Sequoia Financial Advisors Lowered Its Yum Brands (YUM) Stake as Share Price Rose; Greenhaven Associates Boosted Its D R Horton (Dhi) (DHI) Position

January 23, 2018 - By Maria Brooks

Sequoia Financial Advisors Llc decreased its stake in Yum Brands Inc (YUM) by 80.37% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Sequoia Financial Advisors Llc sold 36,493 shares as the company’s stock rose 2.44% with the market. The institutional investor held 8,913 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $656,000, down from 45,406 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Sequoia Financial Advisors Llc who had been investing in Yum Brands Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $28.90B market cap company. The stock increased 0.98% or $0.835 during the last trading session, reaching $85.745. About 1.37 million shares traded. Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) has risen 21.70% since January 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 5.00% the S&P500.

Edgar Wachenheim increased its stake in D R Horton Inc. (Dhi) (DHI) by 0.52% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Greenhaven Associates Inc bought 42,642 shares as the company’s stock rose 10.82% with the market. The hedge fund run by Edgar Wachenheim held 8.21M shares of the capital goods company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $328.02M, up from 8.17 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Greenhaven Associates Inc who had been investing in D R Horton Inc. (Dhi) for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $19.69 billion market cap company. It closed at $52.37 lastly. It is down 15.56% since January 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 1.14% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.99 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.22, from 0.77 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 50 investors sold YUM shares while 238 reduced holdings. 67 funds opened positions while 219 raised stakes. 239.50 million shares or 0.41% less from 240.48 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. 62,960 are owned by Exxonmobil Mngmt Inc Tx. California Public Employees Retirement stated it has 932,416 shares or 0.1% of all its holdings. 79,749 were reported by Zwj Investment Counsel. Connors Investor Inc holds 0.37% in Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) or 33,000 shares. Ls Investment Advsr Ltd Liability, Michigan-based fund reported 25,058 shares. Palisades Hudson Asset Lp holds 0.25% or 5,935 shares. The Alabama-based Andra Ap has invested 0.1% in Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Rampart Investment Mngmt Ltd reported 4,060 shares. The Virginia-based Thompson Siegel & Walmsley Ltd Liability Company has invested 0% in Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Welch Group Ltd Liability Corporation accumulated 6,022 shares. First State Bank Of Omaha accumulated 0.02% or 4,672 shares. Cubist Systematic Strategies reported 0.13% stake. Fifth Third Bancorporation owns 370,441 shares or 0.2% of their US portfolio. Associated Banc has invested 0.02% in Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Korea Investment reported 110,155 shares.

Analysts await Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) to report earnings on February, 8. They expect $0.80 earnings per share, up 1.27% or $0.01 from last year’s $0.79 per share. YUM’s profit will be $269.60 million for 26.80 P/E if the $0.80 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.68 actual earnings per share reported by Yum! Brands, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 17.65% EPS growth.

Sequoia Financial Advisors Llc, which manages about $1.18 billion and $844.33M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Tr (IWD) by 8,983 shares to 25,159 shares, valued at $2.86 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Williams Sonoma Inc (NYSE:WSM) by 41,482 shares in the quarter, for a total of 88,109 shares, and has risen its stake in Ishares Tr (IVW).

Among 26 analysts covering YUM! Brands (NYSE:YUM), 11 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 42% are positive. YUM! Brands had 91 analyst reports since July 1, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Friday, November 3, the company rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird. As per Thursday, July 14, the company rating was maintained by Bernstein. On Thursday, October 1 the stock rating was initiated by Nomura with “Buy”. The company was maintained on Thursday, August 3 by BMO Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, June 15 with “Buy”. The rating was maintained by UBS on Wednesday, July 1 with “Buy”. As per Wednesday, October 18, the company rating was maintained by Barclays Capital. Credit Suisse maintained Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) rating on Monday, March 28. Credit Suisse has “Neutral” rating and $82 target. UBS maintained it with “Buy” rating and $89.0 target in Friday, November 3 report. The firm has “Top Pick” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Wednesday, October 7.

Since August 9, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 1 sale for $616,871 activity.

Among 25 analysts covering DR Horton Inc (NYSE:DHI), 14 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 56% are positive. DR Horton Inc had 69 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. UBS upgraded D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) rating on Wednesday, August 12. UBS has “Neutral” rating and $38 target. The stock has “Buy” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets on Friday, October 20. Wood maintained the stock with “Overweight” rating in Thursday, September 17 report. On Friday, November 10 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. Keefe Bruyette & Woods downgraded the shares of DHI in report on Thursday, December 7 to “Hold” rating. The stock of D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) has “Outperform” rating given on Monday, March 21 by RBC Capital Markets. Barclays Capital maintained D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) rating on Friday, November 10. Barclays Capital has “Equal-Weight” rating and $41 target. On Tuesday, September 22 the stock rating was upgraded by Vetr to “Buy”. On Sunday, August 20 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. The stock has “Buy” rating by Sterne Agee CRT on Tuesday, January 19.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.86 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.18, from 1.04 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 54 investors sold DHI shares while 189 reduced holdings. 61 funds opened positions while 147 raised stakes. 308.00 million shares or 2.35% more from 300.92 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Kings Point Capital reported 849 shares stake. Cullen Frost Bankers Inc reported 0.01% stake. Stevens First Principles Invest Advsr holds 0.81% of its portfolio in D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) for 37,165 shares. Huntington Financial Bank has 0.03% invested in D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) for 47,588 shares. Ruane Cunniff Goldfarb holds 455,000 shares. Spears Abacus Ltd Liability reported 7,500 shares. Louisiana State Employees Retirement has invested 0.04% in D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI). Stelliam Invest Mgmt LP holds 967,500 shares. State Common Retirement Fund accumulated 0.04% or 758,800 shares. Barclays Public Limited holds 0.01% in D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) or 337,740 shares. Amalgamated Bank owns 40,228 shares. Cantab Capital Partners Limited Liability Partnership owns 0.37% invested in D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) for 65,133 shares. Cadence Cap Ltd Liability accumulated 13,069 shares. Moreover, Bessemer Group Inc has 0% invested in D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI). Old Mutual Customised Solutions (Proprietary) reported 0.05% of its portfolio in D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI).

Greenhaven Associates Inc, which manages about $5.72B and $6.66 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Usg Corp (Usg) (NYSE:USG) by 249,288 shares to 2.35M shares, valued at $76.61M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Praxair Inc. (Px) (NYSE:PX) by 10,710 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 46,051 shares, and cut its stake in Airbus Group Nv (Eadsy) (EADSY).

Since September 8, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 selling transactions for $852,647 activity. $374,629 worth of D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) shares were sold by ANDERSON BRADLEY S. The insider Hewatt Michael W sold 4,000 shares worth $144,454.

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