Northstar Asset Management Holds Position in Cognex (CGNX); Northrop Grumman (NOC) Holder Rafferty Asset Management Has Lifted Stake by $502,758 as Stock Value Rose

May 16, 2018 - By Marguerite Chambers

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Rafferty Asset Management Llc increased its stake in Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC) by 33.09% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Rafferty Asset Management Llc bought 1,643 shares as the company’s stock rose 14.98% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 6,608 shares of the industrial machinery and components company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $2.03 million, up from 4,965 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Rafferty Asset Management Llc who had been investing in Northrop Grumman Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $56.29B market cap company. The stock increased 0.88% or $2.82 during the last trading session, reaching $322.79. About 413,169 shares traded. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has risen 48.11% since May 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 36.56% the S&P500.

Northstar Asset Management Llc increased its stake in Cognex Corporation (CGNX) by 109.88% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Northstar Asset Management Llc bought 13,240 shares as the company’s stock declined 13.83% with the market. The institutional investor held 25,290 shares of the industrial machinery and components company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $1.55M, up from 12,050 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Northstar Asset Management Llc who had been investing in Cognex Corporation for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $8.32 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.52% or $0.72 during the last trading session, reaching $48.11. About 597,340 shares traded. Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX) has risen 31.99% since May 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 20.44% the S&P500.

More notable recent Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) news were published by: Fool.com which released: “Northrop’s Sales and Earnings Surge — So Why Did Its Shares Sink?” on April 30, 2018, also Bizjournals.com with their article: “Northrop Grumman lands 5th Advanced Hawkeye contract, cracks $200M in value for year” published on April 17, 2018, Globenewswire.com published: “Northrop Grumman Releases First Quarter 2018 Financial Results” on April 25, 2018. More interesting news about Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) were released by: Globenewswire.com and their article: “Northrop Grumman to Webcast Annual Shareholders Meeting” published on May 11, 2018 as well as Streetinsider.com‘s news article titled: “JANA Shows New Stakes in Apple (AAPL), Boston Scientific (BSX), Dropbox (DBX), iQIYI (IQ) (more..) -13F” with publication date: May 15, 2018.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.98 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.08, from 1.06 in 2017Q3. It is negative, as 46 investors sold NOC shares while 287 reduced holdings. 105 funds opened positions while 222 raised stakes. 137.07 million shares or 0.41% less from 137.63 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Cornerstone Advsrs Inc holds 0.02% in Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) or 111 shares. Amundi Pioneer Asset Mgmt reported 213,645 shares stake. Sandy Spring Bank & Trust holds 0.03% of its portfolio in Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for 1,138 shares. Ashfield Cap Prtn Limited Liability Company holds 3,629 shares. California State Teachers Retirement invested in 272,441 shares. New York-based New York State Common Retirement Fund has invested 0.18% in Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC). Wealthtrust has invested 0.11% in Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC). 3,428 were reported by Bb&T. Choate Invest Advsrs holds 0.08% of its portfolio in Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for 5,030 shares. 200 were reported by Peoples Financial Services. 933 are owned by Town And Country Bancshares And Tru Dba First Bankers Tru. Hightower Advisors Limited Company holds 39,453 shares. Etrade Cap Management Limited Liability Corporation stated it has 7,525 shares. Bluefin Trading Limited Company accumulated 0.02% or 1,300 shares. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board holds 0.19% or 16,772 shares.

Rafferty Asset Management Llc, which manages about $7.35 billion and $5.79 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Cisco Sys Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) by 9,634 shares to 38,563 shares, valued at $1.48M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Mylan N V (NASDAQ:MYL) by 13,476 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 50,142 shares, and cut its stake in Netease Inc (NASDAQ:NTES).

Among 20 analysts covering Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC), 13 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 65% are positive. Northrop Grumman had 65 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, January 25 by Jefferies. Barclays Capital upgraded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) rating on Thursday, November 10. Barclays Capital has “Overweight” rating and $270 target. The firm has “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan given on Thursday, August 25. The rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs to “Buy” on Tuesday, May 8. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of NOC in report on Wednesday, November 15 with “Buy” rating. As per Friday, August 4, the company rating was maintained by Argus Research. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, September 29 by Jefferies. The stock of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has “Outperform” rating given on Thursday, October 29 by RBC Capital Markets. RBC Capital Markets initiated the stock with “Outperform” rating in Thursday, January 12 report. As per Wednesday, August 23, the company rating was maintained by Cowen & Co.

Since February 13, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 9 selling transactions for $6.82 million activity. Peppard Denise M. also sold $850,870 worth of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) on Tuesday, February 13. The insider Hardesty Michael A sold 2,941 shares worth $1.03M.

Among 19 analysts covering Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX), 9 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 47% are positive. Cognex Corporation had 47 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Robert W. Baird maintained Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX) rating on Tuesday, May 1. Robert W. Baird has “Neutral” rating and $40 target. As per Tuesday, August 2, the company rating was maintained by CLSA. The stock has “Buy” rating by Daiwa Securities on Friday, December 8. The stock has “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan on Tuesday, April 3. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Friday, December 2 by Northcoast. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity on Thursday, February 15 with “Hold”. The firm has “Hold” rating by Canaccord Genuity given on Tuesday, June 14. FBR Capital initiated it with “Mkt Perform” rating and $35 target in Wednesday, November 11 report. As per Wednesday, November 8, the company rating was downgraded by J.P. Morgan. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, August 4 by Canaccord Genuity.

More notable recent Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX) news were published by: Investorplace.com which released: “3 Stocks to Watch on Tuesday: Cognex Corporation (CGNX), Tenet Healthcare Corp (THC) and Tesla Inc (TSLA)” on May 01, 2018, also Nasdaq.com with their article: “Factors of Influence in 2018, Key Indicators and Opportunity within Cognex, MRC Global, Fulton Financial, Synovus …” published on May 14, 2018, Streetinsider.com published: “Pre-Open Movers 05/01: (INGN) (KPTI) (NTRI) Higher; (IVAC) (CGNX) (KLXI) Lower (more…)” on May 01, 2018. More interesting news about Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX) were released by: Prnewswire.com and their article: “The Rise of the Robot: Investing in Disruptive Automation” published on May 14, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Will Cognex Stock Keep Falling?” with publication date: May 09, 2018.

Northstar Asset Management Llc, which manages about $241.97M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) by 9,295 shares to 11,925 shares, valued at $1.25 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing.

Investors sentiment increased to 6.53 in 2017 Q4. Its up 5.48, from 1.05 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 32 investors sold CGNX shares while 21 reduced holdings. 84 funds opened positions while 262 raised stakes. 268.44 million shares or 268.52% more from 72.84 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Captrust Advsrs holds 1,285 shares. 268 are owned by Fifth Third Bankshares. Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt holds 0.02% in Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX) or 2,800 shares. Koch Industry holds 0.04% or 4,227 shares. Navellier Associate holds 164,103 shares. Virtus Inv Advisers Inc reported 0% of its portfolio in Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX). 499,761 are owned by Vident Inv Advisory Limited Liability Corp. 64,254 are owned by Westpac Banking. Aperio Gp Limited Liability stated it has 64,743 shares. Marsico Mngmt Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 24,736 shares or 0.06% of its portfolio. Fmr Ltd Liability accumulated 0% or 144,384 shares. Old Second Natl Bank Of Aurora, a Illinois-based fund reported 56 shares. Greenleaf Trust accumulated 508 shares. Nomura Hldgs Inc reported 0% in Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX). Schwab Charles Invest holds 0.03% or 620,755 shares.

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