As Ansys (ANSS) Market Value Rose, Shareholder Louisiana State Employees Retirement System Decreased Its Position; Palo Alto Networks (PANW) Holder United Asset Strategies Has Cut Holding by $1.73 Million

December 15, 2017 - By Adrian Mccoy

Louisiana State Employees Retirement System decreased its stake in Ansys Inc (ANSS) by 75.46% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System sold 16,300 shares as the company’s stock rose 21.87% with the market. The institutional investor held 5,300 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $645,000, down from 21,600 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System who had been investing in Ansys Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $12.50B market cap company. The stock increased 1.94% or $2.805 during the last trading session, reaching $147.315. About 199,482 shares traded. Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) has risen 43.75% since December 15, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 27.05% the S&P500.

United Asset Strategies Inc decreased its stake in Palo Alto Networks Inc (PANW) by 41.69% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. United Asset Strategies Inc sold 13,023 shares as the company’s stock declined 24.72% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 18,217 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $2.44M, down from 31,240 at the end of the previous reported quarter. United Asset Strategies Inc who had been investing in Palo Alto Networks Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $13.59 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.71% or $2.4904 during the last trading session, reaching $147.9204. About 420,534 shares traded. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) has declined 16.31% since December 15, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 33.01% the S&P500.

United Asset Strategies Inc, which manages about $731.00M and $337.15 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Nucor Corp (NYSE:NUE) by 22,882 shares to 50,345 shares, valued at $2.91M in 2017Q2, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Disney Walt Co (NYSE:DIS) by 5,684 shares in the quarter, for a total of 57,081 shares, and has risen its stake in Visa Inc (NYSE:V).

Since September 8, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 8 insider sales for $38.67 million activity. Shares for $6.36M were sold by Anderson Mark. On Tuesday, October 10 MERESMAN STANLEY J sold $302,024 worth of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) or 2,000 shares. Eschenbach Carl M. had sold 1,572 shares worth $227,920. 2,000 Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) shares with value of $290,015 were sold by ZUK NIR. BONVANIE RENE sold $4.09 million worth of stock or 27,248 shares.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.94 in 2017 Q2. Its down 0.26, from 1.2 in 2017Q1. It turned negative, as 65 investors sold PANW shares while 166 reduced holdings. 82 funds opened positions while 136 raised stakes. 67.64 million shares or 2.65% less from 69.48 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. 45,000 are held by Ubs Oconnor Ltd Liability Company. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Mngmt Com stated it has 1,986 shares. 22,158 were accumulated by Oppenheimer Asset Mgmt. National Bank Of America De invested in 0.03% or 1.13 million shares. Pathstone Family Office Ltd Limited Liability Company owns 97 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale invested 0.01% in Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW). Commonwealth Equity Services Inc has invested 0.02% of its portfolio in Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW). Art Advsrs Ltd Liability reported 35,600 shares. United Kingdom-based Marshall Wace Limited Liability Partnership has invested 0.05% in Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW). Capstone Asset Mgmt holds 2,284 shares. Shell Asset Mgmt stated it has 5,401 shares. First Washington has 30,803 shares for 2.06% of their portfolio. Cornerstone Advsr Inc reported 0.04% stake. Wealthcare Limited Company, Virginia-based fund reported 75 shares. Moors & Cabot Inc reported 0.06% in Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW).

Among 52 analysts covering Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW), 41 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 79% are positive. Palo Alto Networks had 179 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Friday, August 25 with “Buy”. Imperial Capital maintained Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) on Tuesday, November 29 with “Outperform” rating. The company was downgraded on Friday, May 27 by Needham. J.P. Morgan upgraded the shares of PANW in report on Friday, September 1 to “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Citigroup with “Neutral” on Friday, May 27. Maxim Group maintained it with “Buy” rating and $195.0 target in Thursday, September 28 report. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Tuesday, November 24 by Barclays Capital. On Monday, December 4 the stock rating was upgraded by William Blair to “Outperform”. The stock has “Overweight” rating by JP Morgan on Friday, May 27. The stock has “Buy” rating by Goldman Sachs on Tuesday, April 5.

Among 15 analysts covering Ansys Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS), 2 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 13% are positive. Ansys Inc. had 33 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Monday, July 17, the company rating was initiated by Goldman Sachs. The stock has “Buy” rating by Robert W. Baird on Monday, August 28. Needham maintained Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) on Friday, September 15 with “Hold” rating. The stock of Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) has “Sector Weight” rating given on Thursday, October 8 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. Wedbush maintained the stock with “Neutral” rating in Friday, February 24 report. As per Friday, June 9, the company rating was maintained by Evercore. Barclays Capital maintained Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) on Friday, August 5 with “Equal-Weight” rating. The company was maintained on Friday, September 15 by Barclays Capital. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Citigroup on Friday, November 3. The stock has “Underweight” rating by Barclays Capital on Friday, January 6.

Analysts await Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) to report earnings on February, 28. They expect $0.94 earnings per share, up 2.17% or $0.02 from last year’s $0.92 per share. ANSS’s profit will be $79.77 million for 39.18 P/E if the $0.94 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.88 actual earnings per share reported by Ansys, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 6.82% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.18 in 2017 Q2. Its up 0.28, from 0.9 in 2017Q1. It is positive, as 20 investors sold ANSS shares while 150 reduced holdings. 84 funds opened positions while 117 raised stakes. 80.72 million shares or 1.44% less from 81.90 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. 5,307 were accumulated by Magnetar Ltd. Acadian Asset Mgmt Ltd Company reported 8,714 shares. Cue Financial accumulated 14,980 shares. Rampart Invest Mgmt Limited Liability, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 106 shares. 18,732 are held by Pitcairn Company. Mitsubishi Ufj Tru & has 208,185 shares for 0.05% of their portfolio. Lucus Limited Liability Company reported 2,967 shares or 0.48% of all its holdings. First Trust Advsr Lp holds 0.02% of its portfolio in Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) for 74,833 shares. Guggenheim Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 0.13% or 398,690 shares in its portfolio. Columbia Ptnrs L L C Invest holds 14,272 shares. Suntrust Banks Inc stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS). King Luther Capital Mgmt holds 0% of its portfolio in Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) for 3,778 shares. 23,634 are owned by Conestoga Advsrs Ltd Liability Corp. Stock Yards Bankshares Tru has invested 0.04% in Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS). Friedberg Investment invested in 3.36% or 64,430 shares.

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