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As Gap (GPS) Market Valuation Declined, Holder Heritage Investors Management Has Trimmed Position; Applied Matls (AMAT) Holder Mitsubishi Ufj Securities Holdings Company Has Cut Position

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Heritage Investors Management Corp decreased its stake in Gap Inc (GPS) by 36.25% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Heritage Investors Management Corp sold 20,905 shares as the company’s stock declined 11.38% with the market. The institutional investor held 36,765 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $1.25 million, down from 57,670 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Heritage Investors Management Corp who had been investing in Gap Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $11.07 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 3.76% or $1.11 during the last trading session, reaching $28.44. About 7.01M shares traded or 38.04% up from the average. The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) has risen 31.10% since April 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 19.55% the S&P500.

Mitsubishi Ufj Securities Holdings Company decreased its stake in Applied Matls Inc (AMAT) by 73.23% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Mitsubishi Ufj Securities Holdings Company sold 6,320 shares as the company’s stock rose 6.49% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 2,310 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $118,000, down from 8,630 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Mitsubishi Ufj Securities Holdings Company who had been investing in Applied Matls Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $53.68B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.20% or $0.1 during the last trading session, reaching $51.09. About 14.54 million shares traded. Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) has risen 42.67% since April 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 31.12% the S&P500.

Since February 1, 2018, it had 1 insider buy, and 11 insider sales for $57.85 million activity. Shares for $2.53 million were sold by Chapman Paul Joseph on Wednesday, March 21. $192,921 worth of stock was sold by Hyder Brent on Thursday, February 1. $15.64 million worth of stock was sold by FISHER ROBERT J on Tuesday, April 3. FISHER JOHN J had sold 500,000 shares worth $17.22 million on Tuesday, March 6. Shares for $138,244 were sold by Bazzano Dara. 5,000 shares valued at $168,742 were bought by GOLDNER BRIAN on Monday, March 5.

Heritage Investors Management Corp, which manages about $1.74B and $1.66B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Tr (IEFA) by 8,365 shares to 46,950 shares, valued at $3.10 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) by 10,781 shares in the quarter, for a total of 399,064 shares, and has risen its stake in Unitedhealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH).

Investors sentiment increased to 0.98 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.02, from 0.96 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 37 investors sold GPS shares while 153 reduced holdings. 73 funds opened positions while 113 raised stakes. 208.71 million shares or 2.18% more from 204.26 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. 43,550 are owned by Point72 Asset L P. Moreover, Sun Life Fincl has 0% invested in The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) for 476 shares. Comerica Bancshares invested in 0.02% or 75,657 shares. Natl Bank Of Ny Mellon holds 0.09% or 10.21M shares. M&T National Bank & Trust, New York-based fund reported 18,237 shares. Regions reported 18,576 shares stake. Jane Street Group Inc Limited Liability Company reported 22,475 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Moreover, Credit Suisse Ag has 0.02% invested in The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS). 75,413 were accumulated by Gulf National Bank (Uk) Limited. Mitsubishi Ufj & accumulated 485,074 shares. Prudential Public Limited Company owns 0% invested in The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) for 7,200 shares. Clifford Swan Investment Counsel Llc invested 0.18% of its portfolio in The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS). Magnetar Financial Ltd Limited Liability Company invested 0.02% in The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS). 60,575 are held by Proshare Advsr Limited Liability Corporation. Her Majesty The Queen In Right Of The Province Of Alberta As Represented By Alberta Inv accumulated 619,200 shares.

Analysts await The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) to report earnings on May, 17. They expect $0.46 EPS, up 27.78% or $0.10 from last year’s $0.36 per share. GPS’s profit will be $179.08M for 15.46 P/E if the $0.46 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.61 actual EPS reported by The Gap, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -24.59% negative EPS growth.

Among 34 analysts covering The Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS), 4 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 26 Hold. Therefore 12% are positive. The Gap Inc. had 177 analyst reports since August 5, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Wolfe Research maintained the stock with “Underperform” rating in Friday, October 9 report. FBR Capital maintained it with “Hold” rating and $35.0 target in Friday, March 2 report. The stock of The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) earned “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Friday, May 20. Deutsche Bank upgraded it to “Hold” rating and $24 target in Friday, October 7 report. UBS downgraded the stock to “Sell” rating in Wednesday, September 30 report. S&P Research downgraded The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) on Thursday, October 1 to “Hold” rating. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, October 9 with “Sector Perform”. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Piper Jaffray on Monday, November 28. The stock of The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) has “Market Perform” rating given on Monday, October 12 by FBR Capital. The stock of The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) earned “Market Perform” rating by Telsey Advisory Group on Friday, November 20.

Analysts await Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) to report earnings on May, 17. They expect $1.13 earnings per share, up 43.04% or $0.34 from last year’s $0.79 per share. AMAT’s profit will be $1.19B for 11.30 P/E if the $1.13 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.06 actual earnings per share reported by Applied Materials, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 6.60% EPS growth.

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. As per Thursday, September 28, the company rating was maintained by B. Riley & Co. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank on Friday, February 19 with “Buy”. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Buy” rating and $71.0 target in Thursday, February 15 report. The rating was maintained by Credit Suisse with “Outperform” on Tuesday, August 9. Pacific Crest maintained it with “Overweight” rating and $23 target in Thursday, March 10 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by DA Davidson given on Monday, July 10. The firm has “Buy” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets given on Wednesday, September 27. The rating was maintained by Craig Hallum with “Buy” on Monday, September 18. As per Thursday, June 29, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. The stock has “Negative” rating by Susquehanna on Tuesday, April 19.

Since December 29, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 insider sales for $10.41 million activity. Iannotti Thomas J had sold 15,000 shares worth $922,050. Nalamasu Omkaram had sold 53,466 shares worth $2.83 million on Tuesday, January 2. Another trade for 4,000 shares valued at $214,680 was made by Forrest Stephen R on Wednesday, January 3.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.86 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.20, from 1.06 in 2017Q3. It fall, 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. Patriot Wealth Mngmt has invested 1.06% in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT). Mitsubishi Ufj Tru & Bk invested in 2.27M shares. Stephens Inc Ar invested in 20,076 shares. New Amsterdam Partners Llc New York accumulated 14,689 shares. Bragg Financial Advsr owns 141,622 shares. Whalerock Point Partners Lc has 10,465 shares for 0.17% of their portfolio. Hamilton Point Advsr Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 1.39% or 51,840 shares in its portfolio. General reported 239,756 shares. Smithfield Com reported 0.05% of its portfolio in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT). Moreover, Jnba Fin Advisors has 0.26% invested in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) for 24,150 shares. 61,500 were accumulated by Old Mutual Customised Solutions (Proprietary) Limited. Reilly Fincl Advsr Limited Liability stated it has 2,992 shares. Ny State Teachers Retirement Sys accumulated 0.22% or 1.85M shares. Fmr Llc has 20.34 million shares. Axa owns 879,748 shares for 0.18% of their portfolio.

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