As Armstrong World Industries (AWI) Stock Rose, Shareholder Golden Gate Private Equity Lowered Holding; As Monsanto Co New (MON) Stock Rose, Omni Partners Llp Increased Its Holding

June 16, 2018 - By Nellie Frank

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Omni Partners Llp increased its stake in Monsanto Co New (MON) by 99.56% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Omni Partners Llp bought 54,525 shares as the company’s stock rose 2.93% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund held 109,293 shares of the agricultural chemicals company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $12.75M, up from 54,768 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Omni Partners Llp who had been investing in Monsanto Co New for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $56.46B market cap company. The stock increased 0.02% or $0.02 during the last trading session, reaching $127.95. About 7.06M shares traded or 69.27% up from the average. Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) has risen 8.56% since June 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 4.01% the S&P500. Some Historical MON News: 22/05/2018 – INDIA ANTITRUST REGULATOR SAYS APPROVES ACQUISITION OF MONSANTO BY BAYER AG SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS; 25/05/2018 – BAYER SAID TO WIN U.S. ANTITRUST NOD FOR MONSANTO NEXT WEEK – BLOOMBERG, CITING; 09/04/2018 – JUSTICE DEPT. IS SAID TO APPROVE MONSANTO/BAYER: DOW JONES; 30/05/2018 – KWS bows out of bid to buy Bayer’s vegetable business; 13/03/2018 – China’s commerce ministry conditionally approves Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto; 21/03/2018 – Bayer Wins Conditional EU Approval for $66b Monsanto Takeover; 24/04/2018 – Monsanto develops product to deactivate controversial farm chemical; 26/04/2018 – Daily Mail: Bayer, Monsanto deal on track for U.S. approval by end of May; 21/03/2018 – BAYER WINS CONDITIONAL EU APPROVAL FOR MONSANTO TAKEOVER; 20/04/2018 – Bayer Granted Approval for Monsanto Acquisition by Russian Authorities

Golden Gate Private Equity Inc decreased its stake in Armstrong World Industries Inc. (AWI) by 20.65% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Golden Gate Private Equity Inc sold 21,800 shares as the company’s stock rose 3.47% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 83,750 shares of the plastic products company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $4.72 million, down from 105,550 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Golden Gate Private Equity Inc who had been investing in Armstrong World Industries Inc. for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $3.36B market cap company. The stock increased 1.97% or $1.25 during the last trading session, reaching $64.75. About 419,607 shares traded or 20.33% up from the average. Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI) has risen 47.88% since June 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 35.31% the S&P500. Some Historical AWI News: 30/04/2018 – Correct: Armstrong World 1Q EPS 51c; 30/04/2018 – ARMSTRONG WORLD 1Q ADJ EPS CONT OPS 79C, EST. 80C; 14/03/2018 – ARMSTRONG WORLD INDUSTRIES HOLDER VA PARTNERS CUT STAKE; 30/04/2018 – ARMSTRONG WORLD RAISING EPS GUIDANCE; 04/04/2018 – ARMSTRONG WORLD INDUSTRIES INC AWI.N : GOLDMAN SACHS RAISES TO NEUTRAL FROM SELL; 30/04/2018 – Armstrong World 1Q Cont Ops EPS 76c; 12/03/2018 – LAUNCHED EQUITY OFFERINGS: AWI BL AQUA HLI MC EYE SABR; 30/04/2018 – Armstrong World 1Q EBITDA $70M; 30/04/2018 – Armstrong World 1Q Loss/Shr 25c

Among 17 analysts covering Armstrong World Industries (NYSE:AWI), 5 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 29% are positive. Armstrong World Industries had 38 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Equal-Weight” rating on Tuesday, October 13 by Barclays Capital. The firm has “Underweight” rating given on Wednesday, January 20 by Barclays Capital. Jefferies maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Wednesday, January 17 report. Deutsche Bank maintained Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI) on Wednesday, August 5 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI) has “Sector Perform” rating given on Tuesday, November 1 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Friday, October 20 by Citigroup. The stock of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI) earned “Sector Weight” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets on Thursday, January 5. The company was upgraded on Wednesday, January 27 by BB&T Capital. JP Morgan maintained it with “Neutral” rating and $50 target in Tuesday, February 23 report. SunTrust maintained the shares of AWI in report on Friday, October 27 with “Buy” rating.

More important recent Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Home Repair Projects And Eventual Infrastructure Spending Will Benefit These 5 Housing-Related Stocks” on May 20, 2018, also Globenewswire.com published article titled: “Market Trends Toward New Normal in Invesco Mortgage Capital, ZTO Express, Weight Watchers International …”, Seekingalpha.com published: “Armstrong World Industries acquires Plasterform, Inc.” on June 01, 2018. More interesting news about Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI) was released by: Streetinsider.com and their article: “Armstrong World (AWI) Announces Acquisition of Plasterform Inc.” with publication date: June 01, 2018.

Analysts await Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI) to report earnings on July, 30. They expect $1.04 earnings per share, up 42.47% or $0.31 from last year’s $0.73 per share. AWI’s profit will be $53.92M for 15.56 P/E if the $1.04 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.79 actual earnings per share reported by Armstrong World Industries, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 31.65% EPS growth.

Golden Gate Private Equity Inc, which manages about $11.87 billion and $120.92M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) by 9,730 shares to 35,600 shares, valued at $3.30M in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Alliance Data System Corporation (NYSE:ADS) by 6,414 shares in the quarter, for a total of 16,950 shares, and has risen its stake in Morningstar Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.9 in 2018 Q1. Its down 0.41, from 1.31 in 2017Q4. It dived, as 27 investors sold AWI shares while 64 reduced holdings. 25 funds opened positions while 57 raised stakes. 52.88 million shares or 0.68% less from 53.24 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Blackrock, a New York-based fund reported 1.99 million shares. Amalgamated Bancorp invested in 9,410 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Waterfront Cap Prns Lc owns 89,186 shares for 0.6% of their portfolio. Great Lakes Ltd has invested 0.16% of its portfolio in Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI). Advsr Asset Management stated it has 21,067 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. Tuttle Tactical owns 0.99% invested in Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI) for 21,759 shares. London Of Virginia accumulated 1.99 million shares. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement System owns 50,736 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Menta Capital Ltd Limited Liability Company reported 10,125 shares stake. Regions Fincl has invested 0% of its portfolio in Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI). 292,108 are held by Schwab Charles Inv Management. First Republic Investment Management owns 4,954 shares. Clarivest Asset Mngmt Ltd Liability Corp stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI). Morgan Stanley reported 0% of its portfolio in Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI). Marble Arch Invs LP invested in 4.35% or 995,301 shares.

Since March 12, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 selling transactions for $141.78 million activity. 27,336 shares were sold by Cookson David S, worth $1.72 million.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.75 in 2018 Q1. Its down 0.06, from 0.81 in 2017Q4. It worsened, as 70 investors sold MON shares while 339 reduced holdings. 72 funds opened positions while 233 raised stakes. 311.73 million shares or 1.80% less from 317.44 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Moreover, Stone Run Limited Company has 1.06% invested in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON). Optimum Investment Advsrs accumulated 0.02% or 722 shares. Manchester Mngmt Ltd Liability Com holds 0% of its portfolio in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) for 120 shares. Td Asset Mngmt has 140,267 shares. American Natl Tx invested 0.24% in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON). First Trust Ltd Partnership holds 0% of its portfolio in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) for 9,599 shares. Burke & Herbert Financial Bank & Tru, a Virginia-based fund reported 2,297 shares. Tctc Ltd Llc, a Texas-based fund reported 2,780 shares. Markston Intll Ltd Com invested in 6,558 shares. Morgan Stanley accumulated 1.94M shares. Whitnell Company holds 883 shares or 0.04% of its portfolio. Silvercrest Asset Mngmt Grp Incorporated Ltd Liability Corp owns 0.01% invested in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) for 11,721 shares. Jnba Fin holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) for 1,193 shares. Moreover, Victory Capital Management Inc has 0% invested in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) for 6,805 shares. New York-based Gotham Asset Mgmt Ltd Co has invested 0.37% in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON).

Among 23 analysts covering Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON), 10 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 43% are positive. Monsanto Company had 63 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. UBS maintained it with “Buy” rating and $122 target in Tuesday, June 14 report. The stock has “Hold” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, September 5. The rating was upgraded by JP Morgan to “Overweight” on Wednesday, September 21. Deutsche Bank maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, September 15 report. The company was maintained on Tuesday, October 10 by Wells Fargo. The company was upgraded on Friday, January 6 by CLSA. As per Thursday, October 8, the company rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank. The firm has “Underperform” rating by CLSA given on Thursday, September 15. Barclays Capital maintained Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) on Thursday, June 29 with “Hold” rating. The stock of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, August 1 by RBC Capital Markets.

Since January 9, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 1 insider sale for $966,720 activity.

More notable recent Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) news were published by: Fool.com which released: “Warren Buffett’s Cash “Problem” Just Got $2.4 Billion Worse” on June 08, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Sell Twitter On The S&P 500 Inclusion Pop” published on June 06, 2018, Streetinsider.com published: “Bayer Closes Acquisition of Monsanto (MON)” on June 07, 2018. More interesting news about Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Market Needs More Leaders – Cramer’s Mad Money (6/5/18)” published on June 06, 2018 as well as Gurufocus.com‘s news article titled: “June 15 Forum Update: ‘Mega Mergers’ Edition” with publication date: June 15, 2018.

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