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Visa (V) Share Price Rose While Wedgewood Partners Decreased Its Position by $40.86 Million; Boston Common Asset Management Has Trimmed Stake in Ecolab Com (ECL) by $416,000 as Share Price Rose

Wedgewood Partners Inc decreased its stake in Visa (V) by 17.47% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Wedgewood Partners Inc sold 389,181 shares as the company’s stock rose 5.74% with the market. The institutional investor held 1.84M shares of the business services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $193.50 million, down from 2.23M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Wedgewood Partners Inc who had been investing in Visa for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $275.00B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.35% or $0.43 during the last trading session, reaching $121.85. About 6.37M shares traded. Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) has risen 20.29% since February 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 3.59% the S&P500.

Boston Common Asset Management Llc decreased its stake in Ecolab Inc Com (ECL) by 6.49% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Boston Common Asset Management Llc sold 3,250 shares as the company’s stock rose 2.53% with the market. The institutional investor held 46,791 shares of the package goods and cosmetics company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $6.02M, down from 50,041 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Boston Common Asset Management Llc who had been investing in Ecolab Inc Com for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $37.99B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.21% or $0.28 during the last trading session, reaching $131.49. About 1.30M shares traded or 2.74% up from the average. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has risen 9.41% since February 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 7.29% the S&P500.

Wedgewood Partners Inc, which manages about $5.30B and $2.93B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW) by 481,699 shares to 1.34M shares, valued at $146.81M in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

Since December 13, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 insider sales for $6.56 million activity. Another trade for 6,220 shares valued at $707,561 was sold by MATSCHULLAT ROBERT W. Another trade for 49,702 shares valued at $5.65 million was sold by MAHON TULLIER KELLY.

Among 42 analysts covering Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), 34 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 81% are positive. Visa Inc. had 125 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Friday, February 2 by PiperJaffray. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) rating on Tuesday, December 8. Keefe Bruyette & Woods has “Outperform” rating and $95 target. Morgan Stanley maintained Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) rating on Thursday, October 26. Morgan Stanley has “Overweight” rating and $126 target. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, January 29 by Susquehanna. The rating was maintained by Citigroup on Wednesday, October 18 with “Buy”. The rating was maintained by Sandler O’Neill with “Hold” on Friday, February 2. The stock of Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, October 26 by SunTrust. Morgan Stanley maintained it with “Overweight” rating and $137 target in Thursday, January 25 report. Barclays Capital maintained the stock with “Overweight” rating in Friday, February 2 report. On Thursday, October 26 the stock rating was maintained by Buckingham Research with “Buy”.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.13, from 1.13 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 48 investors sold V shares while 617 reduced holdings. 142 funds opened positions while 524 raised stakes. 1.64 billion shares or 1.45% less from 1.66 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Moreover, Grassi Inv has 1.89% invested in Visa Inc. (NYSE:V). Asset Mgmt has invested 0.9% of its portfolio in Visa Inc. (NYSE:V). Weybosset Rech Management Ltd Co owns 0.19% invested in Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) for 2,725 shares. Clearbridge, Maryland-based fund reported 1,190 shares. Eulav Asset Mngmt holds 0.97% or 195,000 shares in its portfolio. Signature And Invest Advsr Limited Liability holds 1,762 shares. Country Tru Bank & Trust holds 502 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Benedict Fin Advsrs Incorporated invested in 17,350 shares or 0.94% of the stock. Hgk Asset Mngmt invested 0.16% in Visa Inc. (NYSE:V). Bank & Trust Pictet And Cie (Asia) Ltd reported 0.49% in Visa Inc. (NYSE:V). Stillwater Inv Mgmt Lc reported 2.13% of its portfolio in Visa Inc. (NYSE:V). Arcadia Corporation Mi holds 1.03% or 32,013 shares in its portfolio. Legal General Grp Inc Pcl owns 0.72% invested in Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) for 9.11 million shares. Kepos Capital Lp stated it has 0.19% of its portfolio in Visa Inc. (NYSE:V). Psagot Inv House Limited stated it has 0.12% of its portfolio in Visa Inc. (NYSE:V).

Among 22 analysts covering Ecolab (NYSE:ECL), 11 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Ecolab had 62 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, August 2 by Deutsche Bank. The stock has “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan on Friday, October 9. On Friday, February 19 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Outperform”. Nomura maintained the shares of ECL in report on Tuesday, September 12 with “Neutral” rating. Deutsche Bank maintained the shares of ECL in report on Tuesday, August 11 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has “Hold” rating given on Monday, October 19 by Deutsche Bank. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Buy” on Wednesday, January 6. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Hold” rating and $13000 target in Wednesday, August 2 report. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Wednesday, November 1 by Jefferies. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, August 1 by RBC Capital Markets.

Analysts await Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) to report earnings on February, 20. They expect $1.40 EPS, up 12.00% or $0.15 from last year’s $1.25 per share. ECL’s profit will be $404.48 million for 23.48 P/E if the $1.40 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.37 actual EPS reported by Ecolab Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.19% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.19 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.25, from 0.94 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 31 investors sold ECL shares while 274 reduced holdings. 81 funds opened positions while 281 raised stakes. 213.37 million shares or 1.11% more from 211.02 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Savings Bank has invested 0.1% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Mitsubishi Ufj & Bk reported 540,587 shares. First Midwest Bancorp Trust Division accumulated 3,390 shares. Bb&T Corporation owns 10,694 shares. Exxonmobil Invest Tx has invested 0.15% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Amundi Pioneer Asset Mgmt accumulated 1.39 million shares. Buffington Mohr Mcneal, Idaho-based fund reported 21,860 shares. Manufacturers Life Ins Company The holds 373,045 shares or 0.06% of its portfolio. Birch Hill Invest Advsrs Limited Liability Company reported 3.22% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Communications holds 0.23% or 12,081 shares. Sphera Funds Limited invested 0.04% of its portfolio in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Johnson Inv Counsel Inc reported 1,893 shares. Grandfield Dodd Ltd Liability Co has invested 0.49% of its portfolio in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Tower Bridge invested in 6,040 shares. Mairs & reported 4.3% stake.

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