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Virtus Investment Advisers Lifted Its Roper Technologies (ROP) Holding by $360,884; Nuance Investments Cut Its Commerce Bancshares (CBSH) Stake by $30.33 Million; Stock Price Rose

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Nuance Investments Llc decreased its stake in Commerce Bancshares Inc (CBSH) by 55.34% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Nuance Investments Llc sold 551,408 shares as the company’s stock rose 3.47% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 445,006 shares of the finance company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $24.85 million, down from 996,414 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Nuance Investments Llc who had been investing in Commerce Bancshares Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $6.69 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.99% or $0.63 during the last trading session, reaching $62.79. About 294,303 shares traded. Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH) has risen 12.72% since April 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 1.17% the S&P500.

Virtus Investment Advisers Inc increased its stake in Roper Technologies Inc (ROP) by 2008.48% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Virtus Investment Advisers Inc bought 90,221 shares as the company’s stock rose 6.89% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 94,713 shares of the capital goods company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $454,000, up from 4,492 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Virtus Investment Advisers Inc who had been investing in Roper Technologies Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $28.43B market cap company. The stock increased 0.79% or $2.17 during the last trading session, reaching $276.51. About 245,878 shares traded. Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) has risen 35.33% since April 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 23.78% the S&P500.

Virtus Investment Advisers Inc, which manages about $40.49 billion and $917.75 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) by 8,516 shares to 93,667 shares, valued at $15.85M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Align Technology Inc (NASDAQ:ALGN) by 4,125 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 14,559 shares, and cut its stake in United Contl Hldgs Inc (NYSE:UAL).

Among 13 analysts covering Roper Industries Inc. (NYSE:ROP), 10 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 77% are positive. Roper Industries Inc. had 53 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) rating on Sunday, February 4. RBC Capital Markets has “Buy” rating and $319.0 target. Cowen & Co maintained Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) on Monday, March 5 with “Buy” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of ROP in report on Wednesday, January 3 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, February 15 by Stifel Nicolaus. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, November 25 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock of Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) earned “Buy” rating by Oppenheimer on Monday, July 31. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Tuesday, November 1 by RBC Capital Markets. The rating was upgraded by Zacks to “Sell” on Friday, August 7. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, October 11 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Oppenheimer given on Friday, January 6.

Since October 31, 2017, it had 1 buying transaction, and 7 selling transactions for $103.28 million activity. 1,000 Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) shares with value of $283,450 were sold by JOHNSON ROBERT D. KNOWLING ROBERT E JR sold $1.04M worth of Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) on Tuesday, October 31. JELLISON BRIAN D had sold 74,589 shares worth $20.66 million on Wednesday, January 17. 500 shares were bought by WALLMAN RICHARD F, worth $141,295.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.96 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.32, from 1.28 in 2017Q3. It dropped, as 32 investors sold ROP shares while 212 reduced holdings. 62 funds opened positions while 173 raised stakes. 95.52 million shares or 3.45% less from 98.93 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Tiverton Asset Mgmt holds 0.02% or 1,338 shares. Asset Mngmt has 892 shares. Guggenheim Cap Ltd Liability Co holds 0.13% or 209,350 shares in its portfolio. 54 are held by America First Investment Ltd Co. Prudential Financial invested 0.05% of its portfolio in Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP). Daiwa Securities Grp Inc accumulated 0.01% or 3,110 shares. Moreover, Quantbot Techs Limited Partnership has 0.22% invested in Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) for 8,976 shares. Nbw Cap, Massachusetts-based fund reported 33,326 shares. Boston Family Office Lc invested 0.81% in Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP). Hartford has invested 0.1% in Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP). Eagle Asset holds 21,093 shares. Kcm Inv Advisors Limited Liability Corporation owns 1,149 shares. Gamco Invsts Et Al holds 0.09% or 54,075 shares. Salem Counselors Inc, North Carolina-based fund reported 13,115 shares. Comerica Inc stated it has 0.03% in Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ROP).

Since October 26, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 22 sales for $22.29 million activity. $36,374 worth of stock was sold by PETRIE MICHAEL J on Friday, February 16. KIM CHARLES G had sold 6,909 shares worth $405,282. 164 Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH) shares with value of $9,863 were sold by Roller David L.. Callahan Daniel D. also sold $174,034 worth of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH) shares. $197,261 worth of stock was sold by FOSTER SARA E on Monday, January 29. 798 Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH) shares with value of $48,650 were sold by Kellerhals Patricia R.

Analysts await Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH) to report earnings on July, 12. They expect $0.88 earnings per share, up 23.94% or $0.17 from last year’s $0.71 per share. CBSH’s profit will be $93.82M for 17.84 P/E if the $0.88 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.92 actual earnings per share reported by Commerce Bancshares, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -4.35% negative EPS growth.

Nuance Investments Llc, which manages about $507.52M and $1.50B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Aflac Inc (NYSE:AFL) by 8,204 shares to 136,220 shares, valued at $11.96M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) by 204,814 shares in the quarter, for a total of 346,909 shares, and has risen its stake in Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET).

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