Atlantic Trust Group Trimmed Autozone Com (AZO) Position By $573,580; Profile of 16 Analysts Covering Zions Bancorporation (ZION)

February 20, 2018 - By William Brooks

Atlantic Trust Group Llc decreased Autozone Inc Com (AZO) stake by 2.46% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Atlantic Trust Group Llc sold 964 shares as Autozone Inc Com (AZO)’s stock declined 9.10%. The Atlantic Trust Group Llc holds 38,229 shares with $22.75 million value, down from 39,193 last quarter. Autozone Inc Com now has $19.54 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.05% or $0.38 during the last trading session, reaching $714.42. About 241,502 shares traded. AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) has declined 10.95% since February 20, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 27.65% the S&P500.

Among 30 analysts covering Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION), 16 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 13 Hold. Therefore 53% are positive. Zions Bancorporation had 122 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) earned “Buy” rating by SunTrust on Monday, January 8. The stock has “Equal-Weight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Friday, January 26. The rating was maintained by Raymond James on Tuesday, September 13 with “Buy”. The stock has “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, November 10. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, June 8 by Jefferies. Bernstein maintained the shares of ZION in report on Tuesday, April 26 with “Outperform” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, June 22 by RBC Capital Markets. As per Sunday, August 27, the company rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The rating was upgraded by Compass Point to “Buy” on Wednesday, March 29. Robert W. Baird downgraded Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) on Monday, October 2 to “Underperform” rating. See Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) latest ratings:

16/02/2018 Broker: Jefferies Rating: Buy New Target: $62.0 Maintain
14/02/2018 Broker: Bank of America Rating: Buy New Target: $60.0 Maintain
26/01/2018 Broker: Morgan Stanley Old Rating: Equal-Weight New Rating: Equal-Weight Old Target: $57 New Target: $58 Maintain
23/01/2018 Broker: Sandler O’Neill Rating: Buy New Target: $60.0 Maintain
23/01/2018 Broker: Bernstein Rating: Hold New Target: $58.0 Maintain
23/01/2018 Broker: BMO Capital Markets Rating: Hold New Target: $59.0 Upgrade
23/01/2018 Broker: Wells Fargo Rating: Buy New Target: $65.0 Maintain
23/01/2018 Broker: DA Davidson Rating: Buy New Target: $62.0
23/01/2018 Broker: FBR Capital Rating: Buy New Target: $60.0 Maintain
08/01/2018 Broker: SunTrust Rating: Buy New Target: $63.0 Maintain

Investors sentiment increased to 1.05 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.20, from 0.85 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 59 investors sold AZO shares while 150 reduced holdings. 74 funds opened positions while 145 raised stakes. 26.58 million shares or 0.11% less from 26.61 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Martingale Asset Mgmt Ltd Partnership has invested 0% in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Scotia Capital Inc has invested 0.01% in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Millennium Management Ltd Liability reported 127,438 shares. 1832 Asset Mgmt Ltd Partnership reported 0.01% of its portfolio in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Brinker Capital Inc holds 0.09% in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) or 3,486 shares. Bkd Wealth Lc invested 0.03% in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Alpha Windward Llc has invested 0.1% of its portfolio in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Great Lakes Advsrs Lc holds 0.03% or 2,027 shares in its portfolio. First Quadrant LP Ca has 12,239 shares. Comerica Secs owns 350 shares for 0.03% of their portfolio. Pictet Asset Mgmt Limited holds 15,402 shares. Compton Ri has 0.21% invested in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Gateway Inv Advisers Ltd Liability owns 0.01% invested in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) for 1,694 shares. Cognios Cap Lc has invested 1.42% in AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO). Maverick holds 0.1% or 13,060 shares in its portfolio.

Analysts await AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) to report earnings on February, 27. They expect $8.40 EPS, up 3.96% or $0.32 from last year’s $8.08 per share. AZO’s profit will be $229.77 million for 21.26 P/E if the $8.40 EPS becomes a reality. After $9.96 actual EPS reported by AutoZone, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -15.66% negative EPS growth.

Since September 28, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 6 selling transactions for $14.41 million activity. 3,000 shares were sold by MCKENNA WILLIAM ANDREW, worth $1.75M. 1,250 AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) shares with value of $993,372 were sold by Griffith James C.. Shares for $7.82M were sold by Graves William W. $2.05M worth of AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) was sold by Smith Richard Craig. On Friday, January 12 Daniele Philip B. sold $577,472 worth of AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) or 740 shares.

Atlantic Trust Group Llc increased Macquarie Infrastr Co Llc Membership (NYSE:MIC) stake by 788,041 shares to 799,259 valued at $57.69 million in 2017Q3. It also upped United Technologies Corp Com (NYSE:UTX) stake by 36,832 shares and now owns 1.14 million shares. Thermo Fisher Corp Com (NYSE:TMO) was raised too.

Among 24 analysts covering Autozone Inc. (NYSE:AZO), 12 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Autozone Inc. had 70 analyst reports since August 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Tuesday, February 16 the stock rating was upgraded by Wedbush to “Outperform”. The rating was upgraded by Bank of America on Monday, August 24 to “Buy”. Deutsche Bank maintained the shares of AZO in report on Wednesday, December 9 with “Hold” rating. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Monday, October 5 by Oppenheimer. UBS maintained the shares of AZO in report on Wednesday, December 6 with “Buy” rating. Robert W. Baird maintained AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) on Tuesday, December 5 with “Hold” rating. The stock of AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) has “Sector Perform” rating given on Wednesday, December 7 by RBC Capital Markets. The rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs to “Buy” on Tuesday, May 30. JP Morgan upgraded the shares of AZO in report on Wednesday, December 7 to “Overweight” rating. The firm earned “Equal-Weight” rating on Wednesday, May 24 by Stephens.

Zions Bancorporation, a financial holding company, provides a range of banking and related services primarily in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The company has market cap of $10.84 billion. The firm offers community banking services, such as small and medium-sized business and corporate banking; commercial and residential development, construction, and term lending; retail banking; treasury cash management and related services and products; and residential mortgage servicing and lending. It has a 21.1 P/E ratio. It also provides trust and wealth management services; capital markets services, including municipal finance advisory and underwriting; and investment services.

The stock decreased 0.36% or $0.2 during the last trading session, reaching $54.87. About 1.25M shares traded. Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) has risen 48.85% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 32.15% the S&P500.

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