Comcast Cl A (CMCSA) Valuation Declined While Karpas Strategies Has Trimmed Holding; Alta Capital Management Decreased Stake in Ecolab (ECL) by $335,268 as Market Valuation Rose

May 25, 2018 - By Ellis Scott

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Alta Capital Management Llc decreased its stake in Ecolab Inc (ECL) by 0.67% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Alta Capital Management Llc sold 2,502 shares as the company’s stock rose 0.75% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 368,756 shares of the package goods and cosmetics company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $49.48M, down from 371,258 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Alta Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Ecolab Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $41.97 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.01% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $145.46. About 176,411 shares traded. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has risen 8.76% since May 25, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.79% the S&P500.

Karpas Strategies Llc decreased its stake in Comcast Corp Cl A (CMCSA) by 5.99% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Karpas Strategies Llc sold 7,657 shares as the company’s stock declined 19.10% with the market. The institutional investor held 120,183 shares of the television services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $4.81 million, down from 127,840 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Karpas Strategies Llc who had been investing in Comcast Corp Cl A for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $146.79 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.85% or $0.27 during the last trading session, reaching $31.9. About 2.63 million shares traded. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has declined 11.10% since May 25, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 22.65% the S&P500.

Among 32 analysts covering Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), 24 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 75% are positive. Comcast Corporation had 84 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Moffett Nathanson upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Tuesday, September 12 report. As per Tuesday, September 27, the company rating was maintained by Pivotal Research. The rating was downgraded by Pacific Crest to “Sector Weight” on Friday, January 27. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Macquarie Research given on Monday, January 4. On Friday, October 27 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Overweight”. The stock of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, July 24 by UBS. On Tuesday, January 30 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Thursday, July 6 with “Buy”. On Thursday, July 27 the stock rating was maintained by Pivotal Research with “Buy”. The stock of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, January 19 by Scotia Capital.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.93 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.10, from 1.03 in 2017Q3. It fall, as 75 investors sold CMCSA shares while 544 reduced holdings. 122 funds opened positions while 455 raised stakes. 3.66 billion shares or 0.28% more from 3.65 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Smith Moore has invested 0.08% in Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA). Advisory Svcs Network Ltd Llc has invested 0.17% in Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA). Paradigm Asset Limited Liability Company, a New York-based fund reported 51,820 shares. Fragasso Group holds 5,721 shares or 0.06% of its portfolio. Amp Capital Ltd holds 0.57% or 2.67M shares in its portfolio. City Hldg stated it has 0.09% of its portfolio in Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA). Bluefin Trading Ltd invested in 10,600 shares. Rockland Trust holds 361,752 shares or 1.86% of its portfolio. Oak Ridge Invests Ltd Liability has invested 0.68% in Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA). Reaves W H And Com has invested 6.62% of its portfolio in Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA). 1.01M were reported by Adams Diversified Equity Fund Inc. Horizon Inv Limited Com invested 2.81% in Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA). Meag Munich Ergo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft Mbh stated it has 442,454 shares. Putnam Fl Management invested in 502,043 shares. Assetmark holds 0.01% in Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) or 23,885 shares.

More notable recent Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) news were published by: Investorplace.com which released: “Trade of the Day: Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (FOXA)” on May 25, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Wall Street Breakfast: New Privacy Bar With GDPR” published on May 25, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “How The Major Broadcast Networks Stand Following The 2017-2018 TV Season” on May 25, 2018. More interesting news about Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Netflix takes crown of media world” published on May 25, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Comcast: Near all-cash offer for parts of Fox” with publication date: May 23, 2018.

Since December 14, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 11 selling transactions for $62.58 million activity. 131,447 shares were sold by WATSON DAVID N, worth $4.84M on Tuesday, March 6. 5,630 shares were sold by BLOCK ARTHUR R, worth $224,575 on Monday, December 18. BURKE STEPHEN B had sold 190,756 shares worth $8.11M. $30,411 worth of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) was sold by Murdock Daniel C..

Analysts await Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) to report earnings on July, 26. They expect $0.61 earnings per share, up 17.31% or $0.09 from last year’s $0.52 per share. CMCSA’s profit will be $2.81B for 13.07 P/E if the $0.61 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.62 actual earnings per share reported by Comcast Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -1.61% negative EPS growth.

More recent Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Ecolab Inc. 2018 Q1 – Results – Earnings Call Slides” on May 01, 2018. Also Benzinga.com published the news titled: “ServiceMaster A Leader In ‘Recession-Resistant’ Pest Control, Buckingham Says In Positive Initiation” on May 10, 2018. Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Ecolab (ECL) Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript” with publication date: May 01, 2018 was also an interesting one.

Alta Capital Management Llc, which manages about $1.48 billion and $1.59B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Cvs Health Corp (NYSE:CVS) by 82,398 shares to 630,709 shares, valued at $45.73M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) by 43,937 shares in the quarter, for a total of 185,998 shares, and has risen its stake in Priceline Group (NASDAQ:PCLN).

Among 23 analysts covering Ecolab (NYSE:ECL), 10 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 43% are positive. Ecolab had 72 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Wednesday, February 24 the stock rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Hold”. Deutsche Bank maintained it with “Hold” rating and $150 target in Tuesday, May 8 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, May 26 by J.P. Morgan. The stock of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) earned “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Monday, June 5. Jefferies maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) rating on Tuesday, January 23. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $150.0 target. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Credit Suisse on Wednesday, January 24. On Wednesday, August 2 the stock rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity with “Buy”. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of ECL in report on Tuesday, August 1 with “Buy” rating. The company was initiated on Friday, August 26 by Macquarie Research. The company was maintained on Wednesday, October 11 by Canaccord Genuity.

Since March 7, 2018, it had 4 insider purchases, and 2 insider sales for $294.14 million activity. Inchaustegui Roberto sold $652,978 worth of stock or 4,800 shares. On Friday, March 9 ETTINGER JEFFREY M bought $860,301 worth of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) or 6,400 shares.

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