Ward Ferry Management LTD Has Cut China Lodging Group LTD (HTHT) Holding by $38.08 Million as Market Value Rose; Foster & Motley Has Cut Its Bemis Co (BMS) Stake by $330,300 as Market Valuation Declined

February 15, 2018 - By Henry Gaston

Foster & Motley Inc decreased its stake in Bemis Co Inc (BMS) by 42.62% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Foster & Motley Inc sold 7,340 shares as the company’s stock declined 9.89% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 9,883 shares of the consumer durables company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $450,000, down from 17,223 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Foster & Motley Inc who had been investing in Bemis Co Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $4.05 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.62% or $0.71 during the last trading session, reaching $44.56. About 746,255 shares traded or 23.81% up from the average. Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS) has declined 9.13% since February 15, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 25.83% the S&P500.

Ward Ferry Management Ltd decreased its stake in China Lodging Group Ltd (HTHT) by 18.5% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Ward Ferry Management Ltd sold 322,700 shares as the company’s stock rose 35.67% with the market. The institutional investor held 1.42M shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $168.88M, down from 1.74M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Ward Ferry Management Ltd who had been investing in China Lodging Group Ltd for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $10.25B market cap company. The stock increased 5.06% or $7.03 during the last trading session, reaching $145.85. About 350,801 shares traded. China Lodging Group, Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT) has risen 127.67% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 110.97% the S&P500.

Foster & Motley Inc, which manages about $913.18 million and $581.06M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Vanguard Interm (VGIT) by 8,864 shares to 72,222 shares, valued at $4.67M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Quest Diagnostic Inc (NYSE:DGX) by 3,798 shares in the quarter, for a total of 5,808 shares, and has risen its stake in Pimco Intermediate Muni Bond Strgy Etf (MUNI).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.75 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.30, from 1.05 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 32 investors sold BMS shares while 123 reduced holdings. 39 funds opened positions while 78 raised stakes. 64.94 million shares or 0.27% less from 65.11 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Segantii Capital Mngmt Ltd holds 0.01% in Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS) or 400 shares. Public Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS). Next Group Inc accumulated 3,355 shares. Sprucegrove Invest Mgmt Ltd owns 90,580 shares. 158,444 were reported by Bank & Trust Of America De. Stewart And Patten Ltd Liability reported 238,265 shares stake. Park Oh holds 0.05% or 19,810 shares in its portfolio. Arizona State Retirement Sys holds 0.03% or 51,515 shares. Td Asset Mgmt Inc holds 10,743 shares. Liberty Mutual Asset Mgmt Incorporated stated it has 24,052 shares or 0.06% of all its holdings. Profund Advisors Lc has invested 0.02% in Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS). Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania School Empls Retrmt Sys reported 0.01% stake. Epoch Inv Partners has 538,016 shares for 0.08% of their portfolio. Campbell And Inv Adviser reported 7,696 shares. Starboard Value Limited Partnership stated it has 1.50M shares or 1.85% of all its holdings.

Among 17 analysts covering Bemis Company Inc. (NYSE:BMS), 3 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 18% are positive. Bemis Company Inc. had 54 analyst reports since September 14, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS) on Monday, July 31 with “Sell” rating. The firm has “Sell” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Monday, October 9. Citigroup downgraded Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS) rating on Wednesday, April 6. Citigroup has “Neutral” rating and $52 target. The firm has “Sector Perform” rating given on Friday, February 19 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS) earned “Hold” rating by Robert W. Baird on Tuesday, October 10. As per Tuesday, September 5, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. The company was maintained on Friday, November 10 by BMO Capital Markets. The company was upgraded on Friday, January 8 by Citigroup. Goldman Sachs initiated the shares of BMS in report on Thursday, May 12 with “Neutral” rating. On Tuesday, December 13 the stock rating was downgraded by RBC Capital Markets to “Underperform”.

Among 7 analysts covering China Lodging (NASDAQ:HTHT), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 86% are positive. China Lodging had 14 analyst reports since August 18, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was downgraded on Thursday, August 20 by Zacks. The company was upgraded on Wednesday, August 19 by Credit Suisse. The rating was initiated by Credit Suisse with “Outperform” on Friday, February 3. On Thursday, November 12 the stock rating was maintained by Macquarie Research with “Outperform”. TH Capital upgraded it to “Buy” rating and $36 target in Monday, November 9 report. Credit Suisse upgraded the stock to “Outperform” rating in Wednesday, October 14 report. The stock of China Lodging Group, Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT) earned “Buy” rating by Deutsche Bank on Friday, December 30. The company was upgraded on Wednesday, November 11 by Deutsche Bank. Morgan Stanley downgraded China Lodging Group, Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT) rating on Wednesday, August 17. Morgan Stanley has “Equal-Weight” rating and $40 target. The stock of China Lodging Group, Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT) earned “Buy” rating by Goldman Sachs on Thursday, October 8.

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