Westport Asset Management Holding in Universal Health Services (UHS) Boosted by $1.47 Million; As Monsanto Co (MON) Stock Value Rose, S Muoio & Company Upped Stake

February 20, 2018 - By Marguerite Chambers

Westport Asset Management Inc increased its stake in Universal Health Services Inc (UHS) by 14.69% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Westport Asset Management Inc bought 15,323 shares as the company’s stock declined 3.47% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 119,661 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $11.58 million, up from 104,338 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Westport Asset Management Inc who had been investing in Universal Health Services Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $11.14B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.45% or $0.53 during the last trading session, reaching $117.37. About 245,797 shares traded. Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) has declined 11.23% since February 20, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 27.93% the S&P500.

S Muoio & Company increased its stake in Monsanto Co (MON) by 12.5% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. S Muoio & Company bought 5,000 shares as the company’s stock rose 6.51% with the market. The institutional investor held 45,000 shares of the agricultural chemicals company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $5.39 million, up from 40,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. S Muoio & Company who had been investing in Monsanto Co for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $53.16 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.16% or $0.19 during the last trading session, reaching $120.6. About 867,785 shares traded. Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) has risen 15.46% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 1.24% the S&P500.

Among 23 analysts covering Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON), 12 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 52% are positive. Monsanto Company had 61 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. BMO Capital Markets maintained it with “Buy” rating and $128.0 target in Wednesday, October 4 report. Barclays Capital maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, June 29 report. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Monday, October 9 report. Canaccord Genuity maintained Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) rating on Thursday, August 27. Canaccord Genuity has “Buy” rating and $126 target. On Friday, May 27 the stock rating was downgraded by Atlantic Securities to “Neutral”. The stock of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) earned “Equal-Weight” rating by Barclays Capital on Thursday, October 6. The stock of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) has “Neutral” rating given on Monday, August 22 by Citigroup. Jefferies maintained Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) rating on Tuesday, October 17. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $128.0 target. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) rating on Friday, October 9. Stifel Nicolaus has “Buy” rating and $115 target. The stock of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) earned “Hold” rating by Wells Fargo on Wednesday, January 17.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.84 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.14, from 0.98 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 48 investors sold MON shares while 342 reduced holdings. 84 funds opened positions while 244 raised stakes. 321.42 million shares or 4.04% more from 308.94 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Weatherly Asset Management Lp accumulated 8,429 shares or 0.27% of the stock. Highvista Strategies Ltd Liability Co accumulated 145,557 shares. Private Na reported 2,735 shares. Sg Americas Secs Limited Co invested in 0.07% or 70,270 shares. Fincl Sense Advsr Inc reported 0.13% in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON). Mondrian Prtnrs Ltd reported 507,934 shares or 1.54% of all its holdings. Scholtz Ltd Llc invested in 1,700 shares. Reliance Com Of Delaware has 8,056 shares for 0.15% of their portfolio. Baldwin Management Ltd Limited Liability Company stated it has 0.09% in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON). Advisory Service Networks Ltd Liability Company invested 0.13% in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON). Bamco holds 0.01% or 21,875 shares in its portfolio. Moore Mngmt Lp holds 495,400 shares or 1.15% of its portfolio. Frontier Investment invested 0.22% of its portfolio in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON). Glob X Management Co Ltd Liability Company holds 0.04% of its portfolio in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) for 12,399 shares. Counselors Inc stated it has 0.03% of its portfolio in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON).

Since September 25, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 6 sales for $6.90 million activity. 8,100 shares were sold by MIZELL STEVEN, worth $966,720. $964,553 worth of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) was sold by Ringenberg Nicole M on Monday, October 16. Another trade for 2,860 shares valued at $343,200 was sold by Narain Duraiswami. Courduroux Pierre sold $527,040 worth of stock.

S Muoio & Company, which manages about $129.83 million and $193.79M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Amc Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AMCX) by 20,000 shares to 111,388 shares, valued at $6.51M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 4,800 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 22,216 shares, and cut its stake in Cars.Com Inc.

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