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Veritas Asset Management Llp Position in Express Scripts Holding Co (ESRX) Lifted by $24.56 Million as Share Price Declined; Holder Foster Dykema Cabot & Co Has Boosted Becton Dickinson & Company (BDX) Position

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Foster Dykema Cabot & Co Inc increased its stake in Becton Dickinson & Company (BDX) by 76.07% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Foster Dykema Cabot & Co Inc bought 17,133 shares as the company’s stock declined 1.94% with the market. The institutional investor held 39,655 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $8.49M, up from 22,522 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Foster Dykema Cabot & Co Inc who had been investing in Becton Dickinson & Company for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $62.04B market cap company. The stock increased 0.06% or $0.14 during the last trading session, reaching $233.02. About 748,398 shares traded. Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) has risen 15.92% since April 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 4.37% the S&P500.

Veritas Asset Management Llp increased its stake in Express Scripts Holding Co (ESRX) by 3.84% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Veritas Asset Management Llp bought 331,900 shares as the company’s stock declined 5.58% with the market. The institutional investor held 8.98 million shares of the medical and nursing services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $670.63M, up from 8.65 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Veritas Asset Management Llp who had been investing in Express Scripts Holding Co for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $42.22 billion market cap company. The stock increased 2.31% or $1.7 during the last trading session, reaching $75.19. About 2.55M shares traded. Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has risen 8.93% since April 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.62% the S&P500.

Among 20 analysts covering Becton Dickinson (NYSE:BDX), 13 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 65% are positive. Becton Dickinson had 53 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating by Cowen & Co given on Monday, July 10. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, August 19 by Argus Research. Piper Jaffray maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, February 6 report. The stock of Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) earned “Sector Perform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, February 4. Cowen & Co maintained the shares of BDX in report on Wednesday, December 20 with “Buy” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of BDX in report on Friday, August 7 with “Sector Perform” rating. The stock of Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) earned “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Thursday, March 30. The company was maintained on Thursday, November 2 by Stifel Nicolaus. On Thursday, August 3 the stock rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Buy”. The firm has “Hold” rating by Citigroup given on Friday, January 5.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.55 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.62, from 0.93 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 50 investors sold BDX shares while 294 reduced holdings. 147 funds opened positions while 386 raised stakes. 215.77 million shares or 9.23% more from 197.53 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Fjarde Ap invested 0.24% in Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX). Louisiana State Employees Retirement System invested in 0.16% or 16,033 shares. Sky Gp Ltd Liability Com stated it has 2.21% in Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX). Asset Management Inc owns 25,317 shares. Mackenzie Corporation invested 0.5% of its portfolio in Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX). Verition Fund Mngmt Limited Com has 9,490 shares. Goodman Fincl stated it has 20 shares. Vigilant Limited Liability reported 521 shares. Pittenger Anderson owns 44,057 shares. Alliancebernstein Limited Partnership reported 370,634 shares. Nomura Holdings has invested 0.05% in Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX). Hbk Sorce Advisory Llc holds 0.1% or 3,961 shares. Bahl And Gaynor Incorporated holds 0.54% of its portfolio in Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) for 243,737 shares. Boston Family Office Limited Liability Corp owns 13,066 shares for 0.31% of their portfolio. Sprucegrove Invest Mngmt accumulated 56,250 shares.

Since February 23, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 4 sales for $2.59 million activity. 1,877 shares were sold by Polen Thomas E Jr, worth $426,079 on Tuesday, March 13. Another trade for 4,048 shares valued at $910,726 was made by Borzi James W on Monday, February 26. Shares for $38,416 were sold by RING TIMOTHY M on Friday, February 23.

Foster Dykema Cabot & Co Inc, which manages about $1.07B and $597.89 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Jpmorgan Hedged Equity Select by 49,828 shares to 3.89M shares, valued at $75.15M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Ishares Edge Msci Usa Quality (QUAL) by 8,841 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 289,353 shares, and cut its stake in Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK).

Investors sentiment increased to 0.69 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.07, from 0.62 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 68 investors sold ESRX shares while 407 reduced holdings. 111 funds opened positions while 216 raised stakes. 479.40 million shares or 1.52% less from 486.80 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Macquarie Gru Ltd owns 10.18 million shares or 1.34% of their US portfolio. Private Advisor Gp Limited Co holds 16,017 shares. Moreover, Jpmorgan Chase And has 0.02% invested in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Renaissance Gru Ltd Company holds 0.08% or 32,134 shares in its portfolio. Lipe & Dalton accumulated 23,510 shares or 1.21% of the stock. Ballentine Limited Company reported 7,028 shares stake. S&T National Bank Pa has invested 1.25% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Proshare Advsrs Ltd Liability Corporation has 0.2% invested in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Keybank Association Oh holds 0.04% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) for 83,482 shares. Busey Trust holds 0.84% or 88,108 shares. 1832 Asset Limited Partnership invested 0% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Paloma Prtn Mgmt Communication has invested 0.05% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Timber Hill Lc invested in 0.12% or 24,745 shares. 1St Source Financial Bank holds 0.05% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) or 7,547 shares. Mechanics Savings Bank Department reported 0.76% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX).

Veritas Asset Management Llp, which manages about $12.87 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) by 187,000 shares to 1.41M shares, valued at $50.94M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Qualcomm Inc (NASDAQ:QCOM) by 451,100 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 12.98M shares, and cut its stake in Oracle Corp (NYSE:ORCL).

Among 25 analysts covering Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX), 8 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 32% are positive. Express Scripts had 66 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Jefferies downgraded the stock to “Hold” rating in Thursday, March 8 report. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, January 11 by SunTrust. The rating was upgraded by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, January 31 to “Outperform”. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, March 29 by William Blair. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) earned “Hold” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, December 14. The firm has “Hold” rating by William Blair given on Thursday, March 8. Barclays Capital maintained the shares of ESRX in report on Wednesday, July 27 with “Overweight” rating. As per Wednesday, October 25, the company rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird. As per Friday, December 15, the company rating was maintained by Raymond James. On Wednesday, July 26 the stock rating was maintained by Maxim Group with “Buy”.

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