Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank Has Upped Its Aon Plc (AON) Position by $334,632 as Stock Price Rose; Valero Energy (VLO) Stock Value Declined While Vantage Investment Partners Has Trimmed Its Position by $1.05 Million

February 22, 2018 - By Henry Gaston

Vantage Investment Partners Llc decreased its stake in Valero Energy Corp (VLO) by 13.93% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Vantage Investment Partners Llc sold 13,822 shares as the company’s stock declined 2.47% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 85,424 shares of the integrated oil company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $6.57 million, down from 99,246 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Vantage Investment Partners Llc who had been investing in Valero Energy Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $39.75 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.82% or $0.75 during the last trading session, reaching $90.83. About 2.02M shares traded. Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) has risen 15.29% since February 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 1.41% the S&P500.

Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its stake in Aon Plc (AON) by 5.08% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank bought 2,292 shares as the company’s stock rose 8.30% with the market. The institutional investor held 47,435 shares of the specialty insurers company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $6.93M, up from 45,143 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank who had been investing in Aon Plc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $34.85B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.96% or $1.35 during the last trading session, reaching $139.37. About 1.10M shares traded. Aon plc (NYSE:AON) has risen 21.47% since February 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 4.77% the S&P500.

Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank, which manages about $10.75B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Bright Horizons Fam Sol In D (NYSE:BFAM) by 16,137 shares to 262,217 shares, valued at $22.61M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Hologic Inc (NASDAQ:HOLX) by 20,245 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 99,653 shares, and cut its stake in Lowes Cos Inc (NYSE:LOW).

Among 15 analysts covering Aon Corporation (NYSE:AON), 3 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 20% are positive. Aon Corporation had 48 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Wednesday, June 7 the stock rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with “Buy”. As per Tuesday, September 5, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of Aon plc (NYSE:AON) earned “Underperform” rating by Raymond James on Friday, April 15. RBC Capital Markets maintained Aon plc (NYSE:AON) on Friday, February 2 with “Hold” rating. M Partners downgraded the stock to “Neutral” rating in Tuesday, August 9 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, February 9 by Citigroup. The stock of Aon plc (NYSE:AON) earned “Hold” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, October 9. Jefferies maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, October 30 report. Sandler O’Neill downgraded the stock to “Hold” rating in Monday, October 30 report. On Monday, October 31 the stock rating was downgraded by RBC Capital Markets to “Sector Perform”.

Vantage Investment Partners Llc, which manages about $1.53 billion and $1.28B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Vanguard Ftse Emerging Markets (VWO) by 87,730 shares to 106,758 shares, valued at $4.65 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Colgate (NYSE:CL) by 4,484 shares in the quarter, for a total of 169,389 shares, and has risen its stake in Lockheed Martin Corp (NYSE:LMT).

Analysts await Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) to report earnings on April, 24. They expect $1.33 EPS, up 95.59% or $0.65 from last year’s $0.68 per share. VLO’s profit will be $581.98 million for 17.07 P/E if the $1.33 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.16 actual EPS reported by Valero Energy Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 14.66% EPS growth.

Since September 6, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 5 insider sales for $27.57 million activity. Waters Stephen M sold 1,500 shares worth $102,000.

Among 22 analysts covering Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO), 11 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Valero Energy Corporation had 71 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Buy” rating by Tudor Pickering on Wednesday, November 16. On Wednesday, October 18 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. Cowen & Co maintained Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) on Thursday, July 27 with “Buy” rating. The rating was downgraded by J.P. Morgan on Friday, October 6 to “Hold”. The stock has “Accumulate” rating by Standpoint Research on Friday, June 30. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Saturday, September 5 by Oppenheimer. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Hold” on Sunday, January 21. Cowen & Co maintained Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) on Wednesday, August 30 with “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Tuesday, October 10 by Barclays Capital. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Tuesday, October 24 by Macquarie Research.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.19, from 1.19 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 46 investors sold VLO shares while 310 reduced holdings. 97 funds opened positions while 258 raised stakes. 342.98 million shares or 0.60% less from 345.06 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Sequoia Fincl Advsr Ltd Liability stated it has 0.56% of its portfolio in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO). Cadence Fincl Bank Na, Texas-based fund reported 3,255 shares. Meag Munich Ergo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft Mbh holds 0.13% of its portfolio in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) for 42,217 shares. 100 were accumulated by Peoples Finance Svcs Corporation. 18,131 were accumulated by Tudor Et Al. The New York-based Beech Hill Advsr has invested 3.02% in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO). Raymond James And Associate has 994,173 shares for 0.15% of their portfolio. Covenant Multifamily Offices accumulated 62,691 shares. Clarivest Asset Management Lc owns 0% invested in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) for 6 shares. X Mgmt Limited Liability reported 7,989 shares. Marco Mngmt Limited holds 0.03% or 3,200 shares. Tiaa Cref Inv Management reported 0.12% stake. Pax Management Ltd Liability Corporation holds 130,000 shares or 0.57% of its portfolio. Swiss Fincl Bank holds 1.65 million shares or 0.14% of its portfolio. Hartford Financial invested in 162 shares.

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