As Yum Brands (YUM) Stock Price Rose, Holder Nomura Asset Management Company LTD Has Decreased Its Holding by $937,575; M Holdings Securities Stake in Lowes Cos Com (LOW) Has Cut by $555,128

May 21, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

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Nomura Asset Management Company Ltd decreased its stake in Yum Brands Inc (YUM) by 20.12% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Nomura Asset Management Company Ltd sold 11,575 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.80% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 45,963 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $3.75 million, down from 57,538 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Nomura Asset Management Company Ltd who had been investing in Yum Brands Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $26.79B market cap company. The stock increased 0.67% or $0.55 during the last trading session, reaching $82.89. About 953,826 shares traded. YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) has risen 32.07% since May 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 20.52% the S&P500.

M Holdings Securities Inc decreased its stake in Lowes Cos Inc Com (LOW) by 40.84% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. M Holdings Securities Inc sold 6,034 shares as the company’s stock declined 5.74% with the market. The institutional investor held 8,740 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $812,000, down from 14,774 at the end of the previous reported quarter. M Holdings Securities Inc who had been investing in Lowes Cos Inc Com for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $72.03B market cap company. The stock increased 1.03% or $0.885 during the last trading session, reaching $87.225. About 2.90 million shares traded. Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has risen 5.39% since May 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 6.16% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.01 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.03, from 1.04 in 2017Q3. It dived, as 48 investors sold LOW shares while 437 reduced holdings. 138 funds opened positions while 351 raised stakes. 585.84 million shares or 0.67% less from 589.78 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Nordea Management Ab has invested 0.05% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Cambridge Advsr holds 23,018 shares. Weiss Multi reported 10,000 shares. Riverhead Mgmt Limited Com invested in 17,918 shares or 0.07% of the stock. Andra Ap holds 0.19% or 88,941 shares. California-based Capital Investors has invested 0.01% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Cutler Invest Counsel accumulated 3,000 shares. Loomis Sayles & Communication Limited Partnership invested in 14,275 shares or 0% of the stock. Invesco invested 0.24% of its portfolio in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Mirae Asset Limited holds 0.03% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) or 25,154 shares. Moreover, Newfocus Fincl Ltd Co has 2.63% invested in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Landscape Capital Management Limited Company holds 1.97% or 237,765 shares. Checchi Capital Advisers Lc owns 10,065 shares for 0.13% of their portfolio. Advent Mngmt De holds 23,245 shares or 0.04% of its portfolio. Ftb has invested 0.68% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW).

M Holdings Securities Inc, which manages about $733.83 million and $331.98M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Tr Nasdaq Biotech (IBB) by 3,432 shares to 4,976 shares, valued at $531,000 in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Ishares Tr 1 3 Yr Cr Bd Etf (CSJ) by 13,713 shares in the quarter, for a total of 63,899 shares, and has risen its stake in Vanguard Index Fds Total Stk Mkt (VTI).

Among 36 analysts covering Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE:LOW), 23 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 13 Hold. Therefore 64% are positive. Lowe’s Companies Inc. had 98 analyst reports since August 19, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has “Neutral” rating given on Wednesday, October 26 by Wedbush. The stock has “Buy” rating by Oppenheimer on Wednesday, August 23. The company was maintained on Friday, February 2 by RBC Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird on Tuesday, January 2 with “Buy”. As per Wednesday, January 24, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock has “Market Perform” rating by Telsey Advisory Group on Thursday, November 17. The stock has “Hold” rating by Piper Jaffray on Wednesday, November 22. The firm has “Buy” rating by UBS given on Friday, January 19. Piper Jaffray maintained the shares of LOW in report on Wednesday, February 28 with “Hold” rating. The stock of Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) earned “Buy” rating by Barclays Capital on Friday, January 5.

Analysts await Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) to report earnings on May, 23 before the open. They expect $1.24 EPS, up 20.39% or $0.21 from last year’s $1.03 per share. LOW’s profit will be $1.02 billion for 17.59 P/E if the $1.24 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.74 actual EPS reported by Lowe's Companies, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 67.57% EPS growth.

More notable recent Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “3 Things to Watch in Lowe’s Earnings” on May 18, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Lowe’s Could Easily Double Its Dividend” published on May 13, 2018, Benzinga.com published: “Barron’s Picks And Pans: Bitcoin, Bogle, Lowe’s, Procter & Gamble And More” on May 20, 2018. More interesting news about Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) were released by: Benzinga.com and their article: “The Week Ahead: Target, Best Buy Help Close Out Earnings Season” published on May 21, 2018 as well as Finance.Yahoo.com‘s news article titled: “3 Things to Watch in the Stock Market This Week” with publication date: May 21, 2018.

Since January 22, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 sale for $194,761 activity.

Among 29 analysts covering YUM! Brands (NYSE:YUM), 12 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 16 Hold. Therefore 41% are positive. YUM! Brands had 109 analyst reports since July 1, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Cowen & Co maintained YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) on Wednesday, April 18 with “Buy” rating. The stock of YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) has “Overweight” rating given on Thursday, August 20 by JP Morgan. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Thursday, May 11 by Goldman Sachs. The firm has “Buy” rating by Edward Jones given on Friday, January 26. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Thursday, July 14 by Oppenheimer. On Wednesday, July 1 the stock rating was maintained by UBS with “Buy”. The stock of YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, March 10 by Evercore. The rating was upgraded by Argus Research on Tuesday, May 16 to “Buy”. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Instinet on Tuesday, January 30. The company was maintained on Tuesday, January 2 by Robert W. Baird.

Analysts await YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) to report earnings on August, 2. They expect $0.73 earnings per share, up 7.35% or $0.05 from last year’s $0.68 per share. YUM’s profit will be $235.94 million for 28.39 P/E if the $0.73 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.90 actual earnings per share reported by YUM! Brands, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -18.89% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.98 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.01, from 0.99 in 2017Q3. It dived, as 48 investors sold YUM shares while 251 reduced holdings. 88 funds opened positions while 205 raised stakes. 235.88 million shares or 1.51% less from 239.50 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Barclays Plc invested in 917,280 shares or 0.06% of the stock. Flossbach Von Storch Ag has invested 0.01% in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Reilly Lc has 0.01% invested in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). 49,868 are held by Brinker Capital Inc. Town And Country Comml Bank And Trust Com Dba First Bankers Trust Com owns 3,415 shares for 0.14% of their portfolio. Los Angeles Capital And Equity Inc has 1.34M shares. California State Teachers Retirement Systems accumulated 556,621 shares or 0.09% of the stock. Payden And Rygel has 161,900 shares. Yhb Invest Inc reported 37,327 shares or 0.52% of all its holdings. State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue accumulated 0.1% or 50,869 shares. Nbt National Bank N A New York reported 0.14% stake. Tiaa Cref Mgmt Ltd Liability reported 1.32M shares. Swiss Bancorp stated it has 1.30 million shares or 0.11% of all its holdings. Susquehanna Gru Limited Liability Partnership holds 0% of its portfolio in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) for 99,457 shares. Pictet Asset Mgmt owns 178,518 shares or 0.04% of their US portfolio.

Nomura Asset Management Company Ltd, which manages about $32.64 billion and $8.64B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Nvidia Corp (NASDAQ:NVDA) by 53,117 shares to 523,801 shares, valued at $101.36 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Amazon Com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) by 17,912 shares in the quarter, for a total of 145,447 shares, and has risen its stake in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL).

More news for YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) were recently published by: Globenewswire.com, which released: “Report: Exploring Fundamental Drivers Behind Alcoa, FedEx, 22nd Century Group, Aspen Technology, Yum! Brands …” on May 07, 2018. Investorplace.com‘s article titled: “Should Investors Buy the Post-Earnings Dip in Yum! Brands, Inc. Stock?” and published on May 07, 2018 is yet another important article.

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