Bernzott Capital Advisors Has Cut Hill (HRC) Holding By $1.21 Million; Williams Sonoma Has 1.01 Sentiment

March 14, 2018 - By Richard Conner

Bernzott Capital Advisors decreased Hill (HRC) stake by 6.02% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Bernzott Capital Advisors sold 16,524 shares as Hill (HRC)’s stock rose 16.58%. The Bernzott Capital Advisors holds 257,788 shares with $19.08 million value, down from 274,312 last quarter. Hill now has $5.76B valuation. The stock decreased 0.77% or $0.68 during the last trading session, reaching $87.07. About 288,319 shares traded. Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) has risen 57.47% since March 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 40.77% the S&P500.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. operates as a multi-channel specialty retailer of various products for home. The company has market cap of $4.51 billion. It operates through two divisions, E-commerce and Retail. It has a 15.15 P/E ratio. The firm offers cooking, dining, and entertaining products, including cookware, tools, electrics, cutlery, tabletop and bar, outdoor, furniture, and a library of cookbooks under the Williams-Sonoma brand, as well as home furnishings and decorative accessories under the Williams-Sonoma Home brand; and furniture, bedding, bathroom accessories, rugs, curtains, lighting, tabletop, outdoor, and decorative accessories under the Pottery Barn brand.

Ratings analysis reveals 25% of Williams-Sonoma’s analysts are positive. Out of 4 Wall Street analysts rating Williams-Sonoma, 1 give it “Buy”, 0 “Sell” rating, while 3 recommend “Hold”. The lowest target is $52.0 while the high is $61.0. The stock’s average target of $56.50 is 5.44% above today’s ($53.585) share price. WSM was included in 4 notes of analysts from October 26, 2016. The stock of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) earned “Hold” rating by Loop Capital on Wednesday, January 4. The rating was downgraded by Oppenheimer on Wednesday, October 26 to “Perform”. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Robert W. Baird on Monday, November 14. Telsey Advisory maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Friday, November 18 report.

The stock increased 1.60% or $0.845 during the last trading session, reaching $53.585. About 2.56 million shares traded or 74.29% up from the average. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSM) has risen 0.69% since March 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 16.01% the S&P500.

Blackhill Capital Inc holds 37.87% of its portfolio in Williams-Sonoma, Inc. for 4.05 million shares. Holowesko Partners Ltd. owns 1.21 million shares or 4.82% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Hutchinson Capital Management Ca has 4.77% invested in the company for 354,349 shares. The New York-based Reik & Co. Llc has invested 2.95% in the stock. Speece Thorson Capital Group Inc, a Minnesota-based fund reported 283,956 shares.

Analysts await Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) to report earnings on April, 27. They expect $1.02 EPS, up 15.91% or $0.14 from last year’s $0.88 per share. HRC’s profit will be $67.50M for 21.34 P/E if the $1.02 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.92 actual EPS reported by Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 10.87% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.91 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.25, from 1.16 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 28 investors sold HRC shares while 92 reduced holdings. 41 funds opened positions while 98 raised stakes. 53.76 million shares or 1.61% less from 54.64 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Winfield Associate has 0% invested in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC). Magnetar Financial Ltd Liability Corp owns 17,458 shares. Mastrapasqua Asset Incorporated stated it has 0.21% of its portfolio in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC). Counselors Of Maryland Ltd Co stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC). Stifel Finance Corporation has invested 0% in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC). Rhumbline Advisers holds 0.02% of its portfolio in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) for 141,115 shares. Texas Yale Capital Corporation reported 0.34% in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC). King Luther Cap Mgmt has 0.01% invested in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) for 11,630 shares. Voya Mngmt Limited Company accumulated 701,551 shares. Visionary Asset reported 0.09% in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC). 1.78 million were reported by State Street. Bernzott Capital Advsr holds 2.72% or 257,788 shares. Howe Rusling owns 6,581 shares. 18,738 were reported by Riverhead Cap Ltd Limited Liability Company. Northwestern Mutual Wealth reported 0% of its portfolio in Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC).

Since December 11, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 sales for $18.71 million activity. The insider GREISCH JOHN J sold 125,241 shares worth $10.34 million. Johnson Paul Sherwood had sold 1,000 shares worth $82,990.

Bernzott Capital Advisors increased Owens (NYSE:OI) stake by 79,895 shares to 1.12 million valued at $28.10M in 2017Q3. It also upped Bottomline Tech (NASDAQ:EPAY) stake by 83,395 shares and now owns 1.07 million shares. Mistras Group (NYSE:MG) was raised too.

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