As Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragra (ULTA) Stock Price Declined, Strategic Financial Services Raised Holding; Highland Capital Management LP Raised Stake in Williams Cos Del (WMB)

May 25, 2018 - By Richard Conner

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James Dondero increased its stake in Williams Cos Inc Del (WMB) by 11.85% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Highland Capital Management Lp bought 88,000 shares as the company’s stock declined 17.02% with the market. The hedge fund run by James Dondero held 830,419 shares of the public utilities company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $25.32 million, up from 742,419 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Highland Capital Management Lp who had been investing in Williams Cos Inc Del for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $22.51 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 1.81% or $0.5 during the last trading session, reaching $27.19. About 8.11 million shares traded. The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) has declined 12.25% since May 25, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 23.80% the S&P500.

Strategic Financial Services Inc increased its stake in Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragra (ULTA) by 38.22% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Strategic Financial Services Inc bought 3,060 shares as the company’s stock declined 9.44% with the market. The institutional investor held 11,067 shares of the 2007 company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $2.48M, up from 8,007 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Strategic Financial Services Inc who had been investing in Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragra for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $15.23 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.49% or $1.25 during the last trading session, reaching $251.72. About 844,677 shares traded. Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) has declined 26.85% since May 25, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 38.40% the S&P500.

Highland Capital Management Lp, which manages about $15.04B and $2.18 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Radius Health Inc (NASDAQ:RDUS) by 35,568 shares to 21,000 shares, valued at $667,000 in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ:FTNT) by 28,500 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 1.29 million shares, and cut its stake in Micron Technology Inc (NASDAQ:MU).

Since January 11, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 sales for $1.06 million activity. $56,566 worth of The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) shares were sold by Timmermans Ted T. $888,195 worth of stock was sold by Scheel James E. on Thursday, January 11.

Another recent and important The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) news was published by Seekingalpha.com which published an article titled: “Williams, And Enbridge, And Cheniere, Oh My!” on May 18, 2018.

Among 22 analysts covering Williams Companies Inc. (NYSE:WMB), 17 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 77% are positive. Williams Companies Inc. had 61 analyst reports since July 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Jefferies maintained the shares of WMB in report on Monday, October 16 with “Buy” rating. The company was maintained on Wednesday, August 2 by Jefferies. The company was downgraded on Wednesday, January 17 by Barclays Capital. As per Friday, January 12, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Outperform” rating and $33 target in Wednesday, January 11 report. The stock of The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) earned “Buy” rating by Goldman Sachs on Wednesday, July 13. As per Friday, March 9, the company rating was upgraded by JP Morgan. The stock of The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, April 7 by Citigroup. On Friday, March 9 the stock rating was upgraded by J.P. Morgan to “Buy”. Evercore maintained The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) on Tuesday, August 2 with “Buy” rating.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.89 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.30, from 1.19 in 2017Q3. It worsened, as 62 investors sold WMB shares while 221 reduced holdings. 66 funds opened positions while 185 raised stakes. 693.56 million shares or 0.89% more from 687.46 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Salient Trust Lta reported 0.09% in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB). Tctc Hldgs Limited Liability reported 893,445 shares. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board holds 0.09% of its portfolio in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) for 79,428 shares. Brookfield Asset Mngmt reported 5.82M shares. Vident Invest Advisory Ltd Company has 16,348 shares. Voloridge Ltd Liability Company has 0.09% invested in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) for 131,070 shares. Creative Planning holds 63,813 shares. Strs Ohio invested 0% in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB). Ls Advisors Ltd Com has 0.04% invested in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) for 24,747 shares. Tcw Grp has 21,937 shares. Moors And Cabot Incorporated invested in 0.6% or 150,215 shares. Baldwin Brothers Ma holds 0.01% in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) or 2,000 shares. Citigroup invested in 0.03% or 1.06M shares. Pennsylvania-based Veritable LP has invested 0.01% in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB). Mason Street Ltd Liability Company owns 115,159 shares.

Among 29 analysts covering Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA), 20 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 69% are positive. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc had 129 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Friday, August 26 the stock rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Hold”. As per Friday, March 16, the company rating was maintained by JP Morgan. On Tuesday, June 20 the stock rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Buy”. The stock of Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) has “Overweight” rating given on Monday, August 22 by Piper Jaffray. The company was maintained on Friday, March 16 by Stifel Nicolaus. As per Thursday, September 10, the company rating was initiated by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) earned “Buy” rating by Nomura on Friday, March 11. The stock of Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) earned “Outperform” rating by Telsey Advisory Group on Monday, August 24. On Wednesday, May 31 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold”. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) rating on Tuesday, October 3. KeyBanc Capital Markets has “Buy” rating and $270.0 target.

More notable recent Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) news were published by: Benzinga.com which released: “Ulta’s Valuation Pushes This Bull To The Sidelines” on May 02, 2018, also Nasdaq.com with their article: “5 Top Stock Trades for Friday Morning” published on May 24, 2018, Streetinsider.com published: “UPDATE: UBS Starts ULTA Salon (ULTA) at Buy” on May 16, 2018. More interesting news about Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) were released by: Fool.com and their article: “3 Top Retail Stocks to Buy Right Now” published on May 18, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Death Of Retail Is Premature” with publication date: May 16, 2018.

Since April 5, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 4 selling transactions for $12.53 million activity. The insider Eck Dennis K sold 22,000 shares worth $4.77 million. Shares for $3.37M were sold by Dillon Mary N on Thursday, April 5.

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