Natixis Asset Management Cut Its Weyerhaeuser Co. (WY) Stake; Poplar Forest Capital Cut Aetna New (AET) Position

January 19, 2018 - By Marguerite Chambers

Natixis Asset Management decreased Weyerhaeuser Co. (WY) stake by 50.51% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Natixis Asset Management sold 15,701 shares as Weyerhaeuser Co. (WY)’s stock declined 1.49%. The Natixis Asset Management holds 15,382 shares with $523,000 value, down from 31,083 last quarter. Weyerhaeuser Co. now has $26.89 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.91% or $0.32 during the last trading session, reaching $35.62. About 1.74 million shares traded. Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY) has risen 8.94% since January 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 7.76% the S&P500.

Poplar Forest Capital Llc decreased Aetna Inc New (AET) stake by 15.65% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Poplar Forest Capital Llc sold 1,900 shares as Aetna Inc New (AET)’s stock rose 12.84%. The Poplar Forest Capital Llc holds 10,240 shares with $1.63 million value, down from 12,140 last quarter. Aetna Inc New now has $60.90 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.65% or $1.21 during the last trading session, reaching $186.7. About 2.21 million shares traded. Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) has risen 28.84% since January 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 12.14% the S&P500.

Since September 15, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 2 sales for $4.15 million activity. On Friday, September 15 McCarthy Margaret M sold $1.68M worth of Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) or 10,288 shares. On Monday, September 18 Lynch Karen S sold $2.47 million worth of Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) or 15,271 shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.91 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.22, from 0.69 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 42 investors sold AET shares while 302 reduced holdings. 80 funds opened positions while 232 raised stakes. 281.08 million shares or 3.09% less from 290.06 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. California-based Saratoga Research & Inv Mgmt has invested 0.01% in Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET). Schafer Cullen Management Inc holds 0.11% or 58,718 shares. Carret Asset Mngmt Limited Liability Corporation has 2,635 shares. Park Natl Oh reported 2,367 shares. Guggenheim Capital Ltd Llc owns 445,086 shares for 0.17% of their portfolio. Ls Inv Advsr Lc holds 0.09% in Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) or 9,466 shares. Moreover, Alexandria Ltd Liability Co has 0% invested in Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) for 4 shares. Cibc Asset Mngmt accumulated 33,690 shares or 0.03% of the stock. Natl Asset Mngmt holds 2,849 shares or 0.08% of its portfolio. Quantum Management Limited Liability Company Nj accumulated 29 shares or 0% of the stock. Cohen Mngmt invested 1.83% of its portfolio in Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET). Lord Abbett And Limited Co reported 0.16% of its portfolio in Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET). Engineers Gate Manager Ltd Partnership reported 22,536 shares or 0.3% of all its holdings. Bessemer Gp Inc invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET). 125,822 are held by Toronto Dominion Fincl Bank.

Analysts await Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) to report earnings on January, 30. They expect $1.18 earnings per share, down 27.61% or $0.45 from last year’s $1.63 per share. AET’s profit will be $384.88 million for 39.56 P/E if the $1.18 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.45 actual earnings per share reported by Aetna Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -51.84% negative EPS growth.

Among 24 analysts covering Aetna (NYSE:AET), 10 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 42% are positive. Aetna had 65 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was initiated by Evercore with “Buy” on Friday, September 23. On Tuesday, February 2 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold”. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, December 4 with “Buy”. Morgan Stanley initiated the stock with “Overweight” rating in Wednesday, June 7 report. Cantor Fitzgerald downgraded the stock to “Neutral” rating in Friday, October 27 report. The stock has “Buy” rating by Bank of America on Thursday, July 30. The company was maintained on Monday, October 23 by Piper Jaffray. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, September 12 by Argus Research. BMO Capital Markets maintained Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) rating on Friday, October 27. BMO Capital Markets has “Market Perform” rating and $200 target. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold” on Thursday, August 3.

Since October 16, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 sale for $7.97 million activity. HOLLEY RICK R had sold 227,341 shares worth $7.97 million on Monday, October 16.

Natixis Asset Management increased Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) stake by 13,270 shares to 14,623 valued at $1.23 million in 2017Q3. It also upped General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) stake by 35,663 shares and now owns 3.00M shares. Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) was raised too.

Analysts await Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY) to report earnings on February, 2. They expect $0.35 earnings per share, up 150.00% or $0.21 from last year’s $0.14 per share. WY’s profit will be $264.19M for 25.44 P/E if the $0.35 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.34 actual earnings per share reported by Weyerhaeuser Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.94% EPS growth.

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