Opus Investment Management Decreased Its Ford Motor Co. (F) Stake as Stock Price Declined; Ulta Beauty (ULTA) Share Value Rose While First Midwest Bank Trust Division Lowered Its Position

January 18, 2018 - By Marie Mckinney

Opus Investment Management Inc decreased its stake in Ford Motor Co. (F) by 28.57% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Opus Investment Management Inc sold 60,000 shares as the company’s stock declined 13.59% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 150,000 shares of the auto manufacturing company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.80 million, down from 210,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Opus Investment Management Inc who had been investing in Ford Motor Co. for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $47.89B market cap company. The stock decreased 1.02% or $0.1247 during the last trading session, reaching $12.0553. About 46.11M shares traded or 31.42% up from the average. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has declined 16.63% since January 18, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 33.33% the S&P500.

First Midwest Bank Trust Division decreased its stake in Ulta Beauty Inc (ULTA) by 85.75% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. First Midwest Bank Trust Division sold 5,368 shares as the company’s stock rose 6.88% with the market. The institutional investor held 892 shares of the 2007 company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $202,000, down from 6,260 at the end of the previous reported quarter. First Midwest Bank Trust Division who had been investing in Ulta Beauty Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $14.84B market cap company. The stock increased 1.93% or $4.61 during the last trading session, reaching $243.3. About 741,360 shares traded. Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) has risen 41.46% since January 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 24.76% the S&P500.

First Midwest Bank Trust Division, which manages about $820.52 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) by 7,230 shares to 135,765 shares, valued at $20.92 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Mgic Invt Corp Wis (NYSE:MTG) by 33,026 shares in the quarter, for a total of 87,474 shares, and has risen its stake in Ishares Tr (ACWI).

Since October 12, 2017, it had 1 insider buy, and 0 sales for $24.97 million activity.

Analysts await Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) to report earnings on March, 8. They expect $2.77 earnings per share, up 23.66% or $0.53 from last year’s $2.24 per share. ULTA’s profit will be $168.94M for 21.96 P/E if the $2.77 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.70 actual earnings per share reported by Ulta Beauty, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 62.94% EPS growth.

Among 28 analysts covering Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA), 16 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 57% are positive. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc had 108 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Deutsche Bank maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, August 26 report. On Tuesday, December 19 the stock rating was upgraded by Buckingham Research to “Buy”. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Sector Perform” rating in Friday, May 27 report. Cowen & Co maintained Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) rating on Monday, July 31. Cowen & Co has “Buy” rating and $33600 target. As per Friday, August 26, the company rating was maintained by Cowen & Co. The rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Buy” on Monday, July 17. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Hold” on Monday, October 30. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, May 26 by Stifel Nicolaus. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, May 26 by Buckingham Research. The company was maintained on Friday, May 26 by Oppenheimer.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.85 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.20, from 1.05 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 102 investors sold ULTA shares while 170 reduced holdings. 68 funds opened positions while 163 raised stakes. 52.49 million shares or 1.02% less from 53.03 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Lazard Asset Ltd Liability Company reported 857 shares or 0% of all its holdings. 427 are owned by Sun Life Fincl Inc. Eagle Asset Inc has 7,986 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Nippon Life Company holds 6,287 shares. Old Second State Bank Of Aurora holds 0.95% of its portfolio in Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) for 10,084 shares. Robecosam Ag has invested 0.02% of its portfolio in Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA). Sector Pension Board holds 0.01% or 6,518 shares. Ithaka Gp Ltd reported 103,036 shares. Old Mutual Customised Solutions (Proprietary) Limited holds 1,700 shares. Moreover, Raymond James Trust Na has 0.02% invested in Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA). Barbara Oil reported 2,500 shares or 0.39% of all its holdings. Bremer National Association invested in 1,858 shares or 0.12% of the stock. Fjarde Ap has 14,232 shares for 0.06% of their portfolio. Glg Ltd Com owns 3,100 shares. Norinchukin National Bank The accumulated 4,344 shares or 0.02% of the stock.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.87 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.04, from 0.83 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 63 investors sold F shares while 354 reduced holdings. 91 funds opened positions while 271 raised stakes. 2.07 billion shares or 1.73% less from 2.11 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Pitcairn reported 0.02% in Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F). D E Shaw And Inc has invested 0.01% in Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F). Sns Fin Gru Lc holds 0.04% or 13,872 shares in its portfolio. Blume Management reported 1,546 shares. Fiera Cap Corporation owns 61,169 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Advisory Serv Incorporated has invested 0.11% of its portfolio in Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F). Moreover, Sigma Planning Corporation has 0.5% invested in Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) for 504,873 shares. Caxton Lp has invested 0.02% in Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F). Breton Hill Cap holds 1.16M shares or 2.55% of its portfolio. Nelson Van Denburg Campbell Wealth Management Llc owns 0.03% invested in Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) for 6,740 shares. The California-based Wealthfront has invested 0.02% in Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F). Parametric Portfolio Associates Limited Liability Corporation reported 6.69M shares. Tower Ltd Co (Trc) reported 0.01% of its portfolio in Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F). Riverpoint Capital Mngmt Ltd invested 0.02% in Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F). Nordea Investment Mngmt Ab has 0.02% invested in Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) for 521,971 shares.

Among 26 analysts covering F&M Bank (NYSE:F), 9 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 35% are positive. F&M Bank had 56 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Friday, July 29 by CLSA. The stock has “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Tuesday, May 23. On Friday, September 25 the stock rating was maintained by S&P Research with “Strong Buy”. On Tuesday, October 31 the stock rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with “Underweight”. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, December 1 by Macquarie Research. RBC Capital Markets downgraded Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) on Monday, October 16 to “Sector Perform” rating. Vetr upgraded the shares of F in report on Thursday, August 13 to “Buy” rating. The stock of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) earned “Buy” rating by UBS on Wednesday, October 28. Piper Jaffray maintained Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) on Tuesday, July 11 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) earned “Overweight” rating by Piper Jaffray on Friday, June 10.

Since August 2, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 7 selling transactions for $3.55 million activity. Lawler John T. sold 80,624 shares worth $886,864. The insider Thai-Tang Hau N sold $300,000. $285,000 worth of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) shares were sold by FARLEY JR JAMES D. Hinrichs Joseph R also sold $453,600 worth of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) shares. On Monday, September 11 the insider OJAKLI ZIAD S sold $1.06 million.

Analysts await Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) to report earnings on January, 25. They expect $0.44 EPS, up 46.67% or $0.14 from last year’s $0.3 per share. F’s profit will be $1.75 billion for 6.85 P/E if the $0.44 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.43 actual EPS reported by Ford Motor Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.33% EPS growth.

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