Align Technology (ALGN) Valuation Rose While Motley Fool Wealth Management Has Trimmed Its Position by $419,358; Scotts Miracle (SMG) Market Valuation Declined While Loews Has Lifted by $856,000 Its Stake

April 17, 2018 - By reb123z

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Loews Corp increased its stake in Scotts Miracle (SMG) by 80% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Loews Corp bought 8,000 shares as the company’s stock declined 16.58% with the market. The institutional investor held 18,000 shares of the agricultural chemicals company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $1.93 million, up from 10,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Loews Corp who had been investing in Scotts Miracle for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $4.78B market cap company. The stock increased 1.02% or $0.85 during the last trading session, reaching $83.96. About 532,226 shares traded. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG) has declined 6.67% since April 17, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 18.22% the S&P500.

Motley Fool Wealth Management Llc decreased its stake in Align Technology Inc (ALGN) by 0.93% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Motley Fool Wealth Management Llc sold 1,889 shares as the company’s stock rose 11.29% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 202,182 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $44.92 million, down from 204,071 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Motley Fool Wealth Management Llc who had been investing in Align Technology Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $21.28 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.44% or $3.78 during the last trading session, reaching $265.5. About 479,389 shares traded. Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) has risen 117.77% since April 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 106.22% the S&P500.

Since February 2, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 1 insider sale for $258,834 activity.

Loews Corp, which manages about $16.53 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Spdr S&P 500 Etf Trust (SPY) by 8,000 shares to 117,000 shares, valued at $31.22M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) by 30,000 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 229,283 shares, and cut its stake in Express Scripts Holding Co (NASDAQ:ESRX).

Among 7 analysts covering Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) (NYSE:SMG), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 29% are positive. Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) had 13 analyst reports since March 22, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Hold” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets given on Monday, August 28. The company was upgraded on Thursday, August 4 by JP Morgan. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Wednesday, November 8 by JP Morgan. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, November 8 by J.P. Morgan. Gabelli initiated the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, October 20 report. The firm has “Hold” rating by Suntrust Robinson given on Wednesday, January 11. JP Morgan downgraded The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG) on Tuesday, March 22 to “Neutral” rating. The company was upgraded on Thursday, December 8 by Bank of America. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, November 22 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The stock has “Hold” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets on Monday, October 16.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.08 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.14, from 0.94 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 35 investors sold SMG shares while 93 reduced holdings. 48 funds opened positions while 90 raised stakes. 35.74 million shares or 6.92% less from 38.40 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. The Pennsylvania-based Hirtle Callaghan Ltd Co has invested 0% in The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG). The New Hampshire-based Impax Asset Limited Co has invested 0.67% in The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG). Three Peaks Capital Management Ltd Company accumulated 34,116 shares. Barclays Public Ltd Com has 0% invested in The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG) for 10,131 shares. Private Trust Na reported 0.05% in The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG). Germany-based Deutsche Retail Bank Ag has invested 0.01% in The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG). Gradient Invests Ltd Company reported 0% stake. Moreover, Condor Mngmt has 0.14% invested in The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG) for 6,634 shares. Thrivent Finance For Lutherans holds 153,739 shares. Apg Asset Mngmt Nv reported 68,500 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Landscape Capital Mgmt Lc reported 123,923 shares. Tci Wealth holds 0% in The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG) or 43 shares. Morgan Stanley stated it has 301,611 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Ledyard Financial Bank has invested 0% in The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG). Arizona State Retirement System stated it has 29,431 shares or 0.03% of all its holdings.

Investors sentiment is 0.93 in 2017 Q4. Its the same as in 2017Q3. It is without change, as 37 investors sold ALGN shares while 216 reduced holdings. only 100 funds opened positions while 136 raised stakes. 60.90 million shares or 3.22% less from 62.92 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Tru Company Of Vermont owns 960 shares. Maverick Cap Ltd holds 25,650 shares or 0.07% of its portfolio. Veritable Lp holds 0.01% or 1,985 shares. Arete Wealth Advsr Lc owns 4,440 shares or 0.32% of their US portfolio. Fny Managed Accounts Ltd Llc invested in 0% or 15 shares. Trexquant Invest LP owns 0.23% invested in Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) for 9,393 shares. Gradient Invests Ltd Liability owns 0% invested in Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) for 7 shares. 900 were reported by Cobblestone Cap Advisors Limited Liability Corporation. Martin Currie Limited owns 2,800 shares or 0.04% of their US portfolio. Caisse De Depot Et Placement Du Quebec reported 1,230 shares stake. Kornitzer Management Inc Ks holds 190,079 shares. Moreover, Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale has 0.01% invested in Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) for 9,947 shares. Usa Portformulas owns 18,479 shares. Vantage Invest Limited Liability Corporation stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN). Kj Harrison & Ptnrs Inc stated it has 0.08% of its portfolio in Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN).

Analysts await Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) to report earnings on April, 25 after the close. They expect $0.98 EPS, up 15.29% or $0.13 from last year’s $0.85 per share. ALGN’s profit will be $78.54M for 67.73 P/E if the $0.98 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.19 actual EPS reported by Align Technology, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -17.65% negative EPS growth.

Among 14 analysts covering Align Technology (NASDAQ:ALGN), 12 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 86% are positive. Align Technology had 55 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, July 28 by Bank of America. The stock of Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) earned “Outperform” rating by Leerink Swann on Wednesday, January 31. The stock of Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) earned “Buy” rating by Morgan Stanley on Monday, June 19. Credit Suisse maintained Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) rating on Tuesday, November 28. Credit Suisse has “Buy” rating and $276.0 target. The rating was initiated by Leerink Swann on Friday, September 11 with “Outperform”. The stock has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Friday, June 23. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus on Monday, November 28 with “Buy”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, October 17 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock has “Outperform” rating by Credit Suisse on Wednesday, May 11. Leerink Swann maintained Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) rating on Friday, July 28. Leerink Swann has “Outperform” rating and $199 target.

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