Hyman Charles D Raised Philip Morris Intl (PM) Position By $456,300; Acuity Brands (AYI) Shorts Raised By 5.65%

December 12, 2017 - By Linda Rogers

Acuity Brands Incorporated (NYSE:AYI) had an increase of 5.65% in short interest. AYI’s SI was 5.60M shares in December as released by FINRA. Its up 5.65% from 5.30 million shares previously. With 689,300 avg volume, 8 days are for Acuity Brands Incorporated (NYSE:AYI)’s short sellers to cover AYI’s short positions. The stock increased 1.15% or $1.97 during the last trading session, reaching $173.62. About 815,138 shares traded or 26.16% up from the average. Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) has declined 31.18% since December 12, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 47.88% the S&P500.

Hyman Charles D increased Philip Morris Intl Inc (PM) stake by 4.55% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Hyman Charles D acquired 3,900 shares as Philip Morris Intl Inc (PM)’s stock rose 10.69%. The Hyman Charles D holds 89,579 shares with $10.52 million value, up from 85,679 last quarter. Philip Morris Intl Inc now has $164.70 billion valuation. The stock decreased 0.52% or $0.55 during the last trading session, reaching $106.04. About 3.05 million shares traded. Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) has risen 16.65% since December 12, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 0.05% the S&P500.

Among 19 analysts covering Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM), 12 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 63% are positive. Philip Morris International had 47 analyst reports since August 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Monday, November 30, the company rating was upgraded by Nomura. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, November 14 by CLSA. The stock of Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, August 21 by Cowen & Co. As per Tuesday, September 13, the company rating was initiated by Citigroup. On Monday, July 17 the stock rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Buy”. Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Monday, September 12 report. As per Thursday, July 20, the company rating was maintained by Cowen & Co. As per Friday, October 20, the company rating was maintained by Citigroup. As per Friday, October 13, the company rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold” on Thursday, October 12.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.97 in 2017 Q2. Its up 0.09, from 0.88 in 2017Q1. It increased, as 53 investors sold PM shares while 558 reduced holdings. 118 funds opened positions while 421 raised stakes. 1.10 billion shares or 0.43% less from 1.10 billion shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Maryland-based Fulton Breakefield Broenniman Limited Liability has invested 0.67% in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Summit Secs Ltd Limited Liability Company owns 0.12% invested in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) for 5,600 shares. South State Corp invested in 0.23% or 15,076 shares. Strs Ohio owns 1.06 million shares for 0.56% of their portfolio. Horseman Cap Ltd holds 5.99% in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) or 182,500 shares. Barnett & holds 0.04% or 746 shares. Intrust Fincl Bank Na has 0.47% invested in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) for 11,697 shares. Empirical Fincl Serv Lc invested in 0.05% or 1,873 shares. Bahl & Gaynor reported 1.00 million shares stake. Meeder Asset reported 0.04% stake. Peapack Gladstone stated it has 59,682 shares. Kings Point Management has invested 1.65% in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Hamel Assocs holds 3,620 shares. Hallmark Capital Mgmt, New Jersey-based fund reported 104,162 shares. Veritable Lp stated it has 163,134 shares or 0.44% of all its holdings.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.84 in 2017 Q2. Its down 0.01, from 0.85 in 2017Q1. It turned negative, as 61 investors sold Acuity Brands, Inc. shares while 138 reduced holdings. 48 funds opened positions while 121 raised stakes. 44.26 million shares or 0.54% more from 44.02 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Alps has 0% invested in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) for 2,327 shares. Wilbanks Smith And Thomas Asset Mngmt Limited Liability Company owns 6,228 shares or 0.11% of their US portfolio. Rowland Com Invest Counsel Adv, Georgia-based fund reported 1,603 shares. Wellington Mgmt Group Llp has 0% invested in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) for 12,685 shares. 3.37 million are held by Generation Mngmt Llp. Retirement System Of Alabama has invested 0.14% in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI). Winslow Evans And Crocker has invested 0% in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI). Peak6 Invests L P reported 6,568 shares. Carderock Incorporated reported 0.69% of its portfolio in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI). Adage Ptnrs Gp Limited Liability holds 0.03% or 62,963 shares. Stifel Financial holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) for 12,354 shares. Brown Capital Management Ltd Liability Corporation holds 8,408 shares. Mountain Pacific Inv Advisers Inc Id owns 0.11% invested in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) for 4,790 shares. Forte Lc Adv reported 5,251 shares. Fjarde Ap reported 0.05% stake.

Among 20 analysts covering Acuity Brands Inc. (NYSE:AYI), 11 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 55% are positive. Acuity Brands Inc. had 51 analyst reports since August 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Oppenheimer on Thursday, June 29 with “Buy”. The rating was upgraded by Wells Fargo to “Outperform” on Monday, October 31. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Overweight” on Monday, November 23. The firm earned “Mkt Underperform” rating on Thursday, December 8 by JMP Securities. The stock has “Outperform” rating by CLSA on Thursday, April 7. Roth Capital maintained Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) rating on Monday, April 3. Roth Capital has “Sell” rating and $150 target. Roth Capital downgraded Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) on Friday, January 27 to “Sell” rating. The firm has “Sell” rating given on Tuesday, June 27 by Roth Capital. The stock of Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, August 25 by Roth Capital. The stock of Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, January 10 by CLSA.

Acuity Brands, Inc. designs, produces, and distributes various lighting solutions and services for commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure, and residential applications in North America and internationally. The company has market cap of $7.25 billion. The firm offers lighting and controls products and solutions, including recessed, surface, and suspended lighting; down, decorative, emergency and exit, track, daylighting, special-us, street and roadway, parking garage, and underwater lighting; area pedestrian, flood, and decorative site lighting; landscape lighting; occupancy sensors; photo controls; relay panels; architectural dimming panels; and integrated lighting controls systems. It has a 23.37 P/E ratio. It also provides modular wiring products, light emitting diode drivers, glass products, and inverters; and services across applications that primarily relate to monitoring and controlling lighting systems through network technologies and the commissioning of control systems.

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