Air Prods & Chems (APD) Share Value Rose While Rand Wealth Boosted Its Position; Cornerstone Investment Partners Increases Holding in Centurylink (CTL)

February 15, 2018 - By William Brooks

Cornerstone Investment Partners Llc increased its stake in Centurylink Inc. (CTL) by 145.78% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Cornerstone Investment Partners Llc bought 88,053 shares as the company’s stock rose 2.43% with the market. The institutional investor held 148,456 shares of the public utilities company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.81 million, up from 60,403 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Cornerstone Investment Partners Llc who had been investing in Centurylink Inc. for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $19.94 billion market cap company. The stock increased 6.11% or $1.08 during the last trading session, reaching $18.66. About 10.52 million shares traded. CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) has declined 7.62% since February 15, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 24.32% the S&P500.

Rand Wealth Llc increased its stake in Air Prods & Chems Inc (APD) by 5.59% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Rand Wealth Llc bought 2,582 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.13% with the market. The institutional investor held 48,790 shares of the basic industries company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $7.38 million, up from 46,208 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Rand Wealth Llc who had been investing in Air Prods & Chems Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $35.64 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.93% or $1.5 during the last trading session, reaching $162.77. About 469,522 shares traded. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) has risen 9.23% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 7.47% the S&P500.

Among 21 analysts covering Centurylink Inc. (NYSE:CTL), 6 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 29% are positive. Centurylink Inc. had 57 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Hold” on Tuesday, October 10. As per Tuesday, December 13, the company rating was initiated by Suntrust Robinson. On Monday, January 8 the stock rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs to “Neutral”. Oppenheimer upgraded the shares of CTL in report on Tuesday, November 8 to “Outperform” rating. The firm has “Market Perform” rating by Cowen & Co given on Tuesday, October 13. The stock of CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, November 9 by Jefferies. On Wednesday, October 4 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Underweight”. Macquarie Research initiated CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) on Monday, July 11 with “Neutral” rating. Raymond James downgraded the shares of CTL in report on Monday, May 15 to “Underperform” rating. The stock of CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, August 6 by UBS.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.95 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.13, from 1.08 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 65 investors sold CTL shares while 190 reduced holdings. 64 funds opened positions while 179 raised stakes. 436.00 million shares or 1.89% less from 444.41 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Cadence Capital Mngmt Ltd Liability accumulated 19,774 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Pub Employees Retirement Systems Of Ohio reported 235,923 shares. Financial Architects has invested 0% in CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL). Moreover, Epoch Investment Prtnrs Incorporated has 0.35% invested in CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) for 5.52M shares. First Republic Mgmt invested in 0% or 27,362 shares. Rbo Lc reported 10,757 shares. 116 were accumulated by Valley National Advisers. Hightower Advsr Lc owns 82,230 shares or 0.01% of their US portfolio. Paragon Cap Management Ltd has invested 0.2% in CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL). Allsquare Wealth Mngmt Ltd Llc reported 1 shares. Leucadia National stated it has 0.1% in CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL). 1.10M were accumulated by Natixis. 640,725 were accumulated by Sit Investment Assocs. 13,700 are owned by Balyasny Asset Limited Liability Corporation. Gotham Asset Mngmt Ltd Liability Co accumulated 1.20 million shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.31 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.14, from 1.17 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 36 investors sold APD shares while 232 reduced holdings. 90 funds opened positions while 262 raised stakes. 186.79 million shares or 0.55% more from 185.76 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. New York-based Arrow Financial has invested 0.01% in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD). Fenimore Asset Mgmt holds 328,720 shares. Lenox Wealth Management holds 0.01% in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) or 155 shares. Bank Of Nova Scotia has invested 0.06% of its portfolio in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD). Raymond James Associates owns 0.24% invested in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) for 804,791 shares. Macnealy Hoover Invest Mgmt holds 1.2% in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) or 11,054 shares. Middleton Com Inc Ma has 6,527 shares for 0.18% of their portfolio. Atlas Browninc invested 0.06% of its portfolio in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD). Independent Invsts has invested 0.24% of its portfolio in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD). Karp Capital Mngmt Corporation holds 0.71% in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) or 10,145 shares. Motco reported 0.34% stake. Thompson Siegel & Walmsley Limited Liability Corporation, Virginia-based fund reported 449 shares. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board owns 51,776 shares. Dupont invested in 2,349 shares. Numeric Invsts Ltd Liability Corp reported 7,800 shares.

Among 20 analysts covering Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD), 15 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 75% are positive. Air Products & Chemicals had 58 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, July 11 by Seaport Global. The company was upgraded on Monday, November 13 by HSBC. As per Friday, October 27, the company rating was maintained by Credit Suisse. The stock of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) earned “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan on Monday, January 29. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Monday, January 29 with “Buy”. UBS maintained Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) rating on Friday, October 27. UBS has “Buy” rating and $172 target. SunTrust maintained it with “Buy” rating and $175.0 target in Thursday, October 26 report. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Citigroup on Friday, July 29. The rating was maintained by Citigroup with “Neutral” on Monday, April 18. Global Hunter Securities upgraded it to “” rating and $165 target in Tuesday, August 4 report.

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