Roper Technologies, Inc. (ROP) Reaches $276.88 High on Jan, 17; A O Smith (AOS) Shorts Raised By 18.09%

January 17, 2018 - By Louis Casey

A O Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS) had an increase of 18.09% in short interest. AOS’s SI was 4.80 million shares in January as released by FINRA. Its up 18.09% from 4.06M shares previously. With 996,400 avg volume, 5 days are for A O Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS)’s short sellers to cover AOS’s short positions. The SI to A O Smith Corporation’s float is 3.34%. The stock increased 0.98% or $0.64 during the last trading session, reaching $65.71. About 119,917 shares traded. A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS) has risen 35.20% since January 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 18.50% the S&P500.

The stock of Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) reached all time high today, Jan, 17 and still has $290.73 target or 5.00% above today’s $276.88 share price. This indicates more upside for the $28.34 billion company. This technical setup was reported by Barchart.com. If the $290.73 PT is reached, the company will be worth $1.42B more. The stock increased 0.73% or $2.0026 during the last trading session, reaching $276.8826. About 53,902 shares traded. Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) has risen 23.10% since January 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 6.40% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.14 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.20, from 0.94 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 36 investors sold A. O. Smith Corporation shares while 132 reduced holdings. 73 funds opened positions while 118 raised stakes. 123.32 million shares or 19.18% less from 152.59 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Amalgamated Bank & Trust holds 0.05% of its portfolio in A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS) for 29,550 shares. Atlantic Tru Ltd Liability has 618,604 shares. Tower Cap Lc (Trc) invested in 0.01% or 1,634 shares. Citadel Advsrs Limited Com has 475,730 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio. Northern Trust holds 0.03% of its portfolio in A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS) for 1.65M shares. Ashmore Wealth Management Limited Liability Com reported 0.25% of its portfolio in A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS). Moreover, Alps Advisors Inc has 0% invested in A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS) for 10,377 shares. Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) accumulated 0.24% or 436,103 shares. Spectrum Mgmt reported 14 shares stake. Hightower Limited Liability Corp reported 104,721 shares. Dimensional Fund L P reported 743,282 shares. 6,200 are owned by Aureus Asset Mngmt. Chevy Chase Tru Holdg Inc holds 0.03% of its portfolio in A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS) for 128,771 shares. Citigroup reported 0.01% stake. The Tennessee-based State Of Tennessee Treasury Department has invested 0.13% in A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS).

Among 15 analysts covering AO Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS), 8 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 53% are positive. AO Smith Corp had 31 analyst reports since September 11, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Sunday, December 10 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock of A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, July 7 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock of A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS) has “Sector Weight” rating given on Monday, May 1 by KeyCorp. The firm has “Buy” rating by SunTrust given on Thursday, July 14. The stock has “Buy” rating by Suntrust Robinson on Tuesday, November 3. As per Friday, September 23, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. Jefferies maintained the shares of AOS in report on Tuesday, September 12 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Hold” on Wednesday, July 26. Stifel Nicolaus maintained A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS) rating on Thursday, August 10. Stifel Nicolaus has “Hold” rating and $5600 target. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Hold” on Thursday, October 26.

A. O. Smith Corporation manufactures and markets residential and commercial gas, gas tankless, electric water heaters, and water treatment products in North America, China, Europe, and India. The company has market cap of $11.30 billion. The firm offers water heaters for residences, restaurants, hotels and motels, office buildings, laundries, car washes, and small businesses; commercial boilers for use in space heating applications for hospitals, schools, hotels, and other large commercial buildings; and expansion tanks, commercial solar water heating systems, swimming pool and spa heaters, and related products and parts. It has a 32.21 P/E ratio. It also provides heat pump and solar units, as well as combi boilers; and air purification products.

Since August 3, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 2 insider sales for $4.56 million activity. Shares for $1.32M were sold by Martineau Peter R. 60,000 shares were sold by JONES PAUL W, worth $3.24M.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.28 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.34, from 0.94 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 19 investors sold Roper Technologies, Inc. shares while 170 reduced holdings. 58 funds opened positions while 184 raised stakes. 98.93 million shares or 4.07% more from 95.07 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Deutsche Savings Bank Ag has 815,221 shares for 0.14% of their portfolio. Cwm Limited Liability has invested 0% in Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP). Cambridge Research Advsrs Inc has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP). Badgley Phelps And Bell has invested 0.03% in Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP). Proshare Advsrs Limited Liability Corporation holds 0.02% or 9,570 shares. Jpmorgan Chase And accumulated 887,935 shares or 0.05% of the stock. Dorsey & Whitney Tru Limited Liability Corp has 889 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio. Atalanta Sosnoff Cap Ltd Liability has 0.97% invested in Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) for 114,830 shares. Horizon Invests Ltd Liability Com invested in 2,810 shares or 0.04% of the stock. Raymond James & Associate reported 0.11% of its portfolio in Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP). Aviva Public Limited Com stated it has 0.08% of its portfolio in Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP). Utah Retirement Systems stated it has 0.1% of its portfolio in Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP). Wells Fargo & Company Mn owns 240,674 shares. Agf Invs America Incorporated reported 35,892 shares. Nuveen Asset Mgmt Ltd Liability Co stated it has 3,546 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings.

Since August 8, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 8 selling transactions for $24.95 million activity. JELLISON BRIAN D had sold 81,500 shares worth $21.16M. WRIGHT CHRISTOPHER sold 1,000 shares worth $234,000. The insider PREZZANO WILBUR J sold $471,597. Shares for $469,940 were sold by JOHNSON ROBERT D on Wednesday, August 9. $1.04 million worth of stock was sold by KNOWLING ROBERT E JR on Tuesday, October 31. Thatcher Laura G sold 1,000 shares worth $235,473. On Wednesday, September 20 the insider Conley Jason sold $1.23M.

Among 11 analysts covering Roper Industries Inc. (NYSE:ROP), 9 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 82% are positive. Roper Industries Inc. has $302.0 highest and $150 lowest target. $246.50’s average target is -10.97% below currents $276.8826 stock price. Roper Industries Inc. had 44 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Sell” rating by Zacks given on Thursday, August 20. The rating was upgraded by J.P. Morgan to “Buy” on Wednesday, September 20. Oppenheimer maintained the shares of ROP in report on Monday, July 31 with “Buy” rating. On Wednesday, November 25 the stock rating was initiated by Stifel Nicolaus with “Buy”. The company was maintained on Wednesday, July 5 by Raymond James. Gabelli initiated the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, October 7 report. As per Friday, January 6, the company rating was upgraded by Oppenheimer. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital on Monday, October 5 with “Overweight”. Robert W. Baird maintained Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) rating on Tuesday, October 31. Robert W. Baird has “Neutral” rating and $257 target. The stock of Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, April 12 by RBC Capital Markets.

Analysts await Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) to report earnings on February, 8. They expect $2.60 earnings per share, up 39.78% or $0.74 from last year’s $1.86 per share. ROP’s profit will be $266.14 million for 26.62 P/E if the $2.60 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.36 actual earnings per share reported by Roper Technologies, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 10.17% EPS growth.

Roper Technologies, Inc. designs and develops software, and engineered products and solutions. The company has market cap of $28.34 billion. It operates in four divisions: Medical & Scientific Imaging; RF Technology; Industrial Technology; and Energy Systems & Controls. It has a 40.19 P/E ratio. The firm offers diagnostic and laboratory software solutions; patient positioning devices and related software, 3-D measurement technology, and diagnostic and therapeutic disposable products; non-invasive instruments and video laryngoscopes; and a cloud financial analytics and performance software platform, as well as electron filters, charged couple devices, and complementary metal oxide semiconductor cameras, detectors, and related software.

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