First Solar (FSLR) Shareholder Corecommodity Management Trimmed Holding as Stock Rose; British Amern Tob Plc (BTI) Share Value Rose While National Planning Upped by $1.82 Million Its Position

February 15, 2018 - By reb123z

National Planning Corp increased its stake in British Amern Tob Plc (BTI) by 610.53% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. National Planning Corp bought 29,348 shares as the company’s stock rose 13.21% with the market. The institutional investor held 34,155 shares of the farming and seeds and milling company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.13M, up from 4,807 at the end of the previous reported quarter. National Planning Corp who had been investing in British Amern Tob Plc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $134.33 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.27% or $0.165 during the last trading session, reaching $62.465. About 456,478 shares traded. British American Tobacco p.l.c. (NYSEMKT:BTI) has risen 17.78% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 1.08% the S&P500.

Corecommodity Management Llc decreased its stake in First Solar Inc (FSLR) by 77.48% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Corecommodity Management Llc sold 27,029 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.31% with the market. The institutional investor held 7,857 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $360,000, down from 34,886 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Corecommodity Management Llc who had been investing in First Solar Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $6.73B market cap company. The stock decreased 1.28% or $0.8342 during the last trading session, reaching $64.4058. About 538,625 shares traded. First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) has declined 22.83% since February 15, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 39.53% the S&P500.

Among 7 analysts covering British Amrcn Tobacco (NYSEMKT:BTI), 5 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 71% are positive. British Amrcn Tobacco had 9 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of British American Tobacco p.l.c. (NYSE:BTI) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, August 4 by Bank of America. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Thursday, May 25 by Piper Jaffray. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, July 29 by Societe Generale. The company was initiated on Tuesday, August 25 by Cowen & Co. The stock has “Buy” rating by Societe Generale on Friday, October 28. The rating was downgraded by Goldman Sachs to “Sell” on Thursday, December 10. Investec upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Thursday, September 8 report. The stock has “Buy” rating by Investec on Friday, August 4. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Wednesday, November 2 by Morgan Stanley.

National Planning Corp, which manages about $1.20 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Ishares Tr (TIP) by 2,724 shares to 24,308 shares, valued at $2.76 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Vanguard Specialized Portfol (VIG) by 4,417 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 56,021 shares, and cut its stake in Vanguard World Fds (VCR).

Among 30 analysts covering First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR), 12 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 40% are positive. First Solar Inc. had 77 analyst reports since August 5, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating by Roth Capital given on Monday, October 30. The company was maintained on Tuesday, July 25 by Cowen & Co. JMP Securities downgraded the stock to “Mkt Underperform” rating in Tuesday, January 24 report. On Monday, July 10 the stock rating was maintained by Cowen & Co with “Buy”. Robert W. Baird maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, October 27 report. The rating was upgraded by Cowen & Co on Wednesday, August 5 to “Outperform”. As per Thursday, January 18, the company rating was downgraded by Guggenheim. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, September 15 by Deutsche Bank. Credit Suisse downgraded the shares of FSLR in report on Wednesday, February 22 to “Underperform” rating. Piper Jaffray initiated the shares of FSLR in report on Monday, October 10 with “Neutral” rating.

Since December 18, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 2 insider sales for $1.83 million activity. DeJong Philip had sold 15,304 shares worth $1.04 million.

Corecommodity Management Llc, which manages about $5.19B and $105.70M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Posco (NYSE:PKX) by 4,738 shares to 12,693 shares, valued at $881,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Matador Res Co (NYSE:MTDR) by 12,602 shares in the quarter, for a total of 17,270 shares, and has risen its stake in Newfield Expl Co (NYSE:NFX).

Analysts await First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) to report earnings on February, 20. They expect $-0.33 earnings per share, down 126.61% or $1.57 from last year’s $1.24 per share. After $1.95 actual earnings per share reported by First Solar, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -116.92% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.16 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.40, from 1.56 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 48 investors sold FSLR shares while 83 reduced holdings. 61 funds opened positions while 91 raised stakes. 51.15 million shares or 30.07% less from 73.13 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Avalon Advsrs Ltd Com accumulated 0.07% or 45,111 shares. Moreover, Creative Planning has 0% invested in First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) for 15,767 shares. Cetera Llc accumulated 0.02% or 7,963 shares. Allsquare Wealth Mgmt Limited Liability Com accumulated 25 shares. Hanseatic Svcs reported 8,793 shares. Teacher Retirement Sys Of Texas, a Texas-based fund reported 6,451 shares. Moreover, Whittier has 0.01% invested in First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) for 7,310 shares. Advsr Preferred Limited Liability has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR). Jane Street Gru Lc stated it has 61,013 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Kbc Grp Nv accumulated 4,079 shares. Jefferies Ltd Llc owns 160 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Shelton Cap Mgmt has invested 0.12% in First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR). Boston Common Asset Mgmt Ltd Liability reported 0.06% stake. Centurylink Inv Com accumulated 33,027 shares. Ubs Asset Americas reported 86,076 shares stake.

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