Staley Capital Advisers Position in Usg New (USG) Cut by $3.48 Million as Stock Value Declined; Emerald Mutual Fund Advisers Trust Has Increased Freshpet (FRPT) Stake by $2.54 Million; Market Valuation Rose

December 8, 2017 - By Adrian Mccoy

Staley Capital Advisers Inc decreased its stake in Usg Corp New (USG) by 28.92% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Staley Capital Advisers Inc sold 120,000 shares as the company’s stock declined 12.55% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 295,000 shares of the building materials company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $8.56M, down from 415,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Staley Capital Advisers Inc who had been investing in Usg Corp New for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $5.10 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.16% or $0.06 during the last trading session, reaching $37.37. About 1.18M shares traded. USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) has risen 0.17% since December 8, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 16.53% the S&P500.

Emerald Mutual Fund Advisers Trust increased its stake in Freshpet Inc (FRPT) by 60.52% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Emerald Mutual Fund Advisers Trust bought 159,040 shares as the company’s stock rose 25.79% with the market. The institutional investor held 421,819 shares of the consumer non-durables company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $7.00M, up from 262,779 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Emerald Mutual Fund Advisers Trust who had been investing in Freshpet Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $662.36M market cap company. The stock increased 0.26% or $0.05 during the last trading session, reaching $19. About 148,879 shares traded. Freshpet, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT) has risen 61.82% since December 8, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 45.12% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.22 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.22, from 1 in 2017Q1. It improved, as 8 investors sold FRPT shares while 28 reduced holdings. 17 funds opened positions while 27 raised stakes. 22.45 million shares or 9.09% more from 20.58 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Voya Invest Mgmt Ltd owns 11,316 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Kbc Grp Inc Nv owns 0% invested in Freshpet, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT) for 30,166 shares. Carl Domino stated it has 0.29% of its portfolio in Freshpet, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT). D E Shaw & Inc invested in 130,584 shares. Moreover, Fort Point Capital Prtn Ltd Liability has 0.72% invested in Freshpet, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT). Morgan Stanley reported 0% of its portfolio in Freshpet, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT). Manufacturers Life Insurance The stated it has 0% in Freshpet, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT). Riverbridge Lc invested in 0.66% or 2.07 million shares. Alliancebernstein LP has 0.03% invested in Freshpet, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT). Huntington State Bank accumulated 1,360 shares. Evercore Wealth Mngmt stated it has 468 shares. Kayne Anderson Cap Advisors LP stated it has 62,755 shares. Jpmorgan Chase & holds 989,110 shares. Schwab Charles Invest Management holds 68,936 shares. Northern accumulated 448,884 shares.

Among 14 analysts covering Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ:FRPT), 8 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 57% are positive. Freshpet Inc had 27 analyst reports since August 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Robert W. Baird maintained it with “Buy” rating and $20.0 target in Friday, October 13 report. The stock of Freshpet, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, November 12 by Suntrust Robinson. The firm earned “Equal Weight” rating on Tuesday, September 22 by Stephens. SunTrust maintained Freshpet, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT) on Friday, September 11 with “Buy” rating. On Wednesday, November 15 the stock rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird with “Buy”. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Freshpet, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT) rating on Friday, September 18. Stifel Nicolaus has “Buy” rating and $18 target. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Wednesday, October 5 by DA Davidson. The rating was initiated by William Blair with “Outperform” on Thursday, August 13. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, June 23 report. The rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird on Wednesday, September 6 with “Buy”.

Emerald Mutual Fund Advisers Trust, which manages about $1.06B and $2.29B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Vonage Holdings Corp (NYSE:VG) by 426,188 shares to 4.11 million shares, valued at $26.89M in 2017Q2, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Medequities Realty Trust Inc by 88,277 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 264,728 shares, and cut its stake in Puma Biotechnology Inc (NYSE:PBYI).

More important recent Freshpet, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT) news were published by: Fool.com which released: “Why Freshpet, Inc. Stock Jumped 29% Last Month” on June 14, 2017, also Globenewswire.com published article titled: “Freshpet, Inc. Amends Credit Facility”, Globenewswire.com published: “Freshpet, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results” on November 06, 2017. More interesting news about Freshpet, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT) was released by: Globenewswire.com and their article: “Freshpet, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results” with publication date: May 04, 2017.

Staley Capital Advisers Inc, which manages about $1.31B and $1.17 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Du Pont (NYSE:DD) by 4,450 shares to 574,615 shares, valued at $46.38M in 2017Q2, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Verizon Comm. (NYSE:VZ) by 49,877 shares in the quarter, for a total of 404,911 shares, and has risen its stake in General Motors (NYSE:GM).

Analysts await USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) to report earnings on February, 7. They expect $0.40 EPS, down 9.09% or $0.04 from last year’s $0.44 per share. USG’s profit will be $54.58M for 23.36 P/E if the $0.40 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.47 actual EPS reported by USG Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -14.89% negative EPS growth.

Among 20 analysts covering USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), 3 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 15% are positive. USG Corporation has $38.0 highest and $24 lowest target. $32.86’s average target is -12.07% below currents $37.37 stock price. USG Corporation had 63 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Monday, August 28 by Robert W. Baird. On Friday, October 27 the stock rating was maintained by Citigroup with “Neutral”. Barclays Capital maintained it with “Equal Weight” rating and $29.0 target in Friday, October 23 report. Jefferies maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, September 22 report. The rating was maintained by Citigroup on Monday, October 9 with “Neutral”. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold” on Friday, June 2. On Thursday, October 27 the stock rating was maintained by Wedbush with “Neutral”. RBC Capital Markets maintained USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) on Thursday, July 27 with “Buy” rating. Jefferies downgraded the stock to “Hold” rating in Friday, October 23 report. As per Thursday, July 13, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.62 in 2017 Q2. Its down 0.19, from 0.81 in 2017Q1. It worsened, as 34 investors sold USG shares while 78 reduced holdings. 20 funds opened positions while 49 raised stakes. 166.18 million shares or 30.74% more from 127.12 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. California Public Employees Retirement reported 162,200 shares. Employees Retirement Sys Of Ohio has invested 0.01% in USG Corporation (NYSE:USG). M&T Comml Bank Corp accumulated 9,081 shares or 0% of the stock. Exane Derivatives accumulated 1 shares or 0% of the stock. California-based Tcw Gp Inc has invested 0.01% in USG Corporation (NYSE:USG). River & Mercantile Asset Llp holds 23,950 shares or 0.13% of its portfolio. Voya Investment Mgmt Llc holds 24,574 shares. Fairfax Fincl Hldgs Ltd Can reported 1.53M shares. Moreover, Walleye Trading Limited Co has 0% invested in USG Corporation (NYSE:USG). Commonwealth Equity Inc has invested 0% in USG Corporation (NYSE:USG). Mcmillion Cap Incorporated has 1.38% invested in USG Corporation (NYSE:USG). Swiss Financial Bank holds 158,900 shares. Ubs Asset Mgmt Americas Inc holds 0% of its portfolio in USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) for 59,897 shares. Great West Life Assurance Can invested in 10,974 shares. Guggenheim Ltd reported 0% in USG Corporation (NYSE:USG).

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