Pioneer Nat Res Co (PXD) Shareholder Cambrian Capital Limited Partnership Decreased Its Stake; Ecolab (ECL) Shareholder Comgest Global Investors Sas Has Boosted Its Stake

January 14, 2018 - By Louis Casey

Comgest Global Investors Sas increased its stake in Ecolab Inc (ECL) by 2.03% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Comgest Global Investors Sas bought 2,400 shares as the company’s stock rose 2.53% with the market. The institutional investor held 120,900 shares of the package goods and cosmetics company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $15.55 million, up from 118,500 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Comgest Global Investors Sas who had been investing in Ecolab Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $39.78 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.47% or $0.65 during the last trading session, reaching $137.68. About 1.27M shares traded or 18.20% up from the average. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has risen 9.41% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 7.29% the S&P500.

Cambrian Capital Limited Partnership decreased its stake in Pioneer Nat Res Co (PXD) by 16.36% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Cambrian Capital Limited Partnership sold 4,700 shares as the company’s stock declined 8.01% while stock markets rallied. The hedge fund held 24,037 shares of the oil & gas production company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $3.55M, down from 28,737 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Cambrian Capital Limited Partnership who had been investing in Pioneer Nat Res Co for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $31.68 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.08% or $1.98 during the last trading session, reaching $186.15. About 1.36M shares traded. Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) has risen 8.46% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 8.24% the S&P500.

Among 36 analysts covering Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD), 33 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 92% are positive. Pioneer Natural Resources had 131 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was upgraded by KLR Group to “Buy” on Friday, August 7. The firm has “Buy” rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Tuesday, August 8. The stock of Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) earned “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Friday, July 7. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) on Tuesday, November 21 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Wunderlich on Monday, October 10 with “Buy”. Seaport Global downgraded Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) on Friday, March 31 to “Neutral” rating. The company was maintained on Friday, November 3 by Bernstein. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, August 3 by Credit Suisse. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Buy” rating and $248.0 target in Friday, September 1 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, October 13 by RBC Capital Markets.

Cambrian Capital Limited Partnership, which manages about $607.56 million and $82.18 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Parsley Energy Inc (NYSE:PE) by 47,653 shares to 199,575 shares, valued at $5.26 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

Analysts await Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) to report earnings on February, 6 after the close. They expect $0.66 EPS, up 34.69% or $0.17 from last year’s $0.49 per share. PXD’s profit will be $112.31 million for 70.51 P/E if the $0.66 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.48 actual EPS reported by Pioneer Natural Resources Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 37.50% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.03 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.07, from 1.1 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 78 investors sold PXD shares while 197 reduced holdings. 73 funds opened positions while 209 raised stakes. 151.85 million shares or 0.71% less from 152.94 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Raymond James Finance Service Advsr stated it has 97,291 shares. Neuberger Berman Gp Limited Liability invested 0.43% of its portfolio in Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD). Northeast Management holds 0.79% or 60,487 shares in its portfolio. L S Advsrs holds 0.13% or 5,255 shares in its portfolio. 4,639 were reported by Bbva Compass Bancorp. Amf Pensionsforsakring accumulated 252,608 shares. Credit Suisse Ag owns 352,485 shares. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement Systems has 247,807 shares for 0.1% of their portfolio. State Street invested in 0.12% or 9.17 million shares. Jane Street Grp Inc Lc reported 0.02% in Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD). 5,895 were accumulated by Cubic Asset Mgmt Lc. Moreover, Avenir has 5.37% invested in Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) for 423,682 shares. Patten Inc invested in 274 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Hudock Cap Group Ltd Liability Com stated it has 717 shares or 0.05% of all its holdings. Bailard Incorporated invested in 0.02% or 1,477 shares.

Since September 11, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 5 sales for $941,910 activity. 880 shares were sold by Fairbrook Teresa A, worth $114,835. BERG MARK STEPHEN had sold 2,000 shares worth $315,700. On Monday, December 11 the insider Grillot Larry R. sold $31,870. DOVE TIMOTHY L sold 1,000 shares worth $159,505.

Among 21 analysts covering Ecolab (NYSE:ECL), 10 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 48% are positive. Ecolab had 55 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Oppenheimer maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) rating on Tuesday, January 19. Oppenheimer has “Outperform” rating and $115.0 target. Credit Suisse maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) rating on Wednesday, February 24. Credit Suisse has “Neutral” rating and $107 target. Nomura maintained the stock with “Neutral” rating in Tuesday, September 12 report. The firm has “Overweight” rating by Piper Jaffray given on Tuesday, November 3. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, May 26 by J.P. Morgan. UBS maintained it with “Buy” rating and $148 target in Wednesday, November 1 report. The company was maintained on Tuesday, November 3 by Oppenheimer. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Buy” on Tuesday, August 11. As per Thursday, July 27, the company rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity. The stock of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) earned “Hold” rating by Credit Suisse on Thursday, August 3.

Since August 3, 2017, it had 1 buy, and 1 insider sale for $9.04 million activity. Shares for $10.01 million were bought by GATES WILLIAM H III on Thursday, August 3.

Comgest Global Investors Sas, which manages about $4.30 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Embraer S A (NYSE:ERJ) by 50,000 shares to 51,200 shares, valued at $1.16 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) by 3,000 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 12,100 shares, and cut its stake in Coca Cola Femsa S A B De C V (NYSE:KOF).

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