Pitcairn Company Lowered Its Costco Whsl New (COST) Holding; Legg Mason Asset Management Japan Has Lifted Target (TGT) Holding By $1.17 Million

February 21, 2018 - By Marguerite Chambers

Legg Mason Asset Management Japan increased Target Corp (TGT) stake by 64.71% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Legg Mason Asset Management Japan acquired 19,800 shares as Target Corp (TGT)’s stock declined 14.90%. The Legg Mason Asset Management Japan holds 50,400 shares with $2.98M value, up from 30,600 last quarter. Target Corp now has $40.23B valuation. The stock increased 1.58% or $1.15 during the last trading session, reaching $74.01. About 1.71 million shares traded. Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) has declined 16.51% since February 21, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 33.21% the S&P500.

Pitcairn Company decreased Costco Whsl Corp New (COST) stake by 12.53% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Pitcairn Company sold 2,290 shares as Costco Whsl Corp New (COST)’s stock rose 1.54%. The Pitcairn Company holds 15,982 shares with $2.63M value, down from 18,272 last quarter. Costco Whsl Corp New now has $82.34B valuation. The stock decreased 0.32% or $0.61 during the last trading session, reaching $187.51. About 304,366 shares traded. Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) has risen 25.14% since February 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 8.44% the S&P500.

Among 28 analysts covering Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), 9 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 16 Hold. Therefore 32% are positive. Target Corporation had 84 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Citigroup maintained Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) rating on Thursday, May 19. Citigroup has “Buy” rating and $80 target. The company was maintained on Wednesday, August 26 by BMO Capital Markets. Vetr upgraded it to “Strong-Buy” rating and $86.04 target in Tuesday, September 8 report. JP Morgan maintained Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) on Thursday, May 19 with “Neutral” rating. Susquehanna initiated the shares of TGT in report on Friday, February 10 with “Neutral” rating. The stock of Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) earned “Sell” rating by Gordon Haskett on Tuesday, May 9. The stock has “Buy” rating by Susquehanna on Friday, February 16. The stock of Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) has “Underweight” rating given on Thursday, November 16 by Morgan Stanley. The stock of Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, November 19 by UBS. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, October 18 by Stifel Nicolaus.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.19 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.09, from 1.28 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 69 investors sold COST shares while 383 reduced holdings. 103 funds opened positions while 433 raised stakes. 304.48 million shares or 2.26% less from 311.53 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Violich Capital Mgmt holds 3.64% of its portfolio in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) for 81,238 shares. Walter & Keenan Financial Consulting Mi Adv stated it has 1,900 shares. Proshare Lc accumulated 181,405 shares. Arrowgrass Cap (Us) Ltd Partnership has 126,802 shares for 0.15% of their portfolio. Morgens Waterfall Vintiadis And Com, a New York-based fund reported 2,750 shares. Azimuth Cap Mngmt Limited Liability Corporation has invested 0.61% in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). Bollard Limited Liability Corp holds 15,593 shares. Fundx Investment Gp Limited Liability Company stated it has 0.13% in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). Papp L Roy & Assoc invested 1.6% of its portfolio in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). Btr Cap stated it has 0.33% of its portfolio in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). Ardevora Asset Llp stated it has 163,902 shares or 0.81% of all its holdings. 21,184 are owned by Ruane Cunniff Goldfarb. Bahl And Gaynor invested in 0.01% or 3,714 shares. Eaton Vance Mngmt has 0.5% invested in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). Shikiar Asset Mgmt Incorporated invested 0.24% in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST).

Since September 1, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 16 selling transactions for $22.37 million activity. $3.86 million worth of stock was sold by LIBENSON RICHARD M on Monday, December 18. MEISENBACH JOHN W sold $164,920 worth of stock or 1,000 shares. $802,892 worth of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) was sold by GALANTI RICHARD A. $966,000 worth of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) was sold by Rose Timothy L. on Monday, December 18. On Friday, October 20 the insider MOULTON PAUL G sold $1.40 million. 5,000 Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) shares with value of $943,080 were sold by Hines Daniel M.. 5,000 shares valued at $810,788 were sold by ZOOK DENNIS R on Wednesday, October 25.

Analysts await Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) to report earnings on March, 7 after the close. They expect $1.45 EPS, up 23.93% or $0.28 from last year’s $1.17 per share. COST’s profit will be $636.71M for 32.33 P/E if the $1.45 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.36 actual EPS reported by Costco Wholesale Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 6.62% EPS growth.

Pitcairn Company increased Bwx Technologies Inc stake by 6,999 shares to 18,942 valued at $1.06M in 2017Q3. It also upped Smucker J M Co (NYSE:SJM) stake by 2,945 shares and now owns 5,215 shares. American Tower (NYSE:AMT) was raised too.

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