Vaughan David Investments Increases Stake in Kroger Co (KMB); As Barrett Business Services In (BBSI) Market Value Declined, Holder Boston Partners Has Trimmed Its Holding by $865,704

February 18, 2018 - By Dolores Ford

Boston Partners decreased its stake in Barrett Business Services In (BBSI) by 10.95% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Boston Partners sold 15,459 shares as the company’s stock declined 10.92% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 125,776 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $7.11M, down from 141,235 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Boston Partners who had been investing in Barrett Business Services In for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $494.09 million market cap company. The stock increased 1.23% or $0.82 during the last trading session, reaching $67.68. About 50,443 shares traded or 37.33% up from the average. Barrett Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBSI) has risen 104.09% since February 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 87.39% the S&P500.

Vaughan David Investments Inc increased its stake in Kroger Co (KMB) by 232.15% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Vaughan David Investments Inc bought 406,822 shares as the company’s stock declined 3.59% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 582,060 shares of the containers and packaging company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $11.68M, up from 175,238 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Vaughan David Investments Inc who had been investing in Kroger Co for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $40.72 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.24% or $0.28 during the last trading session, reaching $116.1. About 2.01M shares traded. Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) has risen 0.32% since February 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 16.38% the S&P500.

Since January 29, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 1 insider sale for $2.77 million activity.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.96 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.01, from 0.97 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 64 investors sold KMB shares while 404 reduced holdings. 84 funds opened positions while 363 raised stakes. 245.40 million shares or 1.70% more from 241.30 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Bkd Wealth Lc invested in 5,006 shares. Eqis Cap accumulated 1,919 shares or 0.01% of the stock. First Midwest Bancshares Tru Division holds 0.44% or 30,547 shares. Arcadia Mngmt Mi invested in 0% or 105 shares. Meristem Limited Liability Partnership owns 3,614 shares. 1,753 were reported by First Foundation Advisors. 180,959 were accumulated by Metropolitan Life Ny. The Pennsylvania-based Smithbridge Asset De has invested 0.71% in Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB). Trust Of Toledo Na Oh holds 0.51% or 16,975 shares. Balasa Dinverno Foltz Ltd Llc stated it has 4,407 shares or 0.08% of all its holdings. Cap Limited Limited Liability Corp accumulated 257 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Tiemann Invest Advsr Limited Co has 3,090 shares for 0.31% of their portfolio. Washington Tru Bank & Trust holds 8,446 shares or 0.16% of its portfolio. Commonwealth Financial Bank Of Aus reported 69,981 shares. Conestoga Capital Advisors Ltd Liability Corporation holds 4,250 shares.

Vaughan David Investments Inc, which manages about $1.81 billion and $2.04 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in S&P Global Inc by 183,972 shares to 165,417 shares, valued at $25.86M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Philip Morris Intl (NYSE:PEP) by 35,732 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 208,916 shares, and cut its stake in Travelers Companies Inc (TITXF).

Among 18 analysts covering Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), 2 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 11% are positive. Kimberly-Clark had 58 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Monday, December 14, the company rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs. The firm has “Hold” rating by Societe Generale given on Friday, March 10. Deutsche Bank maintained the shares of KMB in report on Tuesday, October 25 with “Hold” rating. Citigroup maintained the stock with “Neutral” rating in Wednesday, July 26 report. Sterne Agee CRT initiated the shares of KMB in report on Tuesday, July 21 with “Neutral” rating. Jefferies maintained Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) rating on Tuesday, October 10. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $119.0 target. Citigroup maintained it with “Neutral” rating and $125 target in Tuesday, October 24 report. Citigroup maintained it with “Sell” rating and $112 target in Wednesday, January 24 report. The firm has “Sell” rating by J.P. Morgan given on Friday, October 20. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, August 1 with “Hold”.

Boston Partners, which manages about $53.18 billion and $80.93 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Hanover Ins Group Inc (NYSE:THG) by 16,663 shares to 617,944 shares, valued at $59.90M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Tetra Tech Inc New (NASDAQ:TTEK) by 22,718 shares in the quarter, for a total of 1.03 million shares, and has risen its stake in Citizens Finl Group Inc (NYSE:CFG).

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