Gam Holding Ag Has Increased Its Monsanto Co New (MON) Stake by $4.46 Million; Shares Rose; American Century Companies Lifted Stake in Kla (KLAC) as Share Price Declined

April 23, 2018 - By Nellie Frank

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American Century Companies Inc increased its stake in Kla (KLAC) by 7.13% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. American Century Companies Inc bought 75,424 shares as the company’s stock declined 1.38% with the market. The institutional investor held 1.13M shares of the electronic components company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $119.06M, up from 1.06 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. American Century Companies Inc who had been investing in Kla for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $15.69 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.80% or $0.81 during the last trading session, reaching $100.67. About 1.18 million shares traded. KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) has risen 12.54% since April 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 0.99% the S&P500.

Gam Holding Ag increased its stake in Monsanto Co New (MON) by 31.68% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Gam Holding Ag bought 38,429 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.12% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 159,718 shares of the agricultural chemicals company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $18.65M, up from 121,289 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Gam Holding Ag who had been investing in Monsanto Co New for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $55.04 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.22% or $0.27 during the last trading session, reaching $124.73. About 1.24 million shares traded. Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) has risen 3.06% since April 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 8.49% the S&P500.

Since January 2, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 10 insider sales for $3.04 million activity. Khan Ahmad A. had sold 2,975 shares worth $296,637 on Friday, February 9. The insider Bell Bobby R sold 4,237 shares worth $462,977. Trafas Brian M. sold 47 shares worth $5,235. $96,434 worth of KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) was sold by Higgins Bren D.. On Wednesday, January 31 WALLACE RICHARD P sold $1.46 million worth of KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) or 13,299 shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.49 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.48, from 1.01 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 31 investors sold KLAC shares while 145 reduced holdings. 76 funds opened positions while 187 raised stakes. 138.11 million shares or 0.96% less from 139.45 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Sensato Lc invested in 178,100 shares or 2.35% of the stock. Moneta Grp Inc Advsrs Limited Liability Com stated it has 0% of its portfolio in KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC). Geode Mgmt Ltd Limited Liability Company owns 2.18M shares for 0.08% of their portfolio. Amundi Pioneer Asset Mgmt, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 328,687 shares. Retirement Systems Of Alabama holds 75,942 shares. Burney, a Virginia-based fund reported 4,985 shares. Us Financial Bank De reported 53,306 shares. Voya Investment Management Ltd Liability reported 106,068 shares. E&G Lp has 6,800 shares for 0.3% of their portfolio. Moreover, Beacon Advsr Incorporated has 1.29% invested in KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC). Sandy Spring Financial Bank holds 50 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Manufacturers Life The has 0.02% invested in KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC). Freestone Capital Ltd Limited Liability Company reported 48,969 shares or 0.36% of all its holdings. Department Mb National Bank N A reported 0% stake. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft Fi owns 5,916 shares.

Among 20 analysts covering KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC), 15 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 75% are positive. KLA-Tencor Corporation had 62 analyst reports since July 28, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Thursday, October 22 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, August 7 by Stifel Nicolaus. Goldman Sachs downgraded the shares of KLAC in report on Wednesday, September 13 to “Neutral” rating. The stock of KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) earned “Buy” rating by Nomura on Tuesday, September 22. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, April 12 report. The rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets with “Hold” on Thursday, November 16. The stock of KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, January 24 by Stifel Nicolaus. Citigroup upgraded KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) on Thursday, February 15 to “Buy” rating. On Friday, June 2 the stock rating was maintained by Cowen & Co with “Buy”. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, January 27 report.

American Century Companies Inc, which manages about $100.38B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Crown Castle Intl Corp New (NYSE:CCI) by 24,819 shares to 808,189 shares, valued at $89.72 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Oshkosh Corp (NYSE:OSK) by 38,942 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 680,081 shares, and cut its stake in Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW).

Among 23 analysts covering Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON), 10 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 43% are positive. Monsanto Company had 63 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, August 27 by Canaccord Genuity. The stock of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) earned “Overweight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Thursday, August 27. JP Morgan upgraded the stock to “Overweight” rating in Wednesday, September 21 report. The stock has “Sector Perform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, February 23. Jefferies maintained Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) on Monday, August 14 with “Hold” rating. On Tuesday, September 5 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Hold”. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus on Friday, October 9 with “Buy”. BMO Capital Markets downgraded the stock to “Hold” rating in Monday, April 9 report. The rating was maintained by Argus Research on Friday, October 9 with “Buy”. The stock of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) earned “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan on Thursday, October 8.

Since January 9, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 1 insider sale for $966,720 activity.

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