First Light Asset Management Lowered Its Lhc Group (LHCG) Position by $1.91 Million; Share Value Rose; Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Advisors Llp Has Upped Its Home Depot (HD) Position by $314,916 as Stock Value Rose

January 14, 2018 - By wolcottdaily

Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Advisors Llp increased its stake in Home Depot Inc (HD) by 1.73% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Advisors Llp bought 1,932 shares as the company’s stock rose 9.30% with the market. The institutional investor held 113,632 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $18.59 million, up from 111,700 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Advisors Llp who had been investing in Home Depot Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $229.37 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.89% or $1.74 during the last trading session, reaching $196.42. About 6.75M shares traded or 45.66% up from the average. The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) has risen 18.65% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 1.95% the S&P500.

First Light Asset Management Llc decreased its stake in Lhc Group Inc (LHCG) by 29.64% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. First Light Asset Management Llc sold 27,245 shares as the company’s stock rose 23.21% with the market. The institutional investor held 64,672 shares of the medical and nursing services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $4.59 million, down from 91,917 at the end of the previous reported quarter. First Light Asset Management Llc who had been investing in Lhc Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $1.16B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.99% or $0.63 during the last trading session, reaching $63.24. About 118,040 shares traded. LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:LHCG) has risen 42.98% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 26.28% the S&P500.

Among 11 analysts covering LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG), 10 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 91% are positive. LHC Group had 29 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Tuesday, November 7. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy” on Tuesday, June 6. On Monday, July 17 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, February 5 by Jefferies. The company was upgraded on Friday, March 10 by RBC Capital Markets. As per Tuesday, November 7, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Thursday, August 3. The stock of LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:LHCG) earned “Buy” rating by Craig Hallum on Tuesday, November 7. As per Monday, November 27, the company rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, August 3 report.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.5 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.03, from 1.53 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 20 investors sold LHCG shares while 52 reduced holdings. 30 funds opened positions while 78 raised stakes. 15.33 million shares or 0.72% less from 15.44 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Us Bancorporation De reported 1,645 shares stake. Ny State Common Retirement Fund holds 25,900 shares. State Street Corp reported 442,870 shares. Principal Fin Grp Inc Inc invested in 0.01% or 132,314 shares. Shell Asset Mngmt invested in 25,449 shares. Interest Group Incorporated accumulated 12,533 shares or 0% of the stock. Ameriprise stated it has 616,829 shares. 90,241 are held by Invesco Limited. State Of Tennessee Treasury Department has 0.02% invested in LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:LHCG) for 58,198 shares. Virginia Retirement Et Al owns 16,800 shares. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company New York holds 0% of its portfolio in LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:LHCG) for 10,150 shares. Texas Permanent School Fund invested 0.01% in LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:LHCG). Public Employees Retirement Of Ohio holds 56,129 shares. Kbc Gru Nv, a Belgium-based fund reported 17,683 shares. Martingale Asset Mgmt LP has 46,608 shares.

Analysts await LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:LHCG) to report earnings on March, 14. They expect $0.62 EPS, up 6.90% or $0.04 from last year’s $0.58 per share. LHCG’s profit will be $11.33M for 25.50 P/E if the $0.62 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.64 actual EPS reported by LHC Group, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -3.13% negative EPS growth.

First Light Asset Management Llc, which manages about $154.73M and $315.80M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Bluebird Bio Inc (NASDAQ:BLUE) by 2,305 shares to 36,085 shares, valued at $4.96M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Halozyme Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:HALO) by 29,267 shares in the quarter, for a total of 445,846 shares, and has risen its stake in Omnicell Inc (NASDAQ:OMCL).

Since September 8, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 1 sale for $173,151 activity.

Among 33 analysts covering The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD), 24 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 73% are positive. The Home Depot Inc. had 102 analyst reports since August 19, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the shares of HD in report on Friday, December 22 with “Buy” rating. The stock of The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) earned “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, October 30. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Friday, June 23. The rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird on Wednesday, January 10 with “Buy”. The rating was maintained by Goldman Sachs on Wednesday, April 6 with “Neutral”. Credit Suisse maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, November 29 report. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, May 11 by Atlantic Securities. On Monday, October 31 the stock rating was downgraded by PiperJaffray to “Neutral”. Robert W. Baird maintained the shares of HD in report on Thursday, November 30 with “Buy” rating. Bernstein maintained The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) rating on Thursday, December 7. Bernstein has “Hold” rating and $170.0 target.

Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Advisors Llp, which manages about $5.31 billion and $5.18 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Air Products & Chemicals Inc (NYSE:APD) by 7,997 shares to 89,551 shares, valued at $13.54M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Wells Fargo & Co (New) (NYSE:WFC) by 10,581 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 57,386 shares, and cut its stake in Fiserv Inc (NASDAQ:FISV).

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