Target (TGT) Holder Rodgers Brothers Boosted Holding by $1.34 Million as Share Value Declined; Aviance Capital Partners Increases Holding in Williams (WSM)

January 19, 2018 - By Linda Rogers

Rodgers Brothers Inc increased its stake in Target Corp (TGT) by 112.14% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Rodgers Brothers Inc bought 22,629 shares as the company’s stock declined 14.90% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 42,809 shares of the department and specialty retail stores company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.53M, up from 20,180 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Rodgers Brothers Inc who had been investing in Target Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $42.34 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.41% or $1.08 during the last trading session, reaching $77.9. About 7.67 million shares traded. Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) has declined 16.51% since January 19, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 33.21% the S&P500.

Aviance Capital Partners Llc increased its stake in Williams (WSM) by 73.26% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Aviance Capital Partners Llc bought 6,834 shares as the company’s stock rose 2.93% with the market. The institutional investor held 16,163 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $806,000, up from 9,329 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Aviance Capital Partners Llc who had been investing in Williams for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $4.60B market cap company. The stock increased 0.39% or $0.21 during the last trading session, reaching $54.6. About 1.27M shares traded. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) has risen 0.69% since January 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 16.01% the S&P500.

Aviance Capital Partners Llc, which manages about $417.57M and $295.75M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT) by 5,232 shares to 13,285 shares, valued at $784,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) by 21,982 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 33,765 shares, and cut its stake in Abbvie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV).

Among 34 analysts covering Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM), 5 have Buy rating, 7 Sell and 22 Hold. Therefore 15% are positive. Williams-Sonoma had 97 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was downgraded by Bank of America to “Buy” on Thursday, August 27. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Sector Perform” on Thursday, August 27. On Thursday, March 16 the stock rating was downgraded by William Blair to “Market Perform”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, August 25 by Nomura. Deutsche Bank maintained Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) on Sunday, August 30 with “Hold” rating. Buckingham Research maintained Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) on Thursday, August 24 with “Neutral” rating. The stock of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, December 17 by Guggenheim. The rating was downgraded by Goldman Sachs on Tuesday, January 16 to “Hold”. The rating was maintained by JP Morgan on Saturday, August 29 with “Buy”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, September 4 by Oppenheimer.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.1 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.35, from 1.45 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 49 investors sold WSM shares while 105 reduced holdings. 57 funds opened positions while 112 raised stakes. 85.15 million shares or 2.32% more from 83.22 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Advsr owns 20,125 shares or 1.13% of their US portfolio. First Republic Mngmt reported 0% stake. Oxbow Ltd owns 35,312 shares. The New Jersey-based Pathstone Family Office Lc has invested 0.02% in Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM). 36,824 were accumulated by Ameritas Invest Prns. Lsv Asset Management owns 287,000 shares or 0.02% of their US portfolio. Laurion Cap Ltd Partnership reported 0.01% stake. Public Employees Retirement Systems Of Ohio accumulated 0.01% or 35,458 shares. Cantab Capital Prtn Llp holds 0.13% or 18,046 shares. Genesee Valley Trust invested in 0.08% or 4,019 shares. State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue has invested 0.02% in Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM). D E Shaw & holds 67,641 shares. 24,281 were reported by Twin Capital Mngmt. Bank & Trust Of America Corp De reported 0% stake. Old Mutual Global Invsts (Uk) Limited holds 0% of its portfolio in Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) for 8,467 shares.

Rodgers Brothers Inc, which manages about $300.54 million and $284.22 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in T Rowe Price Group Inc (NASDAQ:TROW) by 5,003 shares to 2,400 shares, valued at $218,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Abbvie Inc (NYSE:ABBV) by 9,168 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 101,437 shares, and cut its stake in Diageo Plc (NYSE:DEO).

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