Walthausen & Company Boosted Its Stake in Css Industries (CSS) as Market Value Declined; Yum Brands (YUM) Stock Rose While Stewart West Indies Trading Company Lowered Its Holding

June 17, 2018 - By Adrian Erickson

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Walthausen & Company increased its stake in Css Industries Inc (CSS) by 16.53% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Walthausen & Company bought 47,580 shares as the company’s stock declined 16.04% with the market. The institutional investor held 335,371 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $5.87M, up from 287,791 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Walthausen & Company who had been investing in Css Industries Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $148.38M market cap company. The stock decreased 0.06% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $16.27. About 56,054 shares traded. CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE:CSS) has declined 37.14% since June 17, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 49.71% the S&P500. Some Historical CSS News: 24/04/2018 – SAP Now Expects 2018 Non-IFRS CSS Rev EUR4.95B to EUR5.15B; 30/05/2018 – CSS Industries, Inc. Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend; 20/03/2018 – FORMER UBER CEO SAYS HIS FUND BUYS CONTROLLING STAKE IN CSS; 28/03/2018 – CSS INDUSTRIES SAYS ON MARCH 27, INCREASED SIZE OF BOARD TO EIGHT DIRECTORS – SEC FILING; 08/05/2018 – TABLE-CSS HD 2304.T – 6-MTH group results; 24/04/2018 – DoD-NSA: Senate Confirms LTG Nakasone to Lead USCYBERCOM and NSA/CSS; 17/04/2018 – ISARA and CSS Introduce the First and Only Quantum-Safe, Full-Stack PKI; 16/04/2018 – Royce Special Equity Exits Neenah, Cuts CSS Industries; 27/03/2018 – Stephen P. Crane Joins CSS Industries’ Board of Directors; 12/03/2018 – Analysis: Positioning to Benefit within CSS Industries, Korea Electric Power, ARMOUR Residential REIT, Advantage Oil & Gas, Shi

Stewart West Indies Trading Company decreased its stake in Yum Brands Inc (YUM) by 6.34% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Stewart West Indies Trading Company sold 58,000 shares as the company’s stock rose 2.43% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 857,000 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $72.96M, down from 915,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Stewart West Indies Trading Company who had been investing in Yum Brands Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $26.70B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.91% or $0.76 during the last trading session, reaching $82.62. About 4.89M shares traded or 110.81% up from the average. YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) has risen 14.42% since June 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 1.85% the S&P500. Some Historical YUM News: 02/05/2018 – Yum Brands 1Q EPS $1.27; 02/05/2018 – Yum Brands 1Q Adj EPS 90c; 21/03/2018 – S&PGRBulletin: Yum! Brands ‘BBB-‘ Debt Rtg Unafctd By Amendmnt; 03/04/2018 – Taco Bell Continues Value Push With Craveable New $1 Items; 20/04/2018 – KFC Pairs New Crispy Colonel Sandwich With Famously Sun-Crisped George Hamilton To Launch Latest Menu ltem; 28/03/2018 – TIMING: Yum! Brands $1.975b 7Y TLB Accelerated to 5pm ET Today; 02/05/2018 – Yum Brands 1Q Rev $1.37B; 08/05/2018 – PIZZA HUT SAYS BEER DELIVERY PILOT PROGRAM IS EXPANDING TO NEARLY 100 STORES ACROSS ARIZONA AND CALIFORNIA IN MAY; 02/05/2018 – Yum Brands 1Q-End Global Franchise Ownership Mix 97%; 25/04/2018 – Yum! Brands, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.36 Per Share

Among 29 analysts covering YUM! Brands (NYSE:YUM), 12 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 16 Hold. Therefore 41% are positive. YUM! Brands had 110 analyst reports since July 1, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) earned “Outperform” rating by Bernstein on Thursday, May 26. The stock has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Wednesday, April 18. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Evercore given on Friday, March 10. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, May 26 by Credit Suisse. RBC Capital Markets maintained YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) on Thursday, June 22 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold” on Thursday, August 20. The rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird with “Hold” on Wednesday, September 6. The company was maintained on Friday, September 30 by Deutsche Bank. The rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird with “Hold” on Tuesday, January 2. Barclays Capital maintained it with “Equal Weight” rating and $92 target in Wednesday, October 12 report.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.76 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.22, from 0.98 in 2017Q4. It dropped, as 52 investors sold YUM shares while 281 reduced holdings. 73 funds opened positions while 181 raised stakes. 229.25 million shares or 2.81% less from 235.88 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Fin Architects has 0.02% invested in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) for 1,205 shares. First Allied Advisory Services, Missouri-based fund reported 7,795 shares. Citadel Advsrs Ltd Company has 11,026 shares. Tocqueville Asset Mngmt Lp has 0% invested in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Acg Wealth owns 3,574 shares. Westwood Hldg Grp Inc reported 16,963 shares. Blackrock Inc owns 20.96M shares. Leavell Investment Management, a Alabama-based fund reported 11,407 shares. Cutter & Brokerage Inc owns 0.37% invested in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) for 10,897 shares. 38,500 were reported by Pensionfund Dsm Netherlands. Mechanics Natl Bank Department has 0.47% invested in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Mercer Capital Advisers reported 0.04% of its portfolio in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Rmb Cap Mgmt Ltd Co holds 0.01% in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) or 6,684 shares. Hoertkorn Richard Charles invested in 0.02% or 372 shares. Benedict Advisors stated it has 0.15% in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM).

Since January 22, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 2 sales for $5.33 million activity. On Thursday, May 17 the insider Eaton Roger G. sold $5.14M.

Analysts await YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) to report earnings on August, 2. They expect $0.74 earnings per share, up 8.82% or $0.06 from last year’s $0.68 per share. YUM’s profit will be $239.18M for 27.91 P/E if the $0.74 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.90 actual earnings per share reported by YUM! Brands, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -17.78% negative EPS growth.

More notable recent CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE:CSS) news were published by: Businesswire.com which released: “CSS Industries Reports Fiscal 2018 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Results” on May 31, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “CSS Industries up 5.8% due to improved margins” published on June 01, 2018, Benzinga.com published: “CSS Industries Shares Appear Undervalued, DA Davidson Says In Upgrade” on June 05, 2018. More interesting news about CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE:CSS) were released by: Businesswire.com and their article: “CSS Industries to Report Fiscal 2018 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Results on May 31, 2018” published on May 24, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “CSS Industries Inc. (CSS) CEO Chris Munyan on Q4 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript” with publication date: June 01, 2018.

Walthausen & Company, which manages about $1.45 billion and $1.01B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Avery Dennison Corp (NYSE:AVY) by 4,060 shares to 63,262 shares, valued at $6.72 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Materion Corp (NYSE:MTRN) by 25,080 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 218,806 shares, and cut its stake in American Vanguard Corp (NYSE:AVD).

Since February 12, 2018, it had 1 buying transaction, and 0 selling transactions for $421,017 activity.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.3 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.22, from 1.52 in 2017Q4. It worsened, as 14 investors sold CSS shares while 19 reduced holdings. 12 funds opened positions while 31 raised stakes. 7.12 million shares or 2.87% less from 7.33 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Brandes Ptnrs LP holds 0.04% or 105,215 shares. 171,055 were accumulated by First Manhattan Co. Macquarie Group accumulated 10,287 shares. Kbc Gp Nv owns 0% invested in CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE:CSS) for 7,928 shares. Panagora Asset Mgmt holds 0% in CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE:CSS) or 15,813 shares. Ameritas Prns has invested 0% in CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE:CSS). Manufacturers Life Insurance The accumulated 7,966 shares or 0% of the stock. Great West Life Assurance Co Can owns 262 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. California State Teachers Retirement Sys owns 13,772 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Parametric Assocs Llc holds 51,455 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Adirondack Rech & Mgmt reported 165,887 shares. First Quadrant LP Ca has invested 0.02% in CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE:CSS). Walthausen Communication Ltd Co reported 335,371 shares. Kennedy Mngmt holds 0.07% or 192,139 shares in its portfolio. Jpmorgan Chase & Com holds 0% of its portfolio in CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE:CSS) for 40,738 shares.

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