Barrett Asset Management Boosted Its Stake in Ecolab Com (ECL) as Stock Value Rose; Johnson Financial Group Has Raised Its Stake in Gilead Sciences (GILD) as Share Price Rose

April 22, 2018 - By Michael Collier

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Johnson Financial Group Inc increased its stake in Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD) by 12.24% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Johnson Financial Group Inc bought 4,634 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.93% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 42,495 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $3.04 million, up from 37,861 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Johnson Financial Group Inc who had been investing in Gilead Sciences Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $96.09B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.99% or $0.74 during the last trading session, reaching $73.7. About 4.23M shares traded. Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) has risen 9.79% since April 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 1.76% the S&P500.

Barrett Asset Management Llc increased its stake in Ecolab Inc Com (ECL) by 5.68% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Barrett Asset Management Llc bought 14,223 shares as the company’s stock rose 0.75% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 264,758 shares of the package goods and cosmetics company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $35.53 million, up from 250,535 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Barrett Asset Management Llc who had been investing in Ecolab Inc Com for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $42.83B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.29% or $0.43 during the last trading session, reaching $148.55. About 1.16M shares traded. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has risen 8.76% since April 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.79% the S&P500.

Barrett Asset Management Llc, which manages about $1.48B and $1.42B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Us Bancorp Del Com New (NYSE:USB) by 7,720 shares to 393,605 shares, valued at $21.09 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Cognizant Technology Solutio C (NASDAQ:CTSH) by 10,732 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 402,095 shares, and cut its stake in Visa Inc Com Cl A (NYSE:V).

Among 23 analysts covering Ecolab (NYSE:ECL), 12 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 52% are positive. Ecolab had 65 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Credit Suisse on Wednesday, February 24. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) on Wednesday, January 24 with “Hold” rating. Jefferies maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) rating on Thursday, July 13. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $13000 target. Oppenheimer maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) rating on Tuesday, January 19. Oppenheimer has “Outperform” rating and $115.0 target. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Credit Suisse given on Thursday, March 24. The stock of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) earned “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Tuesday, October 31. The company was maintained on Wednesday, January 24 by Robert W. Baird. As per Wednesday, November 1, the company rating was maintained by Barclays Capital. Canaccord Genuity maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) rating on Wednesday, February 24. Canaccord Genuity has “Buy” rating and $120 target. Robert W. Baird maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) on Wednesday, October 11 with “Hold” rating.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.02 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.17, from 1.19 in 2017Q3. It fall, as 46 investors sold ECL shares while 298 reduced holdings. 91 funds opened positions while 261 raised stakes. 215.19 million shares or 0.86% more from 213.37 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Vigilant Capital Mngmt Limited Liability Corporation reported 1.25% stake. Plante Moran Fincl Advisors Ltd Liability Corp has invested 0.04% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Caledonia Public Ltd accumulated 50,000 shares. Wellington Shields Mngmt Limited Liability Company owns 0.05% invested in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) for 2,300 shares. Palisade Asset Mgmt Lc holds 27,754 shares or 0.59% of its portfolio. Citigroup holds 0.02% or 205,775 shares in its portfolio. Brighton Jones Limited Company holds 0.03% of its portfolio in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) for 1,692 shares. Comerica Secs has invested 0.12% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Virtu Fincl Ltd Com reported 3,284 shares stake. 21,860 are owned by Buffington Mohr Mcneal. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insur has 42,405 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. 11,840 were accumulated by Penobscot Investment Mngmt Com Inc. Pnc Financial Svcs Gp holds 0.05% of its portfolio in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) for 373,050 shares. 569 are held by Sun Life Financial. Grandfield And Dodd Ltd Liability Com has invested 0.48% of its portfolio in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL).

Since March 7, 2018, it had 4 insider buys, and 2 insider sales for $294.14 million activity. Inchaustegui Roberto had sold 4,800 shares worth $652,978 on Monday, March 12. Shares for $176.96 million were bought by GATES WILLIAM H III.

Among 30 analysts covering Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), 21 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 70% are positive. Gilead Sciences had 126 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to “Outperform” rating in Tuesday, January 16 report. The company was initiated on Wednesday, October 4 by Oppenheimer. As per Friday, July 24, the company rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray. Cowen & Co maintained Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) rating on Tuesday, July 25. Cowen & Co has “Buy” rating and $9000 target. As per Wednesday, October 4, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, October 16 by Robert W. Baird. Oppenheimer maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Tuesday, October 20 report. Mizuho maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, February 5 report. The firm has “Hold” rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Thursday, July 27. On Wednesday, January 20 the stock rating was initiated by Credit Suisse with “Outperform”.

Since January 2, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 18 sales for $39.95 million activity. $1.11 million worth of Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) was sold by Alton Gregg H on Tuesday, January 2. Cogan John Francis had sold 5,833 shares worth $434,384. Meyers James R sold $8.02M worth of stock or 100,000 shares. Washington Robin L sold $401,566 worth of stock or 5,000 shares. WILSON GAYLE E had sold 60,000 shares worth $4.68M on Friday, February 9.

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