The Johnson Investment Counsel Inc. Buys 38 Shares of PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 (QQQ)

The Johnson Investment Counsel Inc. Buys 38 Shares of PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 (QQQ)

Johnson Investment Counsel Inc. increased its position in shares of PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 (NASDAQ:QQQ) by 0.5% during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 7,043 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 38 shares during the period. Johnson Investment Counsel Inc.’s holdings in PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 were worth $836,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period. A number of other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of QQQ. Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC boosted its stake in PowerShares…

The Chicago Equity Partners LLC Acquires New Position in ANSYS, Inc. (ANSS)

The Chicago Equity Partners LLC Acquires New Position in ANSYS, Inc. (ANSS)

Chicago Equity Partners LLC acquired a new stake in shares of ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) during the third quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 9,110 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $844,000. A number of other hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of ANSS. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. increased its stake in shares of ANSYS by 1.6% in the third quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 12,606 shares of the…

The Foot Locker, Inc. (FL) Shares Bought by DnB Asset Management AS

The Foot Locker, Inc. (FL) Shares Bought by DnB Asset Management AS

DnB Asset Management AS boosted its stake in shares of Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL) by 16.8% during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 12,500 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,800 shares during the period. DnB Asset Management AS’s holdings in Foot Locker were worth $846,000 at the end of the most recent quarter. Other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. boosted its stake in shares of Foot Locker by 2.7%…

The 48,730 Shares in Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO) Acquired by Chicago Equity Partners LLC

The 48,730 Shares in Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO) Acquired by Chicago Equity Partners LLC

Chicago Equity Partners LLC acquired a new position in Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund acquired 48,730 shares of the offshore drilling services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $858,000. Other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. James Investment Research Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Diamond Offshore Drilling during the third quarter worth approximately $6,907,000. Texas Permanent School Fund boosted its stake in shares of Diamond Offshore Drilling by 19.9% in the third quarter. Texas…

The Citrix Systems, Inc. (CTXS) Earns Sell Rating from Jefferies Group

The Citrix Systems, Inc. (CTXS) Earns Sell Rating from Jefferies Group

Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS)‘s stock had its “sell” rating restated by equities researchers at Jefferies Group in a report released on Wednesday. They presently have a $71.00 price objective on the cloud computing company’s stock. Jefferies Group’s price target suggests a potential downside of 24.11% from the company’s previous close. A number of other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Citrix Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price target for the company in a report…

The Atlassian Corporation PLC (TEAM) Given “Buy” Rating at Jefferies Group

The Atlassian Corporation PLC (TEAM) Given “Buy” Rating at Jefferies Group

Atlassian Corporation PLC (NASDAQ:TEAM)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by equities researchers at Jefferies Group in a report released on Wednesday. They currently have a $39.00 target price on the stock. Jefferies Group’s price target indicates a potential upside of 43.38% from the stock’s previous close. Other research analysts have also issued reports about the stock. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. set a $35.00 price objective on shares of Atlassian Corporation PLC and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, January 9th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded…

The Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) Stock Rating Lowered by Argus

The Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) Stock Rating Lowered by Argus

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) was downgraded by Argus from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday. They currently have a $53.78 target price on the financial services provider’s stock, up from their prior target price of $53.00. Argus’ price objective would suggest a potential downside of 0.90% from the company’s current price. Several other brokerages have also commented on WFC. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Wells Fargo & Company in a research report on Friday, December 23rd….

The Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (AOBC) Receives Neutral Rating from Wedbush

The Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (AOBC) Receives Neutral Rating from Wedbush

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:AOBC)‘s stock had its “neutral” rating reaffirmed by research analysts at Wedbush in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. Separately, Forward View reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $25.00 target price on shares of Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation in a research note on Sunday, January 8th. Shares of Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:AOBC) traded down 1.25% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $20.46. 1,591,917 shares of the stock traded hands. Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation has a 52-week low of $19.18…

The Macy’s Inc (M) Stock Rating Lowered by Zacks Investment Research

The Macy’s Inc (M) Stock Rating Lowered by Zacks Investment Research

Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. According to Zacks, “Macy’s, which has underperformed the industry in the past six months, witnessed dismal holiday season performance. The impact of challenging retail landscape, stiff competition from online retailers and waning store traffic was evident in the sales results that came below expectations and compelled management to trim fiscal 2016 earnings view. Comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis decreased 2.1% during…

The Procter & Gamble Company (The) (PG) Lifted to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

The Procter & Gamble Company (The) (PG) Lifted to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

Procter & Gamble Company (The) (NYSE:PG) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Wednesday. According to Zacks, “P&G shares have outperformed the Zacks categorized Soap & Cleaning Preparations industry in the last one year. P&G is known for its strong brand recognition, diversified portfolio, impressive product development capabilities and marketing prowess as well as strong cash flow productivity. However, it has been struggling over the past few quarters to boost sales. Significant negative Fx impact, weak volumes, divestures…

The Telstra Co. Ltd (TLSYY) Upgraded to Hold by Zacks Investment Research

The Telstra Co. Ltd (TLSYY) Upgraded to Hold by Zacks Investment Research

Telstra Co. Ltd (OTCMKTS:TLSYY) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. According to Zacks, “Telstra is Australia’s principal telecommunications company, one of Australia’s largest corporations and one of the best-known brands in the country. Telstra’s fixed telephone network extends across the nation, serving virtually all homes and a substantial majority of Australian businesses. Its mobile networks cover the area in which 91% of Australia’s population lives. “ Shares of Telstra Co. (OTCMKTS:TLSYY) traded down…

The Wintrust Financial Corporation (WTFC) Announces Earnings Results

The Wintrust Financial Corporation (WTFC) Announces  Earnings Results

Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:WTFC) issued its earnings results on Wednesday. The company reported $0.94 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.91 by $0.03. The business earned $276.10 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $270.70 million. Wintrust Financial Corporation had a return on equity of 8.46% and a net margin of 17.23%. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.64 earnings per share. Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:WTFC) traded up 1.39% during trading on Wednesday, reaching $69.14. The company’s stock had a…

The Recent Investment Analysts’ Ratings Updates for Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV)

The Recent Investment Analysts’ Ratings Updates for Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV)

Several brokerages have updated their recommendations and price targets on shares of Hilton Grand Vacations (NYSE: HGV) in the last few weeks: Shares of Hilton Grand Vacations Inc (NYSE:HGV) traded up 0.80% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $25.19. 957,222 shares of the stock traded hands. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $25.68 and a 200-day moving average of $25.68. Hilton Grand Vacations Inc has a 52-week low of $24.60 and a 52-week high of $27.93. Hilton Grand Vacations Inc is a timeshare company that markets and sells…

The Analysts’ Weekly Ratings Changes for Akorn (AKRX)

The Analysts’ Weekly Ratings Changes for Akorn (AKRX)

Akorn (NASDAQ: AKRX) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms: Shares of Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX) traded down 1.79% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $20.87. 2,014,761 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $21.08 and a 200-day moving average price of $26.03. Akorn, Inc. has a 12 month low of $17.57 and a 12 month high of $35.40. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.61 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.12 and a beta of…

The HM Payson & Co. Has $1,048,000 Position in Energen Corporation (EGN)

The HM Payson & Co. Has $1,048,000 Position in Energen Corporation (EGN)

HM Payson & Co. lowered its stake in shares of Energen Corporation (NYSE:EGN) by 4.2% during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 18,150 shares of the company’s stock after selling 800 shares during the period. HM Payson & Co.’s holdings in Energen Corporation were worth $1,048,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period. Other hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Creative Planning boosted its stake in Energen Corporation by 1.5% in the third quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,366…

The HM Payson & Co. Cuts Position in Capital One Financial Corporation (COF)

The HM Payson & Co. Cuts Position in Capital One Financial Corporation (COF)

HM Payson & Co. lowered its position in Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF) by 0.7% during the third quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 14,608 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 110 shares during the period. HM Payson & Co.’s holdings in Capital One Financial Corporation were worth $1,049,000 at the end of the most recent quarter. A number of other large investors also recently modified their holdings of COF. Timber Creek Capital Management…

The Convergence Investment Partners LLC Has $1,017,000 Stake in United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS)

The Convergence Investment Partners LLC Has $1,017,000 Stake in United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS)

Convergence Investment Partners LLC increased its position in shares of United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS) by 1.6% during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 9,296 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 147 shares during the period. Convergence Investment Partners LLC’s holdings in United Parcel Service were worth $1,017,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period. A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Security National Trust Co. boosted its stake…

The Zacks Investment Management Raises Position in Electronic Arts Inc. (EA)

The Zacks Investment Management Raises Position in Electronic Arts Inc. (EA)

Zacks Investment Management raised its stake in shares of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) by 2.1% during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 10,917 shares of the game software company’s stock after buying an additional 222 shares during the period. Zacks Investment Management’s holdings in Electronic Arts were worth $932,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period. A number of other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the stock. Archford Capital Strategies LLC boosted its stake in Electronic Arts by 1,407.3% in the…

The CBIZ, Inc. (CBZ) Stake Lowered by Zacks Investment Management

The CBIZ, Inc. (CBZ) Stake Lowered by Zacks Investment Management

Zacks Investment Management decreased its stake in CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE:CBZ) by 3.5% during the third quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 77,950 shares of the company’s stock after selling 2,801 shares during the period. Zacks Investment Management owned about 0.15% of CBIZ worth $872,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC. Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of CBZ. Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. raised its position in CBIZ by…

The Chicago Equity Partners LLC Cuts Stake in Callaway Golf Company (ELY)

The Chicago Equity Partners LLC Cuts Stake in Callaway Golf Company (ELY)

Chicago Equity Partners LLC decreased its position in Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) by 30.1% during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 75,845 shares of the company’s stock after selling 32,635 shares during the period. Chicago Equity Partners LLC owned approximately 0.08% of Callaway Golf Company worth $881,000 at the end of the most recent quarter. Several other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of ELY. Prudential Financial Inc. increased its stake in shares of Callaway Golf Company by 2.2% in the second quarter. Prudential Financial Inc….