907 on Monday, February 26. Mergner Arthur W sold 1,734 shares worth $147,390. Stefaniak Debra also sold $25,063 worth of Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) shares. 2,479 shares valued at $211,270 were sold by Servatius Gregory on Tuesday, March 6. Another trade for 35,766 shares valued at $2.92 million was sold by STEPAN F QUINN JR.

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