Trillium Asset Management Position in Ansys (ANSS) Has Lowered by $1.37 Million; As Yum! Brands (YUM) Valuation Rose, Marshfield Associates Lowered Position

February 15, 2018 - By Henry Gaston

Marshfield Associates decreased its stake in Yum! Brands Inc (YUM) by 1.55% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Marshfield Associates sold 13,481 shares as the company’s stock rose 2.44% with the market. The institutional investor held 855,380 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $62.97M, down from 868,861 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Marshfield Associates who had been investing in Yum! Brands Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $26.20B market cap company. The stock increased 1.31% or $1.02 during the last trading session, reaching $78.9. About 1.75M shares traded. Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) has risen 21.70% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 5.00% the S&P500.

Trillium Asset Management Llc decreased its stake in Ansys Inc (ANSS) by 8.71% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Trillium Asset Management Llc sold 11,259 shares as the company’s stock rose 21.87% with the market. The institutional investor held 118,021 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $14.49M, down from 129,280 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Trillium Asset Management Llc who had been investing in Ansys Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $13.73 billion market cap company. The stock increased 2.61% or $4.11 during the last trading session, reaching $161.81. About 192,659 shares traded. Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) has risen 43.75% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 27.05% the S&P500.

Among 29 analysts covering YUM! Brands (NYSE:YUM), 11 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 17 Hold. Therefore 38% are positive. YUM! Brands had 99 analyst reports since July 1, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Cowen & Co maintained Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) rating on Friday, August 4. Cowen & Co has “Buy” rating and $8500 target. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Credit Suisse given on Thursday, July 14. The stock has “Outperform” rating by Bernstein on Thursday, July 14. Deutsche Bank maintained the shares of YUM in report on Monday, February 12 with “Hold” rating. The company was maintained on Monday, October 16 by Cowen & Co. As per Thursday, May 26, the company rating was reinitiated by Bernstein. The rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Outperform” on Thursday, July 14. The firm has “Hold” rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Thursday, August 3. The stock has “Equal-Weight” rating by Barclays Capital on Wednesday, October 18. As per Thursday, October 8, the company rating was upgraded by Credit Suisse.

Since January 22, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for $194,761 activity.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.99 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.22, from 0.77 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 50 investors sold YUM shares while 238 reduced holdings. 67 funds opened positions while 219 raised stakes. 239.50 million shares or 0.41% less from 240.48 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. First Citizens National Bank owns 16,506 shares. Arrowmark Colorado Hldgs Ltd Liability Company reported 20,000 shares stake. National Bank Of Ny Mellon Corp holds 7.91M shares or 0.16% of its portfolio. 33,207 are owned by Gsa Partners Limited Liability Partnership. Gemmer Asset Mgmt Ltd reported 331 shares. Hills State Bank stated it has 4,650 shares. Liberty Cap Management stated it has 0.02% in Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Cobblestone Capital Advsrs Ltd Company Ny has 0.09% invested in Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) for 10,440 shares. Voya Invest Limited Com reported 0.02% of its portfolio in Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Old Natl Retail Bank In holds 0.04% in Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) or 8,888 shares. Retirement Systems Of Alabama reported 450,602 shares stake. Clinton Group Incorporated reported 0.14% stake. Bnp Paribas Asset Mgmt holds 0.05% or 86,801 shares in its portfolio. Sol Communications owns 0.34% invested in Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) for 16,214 shares. Bar Harbor Tru Serv, a Maine-based fund reported 4,260 shares.

Among 15 analysts covering Ansys Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS), 3 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 20% are positive. Ansys Inc. had 35 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was initiated by Berenberg with “Hold” on Wednesday, August 23. As per Tuesday, January 30, the company rating was upgraded by Berenberg. Pacific Crest initiated the stock with “Equal Weight” rating in Thursday, October 8 report. The stock of Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) earned “Hold” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, January 17. The stock has “Hold” rating by Citigroup on Friday, September 22. The company was maintained on Tuesday, October 31 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. Wedbush maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Tuesday, February 16 report. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, September 15 by Needham. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, November 3 by Robert W. Baird. The stock has “Hold” rating by Needham on Tuesday, November 22.

Analysts await Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) to report earnings on February, 28. They expect $0.94 EPS, up 2.17% or $0.02 from last year’s $0.92 per share. ANSS’s profit will be $79.77 million for 43.03 P/E if the $0.94 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.88 actual EPS reported by Ansys, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 6.82% EPS growth.

Since February 1, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 1 sale for $4.06 million activity.

Trillium Asset Management Llc, which manages about $1.75 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) by 2,567 shares to 120,133 shares, valued at $19.65M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Sealed Air Corp New (NYSE:SEE) by 8,821 shares in the quarter, for a total of 214,083 shares, and has risen its stake in Costco Whsl Corp New (NASDAQ:COST).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.97 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.21, from 1.18 in 2017Q2. It dived, as 32 investors sold ANSS shares while 151 reduced holdings. 42 funds opened positions while 136 raised stakes. 79.23 million shares or 1.85% less from 80.72 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Regions holds 0.03% of its portfolio in Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) for 21,495 shares. Rampart Management Communication Lc reported 1,188 shares or 0.05% of all its holdings. Carroll Associate accumulated 0% or 103 shares. Invesco holds 466,185 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Com Savings Bank invested 0.01% in Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS). Retirement System Of Alabama stated it has 41,122 shares. Art Advsrs Ltd invested in 13,400 shares. 93,898 are held by Ameriprise. Geode Capital Lc reported 992,002 shares. Natixis owns 8,917 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Price T Rowe Assoc Incorporated Md holds 0% or 199,008 shares. Btim holds 0.14% of its portfolio in Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) for 72,461 shares. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management, a Wisconsin-based fund reported 495 shares. State Treasurer State Of Michigan accumulated 25,700 shares. Massachusetts-based Schwerin Boyle Capital has invested 0.92% in Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS).

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