Aristotle Capital Boston Holding in Merit Med Sys (MMSI) Decreased by $3.94 Million; Auxier Asset Management Raised Stake in American International Group (AIG) as Shares Declined

February 15, 2018 - By Marguerite Chambers

Auxier Asset Management increased its stake in American International Group (AIG) by 53.53% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Auxier Asset Management bought 28,023 shares as the company’s stock declined 2.08% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 80,373 shares of the finance company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $4.93M, up from 52,350 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Auxier Asset Management who had been investing in American International Group for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $53.41B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.03% or $0.02 during the last trading session, reaching $59.41. About 6.74 million shares traded or 19.86% up from the average. American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG) has risen 8.59% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 8.11% the S&P500.

Aristotle Capital Boston Llc decreased its stake in Merit Med Sys Inc (MMSI) by 16.75% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Aristotle Capital Boston Llc sold 93,718 shares as the company’s stock rose 18.76% with the market. The institutional investor held 465,682 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $19.72 million, down from 559,400 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Aristotle Capital Boston Llc who had been investing in Merit Med Sys Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $2.18 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.40% or $0.6 during the last trading session, reaching $43.35. About 268,193 shares traded. Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) has risen 81.84% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 65.14% the S&P500.

Since September 11, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 insider sales for $517,063 activity.

Analysts await Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) to report earnings on February, 20. They expect $0.32 earnings per share, up 3.23% or $0.01 from last year’s $0.31 per share. MMSI’s profit will be $16.06 million for 33.87 P/E if the $0.32 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.32 actual earnings per share reported by Merit Medical Systems, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 0.00% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.28 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.21, from 1.49 in 2017Q2. It fall, as 14 investors sold MMSI shares while 71 reduced holdings. 44 funds opened positions while 65 raised stakes. 44.33 million shares or 0.69% more from 44.02 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Aqr Capital Management Lc has 55,951 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Moreover, Macquarie Gru Limited has 0.08% invested in Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) for 1.10 million shares. Renaissance Technologies Ltd has invested 0.01% in Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI). Tci Wealth Advisors Inc invested in 75 shares. Valley Natl Advisers holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) for 595 shares. Btc Capital invested in 0.04% or 5,369 shares. Emerald Advisers Pa holds 0.47% or 272,571 shares. Emerald Mutual Fund Advisers Tru owns 239,019 shares for 0.42% of their portfolio. Bbva Compass Bankshares holds 0.08% or 28,578 shares. Intll Grp Inc Inc holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) for 38,717 shares. 132,759 were reported by Parametric Port Assoc Ltd Liability. Texas Permanent School Fund accumulated 36,596 shares. Altrinsic Glob Advsrs Limited Co owns 140,000 shares. Northern Trust invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI). Paloma Prtnrs Mngmt stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI).

Aristotle Capital Boston Llc, which manages about $1.48 billion and $1.12B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Charles Riv Labs Intl Inc (NYSE:CRL) by 24,018 shares to 110,114 shares, valued at $11.90M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Bankunited Inc (NYSE:BKU) by 71,212 shares in the quarter, for a total of 167,214 shares, and has risen its stake in Genesee & Wyo Inc (NYSE:GWR).

Among 8 analysts covering Merit Medical (NASDAQ:MMSI), 8 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. Merit Medical had 18 analyst reports since October 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Sunday, October 8 by Canaccord Genuity. The stock has “Buy” rating by Canaccord Genuity on Tuesday, January 2. The stock has “Outperform” rating by Raymond James on Monday, August 28. On Thursday, November 16 the stock rating was maintained by SunTrust with “Buy”. Wells Fargo maintained it with “Buy” rating and $51.0 target in Thursday, November 30 report. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity on Thursday, October 26 with “Buy”. Canaccord Genuity maintained Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) on Monday, September 4 with “Buy” rating. On Thursday, November 16 the stock rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity with “Buy”. The rating was initiated by Canaccord Genuity with “Buy” on Tuesday, July 19. On Thursday, July 27 the stock rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity with “Buy”.

Among 21 analysts covering American International Group (NYSE:AIG), 13 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 62% are positive. American International Group had 72 analyst reports since August 5, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Monday, October 16, the company rating was maintained by Barclays Capital. The stock of American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG) earned “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, July 10. The rating was downgraded by FBR Capital to “Mkt Perform” on Friday, October 2. The rating was maintained by Argus Research with “Buy” on Wednesday, August 5. As per Friday, February 12, the company rating was maintained by Credit Suisse. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Atlantic Securities on Tuesday, March 22. As per Monday, September 11, the company rating was initiated by Buckingham Research. Credit Suisse maintained the shares of AIG in report on Monday, January 22 with “Buy” rating. Atlantic Securities downgraded American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG) on Wednesday, August 9 to “Neutral” rating. The company was maintained on Wednesday, July 5 by Wells Fargo.

Auxier Asset Management, which manages about $647.08M and $492.42 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Weight Watchers Intl. Inc. (NYSE:WTW) by 20,680 shares to 25,190 shares, valued at $1.10 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Legg Mason Inc. (NYSE:LM) by 17,000 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 22,545 shares, and cut its stake in Western Union Company (NYSE:WU).

Investors sentiment increased to 0.79 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.15, from 0.64 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 72 investors sold AIG shares while 293 reduced holdings. 78 funds opened positions while 211 raised stakes. 748.00 million shares or 0.80% more from 742.03 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. North Star Invest Corporation invested in 5,700 shares. Axa owns 0.24% invested in American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG) for 912,168 shares. Sentinel Tru Commerce Lba has 0.83% invested in American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG) for 80,170 shares. Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance holds 4,200 shares. Signaturefd Ltd Co holds 3,473 shares. Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt reported 0.29% of its portfolio in American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG). Jacobs Levy Equity invested in 513,577 shares. Mackenzie Fincl Corp accumulated 3.24 million shares or 1.07% of the stock. Pinnacle Associates Ltd accumulated 0.01% or 10,175 shares. Louisiana State Employees Retirement holds 56,400 shares or 0.16% of its portfolio. Amp Capital Investors has 544,517 shares for 0.19% of their portfolio. Nomura Asset Management Com Limited reported 0.32% of its portfolio in American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG). Price T Rowe Associate Md holds 0.21% or 20.44M shares in its portfolio. 30,927 were accumulated by Sumitomo Life Insur. Cs Mckee Limited Partnership holds 1.88% or 396,192 shares.

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