Manchester Capital Management Continues to Hold Stake in Grainger W W (GWW); As Morgan Stanley (MS) Market Valuation Rose, Valueact Holdings LP Has Upped Position by $3.90 Million

April 19, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

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Jeffrey Ubben increased its stake in Morgan Stanley (MS) by 0.42% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Valueact Holdings Lp bought 75,000 shares as the company’s stock rose 0.82% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund run by Jeffrey Ubben held 17.96 million shares of the investment bankers and brokers and service company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $942.34 million, up from 17.88 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Valueact Holdings Lp who had been investing in Morgan Stanley for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $94.48B market cap company. The stock increased 0.04% or $0.02 during the last trading session, reaching $53.26. About 17.52 million shares traded or 74.04% up from the average. Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has risen 27.83% since April 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.28% the S&P500.

Manchester Capital Management Llc increased its stake in Grainger W W Inc (GWW) by 1097.56% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Manchester Capital Management Llc bought 1,800 shares as the company’s stock rose 16.26% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 1,964 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $464,000, up from 164 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Manchester Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Grainger W W Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $15.96B market cap company. The stock increased 0.40% or $1.14 during the last trading session, reaching $284.69. About 1.08 million shares traded or 6.43% up from the average. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) has risen 15.02% since April 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 3.47% the S&P500.

Since October 20, 2017, it had 1 buy, and 4 selling transactions for $7.93 million activity. The insider Tapia Eric R sold $39,569. 19,500 shares were sold by HOWARD JOHN L, worth $5.75M. Shares for $50,020 were bought by Watson Lucas E on Monday, February 5. $2.13M worth of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) shares were sold by Brown Laura D.

Among 20 analysts covering W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW), 4 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 20% are positive. W.W. Grainger had 108 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) on Thursday, October 12 with “Hold” rating. UBS maintained W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) rating on Wednesday, January 27. UBS has “Neutral” rating and $200 target. The stock of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) has “Underperform” rating given on Monday, November 14 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, August 31 by William Blair. Barclays Capital maintained W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) on Monday, July 18 with “Equalweight” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Tuesday, April 3. Oppenheimer upgraded the stock to “Outperform” rating in Wednesday, October 18 report. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus on Wednesday, October 19 with “Hold”. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Sell” on Tuesday, August 25. The company was maintained on Friday, March 16 by BMO Capital Markets.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.81 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.17, from 0.98 in 2017Q3. It dropped, as 49 investors sold GWW shares while 190 reduced holdings. 75 funds opened positions while 118 raised stakes. 45.76 million shares or 4.60% less from 47.96 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Bb&T accumulated 0.01% or 1,361 shares. 16,129 are held by Catalyst Cap Advsrs Llc. Howe And Rusling invested 0.03% of its portfolio in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Bankshares Of New York Mellon invested in 0.05% or 857,696 shares. Williams Jones And Associates Ltd Com accumulated 14,857 shares or 0.08% of the stock. 45,800 were accumulated by Seaward Mgmt Limited Partnership. Pub Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado reported 0.01% of its portfolio in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Wetherby Asset Mngmt stated it has 2,552 shares or 0.08% of all its holdings. The Illinois-based Alyeska Inv Gru Limited Partnership has invested 0.42% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Birch Hill Inv Advsrs Ltd Liability Com holds 0.96% or 49,128 shares in its portfolio. Two Sigma Securities Ltd Liability Corp holds 1,405 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. The Switzerland-based Swiss Retail Bank has invested 0.05% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt has 0.21% invested in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) for 108,000 shares. Howland Mngmt Limited Com holds 1,200 shares. Stephens Inc Ar holds 3,108 shares or 0.03% of its portfolio.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.1 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.16, from 0.94 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 38 investors sold MS shares while 295 reduced holdings. 111 funds opened positions while 255 raised stakes. 1.51 billion shares or 1.16% less from 1.53 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. 95,391 were reported by Wealthfront. Ing Groep Nv stated it has 176,919 shares. Moreover, Advisor Ltd Liability Corporation has 0.34% invested in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) for 32,812 shares. Country Club Trust Na stated it has 0.08% in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). Savant owns 10,098 shares for 0.11% of their portfolio. Integral Derivatives Ltd Co holds 0.04% of its portfolio in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) for 34,266 shares. Security National Tru Co reported 0.01% in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). Amer Money Mngmt Llc reported 1.88% stake. Ameriprise Financial invested in 0.44% or 18.26 million shares. Moreover, Regal Investment Advsr Lc has 0.05% invested in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) for 4,478 shares. Hanson Mcclain Inc reported 0.01% in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). M&T Bank & Trust has 0.05% invested in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) for 187,907 shares. Suntrust Banks owns 537,047 shares or 0.15% of their US portfolio. Farmers Retail Bank holds 1,349 shares or 0.11% of its portfolio. 43,070 were reported by Baxter Bros Incorporated.

Valueact Holdings Lp, which manages about $15.75 billion and $9.88B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Cbre Group Inc (NYSE:CBG) by 3.96 million shares to 24.92 million shares, valued at $1.08 billion in 2017Q4, according to the filing.

Among 30 analysts covering Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), 19 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 63% are positive. Morgan Stanley had 100 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Thursday, October 20, the company rating was upgraded by Guggenheim. Buckingham Research maintained Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) on Wednesday, October 18 with “Buy” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, October 17 by BMO Capital Markets. The rating was upgraded by Wood to “Outperform” on Wednesday, December 13. Macquarie Research maintained it with “Outperform” rating and $37 target in Wednesday, October 5 report. Credit Suisse upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Thursday, January 4 report. The rating was downgraded by Zacks to “Buy” on Thursday, August 20. maintained Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) rating on Monday, October 10. has “Neutral” rating and $32 target. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Buy” on Wednesday, August 23. Bank of America maintained it with “Buy” rating and $51 target in Thursday, July 20 report.

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