Sandy Spring Bank Upped By $489,240 Its Kroger Company (KR) Stake; 2 Analysts Bullish James Hardie Industries plc (JHX)

April 24, 2018 - By Hazel Jackson

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Sandy Spring Bank increased Kroger Company (KR) stake by 27.21% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Sandy Spring Bank acquired 18,120 shares as Kroger Company (KR)’s stock declined 16.92%. The Sandy Spring Bank holds 84,707 shares with $2.33M value, up from 66,587 last quarter. Kroger Company now has $21.17 billion valuation. The stock increased 2.78% or $0.67 during the last trading session, reaching $24.79. About 11.58M shares traded or 6.90% up from the average. The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has declined 18.87% since April 24, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 30.42% the S&P500.

Among 2 analysts covering James Hardie Industries plc. (NYSE:JHX), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. James Hardie Industries plc. had 3 analyst reports since August 15, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. Citigroup upgraded the shares of JHX in report on Monday, August 15 to “Neutral” rating. On Friday, November 10 the stock rating was upgraded by Citigroup to “Buy”. CLSA upgraded the stock to “Outperform” rating in Friday, April 21 report. See James Hardie Industries plc (NYSE:JHX) latest ratings:

10/11/2017 Broker: Citigroup Old Rating: Neutral New Rating: Buy Upgrade

Among 37 analysts covering Kroger (NYSE:KR), 17 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 20 Hold. Therefore 46% are positive. Kroger had 111 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Wolfe Research downgraded the stock to “Peer Perform” rating in Wednesday, June 15 report. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, March 1 by Oppenheimer. Piper Jaffray upgraded the shares of KR in report on Wednesday, December 14 to “Neutral” rating. SunTrust initiated The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) on Tuesday, May 3 with “Neutral” rating. As per Tuesday, February 6, the company rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley. On Thursday, June 8 the stock rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Hold”. The rating was maintained by Telsey Advisory Group on Monday, September 12 with “Outperform”. The firm earned “Market Perform” rating on Tuesday, August 2 by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) earned “Buy” rating by Oppenheimer on Thursday, June 15. The rating was initiated by Suntrust Robinson on Tuesday, May 3 with “Neutral”.

Since December 19, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 6 selling transactions for $2.81 million activity. $245,120 worth of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) was sold by HJELM CHRISTOPHER T. 40,000 shares were sold by DONNELLY MICHAEL JOSEPH, worth $1.23 million on Monday, January 29. Foley Todd A had sold 15,200 shares worth $471,200 on Tuesday, January 30. The insider Clark Robert W sold 11,000 shares worth $325,292.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.9 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.02, from 0.88 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 78 investors sold KR shares while 251 reduced holdings. 121 funds opened positions while 176 raised stakes. 636.15 million shares or 7.55% less from 688.12 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Samlyn Capital Ltd Liability Company stated it has 1.92M shares. Commonwealth Bank & Trust Of invested in 0.09% or 343,700 shares. Riverpoint Cap Management Ltd Llc invested in 0.02% or 12,591 shares. Retirement Of Alabama reported 1.23 million shares. Northern Corp owns 0.08% invested in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) for 11.04 million shares. Proshare Limited Company invested in 188,086 shares. Uss Limited owns 1.04M shares or 0.33% of their US portfolio. 77,500 were reported by Virginia Retirement Et Al. Citigroup Incorporated holds 0.03% of its portfolio in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) for 1.22M shares. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board has 1.11 million shares. Eqis Cap Management stated it has 215,540 shares. Mechanics Bancorp Tru Department holds 46,770 shares or 0.29% of its portfolio. Mackenzie Fincl reported 0.06% stake. Rothschild Investment Il has 50,855 shares for 0.15% of their portfolio. Pettyjohn Wood & White invested in 26,066 shares or 0.26% of the stock.

Sandy Spring Bank decreased Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) stake by 8,032 shares to 96,359 valued at $6.17M in 2017Q4. It also reduced Ishares Russell Midcap Value Index (IWS) stake by 9,029 shares and now owns 16,982 shares. Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) was reduced too.

James Hardie Industries plc, together with its subsidiaries, makes and sells fiber cement products. The company has market cap of $8.02 billion. It operates through four divisions: North America Fiber Cement, International Fiber Cement, Other Business, and Research and Development. It has a 32.46 P/E ratio. The firm offers fiber cement interior linings, fiberglass windows, exterior siding products, and related accessories products.

The stock decreased 0.55% or $0.1 during the last trading session, reaching $18.18. About 15,775 shares traded or 65.34% up from the average. James Hardie Industries plc (NYSE:JHX) has risen 13.91% since April 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 2.36% the S&P500.

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