Middleton & Co Decreased Palo Alto Networks (PANW) Stake by $746,750 as Market Valuation Rose; Quaker Chemical (KWR) Shareholder Ranger Investment Management LP Has Boosted Stake by $18.83 Million

April 16, 2018 - By Darrin Black

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Middleton & Co Inc decreased its stake in Palo Alto Networks Inc (PANW) by 53.31% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Middleton & Co Inc sold 5,150 shares as the company’s stock rose 22.78% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 4,510 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $654,000, down from 9,660 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Middleton & Co Inc who had been investing in Palo Alto Networks Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $17.40 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.08% or $2.02 during the last trading session, reaching $189.4. About 549,348 shares traded. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) has risen 60.50% since April 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 48.95% the S&P500.

Ranger Investment Management Lp increased its stake in Quaker Chemical (KWR) by 141.2% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Ranger Investment Management Lp bought 125,543 shares as the company’s stock declined 3.58% with the market. The institutional investor held 214,455 shares of the major chemicals company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $32.34 million, up from 88,912 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Ranger Investment Management Lp who had been investing in Quaker Chemical for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $2.05 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.34% or $2.03 during the last trading session, reaching $153.8. About 48,197 shares traded. Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR) has risen 13.77% since April 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 2.22% the S&P500.

Since October 27, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 7 insider sales for $1.67 million activity. Matrange Joseph F sold $61,670 worth of stock or 397 shares. Nieman Jan also sold $155,000 worth of Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR) on Friday, October 27. On Thursday, March 8 BERQUIST JOSEPH A sold $298,260 worth of Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR) or 1,957 shares. BARRY MICHAEL F had sold 1,250 shares worth $200,160. On Tuesday, March 6 the insider STEEPLES ADRIAN sold $294,215.

Among 5 analysts covering Quaker Chemical Corp (NYSE:KWR), 0 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 0 are positive. Quaker Chemical Corp had 15 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, August 31 by Jefferies. The stock of Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, February 16 by Jefferies. Zacks downgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Thursday, August 6 report. Seaport Global maintained the shares of KWR in report on Friday, March 16 with “Hold” rating. The stock of Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, April 7 by Jefferies. Wunderlich maintained the shares of KWR in report on Thursday, October 27 with “Hold” rating. The rating was downgraded by Seaport Global on Monday, May 2 to “Neutral”. Jefferies maintained Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR) rating on Monday, October 16. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $153.0 target. Seaport Global upgraded the stock to “Accumulate” rating in Wednesday, January 13 report. On Wednesday, July 19 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold”.

Ranger Investment Management Lp, which manages about $2.16 billion and $1.36B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Pra Health Sciences Inc. by 31,030 shares to 643,119 shares, valued at $58.57M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Ellie Mae Inc. (NYSE:ELLI) by 10,360 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 215,728 shares, and cut its stake in Wildhorse Resource Development.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.03 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.04, from 1.07 in 2017Q3. It turned negative, as 11 investors sold KWR shares while 56 reduced holdings. 25 funds opened positions while 44 raised stakes. 11.00 million shares or 2.94% more from 10.69 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Gemmer Asset Ltd Com reported 38 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Pennsylvania-based Bryn Mawr Tru has invested 0.38% in Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR). Metropolitan Life Insurance Ny accumulated 0.01% or 4,030 shares. Bank Of Montreal Can reported 0% in Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR). Sg Americas Securities Limited Liability has 1,487 shares. Stifel Fincl owns 2,809 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Swiss Retail Bank reported 22,400 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Smithfield Trust Comm owns 35 shares. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement Systems invested 0% of its portfolio in Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR). Pub Sector Pension Board holds 8,395 shares. Wells Fargo & Company Mn owns 0.01% invested in Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR) for 206,764 shares. Sterling Mgmt Limited Liability Com holds 6,793 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Parallax Volatility Advisers Limited Partnership invested 0% in Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR). Copeland Mgmt Ltd Liability Company accumulated 115,883 shares. Brinker Capital Inc reported 5,366 shares.

Among 53 analysts covering Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW), 44 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive. Palo Alto Networks had 205 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Friday, August 11 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy”. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets on Monday, February 27 with “Market Perform”. Piper Jaffray maintained Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) rating on Friday, November 10. Piper Jaffray has “Buy” rating and $155.0 target. Imperial Capital maintained Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) on Wednesday, November 25 with “Outperform” rating. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) on Friday, October 6 with “Buy” rating. Piper Jaffray maintained the shares of PANW in report on Thursday, August 31 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, February 26 by Bank of America. Piper Jaffray maintained the shares of PANW in report on Thursday, June 1 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, September 10 by UBS. BMO Capital Markets maintained it with “Hold” rating and $160.0 target in Thursday, October 5 report.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.22 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.06, from 1.16 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 36 investors sold PANW shares while 160 reduced holdings. 87 funds opened positions while 152 raised stakes. 70.89 million shares or 1.01% more from 70.19 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Baker Avenue Asset Limited Partnership holds 1,921 shares or 0.03% of its portfolio. British Columbia Inv Mgmt has invested 0.03% in Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW). Meiji Yasuda Asset Mngmt Ltd has 2,815 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio. 1,830 are owned by Bancshares Hapoalim Bm. Architects owns 247 shares. Global X Management Co Limited Liability Corporation holds 0% in Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) or 1,283 shares. Northern Tru owns 1.07M shares. Jennison Assoc Ltd invested 0.1% in Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW). Commonwealth Bankshares Of Aus stated it has 144 shares. Philadelphia Trust Company owns 14,500 shares. Ohio-based Advsr Ltd Liability Corporation has invested 0.01% in Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW). Alyeska Grp Lp has invested 0.96% in Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW). Nordea Investment Management owns 0% invested in Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) for 2,607 shares. Ubs Asset Management Americas holds 269,707 shares. American Natl Insur Co Tx holds 0.13% of its portfolio in Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) for 17,840 shares.

Middleton & Co Inc, which manages about $602.39M and $595.88M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Lauder Estee Cos Inc (NYSE:EL) by 6,156 shares to 60,362 shares, valued at $7.68 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Equinix Inc (NASDAQ:EQIX) by 12,639 shares in the quarter, for a total of 15,044 shares, and has risen its stake in Unitedhealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH).

Since December 15, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 13 sales for $53.90 million activity. ZUK NIR sold $4.15 million worth of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) on Friday, December 15. On Tuesday, March 13 the insider MERESMAN STANLEY J sold $373,709.

Analysts await Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW) to report earnings on May, 30. They expect $-0.13 EPS, up 74.51% or $0.38 from last year’s $-0.51 per share. After $-0.40 actual EPS reported by Palo Alto Networks, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -67.50% EPS growth.

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