Perceptive Advisors Upped Its Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) Holding; Henry Schein (HSIC) Shares Rose While North Star Asset Management Has Lifted Its Position

February 20, 2018 - By Evgen Dobrzhanskiy

Joseph Edelman increased its stake in Intuitive Surgical Inc (ISRG) by 21.74% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Perceptive Advisors Llc bought 4,500 shares as the company’s stock rose 20.10% with the market. The hedge fund run by Joseph Edelman held 25,195 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $26.35M, up from 20,695 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Perceptive Advisors Llc who had been investing in Intuitive Surgical Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $46.71B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.62% or $2.58 during the last trading session, reaching $415.98. About 549,737 shares traded. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) has risen 39.52% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 22.82% the S&P500.

North Star Asset Management Inc increased its stake in Henry Schein (HSIC) by 92.78% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. North Star Asset Management Inc bought 8,735 shares as the company’s stock rose 5.77% with the market. The institutional investor held 18,150 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.49 million, up from 9,415 at the end of the previous reported quarter. North Star Asset Management Inc who had been investing in Henry Schein for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $10.91 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.67% or $1.14 during the last trading session, reaching $69.52. About 2.87 million shares traded or 43.53% up from the average. Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC) has risen 4.05% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 12.65% the S&P500.

Perceptive Advisors Llc, which manages about $2.09B and $2.62B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Abeona Therapeutics Inc by 305,973 shares to 116,900 shares, valued at $1.99M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Nxstage Medical Inc (NASDAQ:NXTM) by 291,000 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 1.26M shares, and cut its stake in Acelrx Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ACRX).

Among 20 analysts covering Intuitive Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:ISRG), 14 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 70% are positive. Intuitive Surgical Inc had 67 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) earned “Hold” rating by Canaccord Genuity on Friday, January 26. The firm has “Under Perform” rating given on Thursday, July 21 by Northland Capital. The company was maintained on Friday, July 21 by Canaccord Genuity. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Thursday, June 2 by Goldman Sachs. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, July 20 by Canaccord Genuity. Wedbush maintained Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) on Wednesday, July 20 with “Outperform” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by Leerink Swann on Wednesday, July 5. The stock of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) earned “Buy” rating by Leerink Swann on Thursday, January 18. The stock has “Overweight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Friday, October 20. On Thursday, November 16 the stock rating was maintained by Goldman Sachs with “Buy”.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.04 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.03, from 1.07 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 35 investors sold ISRG shares while 190 reduced holdings. 63 funds opened positions while 170 raised stakes. 36.20 million shares or 0.41% more from 36.05 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Point72 Asset Mngmt Limited Partnership reported 23,200 shares. New York-based Tortoise Invest Management Llc has invested 0.13% in Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG). Co State Bank holds 0.01% or 731 shares. Vident Inv Advisory Ltd Liability Co invested 1.37% of its portfolio in Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG). Washington-based Baker Boyer Fincl Bank has invested 1.27% in Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG). Joel Isaacson And Limited Co accumulated 0.06% or 300 shares. Integral Derivatives Limited Company holds 0.02% or 967 shares. Bessemer Grp Inc invested 0% in Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG). Hudock Cap Grp Inc Ltd Llc reported 0.04% in Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG). The Texas-based Cullen Frost Bankers has invested 0.05% in Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG). Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board holds 9,418 shares or 0.13% of its portfolio. Kentucky Retirement reported 2,262 shares. Howland Management Limited Liability Corp stated it has 0.05% in Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG). Oppenheimer Co has 1,580 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio. Dsm Cap Prns Ltd Limited Liability Company accumulated 12,548 shares.

Since August 22, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 18 insider sales for $51.30 million activity. The insider Johnson Amal M sold $996,010. $2.51M worth of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) was sold by RUBASH MARK J. On Thursday, August 31 the insider Leonard Keith R sold $854,000. 6,000 Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) shares with value of $2.23 million were sold by MOHR MARSHALL. $580,535 worth of stock was sold by Samath Jamie on Tuesday, October 24. Myriam Curet had sold 262 shares worth $97,726.

Since September 6, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 1 sale for $366,756 activity.

North Star Asset Management Inc, which manages about $1.15B and $1.01B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Zimmer Biomet Hldgs (ZMH) by 6,528 shares to 24,775 shares, valued at $2.90 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Kimberly (NYSE:KMB) by 75,384 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 100,108 shares, and cut its stake in Federated Investors (NYSE:FII).

Among 21 analysts covering Henry Schein Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC), 11 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 52% are positive. Henry Schein Inc. had 45 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Barrington Research with “Outperform” on Wednesday, February 22. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Buy” on Thursday, October 26. The company was upgraded on Tuesday, October 11 by Goldman Sachs. Jefferies maintained Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC) on Thursday, July 20 with “Hold” rating. The rating was maintained by Credit Suisse with “Hold” on Tuesday, November 28. The stock of Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC) earned “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Wednesday, July 5. Robert W. Baird maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, October 19 report. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, October 6 by UBS. J.P. Morgan initiated the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, February 15 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, November 7 by Robert W. Baird.

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