Valmont Industries (VMI) Share Price Rose While Public Employees Retirement System Of Ohio Has Lifted Holding by $1.42 Million; As Discover Financial Services (DFS) Stock Value Declined, Vantage Investment Advisors Has Decreased Holding

February 15, 2018 - By Dolores Ford

Public Employees Retirement System Of Ohio increased its stake in Valmont Industries Inc (VMI) by 93.48% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Public Employees Retirement System Of Ohio bought 8,993 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.50% with the market. The institutional investor held 18,613 shares of the capital goods company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.94 million, up from 9,620 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Public Employees Retirement System Of Ohio who had been investing in Valmont Industries Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $3.56B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.41% or $0.65 during the last trading session, reaching $157.6. About 12,863 shares traded. Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE:VMI) has risen 14.56% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.14% the S&P500.

Vantage Investment Advisors Llc decreased its stake in Discover Financial Services (DFS) by 97.8% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Vantage Investment Advisors Llc sold 52,867 shares as the company’s stock declined 15.69% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 1,191 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $77,000, down from 54,058 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Vantage Investment Advisors Llc who had been investing in Discover Financial Services for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $28.54 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.20% or $0.93 during the last trading session, reaching $78.54. About 1.01 million shares traded. Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) has risen 10.42% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 6.28% the S&P500.

Vantage Investment Advisors Llc, which manages about $916.05M and $388.84M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Mcdonalds Corp. (NYSE:MCD) by 17,489 shares to 32,723 shares, valued at $5.12M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) by 16,692 shares in the quarter, for a total of 16,877 shares, and has risen its stake in Home Depot (NYSE:HD).

Among 32 analysts covering Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS), 22 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 69% are positive. Discover Financial Services had 90 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Morgan Stanley maintained the shares of DFS in report on Friday, February 2 with “Overweight” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, May 15 by Wood. Bank of America maintained it with “Neutral” rating and $69 target in Wednesday, October 25 report. On Wednesday, October 21 the stock rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Outperform”. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Thursday, January 25 by JP Morgan. Oppenheimer maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Thursday, January 28 report. The stock of Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, April 12 by BMO Capital Markets. As per Tuesday, July 18, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. Wood maintained Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) rating on Tuesday, April 11. Wood has “Buy” rating and $84 target. Stephens maintained Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) on Tuesday, January 2 with “Sell” rating.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.14, from 0.91 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 71 investors sold DFS shares while 261 reduced holdings. 58 funds opened positions while 197 raised stakes. 301.28 million shares or 2.91% less from 310.30 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Creative Planning stated it has 0.01% in Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS). Exxonmobil Management Inc Tx has invested 0.11% in Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS). Amp Cap Invsts Ltd owns 0.13% invested in Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) for 361,227 shares. Laurion Capital Mgmt LP accumulated 0% or 12,100 shares. Brandywine Global Invest Mngmt Ltd Liability invested in 0.24% or 583,985 shares. 6,555 were reported by Clark Mgmt Gru. Oppenheimer And reported 0.11% in Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS). Motco owns 312 shares. Chem Fincl Bank owns 22,721 shares for 0.16% of their portfolio. 443,489 were accumulated by Caisse De Depot Et Placement Du Quebec. Vaughan David Investments Inc Il holds 323,760 shares. Private Trust Na holds 4,018 shares or 0.06% of its portfolio. Cornerstone Llc reported 69,442 shares. Jefferies Group Ltd Liability Corporation reported 0.02% stake. Diamond Hill Capital Mgmt holds 7.04M shares or 2.39% of its portfolio.

Among 5 analysts covering Valmont Industries Inc. (NYSE:VMI), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 40% are positive. Valmont Industries Inc. had 13 analyst reports since January 12, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, July 20 report. On Tuesday, January 16 the stock rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Hold”. The rating was maintained by Wedbush on Friday, February 19 with “Neutral”. The stock of Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE:VMI) earned “Hold” rating by Boenning & Scattergood on Thursday, July 20. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE:VMI) on Friday, July 14 with “Buy” rating. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE:VMI) rating on Wednesday, August 30. Stifel Nicolaus has “Buy” rating and $179.0 target. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, April 21 by Stifel Nicolaus. As per Friday, October 6, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock of Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE:VMI) earned “Hold” rating by Seaport Global on Tuesday, January 23. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded the shares of VMI in report on Monday, December 11 to “Hold” rating.

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