As Vulcan Materials (VMC) Valuation Rose, Eads & Heald Investment Counsel Boosted Its Stake by $928,302; Jpmorgan Chase & Company Lowered Its Holding in Heska (HSKA) as Share Price Rose

June 14, 2018 - By Vivian Currie

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Jpmorgan Chase & Company decreased its stake in Heska Corp (HSKA) by 63.48% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Jpmorgan Chase & Company sold 13,974 shares as the company’s stock rose 66.46% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 8,038 shares of the biological products (no diagnostic substances) company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $636,000, down from 22,012 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Jpmorgan Chase & Company who had been investing in Heska Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $793.18 million market cap company. The stock decreased 0.52% or $0.56 during the last trading session, reaching $106.34. About 69,370 shares traded. Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA) has risen 3.90% since June 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 8.67% the S&P500. Some Historical HSKA News: 16/05/2018 – Heska Presenting at UBS Conference May 22; 15/05/2018 – Standard Life Aberdeen Buys New 4.5% Position in Heska; 25/04/2018 – Heska Confirms Details for Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 3, 2018; 04/05/2018 – HESKA CORP – VETERINARY MARKET INDICATORS CONTINUE TO POINT TOWARDS BROAD-BASED GROWTH IN 2018; 21/05/2018 – Heska Presenting at UBS Conference Tomorrow; 02/05/2018 – Heska Corporation Announces Board Action; 09/05/2018 – Heska Non-Deal Roadshow Scheduled By Benchmark for May. 16; 22/04/2018 – DJ Heska Corporation, Inst Holders, 1Q 2018 (HSKA); 02/05/2018 – Wells Capital Management Inc. Exits Position in Heska; 15/05/2018 – Grandeur Peak Global Advisors Buys New 1.6% Position in Heska

Eads & Heald Investment Counsel increased its stake in Vulcan Materials (VMC) by 360.79% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Eads & Heald Investment Counsel bought 8,143 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.59% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 10,400 shares of the mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals (no fuels) company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $1.19 million, up from 2,257 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Eads & Heald Investment Counsel who had been investing in Vulcan Materials for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $17.43 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.46% or $0.61 during the last trading session, reaching $131.82. About 651,720 shares traded. Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC) has declined 0.32% since June 14, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 12.89% the S&P500. Some Historical VMC News: 19/04/2018 – S&P ASSIGNS LEGACY VULCAN LLC OUTLOOK TO ‘STABLE’; RATING ‘BBB’; 15/05/2018 – EMINENCE ADDED VMC, FB, VER, TTWO IN 1Q: 13F; 03/05/2018 – Vulcan Materials 1Q Net $53M; 03/05/2018 – VULCAN MATERIALS CO – ALSO PLAN FOR $350 MLN IN INTERNAL GROWTH CAPITAL EXPENDITURES DURING 2018; 19/04/2018 – S&P ASSIGNS LEGACY VULCAN LLC TO RATING ‘BBB’; 03/05/2018 – Vulcan Materials 1Q Aggregate Shipments 40.5M Tons; 11/05/2018 – RL10 Engine to Power ULA’s New Vulcan Centaur Upper Stage; 03/05/2018 – Vulcan Materials 1Q EBITDA $167.7M; 15/05/2018 – MELVIN EXITED GOOGL, TTWO, VMC, RCL, MNST IN 1Q: 13F; 13/03/2018 – VULCAN MATERIALS FILES MIXED SECURITIES SHELF

Since May 29, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 11 insider sales for $3.84 million activity. $690,462 worth of Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA) was sold by NAPOLITANO JASON A on Wednesday, May 30. Wisnewski Nancy had sold 2,250 shares worth $243,458. Trowbridge Bonnie J. sold 5,000 shares worth $505,038.

Jpmorgan Chase & Company, which manages about $466.55B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Enterprise Prods Partners L (NYSE:EPD) by 497,678 shares to 14.29M shares, valued at $349.86 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Office Depot Inc (NASDAQ:ODP) by 686,633 shares in the quarter, for a total of 12.84M shares, and has risen its stake in Sierra Oncology Inc.

Analysts await Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA) to report earnings on July, 30. They expect $0.17 EPS, down 61.36% or $0.27 from last year’s $0.44 per share. HSKA’s profit will be $1.27 million for 156.38 P/E if the $0.17 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.28 actual EPS reported by Heska Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -39.29% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.92 in Q1 2018. Its up 0.15, from 0.77 in 2017Q4. It increased, as 27 investors sold HSKA shares while 37 reduced holdings. 19 funds opened positions while 40 raised stakes. 6.05 million shares or 1.08% more from 5.99 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. 2,103 were accumulated by State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue. Aqr Cap Mngmt has invested 0% in Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA). Deutsche Fincl Bank Ag holds 23,400 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Dimensional Fund Advsrs LP owns 191,044 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. 107,883 are held by Fred Alger Mngmt. 2,911 were accumulated by State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement Sys. Bank Of New York Mellon owns 207,291 shares. Park West Asset Mngmt Ltd Liability has invested 0.96% in Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA). Gabelli Funds Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 4,000 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Arizona State Retirement Systems holds 10,258 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Ameritas Investment Prtnrs Inc reported 514 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Moreover, Principal Financial Group has 0% invested in Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA). 2,110 were reported by Bnp Paribas Arbitrage. Metropolitan Life Insur New York holds 2,143 shares. Parkside Commercial Bank And invested 0% in Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA).

More news for Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA) were recently published by: Seekingalpha.com, which released: “Heska: Pets Are People Too” on May 18, 2018. Nasdaq.com‘s article titled: “Recent Analysis Shows Alexander’s, American National Insurance, VAREX IMAGING, Banner, Instructure, and Heska …” and published on May 24, 2018 is yet another important article.

Among 8 analysts covering Heska Corp (NASDAQ:HSKA), 4 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Heska Corp had 16 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Thursday, March 1 by B. Riley & Co. As per Tuesday, August 1, the company rating was maintained by Gabelli. Canaccord Genuity maintained Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA) rating on Friday, May 18. Canaccord Genuity has “Buy” rating and $11500 target. The stock of Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA) earned “Neutral” rating by CL King on Friday, April 1. The stock of Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA) earned “Hold” rating by Gabelli on Thursday, August 4. The rating was downgraded by CL King to “Neutral” on Thursday, January 26. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity on Monday, May 7 with “Buy”. Benchmark maintained Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA) rating on Wednesday, March 1. Benchmark has “Buy” rating and $106 target. The rating was upgraded by TheStreet on Tuesday, August 25 to “Hold”. The stock of Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, November 29 by Benchmark.

Eads & Heald Investment Counsel, which manages about $157.78 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) by 7,984 shares to 4,673 shares, valued at $362,000 in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG) by 4,282 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 5,019 shares, and cut its stake in W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.91 in 2018 Q1. Its down 0.34, from 1.25 in 2017Q4. It worsened, as 53 investors sold VMC shares while 171 reduced holdings. 62 funds opened positions while 141 raised stakes. 121.53 million shares or 2.47% more from 118.61 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Hennessy Advsrs accumulated 0.03% or 8,430 shares. Automobile Association holds 490,778 shares or 0.15% of its portfolio. 2,896 were accumulated by Ibm Retirement Fund. 3,554 were accumulated by Bb&T Secs Ltd Company. Mitsubishi Ufj, Japan-based fund reported 1,810 shares. Bluestein R H And has 3,033 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio. Zweig invested in 111,976 shares or 1.13% of the stock. 2.94M were reported by Third Point Limited Liability. 6,985 were accumulated by Catawba Capital Management Va. Amundi Pioneer Asset holds 0.05% or 279,602 shares. Quantitative Systematic Strategies Lc, a Connecticut-based fund reported 18,445 shares. Emerald Advisers Inc Pa, a Pennsylvania-based fund reported 9,516 shares. Comerica Natl Bank reported 36,452 shares. J Goldman & Lp has 92,311 shares for 0.45% of their portfolio. Exane Derivatives has 0% invested in Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC) for 2,774 shares.

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