As Monsanto Co (MON) Share Value Rose, Moore Capital Management LP Has Increased Its Position; Epam Sys (EPAM) Shareholder Venator Capital Management LTD Trimmed Holding as Valuation Rose

January 23, 2018 - By Henry Gaston

Venator Capital Management Ltd decreased its stake in Epam Sys Inc (EPAM) by 19.95% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Venator Capital Management Ltd sold 7,200 shares as the company’s stock rose 16.98% with the market. The institutional investor held 28,897 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.54 million, down from 36,097 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Venator Capital Management Ltd who had been investing in Epam Sys Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $6.05 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.48% or $1.67 during the last trading session, reaching $114.51. About 430,516 shares traded or 52.84% up from the average. EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE:EPAM) has risen 15.98% since January 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 0.72% the S&P500.

Louis Bacon increased its stake in Monsanto Co (MON) by 7.7% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Moore Capital Management Lp bought 35,400 shares as the company’s stock rose 6.51% with the market. The hedge fund run by Louis Bacon held 495,400 shares of the agricultural chemicals company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $59.36M, up from 460,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Moore Capital Management Lp who had been investing in Monsanto Co for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $53.52 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.50% or $0.6 during the last trading session, reaching $121.59. About 3.17 million shares traded or 12.40% up from the average. Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) has risen 15.46% since January 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 1.24% the S&P500.

Among 23 analysts covering Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON), 12 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 52% are positive. Monsanto Company had 61 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) has “Underperform” rating given on Thursday, September 15 by CLSA. The stock of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) earned “Hold” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, October 9. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank on Thursday, September 15 with “Buy”. Bernstein initiated Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) rating on Friday, September 11. Bernstein has “Underperform” rating and $85 target. OTR Global upgraded the stock to “Mixed” rating in Friday, November 18 report. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Buy” on Wednesday, September 30. The company was reinitiated on Thursday, October 8 by JP Morgan. The company was maintained on Friday, September 1 by BMO Capital Markets. The firm earned “Equal-Weight” rating on Thursday, October 6 by Barclays Capital. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Tuesday, September 27 by Goldman Sachs.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.84 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.14, from 0.98 in 2017Q2. It fall, as 48 investors sold MON shares while 342 reduced holdings. 84 funds opened positions while 244 raised stakes. 321.42 million shares or 4.04% more from 308.94 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Tig Advsrs Limited Liability, New York-based fund reported 528,833 shares. Fjarde Ap has invested 0.25% in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON). Two Sigma Securities Ltd Liability Com reported 3,281 shares. Rockland Tru, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 118,046 shares. Arizona State Retirement Systems has invested 0.2% in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON). Arete Wealth Advisors Ltd Limited Liability Company, a Illinois-based fund reported 2,149 shares. King Luther Management holds 965,644 shares. Savant Capital Ltd reported 3,109 shares. Cohen Klingenstein Limited Liability Company invested in 59,656 shares or 1.08% of the stock. Bluecrest Capital Mngmt reported 45,108 shares. National Registered Inv Advisor Incorporated, Texas-based fund reported 3,358 shares. Smith Moore & reported 16,697 shares stake. Hm Payson & Company holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) for 2,794 shares. Bokf Na holds 0.05% or 14,696 shares in its portfolio. California State Teachers Retirement invested 0.2% of its portfolio in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON).

Moore Capital Management Lp, which manages about $44.02B and $5.17 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Double Eagle Acquisition Cor by 750,000 shares to 1.25M shares, valued at $12.63M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Twenty First Centy Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA) by 400,000 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 800,000 shares, and cut its stake in Tata Mtrs Ltd (NYSE:TTM).

Since September 25, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 6 selling transactions for $6.90 million activity. Ringenberg Nicole M had sold 7,890 shares worth $964,553. MIZELL STEVEN sold $966,720 worth of stock or 8,100 shares. Another trade for 22,640 shares valued at $2.72M was sold by BEGEMANN BRETT D. Courduroux Pierre had sold 4,320 shares worth $527,040.

Since August 11, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 14 insider sales for $22.58 million activity. Another trade for 500 shares valued at $45,000 was made by Shekhter Elaina on Thursday, October 5.

Among 17 analysts covering EPAM Systems (NYSE:EPAM), 16 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 94% are positive. EPAM Systems had 41 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Friday, May 6 the stock rating was upgraded by Barclays Capital to “Overweight”. Barclays Capital maintained EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE:EPAM) rating on Friday, August 4. Barclays Capital has “Overweight” rating and $91 target. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, August 17 by Jefferies. Bank of America maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, November 6 report. The stock of EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE:EPAM) earned “Buy” rating by Citigroup on Friday, October 13. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Monday, May 8 by Wedbush. On Wednesday, November 29 the stock rating was downgraded by UBS to “Neutral”. The stock has “Buy” rating by Berenberg on Friday, April 15. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Friday, September 9 by Wedbush. The stock of EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE:EPAM) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, July 28 by Cowen & Co.

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