Spire Inc. (SR) EPS Estimated At $1.05; Schafer Cullen Capital Management Increased Its Genuine Parts Co. (GPC) Position

January 14, 2018 - By Linda Rogers

Schafer Cullen Capital Management Inc increased Genuine Parts Co. (GPC) stake by 0.34% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Schafer Cullen Capital Management Inc acquired 3,473 shares as Genuine Parts Co. (GPC)’s stock declined 8.49%. The Schafer Cullen Capital Management Inc holds 1.02M shares with $97.97M value, up from 1.02M last quarter. Genuine Parts Co. now has $15.14B valuation. The stock increased 1.35% or $1.38 during the last trading session, reaching $103.28. About 1.03M shares traded or 21.40% up from the average. Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) has declined 1.45% since January 14, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 18.15% the S&P500.

Analysts expect Spire Inc. (NYSE:SR) to report $1.05 EPS on February, 7.They anticipate $0.01 EPS change or 0.96% from last quarter’s $1.04 EPS. SR’s profit would be $50.72M giving it 16.40 P/E if the $1.05 EPS is correct. After having $-0.22 EPS previously, Spire Inc.’s analysts see -577.27% EPS growth. The stock decreased 0.58% or $0.4 during the last trading session, reaching $68.9. About 184,506 shares traded or 7.72% up from the average. Spire Inc. (NYSE:SR) has risen 11.86% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 4.84% the S&P500.

Among 12 analysts covering Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC), 2 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 17% are positive. Genuine Parts Company had 28 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Sector Perform” rating given on Tuesday, July 21 by RBC Capital Markets. As per Friday, October 20, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. As per Wednesday, October 11, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. As per Thursday, April 20, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. The company was initiated on Tuesday, September 15 by Jefferies. The stock has “Hold” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, May 26. The company was upgraded on Thursday, January 19 by Goldman Sachs. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Friday, August 26 by Susquehanna. The stock of Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, July 21 by Gabelli. The stock of Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) earned “Sector Perform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, October 20.

Schafer Cullen Capital Management Inc decreased Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) stake by 26,002 shares to 1.25 million valued at $162.21M in 2017Q3. It also reduced Japan Tobacco Inc. (JAPAF) stake by 15,895 shares and now owns 53,377 shares. Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) was reduced too.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.96 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.06, from 0.9 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 46 investors sold GPC shares while 195 reduced holdings. 55 funds opened positions while 176 raised stakes. 108.15 million shares or 1.25% more from 106.82 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Bontempo Ohly Mgmt Limited Company holds 1.51% of its portfolio in Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) for 20,416 shares. Parametric Port Assocs Limited Liability Com holds 0.05% or 443,997 shares. Barclays Public Ltd stated it has 151,205 shares. 325,374 were accumulated by Haverford. Robeco Institutional Asset Mgmt Bv invested 0% in Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC). Amer National Registered Invest Advisor holds 4,000 shares. Anchor Advsr Ltd Liability holds 0.82% or 237,449 shares in its portfolio. The New York-based Estabrook Mngmt has invested 0.01% in Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC). Mechanics Bancorp Department accumulated 11,210 shares. Conning has 0.01% invested in Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) for 3,364 shares. Assetmark owns 36 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. 30,000 were accumulated by Viking Fund Mngmt Limited Co. Moreover, Creative Planning has 0% invested in Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) for 9,700 shares. Tdam Usa Incorporated holds 49,732 shares. First Midwest Savings Bank Trust Division stated it has 0.1% in Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC).

Spire Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the purchase, retail distribution, and sale of natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and other end-users of natural gas clients in the United States. The company has market cap of $3.33 billion. It operates through two divisions, Gas Utility and Gas Marketing. It has a 20.09 P/E ratio. The firm is also involved in marketing natural gas and provides energy services on non-regulated basis to on-system utility transportation customers, as well as to retail and wholesale customers.

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