Aon Plc (AON) Holder Great Lakes Advisors Decreased Position as Market Value Declined; Pdf Solutions (PDFS) Holder Snyder Capital Management LP Lifted Stake by $1.70 Million

June 14, 2018 - By Winifred Garcia

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Great Lakes Advisors Llc decreased its stake in Aon Plc (AON) by 51.18% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Great Lakes Advisors Llc sold 5,307 shares as the company’s stock declined 0.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 5,063 shares of the specialty insurers company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $710,000, down from 10,370 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Great Lakes Advisors Llc who had been investing in Aon Plc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $34.30B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.75% or $1.06 during the last trading session, reaching $140.21. About 779,633 shares traded. Aon plc (NYSE:AON) has risen 9.13% since June 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 3.44% the S&P500. Some Historical AON News: 15/05/2018 – Aon PLC Will Retire Remaining Business Unit Brands, Aon Risk Solutions and Aon Benfield, and Go-to-Market as Aon; 25/04/2018 – AON IBERIA BUYS INSPIRING BENEFITS; 04/05/2018 – Aon PLC 1Q Adj EPS $2.97; 18/04/2018 – Almost two years after CPP/QPP changes were announced, many Canadian employers have yet to prepare; 16/03/2018 – 12 Experts From Aon’s Assessment Solutions Will Present at SIOP 2018; 30/03/2018 – Kemper Corporation Signs Headquarters Lease at Chicago’s Aon Center; 10/04/2018 – AON PLC – LAUNCHING SOLUTION THAT INCLUDES HARDWARE-LEVEL SECURITY PROTECTION, COMPREHENSIVE RISK ASSESSMENT AND REMEDIATION, RAPID INCIDENT RESPONSE; 22/05/2018 – AON LAUNCHES INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SOLUTIONS GROUP; 04/05/2018 – Aon PLC 1Q Net $594M; 04/05/2018 – Aon PLC 1Q EPS $2.37

Snyder Capital Management LP increased its stake in Pdf Solutions Inc. (PDFS) by 13.96% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Snyder Capital Management LP bought 154,505 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.59% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 1.26M shares of the technology company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $14.71 million, up from 1.11M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Snyder Capital Management LP who had been investing in Pdf Solutions Inc. for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $428.80M market cap company. The stock increased 0.75% or $0.1 during the last trading session, reaching $13.41. About 219,322 shares traded or 30.45% up from the average. PDF Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDFS) has declined 25.72% since June 14, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 38.29% the S&P500.

Great Lakes Advisors Llc, which manages about $5.40 billion and $4.20B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Tri Pointe Group Inc Com (NYSE:TPH) by 255,003 shares to 933,463 shares, valued at $15.34 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Netapp Inc (NASDAQ:NTAP) by 7,051 shares in the quarter, for a total of 58,659 shares, and has risen its stake in Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FANG).

More recent Aon plc (NYSE:AON) news were published by: Bizjournals.com which released: “Professional services firm to leave Clayton for Cortex” on June 08, 2018. Also Prnewswire.com published the news titled: “US suffers multi-billion dollar storm losses amid subdued start to tornado season, according to Aon catastrophe report” on June 08, 2018. Globenewswire.com‘s news article titled: “New Research Coverage Highlights Fortuna Silver Mines, First Majestic Silver, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, Banco …” with publication date: June 07, 2018 was also an interesting one.

Among 15 analysts covering Aon Corporation (NYSE:AON), 4 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 27% are positive. Aon Corporation had 53 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Monday, October 30 by Sandler O’Neill. The firm has “Sector Perform” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Monday, October 31. On Tuesday, April 10 the stock rating was maintained by Citigroup with “Buy”. On Monday, November 2 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Outperform”. Citigroup maintained Aon plc (NYSE:AON) on Friday, April 8 with “Buy” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained Aon plc (NYSE:AON) on Tuesday, September 5 with “Hold” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by Sandler O’Neill on Monday, November 7. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, August 4 report. Jefferies maintained it with “Buy” rating and $14600 target in Friday, June 16 report. The rating was maintained by Wells Fargo with “Hold” on Friday, August 4.

Analysts await Aon plc (NYSE:AON) to report earnings on August, 3. They expect $1.63 EPS, up 12.41% or $0.18 from last year’s $1.45 per share. AON’s profit will be $398.76M for 21.50 P/E if the $1.63 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.97 actual EPS reported by Aon plc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -45.12% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.47 in 2018 Q1. Its up 0.02, from 1.45 in 2017Q4. It improved, as 14 investors sold PDFS shares while 24 reduced holdings. 13 funds opened positions while 43 raised stakes. 26.13 million shares or 7.05% less from 28.11 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Td Asset Mngmt has 47,995 shares. Blackrock holds 3.62M shares or 0% of its portfolio. Schwab Charles Inv, California-based fund reported 141,028 shares. Sei Investments Co has 2,344 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Ubs Asset Management Americas Inc holds 0% of its portfolio in PDF Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDFS) for 22,400 shares. Rice Hall James & Assocs Ltd Liability Company, California-based fund reported 133,789 shares. Aperio Grp Limited Liability Company has invested 0% in PDF Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDFS). 8,649 are owned by Barclays Plc. Teachers Retirement Sys Of The State Of Kentucky has invested 0% in PDF Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDFS). Cardinal Capital Management Lc Ct holds 1.61M shares. Morgan Stanley owns 62,911 shares. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney Strauss Ltd Liability Com reported 0% of its portfolio in PDF Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDFS). Alliancebernstein LP holds 0% or 13,220 shares in its portfolio. Advisory Service Net Limited Liability Company stated it has 94 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Geode Mgmt Ltd Liability Corp has 267,896 shares.

Snyder Capital Management L P, which manages about $2.16 billion and $2.03 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Teledyne Inc. (NYSE:TDY) by 19,222 shares to 279,558 shares, valued at $52.33M in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Analogic Corp. (NASDAQ:ALOG) by 15,927 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 170,939 shares, and cut its stake in Mastercard Inc. Cl (NYSE:MA).

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