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Rafferty Asset Management Has Increased Its Applied Matls (AMAT) Holding; Segall Bryant & Hamill Has Boosted Its American States Water Co (AWR) Stake by $499,548; Shares Declined

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Rafferty Asset Management Llc increased its stake in Applied Matls Inc (AMAT) by 43.6% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Rafferty Asset Management Llc bought 110,310 shares as the company’s stock rose 6.49% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 363,293 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $18.57M, up from 252,983 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Rafferty Asset Management Llc who had been investing in Applied Matls Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $59.75 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.43% or $0.8 during the last trading session, reaching $56.87. About 7.19M shares traded. Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) has risen 42.67% since April 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 31.12% the S&P500.

Segall Bryant & Hamill Llc increased its stake in American States Water Co (AWR) by 8.84% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Segall Bryant & Hamill Llc bought 8,764 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.29% with the market. The hedge fund held 107,891 shares of the water supply company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $6.25M, up from 99,127 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Segall Bryant & Hamill Llc who had been investing in American States Water Co for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $1.99B market cap company. The stock increased 1.62% or $0.86 during the last trading session, reaching $54.08. About 155,010 shares traded. American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR) has risen 19.43% since April 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 7.88% the S&P500.

Since December 29, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 4 insider sales for $10.41 million activity. Forrest Stephen R sold $214,680 worth of stock. Nalamasu Omkaram had sold 53,466 shares worth $2.83M. Salehpour Ali sold $6.44 million worth of stock.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.86 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.20, from 1.06 in 2017Q3. It is negative, as 52 investors sold AMAT shares while 367 reduced holdings. 113 funds opened positions while 249 raised stakes. 797.20 million shares or 1.72% less from 811.15 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Moreover, Ibm Retirement Fund has 0.25% invested in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) for 26,296 shares. Indexiq Advsrs Llc holds 0.04% of its portfolio in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) for 19,795 shares. Pub Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado has 203,416 shares for 0.07% of their portfolio. Welch & Forbes Ltd Limited Liability Company invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT). Principal Group holds 0.13% or 2.80 million shares. 79,557 are owned by Bokf Na. Hanson Mcclain stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT). Centurylink Mngmt holds 37,245 shares or 0.67% of its portfolio. Advisor Partners Ltd Com has invested 0.31% in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT). Guinness Atkinson Asset Management owns 137,610 shares or 4.31% of their US portfolio. Gilder Gagnon Howe Ltd Liability, a New York-based fund reported 19,599 shares. Teachers Retirement Of The State Of Kentucky invested 0.26% in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT). Umb Comml Bank N A Mo has invested 0.01% in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT). Charter has invested 0.18% in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT). Virtu Fincl Ltd, a New York-based fund reported 50,338 shares.

Rafferty Asset Management Llc, which manages about $7.35 billion and $5.79 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Raytheon Co (NYSE:RTN) by 10,096 shares to 10,840 shares, valued at $2.04M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Enbridge Energy Partners LP (NYSE:EEP) by 25,237 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 156,926 shares, and cut its stake in Tiffany & Co New (NYSE:TIF).

Among 28 analysts covering Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT), 27 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 96% are positive. Applied Materials Inc. had 120 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Conviction Buy” rating by Goldman Sachs on Wednesday, February 3. The firm has “Buy” rating by Credit Agricole given on Tuesday, January 19. The stock of Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) earned “Buy” rating by DA Davidson on Monday, July 10. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) on Friday, August 18 with “Overweight” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, February 19 by Needham. The stock of Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, June 29 by RBC Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Wednesday, November 11 with “Outperform”. As per Monday, February 13, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The firm has “Overweight” rating given on Tuesday, December 15 by Morgan Stanley. On Friday, August 18 the stock rating was maintained by Nomura with “Buy”.

Segall Bryant & Hamill Llc, which manages about $9.47B and $4.54B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Marketaxess Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MKTX) by 4,617 shares to 18,647 shares, valued at $3.76 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Whirlpool Corp (NYSE:WHR) by 2,430 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 18,100 shares, and cut its stake in Ngl Energy Partners Lp (NYSE:NGL).

Among 6 analysts covering American States Water (NYSE:AWR), 1 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 17% are positive. American States Water had 13 analyst reports since August 8, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR) earned “Buy” rating by Zacks on Saturday, August 8. The rating was initiated by Barclays Capital with “Underweight” on Monday, January 4. The rating was downgraded by Janney Capital to “Sell” on Friday, October 16. Janney Capital upgraded American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR) on Friday, August 5 to “Neutral” rating. The rating was upgraded by Ladenburg Thalmann on Wednesday, May 11 to “Neutral”. Wells Fargo downgraded it to “Sell” rating and $50.0 target in Monday, December 18 report. The rating was initiated by FinnCap with “Corporate” on Thursday, November 24. The rating was maintained by Wells Fargo with “Market Perform” on Tuesday, October 3. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Underweight” on Tuesday, September 6. Barclays Capital maintained the shares of AWR in report on Friday, May 20 with “Underweight” rating.

Since January 5, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 6 sales for $324,274 activity. $39,030 worth of American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR) was sold by SWITZER BRYAN K on Monday, March 5. Cotton – III James C sold 734 shares worth $37,830. Shares for $36,452 were sold by FARROW GLADYS. $91,744 worth of stock was sold by BONTA DIANA M on Tuesday, March 6.

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