Zoetis (ZTS) Holder Independent Franchise Partners Llp Cut Its Stake by $123.65 Million as Stock Value Rose; National Investment Services Upped Its Noble Energy (NBL) Stake by $1.18 Million

February 15, 2018 - By Marie Mckinney

Independent Franchise Partners Llp decreased its stake in Zoetis Inc (ZTS) by 22.72% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Independent Franchise Partners Llp sold 1.96 million shares as the company’s stock rose 14.85% with the market. The institutional investor held 6.68 million shares of the major pharmaceuticals company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $425.64M, down from 8.64M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Independent Franchise Partners Llp who had been investing in Zoetis Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $37.62B market cap company. The stock increased 3.67% or $2.74 during the last trading session, reaching $77.19. About 2.52 million shares traded or 4.53% up from the average. Zoetis Inc. (NYSE:ZTS) has risen 29.89% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 13.19% the S&P500.

National Investment Services Inc increased its stake in Noble Energy Inc. (NBL) by 56.05% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. National Investment Services Inc bought 41,987 shares as the company’s stock declined 15.68% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 116,893 shares of the oil & gas production company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $3.32M, up from 74,906 at the end of the previous reported quarter. National Investment Services Inc who had been investing in Noble Energy Inc. for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $12.80 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.15% or $0.04 during the last trading session, reaching $26.5. About 5.98M shares traded or 23.48% up from the average. Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL) has declined 10.36% since February 15, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 27.06% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.1 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.06, from 1.04 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 41 investors sold ZTS shares while 233 reduced holdings. 62 funds opened positions while 240 raised stakes. 440.74 million shares or 0.80% less from 444.27 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Cornerstone Cap Mgmt Ltd Liability holds 0.04% of its portfolio in Zoetis Inc. (NYSE:ZTS) for 84,520 shares. Fayez Sarofim And holds 0.08% or 241,492 shares. Alliancebernstein Lp invested 0.7% in Zoetis Inc. (NYSE:ZTS). Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund stated it has 51,953 shares or 0.05% of all its holdings. Private Harbour Investment Mngmt Counsel owns 35,669 shares. Bokf Na, Oklahoma-based fund reported 101,122 shares. Hanson Mcclain stated it has 333 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Academy Capital Management Inc Tx reported 1.8% in Zoetis Inc. (NYSE:ZTS). Dana Invest Advsrs Inc holds 0.25% or 84,317 shares in its portfolio. Copper Rock Capital Prtnrs Ltd Co holds 84,856 shares or 0.36% of its portfolio. California Pub Employees Retirement holds 0.12% or 1.30M shares. Parthenon Limited has 0.19% invested in Zoetis Inc. (NYSE:ZTS). Transamerica Advisors owns 10,357 shares. Investment House Ltd Liability has 0.54% invested in Zoetis Inc. (NYSE:ZTS). Kbc Group Inc Nv reported 409,592 shares or 0.24% of all its holdings.

Independent Franchise Partners Llp, which manages about $13.30B and $11.16 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Mondelez Intl Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ) by 180,597 shares to 8.88 million shares, valued at $361.17M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) by 35,537 shares in the quarter, for a total of 1.16 million shares, and has risen its stake in News Corp New (NASDAQ:NWSA).

Among 21 analysts covering Zoetis Inc (NYSE:ZTS), 16 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 76% are positive. Zoetis Inc had 69 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Thursday, November 16 by Jefferies. The company was initiated on Thursday, September 29 by Bank of America. Cantor Fitzgerald maintained it with “Buy” rating and $85.0 target in Thursday, December 21 report. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the shares of ZTS in report on Wednesday, August 30 with “Buy” rating. As per Thursday, November 2, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. Craig Hallum maintained the shares of ZTS in report on Tuesday, January 2 with “Buy” rating. Piper Jaffray reinitiated the stock with “Overweight” rating in Thursday, December 15 report. Cantor Fitzgerald maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, September 6 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Friday, July 14. The stock of Zoetis Inc. (NYSE:ZTS) earned “Overweight” rating by Cantor Fitzgerald on Friday, June 16.

National Investment Services Inc, which manages about $4.22B and $97.34 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Apple Inc Com (NASDAQ:AAPL) by 5,153 shares to 8,946 shares, valued at $1.38M in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.02 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.29, from 1.31 in 2017Q2. It dived, as 49 investors sold NBL shares while 150 reduced holdings. 43 funds opened positions while 159 raised stakes. 448.27 million shares or 2.45% more from 437.54 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Hite Hedge Asset Ltd Company holds 20,645 shares. Tortoise Advsrs Limited Liability Co holds 39,358 shares. Peak6 Invests Ltd Partnership holds 111,774 shares. Connor Clark And Lunn Management Ltd owns 0.07% invested in Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL) for 391,582 shares. Legal General Gp Public Ltd Co reported 2.26 million shares. Principal Grp Inc has invested 0.02% in Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL). British Columbia Inv Mngmt reported 197,142 shares. Citigroup holds 0% or 90,010 shares. Victory Mngmt invested 0.14% of its portfolio in Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL). Wms Ptnrs Ltd Llc has invested 0.03% in Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL). Norway-based Dnb Asset As has invested 0.3% in Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL). Millennium Mgmt Ltd Liability Corp holds 421,988 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Wendell David Associate invested 0.05% of its portfolio in Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL). 11,493 were reported by Everence Cap Mgmt. Cibc World accumulated 279,319 shares.

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