Esco Technologies (ESE) Stock Rose While Segall Bryant & Hamill Decreased by $5.12 Million Its Position; Unitedhealth Group (UNH) Holder Qs Investors Has Cut Holding by $3.46 Million as Share Value Rose

November 15, 2017 - By Clifton Ray

Segall Bryant & Hamill Llc decreased its stake in Esco Technologies (ESE) by 20.95% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Segall Bryant & Hamill Llc sold 86,758 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.09% with the market. The hedge fund held 327,274 shares of the telecommunications equipment company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $19.52 million, down from 414,032 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Segall Bryant & Hamill Llc who had been investing in Esco Technologies for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $1.48B market cap company. The stock increased 0.09% or $0.05 on November 14, reaching $57.45. About shares traded. ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE) has risen 46.33% since November 15, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 29.63% the S&P500.

Qs Investors Llc decreased its stake in Unitedhealth Group Inc (UNH) by 11.92% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Qs Investors Llc sold 18,710 shares as the company’s stock rose 9.50% with the market. The institutional investor held 138,269 shares of the medical specialities company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $25.64M, down from 156,979 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Qs Investors Llc who had been investing in Unitedhealth Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $204.69 billion market cap company. The stock rose 0.19% or $0.41 reaching $212.12. About 24,452 shares traded. UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) has risen 32.76% since November 15, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.06% the S&P500.

Qs Investors Llc, which manages about $4.98 billion and $11.73 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Tjx Cos Inc New (NYSE:TJX) by 21,932 shares to 230,369 shares, valued at $16.63M in 2017Q2, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Alliance Data Systems Corp (NYSE:ADS) by 4,154 shares in the quarter, for a total of 5,906 shares, and has risen its stake in Donaldson Inc (NYSE:DCI).

Analysts await UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) to report earnings on January, 16. They expect $2.50 EPS, up 18.48% or $0.39 from last year’s $2.11 per share. UNH’s profit will be $2.41 billion for 21.21 P/E if the $2.50 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.66 actual EPS reported by UnitedHealth Group Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -6.02% negative EPS growth.

More notable recent UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) news were published by: Investorplace.com which released: “High-Level Earnings Growth Makes UnitedHealth Group (UNH) a Strong Buy” on November 15, 2017, also Nasdaq.com with their article: “Lingohr & Partner Asset Management GmbH Buys UnitedHealth Group Inc …” published on November 06, 2017, Seekingalpha.com published: “UnitedHealth Faces 50% Share Drop Or Worse” on October 18, 2017. More interesting news about UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “January 2020 Options Now Available For UnitedHealth Group (UNH)” published on November 13, 2017 as well as Startribune.com‘s news article titled: “UnitedHealth Group enters senior fitness market race” with publication date: November 06, 2017.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.02 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.04, from 0.98 in 2017Q1. It increased, as 53 investors sold UNH shares while 496 reduced holdings. 122 funds opened positions while 438 raised stakes. 816.36 million shares or 0.29% more from 813.97 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Chicago Equity Ptnrs Limited Liability Company has invested 0.46% in UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH). 1.20 million are owned by Franklin Resource. Tru Department Mb Bancorporation N A holds 0.14% of its portfolio in UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) for 7,065 shares. Pdts Ptnrs Ltd holds 55,600 shares or 0.41% of its portfolio. Filament Ltd Liability Com holds 3,318 shares. Bridgewater Associate LP stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH). 1,900 were reported by Schaper Benz And Wise Investment Counsel Wi. Plante Moran Financial Advsr Ltd, a Michigan-based fund reported 1,199 shares. Mason Street Advsrs Ltd Liability Co reported 133,746 shares. Michigan-based Deroy Devereaux Private Inv Counsel has invested 0.07% in UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH). Institute For Wealth Management Lc has invested 0.13% of its portfolio in UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH). Finemark Bank And Tru accumulated 0.45% or 34,003 shares. Missouri-based Buckingham Asset Management Llc has invested 0.46% in UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH). The Minnesota-based Carlson Capital has invested 1.71% in UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH). Regentatlantic Limited Liability Corporation accumulated 1.28% or 76,035 shares.

Among 25 analysts covering UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), 25 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. UnitedHealth Group had 67 analyst reports since September 2, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Buy” rating and $18500 target in Monday, June 26 report. RBC Capital Markets maintained UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) rating on Wednesday, October 18. RBC Capital Markets has “Buy” rating and $215.0 target. As per Thursday, July 13, the company rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank. The stock has “Overweight” rating by Piper Jaffray on Wednesday, January 4. The stock has “Overweight” rating by JP Morgan on Wednesday, September 16. The company was maintained on Friday, October 13 by Jefferies. The rating was maintained by UBS with “Buy” on Wednesday, July 19. Mizuho maintained UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) on Friday, November 20 with “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, November 3 by Credit Suisse. The company was maintained on Thursday, October 19 by Argus Research.

Since June 2, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 insider sales for $1.90 million activity. $913,211 worth of UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) shares were sold by BALLARD WILLIAM C JR.

Segall Bryant & Hamill Llc, which manages about $9.47 billion and $4.24B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Acuity Brands Inc. (NYSE:AYI) by 73,081 shares to 185,274 shares, valued at $37.66 million in 2017Q2, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Healthcare Services Group Inc (NASDAQ:HCSG) by 49,675 shares in the quarter, for a total of 493,733 shares, and has risen its stake in Flir System Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR).

Investors sentiment increased to 1.36 in 2017 Q2. Its up 0.10, from 1.26 in 2017Q1. It increased, as 12 investors sold ESE shares while 41 reduced holdings. 22 funds opened positions while 50 raised stakes. 23.42 million shares or 1.03% less from 23.66 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. 1,611 are owned by Natl Bank Of Montreal Can. Gemmer Asset Mngmt Limited Liability Co holds 0% of its portfolio in ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE) for 56 shares. Us Financial Bank De reported 32,764 shares. Goldman Sachs has 0% invested in ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE) for 12,667 shares. Banced Corp holds 3,500 shares. Louisiana State Employees Retirement reported 10,500 shares. Silvercrest Asset Mgmt Ltd Llc has 0.56% invested in ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE). Kennedy Cap Mngmt Incorporated, a Missouri-based fund reported 118,702 shares. Citigroup invested in 0% or 22,351 shares. The New York-based Clearbridge Invs has invested 0% in ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE). Manufacturers Life Insur Company The has 0% invested in ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE). Monetary Mgmt has 413 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. M&T Natl Bank reported 0% of its portfolio in ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE). Tiaa Cref Investment Management Limited Co accumulated 68,738 shares. Moreover, Nationwide Fund Advisors has 0.01% invested in ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE) for 28,005 shares.

Among 6 analysts covering ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE), 3 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. ESCO Technologies had 8 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Canaccord Genuity maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Wednesday, August 12 report. On Friday, August 28 the stock rating was upgraded by Zacks to “Sell”. The rating was initiated by Euro Pacific Capital on Monday, October 12 with “Buy”. As per Monday, October 16, the company rating was maintained by Needham. BB&T Capital maintained ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE) rating on Wednesday, May 4. BB&T Capital has “Buy” rating and $45 target.

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