Royal Bank Of Scotland Group Plc Has Cut Equifax (EFX) Stake as Valuation Rose; As Allison Transmission Hldgs I (ALSN) Shares Rose, Sq Advisors Has Lifted Holding

January 19, 2018 - By Darrin Black

Lou Simpson increased its stake in Allison Transmission Hldgs I (ALSN) by 46.03% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Sq Advisors Llc bought 2.26M shares as the company’s stock rose 0.35% with the market. The hedge fund run by Lou Simpson held 7.18 million shares of the capital goods company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $269.29 million, up from 4.91M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Sq Advisors Llc who had been investing in Allison Transmission Hldgs I for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $6.34B market cap company. The stock increased 0.86% or $0.38 during the last trading session, reaching $44.73. About 439,789 shares traded. Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ALSN) has risen 38.35% since January 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 21.65% the S&P500.

Royal Bank Of Scotland Group Plc decreased its stake in Equifax Inc (EFX) by 57.36% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Royal Bank Of Scotland Group Plc sold 16,456 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.79% with the market. The institutional investor held 12,235 shares of the finance company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.30 million, down from 28,691 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Royal Bank Of Scotland Group Plc who had been investing in Equifax Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $14.95 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.35% or $1.66 during the last trading session, reaching $124.5. About 876,583 shares traded. Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) has risen 11.28% since January 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 5.42% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.06 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.33, from 1.39 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 39 investors sold ALSN shares while 84 reduced holdings. 50 funds opened positions while 80 raised stakes. 151.84 million shares or 0.94% less from 153.29 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Campbell Co Inv Adviser Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 11,933 shares or 0.36% of its portfolio. Ami Inv Management owns 2.47% invested in Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ALSN) for 105,375 shares. Denali Limited Liability Com invested in 19,100 shares. Fincl Bank Of Mellon stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ALSN). Schwab Charles Inv Mgmt owns 0.07% invested in Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ALSN) for 2.07M shares. Convergence Invest Partners Ltd Llc invested 0.06% of its portfolio in Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ALSN). Canada Pension Plan Invest Board has invested 0.05% in Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ALSN). Meeder Asset stated it has 51,683 shares. 39,053 are owned by Stevens Limited Partnership. Alps Advisors owns 13,592 shares. Old Mutual Global Invsts (Uk) Ltd owns 1.78M shares. Mrj Cap Incorporated reported 0.31% of its portfolio in Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ALSN). Deutsche Bank Ag stated it has 1.19 million shares. Engineers Gate Manager Ltd Partnership invested in 69,079 shares. C M Bidwell & Ltd has invested 0.04% of its portfolio in Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ALSN).

Among 20 analysts covering Allison Transmission Holdings (NYSE:ALSN), 8 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 40% are positive. Allison Transmission Holdings had 66 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. JP Morgan maintained the stock with “Neutral” rating in Monday, October 30 report. The firm has “Overweight” rating given on Friday, December 9 by JP Morgan. The rating was downgraded by PiperJaffray to “Underweight” on Friday, December 9. On Tuesday, October 31 the stock rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Sell”. The company was maintained on Wednesday, October 12 by Barclays Capital. On Tuesday, August 1 the stock rating was upgraded by Robert W. Baird to “Outperform”. The stock of Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ALSN) has “Overweight” rating given on Friday, September 25 by Barclays Capital. The stock of Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ALSN) has “Sell” rating given on Tuesday, October 3 by Piper Jaffray. As per Friday, September 30, the company rating was initiated by CLSA. On Wednesday, August 23 the stock rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Sell”.

Since August 1, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 12 insider sales for $59.60 million activity. 640,835 shares were sold by STAR JAMES A, worth $28.45 million on Wednesday, January 3. Scroggins Eric C. sold $190,533 worth of stock or 4,330 shares. 58,800 shares were sold by Graziosi David S., worth $2.50M on Tuesday, December 12. Another trade for 19,600 shares valued at $832,393 was sold by Dick Michael.

Among 17 analysts covering Equifax Inc (NYSE:EFX), 9 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 53% are positive. Equifax Inc had 56 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, July 29 report. The firm has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Friday, September 15 by Morgan Stanley. The firm has “Sell” rating by Goldman Sachs given on Friday, January 20. The stock of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) earned “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Monday, November 13. The stock of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) earned “Outperform” rating by Robert W. Baird on Monday, December 5. On Friday, February 12 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Overweight”. The stock has “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Monday, May 9. Robert W. Baird maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, January 8 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Friday, March 31. On Friday, July 24 the stock rating was downgraded by Robert W. Baird to “Neutral”.

Analysts await Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) to report earnings on February, 14. They expect $1.35 earnings per share, down 4.93% or $0.07 from last year’s $1.42 per share. EFX’s profit will be $162.11 million for 23.06 P/E if the $1.35 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.53 actual earnings per share reported by Equifax Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -11.76% negative EPS growth.

Royal Bank Of Scotland Group Plc, which manages about $403.33M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Cintas Corp (NASDAQ:CTAS) by 5,984 shares to 140,717 shares, valued at $20.30M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Schein Henry Inc (NASDAQ:HSIC) by 71,513 shares in the quarter, for a total of 218,513 shares, and has risen its stake in Lauder Estee Cos Inc (NYSE:EL).

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