As Sandy Spring Bancorp (SASR) Share Value Declined, Swiss National Bank Raised by $787,800 Its Stake; Mks Instruments (MKSI) Holder Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa Has Cut Stake by $414.57 Million as Market Valuation Rose

May 8, 2018 - By Migdalia James

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Swiss National Bank increased its stake in Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc (SASR) by 51.48% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Swiss National Bank bought 20,200 shares as the company’s stock declined 2.93% with the market. The institutional investor held 59,435 shares of the finance company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $2.32 million, up from 39,235 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Swiss National Bank who had been investing in Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $1.43B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.20% or $0.08 during the last trading session, reaching $40.4. About 136,250 shares traded. Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) has declined 4.00% since May 8, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 15.55% the S&P500.

Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa decreased its stake in Mks Instruments Inc (MKSI) by 15.4% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa sold 4,387 shares as the company’s stock rose 19.08% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 24,098 shares of the capital goods company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $2.28 billion, down from 28,485 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa who had been investing in Mks Instruments Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $5.95B market cap company. The stock increased 0.14% or $0.15 during the last trading session, reaching $109.2. About 294,541 shares traded. MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) has risen 68.28% since May 8, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 56.73% the S&P500.

Among 7 analysts covering Sandy Spring Bancorp (NASDAQ:SASR), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 29% are positive. Sandy Spring Bancorp had 13 analyst reports since July 20, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Robert W. Baird maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Wednesday, January 10 report. The stock has “Overweight” rating by Stephens on Thursday, February 22. As per Tuesday, October 3, the company rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The stock of Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) earned “Sell” rating by Zacks on Tuesday, August 25. The stock of Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, January 19 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. On Thursday, December 21 the stock rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with “Hold”. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, January 12 by Sandler O’Neill. Robert W. Baird maintained Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) rating on Thursday, October 19. Robert W. Baird has “Hold” rating and $43.0 target. The stock of Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, April 24 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods.

More news for Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) were recently published by: Globenewswire.com, which released: “Sandy Spring Bank Announcement Event, April 11, 2018” on April 09, 2018. Globenewswire.com‘s article titled: “Sandy Spring Bank Employees to Plant 150 Trees in 2018” and published on April 27, 2018 is yet another important article.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.54 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.10, from 1.44 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 15 investors sold SASR shares while 33 reduced holdings. 19 funds opened positions while 55 raised stakes. 16.99 million shares or 4.79% more from 16.21 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Geode Mgmt Ltd Liability Company has 354,643 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Balyasny Asset Mgmt Limited Liability Com reported 0% in Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR). Alps Advsr Inc accumulated 12,232 shares or 0% of the stock. D E Shaw holds 7,565 shares. Millennium Mngmt Limited Com owns 341,864 shares. Robeco Institutional Asset Mgmt Bv stated it has 117,510 shares. Virginia Retirement Et Al has invested 0% in Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR). Brinker holds 0.01% or 7,219 shares in its portfolio. Tudor Investment Corporation Et Al holds 9,839 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Vanguard Gru has invested 0% in Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR). Fny Managed Accounts Limited Liability Corporation holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) for 226 shares. Aperio Group Limited Liability Corporation owns 0% invested in Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) for 5,810 shares. California State Teachers Retirement Systems holds 7,192 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Gilman Hill Asset Ltd Llc holds 19,817 shares or 0.31% of its portfolio. Schroder Inv Group holds 0% or 11,009 shares.

Since January 22, 2018, it had 2 insider purchases, and 14 selling transactions for $6.01 million activity. BRACEWELL JOSEPH S sold $348,683 worth of stock or 8,885 shares. Another trade for 8,546 shares valued at $338,739 was made by Andersen Shaza L on Monday, January 22. 1,538 shares were sold by REEDER JOE, worth $59,408 on Thursday, January 25. 3,000 shares were sold by Michael Mark C, worth $120,740. $22,693 worth of Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) shares were bought by Stephenson Mona Abutaleb. Shares for $36,760 were bought by Friis Mark E on Tuesday, February 6.

Swiss National Bank, which manages about $92.59 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Tractor Supply Co (NASDAQ:TSCO) by 5,500 shares to 470,000 shares, valued at $35.13M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) by 49,700 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 2.07M shares, and cut its stake in Davita Inc (NYSE:DVA).

Among 6 analysts covering MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. MKS Instruments had 12 analyst reports since October 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Pacific Crest initiated MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) on Monday, January 4 with “Overweight” rating. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained the shares of MKSI in report on Thursday, February 1 with “Buy” rating. The stock of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) earned “Buy” rating by Dougherty & Company on Friday, October 23. The stock of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) earned “Buy” rating by Citigroup on Wednesday, October 12. The stock has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, February 1. The stock has “Buy” rating by Deutsche Bank on Thursday, October 26. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, January 24 by Dougherty & Company. Dougherty & Company maintained MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) rating on Monday, June 13. Dougherty & Company has “Buy” rating and $46 target. The stock of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, May 2 by Dougherty & Company. On Thursday, May 12 the stock rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Buy”.

More news for MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) were recently published by: Globenewswire.com, which released: “MKS Instruments Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results” on April 24, 2018. Nasdaq.com‘s article titled: “New Research Coverage Highlights On Deck Capital, Pioneer Energy Services, Franklin Financial Network, MKS …” and published on May 02, 2018 is yet another important article.

Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa, which manages about $56400.55 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Spdr Sandp Retail Etf (XRT) by 709,598 shares to 710,178 shares, valued at $32.09 billion in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Randgold Resources Ltd (NASDAQ:GOLD) by 1,278 shares in the quarter, for a total of 3,988 shares, and has risen its stake in Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (Call).

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.07 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.28, from 1.35 in 2017Q3. It is negative, as 30 investors sold MKSI shares while 120 reduced holdings. 58 funds opened positions while 103 raised stakes. 49.89 million shares or 2.22% less from 51.02 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. 4 were reported by Huntington Bancorporation. Engineers Gate Manager Limited Partnership holds 0.18% or 27,647 shares in its portfolio. Wells Fargo & Mn invested in 902,995 shares or 0.02% of the stock. 995,743 were accumulated by Silvercrest Asset Mngmt Group Incorporated Limited Liability Com. Retail Bank Of Montreal Can owns 54,627 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Dubuque Savings Bank Trust, Iowa-based fund reported 4,968 shares. 3,427 are held by Qs Ltd Liability Company. Clinton Inc holds 5,012 shares or 0.04% of its portfolio. Smithfield Tru Communication holds 670 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Northern Corporation has 873,908 shares. Hanson And Doremus Investment Mngmt invested in 0.24% or 7,555 shares. Neuberger Berman Group Limited Com, New York-based fund reported 1.12M shares. Prudential Financial Inc stated it has 1.00M shares or 0.13% of all its holdings. Amalgamated Bancshares has 7,883 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio. Price Capital has invested 0.19% in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI).

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