Susquehanna International Group Llp Continues to Hold Position in Shire Plc (Put) (SHPG); Westend Advisors Increased Position in Kroger Company (KR) by $6.40 Billion as Shares Declined

February 15, 2018 - By Adrian Mccoy

Susquehanna International Group Llp increased its stake in Shire Plc (Put) (SHPG) by 76.17% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Susquehanna International Group Llp bought 134,900 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.45% with the market. The institutional investor held 312,000 shares of the major pharmaceuticals company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $47.78 million, up from 177,100 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Susquehanna International Group Llp who had been investing in Shire Plc (Put) for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $37.70 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.14% or $0.19 during the last trading session, reaching $132.86. About 2.04M shares traded or 53.86% up from the average. Shire plc (NASDAQ:SHPG) has risen 4.69% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 12.01% the S&P500.

Westend Advisors Llc increased its stake in Kroger Company (KR) by 17.77% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Westend Advisors Llc bought 318,883 shares as the company’s stock declined 14.05% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 2.11 million shares of the food chains company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $42.40B, up from 1.79M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Westend Advisors Llc who had been investing in Kroger Company for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $25.03B market cap company. The stock increased 1.45% or $0.4 during the last trading session, reaching $28.4. About 8.72 million shares traded. The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has declined 16.08% since February 15, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 32.78% the S&P500.

Westend Advisors Llc, which manages about $1139.57 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 100,556 shares to 699,122 shares, valued at $52.08B in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Technology Select Sector Spdr Fund (XLK) by 1,881 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 305,964 shares, and cut its stake in Adobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.88 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.12, from 1 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 94 investors sold KR shares while 232 reduced holdings. 91 funds opened positions while 196 raised stakes. 688.12 million shares or 3.98% more from 661.79 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft Fi reported 602,906 shares. First Allied Advisory Services invested 0.1% in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). 526,346 are owned by Kbc Nv. Price T Rowe Assocs Incorporated Md has 0.04% invested in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) for 12.12M shares. Whittier has invested 0.07% in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Canyon Capital Advsrs Ltd stated it has 1.59% of its portfolio in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Majedie Asset Management holds 0.25% of its portfolio in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) for 155,196 shares. Kwmg Lc holds 69,656 shares. Reynders Mcveigh Capital Mgmt Llc reported 92,154 shares. Evercore Wealth Limited Co reported 4,894 shares. Private Advisor Group Ltd stated it has 38,517 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. Sii Investments Inc Wi has 239,200 shares. 892,887 are owned by Fort Washington Advisors Oh. Keybank Natl Association Oh reported 0.01% in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Axa reported 0.03% of its portfolio in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR).

Among 35 analysts covering Kroger (NYSE:KR), 17 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 18 Hold. Therefore 49% are positive. Kroger had 102 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Strong Buy” rating by S&P Research given on Monday, September 14. The firm earned “Equal-Weight” rating on Thursday, September 3 by Barclays Capital. The stock of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, January 16 by Stephens. Deutsche Bank maintained The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) on Friday, June 17 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Pivotal Research on Monday, June 5 with “Hold”. RBC Capital Markets maintained The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) rating on Tuesday, July 18. RBC Capital Markets has “Buy” rating and $3400 target. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, October 12 by Jefferies. As per Friday, June 16, the company rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, December 7 by Northcoast. On Wednesday, September 7 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Sector Perform”.

Since December 19, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 5 selling transactions for $2.71 million activity. Clark Robert W had sold 11,000 shares worth $325,292. Another trade for 40,000 shares valued at $1.23M was made by DONNELLY MICHAEL JOSEPH on Monday, January 29. Another trade for 15,200 shares valued at $471,200 was sold by Foley Todd A.

Susquehanna International Group Llp, which manages about $219.16 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in New Relic Inc by 13,375 shares to 5,125 shares, valued at $255,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Gatx Corp (NYSE:GMT) by 22,262 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 29,338 shares, and cut its stake in Glaukos Corp (Call).

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