American Vanguard (AVD) Shareholder Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa Has Upped Its Position by $2.46 Million as Valuation Rose; As Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) Stock Price Declined, New York Life Investment Management Lowered Position

May 24, 2018 - By Adrian Erickson

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New York Life Investment Management Llc decreased its stake in Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) by 28.73% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. New York Life Investment Management Llc sold 217,330 shares as the company’s stock declined 5.58% with the market. The institutional investor held 539,194 shares of the medical and nursing services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $40.25 million, down from 756,524 at the end of the previous reported quarter. New York Life Investment Management Llc who had been investing in Express Scripts Holding Company for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $43.14 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.27% or $0.21 during the last trading session, reaching $76.8. About 1.30M shares traded. Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has risen 8.93% since May 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.62% the S&P500.

Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa increased its stake in American Vanguard Corp (AVD) by 0.87% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa bought 125 shares as the company’s stock rose 5.10% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 14,419 shares of the agricultural chemicals company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $283.33M, up from 14,294 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa who had been investing in American Vanguard Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $637.64M market cap company. The stock decreased 1.39% or $0.3 during the last trading session, reaching $21.35. About 77,448 shares traded. American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) has risen 28.35% since May 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.80% the S&P500.

Among 5 analysts covering American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 40% are positive. American Vanguard Corp. had 19 analyst reports since August 5, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Roth Capital maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, March 15 report. On Wednesday, May 4 the stock rating was downgraded by Roth Capital to “Neutral”. The firm has “Buy” rating by Roth Capital given on Monday, January 23. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, September 12 by Roth Capital. Zacks downgraded the stock to “Hold” rating in Wednesday, August 5 report. On Monday, November 28 the stock rating was upgraded by PiperJaffray to “Neutral”. On Wednesday, August 23 the stock rating was maintained by Roth Capital with “Buy”. The stock of American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) earned “Buy” rating by Roth Capital on Friday, March 11. Piper Jaffray downgraded American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) on Monday, January 4 to “Underweight” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Monday, September 4 by Piper Jaffray.

Another recent and important American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) news was published by Seekingalpha.com which published an article titled: “American Vanguard Corporation’s (AVD) CEO Eric Wintemute on Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript” on May 09, 2018.

Since May 1, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for $220,422 activity.

Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa, which manages about $56400.55B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Caleres Inc by 4,792 shares to 17,710 shares, valued at $592.93M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Federal Signal Corp (NYSE:FSS) by 2,676 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 27,947 shares, and cut its stake in Ecopetrol Sa (NYSE:EC).

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.08 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.07, from 1.15 in 2017Q3. It turned negative, as 11 investors sold AVD shares while 42 reduced holdings. 12 funds opened positions while 45 raised stakes. 22.60 million shares or 0.45% more from 22.50 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Los Angeles Capital Management And Equity Rech owns 59,261 shares or 0.01% of their US portfolio. Vanguard has invested 0% of its portfolio in American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD). Nordea Investment Management holds 0% of its portfolio in American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) for 52,400 shares. 2.51M are owned by Dimensional Fund L P. Royal Fincl Bank Of Canada, a Ontario – Canada-based fund reported 47,980 shares. Menta Limited Liability Co holds 14,941 shares. Assetmark Inc has 9 shares. Morgan Stanley accumulated 193,669 shares or 0% of the stock. Heartland invested in 981,413 shares. Moreover, Wells Fargo Mn has 0% invested in American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD). Ahl Limited Liability Partnership holds 29,486 shares. Hotchkis & Wiley Mngmt Ltd Limited Liability Company invested in 0.01% or 87,004 shares. Legal And General Group Incorporated Public Ltd Liability Corp owns 48,181 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Balyasny Asset Limited Com stated it has 0% in American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD). Northern Tru has 340,741 shares.

Among 25 analysts covering Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX), 8 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 32% are positive. Express Scripts had 69 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Friday, July 7 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy”. As per Thursday, March 8, the company rating was downgraded by William Blair. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Friday, May 26 with “Buy”. On Thursday, March 8 the stock rating was downgraded by Jefferies to “Hold”. Wells Fargo upgraded Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) rating on Friday, March 9. Wells Fargo has “Hold” rating and $80.0 target. The rating was maintained by Needham on Monday, October 2 with “Hold”. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, January 19 by Leerink Swann. The firm has “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital given on Wednesday, July 27. As per Thursday, January 11, the company rating was maintained by SunTrust. As per Tuesday, July 18, the company rating was maintained by Maxim Group.

More recent Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) news were published by: Fool.com which released: “These Companies Gave Bonuses or Raises After Tax Reform” on May 24, 2018. Also Streetinsider.com published the news titled: “Glenview Capital Enters AmerisourceBergen (ABC), Express Scripts (ESRX), T-Mobile (TMUS) (more…) -13F” on May 15, 2018. Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Tracking Jeffrey Ubben’s ValueAct Portfolio – Q1 2018 Update” with publication date: May 22, 2018 was also an interesting one.

Analysts await Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) to report earnings on July, 24. They expect $2.24 earnings per share, up 29.48% or $0.51 from last year’s $1.73 per share. ESRX’s profit will be $1.26B for 8.57 P/E if the $2.24 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.77 actual earnings per share reported by Express Scripts Holding Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 26.55% EPS growth.

New York Life Investment Management Llc, which manages about $1.44 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Iq 50Pct Hedged Ftse Eur Etf by 342,225 shares to 6.32 million shares, valued at $128.48M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Ishares 1 (CSJ) by 76,736 shares in the quarter, for a total of 109,774 shares, and has risen its stake in Iq Enhanced Core Bond Us Etf.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.69 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.07, from 0.62 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 68 investors sold ESRX shares while 407 reduced holdings. 111 funds opened positions while 216 raised stakes. 479.40 million shares or 1.52% less from 486.80 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Acadian Asset Management Limited Liability Com holds 5,407 shares. State Of Wisconsin Inv Board invested in 873,589 shares. Johnson Gru reported 640 shares. Clean Yield Grp has 6,384 shares for 0.19% of their portfolio. Regent Inv Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 0.31% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) for 12,510 shares. Middleton Inc Ma reported 37,139 shares stake. Atria Investments Limited Company stated it has 0.05% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Strs Ohio has invested 0.1% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Tdam Usa Inc reported 33,997 shares stake. Centurylink Inv Mgmt Co holds 25,350 shares. Associated Banc owns 7,759 shares. Tekla Cap Ltd Liability accumulated 84,500 shares. Regions Fincl accumulated 200,998 shares. First Quadrant LP Ca stated it has 178,354 shares or 0.25% of all its holdings. Hightower Advsr Llc holds 0.13% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) or 208,023 shares.

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