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Holder Westwood Holdings Group Upped Esterline Technologies (ESL) Position; As Moodys (MCO) Market Value Rose, Holder Winslow Capital Management Trimmed by $18.06 Million Its Stake

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Westwood Holdings Group Inc increased its stake in Esterline Technologies Corp (ESL) by 19.09% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Westwood Holdings Group Inc bought 36,775 shares as the company’s stock declined 2.26% with the market. The institutional investor held 229,377 shares of the industrial machinery and components company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $17.13 million, up from 192,602 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Westwood Holdings Group Inc who had been investing in Esterline Technologies Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $2.17B market cap company. The stock decreased 1.73% or $1.3 during the last trading session, reaching $73.85. About 175,025 shares traded. Esterline Technologies Corporation (NYSE:ESL) has declined 11.87% since April 25, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 23.42% the S&P500.

Winslow Capital Management Llc decreased its stake in Moodys Corp (MCO) by 8.24% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Winslow Capital Management Llc sold 122,875 shares as the company’s stock rose 8.54% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 1.37M shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $202.11M, down from 1.49 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Winslow Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Moodys Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $30.67 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 1.24% or $2.02 during the last trading session, reaching $160.46. About 817,090 shares traded or 0.85% up from the average. Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) has risen 43.20% since April 25, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 31.65% the S&P500.

Among 14 analysts covering Moody’s (NYSE:MCO), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 21% are positive. Moody’s had 52 analyst reports since October 5, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital on Monday, July 24 with “Equal-Weight”. The stock has “Hold” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Wednesday, April 18. The firm has “Hold” rating by Evercore given on Thursday, January 7. The firm has “Neutral” rating by UBS given on Monday, November 6. The rating was initiated by Argus Research with “Buy” on Monday, October 5. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Wednesday, October 4 with “Hold”. The rating was maintained by Credit Suisse with “Hold” on Wednesday, August 30. BMO Capital Markets maintained it with “Hold” rating and $161.0 target in Friday, February 9 report. The firm has “Hold” rating by Cantor Fitzgerald given on Tuesday, November 10. Piper Jaffray maintained the shares of MCO in report on Friday, February 9 with “Hold” rating.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.35 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.34, from 1.01 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 28 investors sold MCO shares while 162 reduced holdings. 84 funds opened positions while 172 raised stakes. 158.40 million shares or 0.16% more from 158.15 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. 235,397 are owned by Adage Capital Prtnrs Gp Llc. Cipher Capital Ltd Partnership stated it has 0.07% of its portfolio in Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO). Qs Ltd Liability owns 2,603 shares. Sun Life Financial has invested 0.01% in Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO). Raymond James Associate invested in 0.01% or 35,023 shares. Chicago Equity Prtn Ltd Co, Illinois-based fund reported 3,540 shares. Glg Limited reported 7,974 shares. Kentucky Retirement Fund reported 4,415 shares. Hightower Ltd Liability accumulated 4,916 shares or 0.01% of the stock. World Asset Mgmt holds 0.07% or 15,159 shares. Colony Gp Limited Liability, Massachusetts-based fund reported 56,789 shares. Penbrook Limited Company invested in 15,650 shares or 2.08% of the stock. Stevens Mgmt Limited Partnership, a Pennsylvania-based fund reported 9,910 shares. Zebra Cap Management Lc reported 9,813 shares. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board holds 80,586 shares or 0.15% of its portfolio.

Winslow Capital Management Llc, which manages about $33.78B and $18.18 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Paypal Holdings Inc by 242,528 shares to 4.22 million shares, valued at $310.86 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Charter Comm Inc by 1,345 shares in the quarter, for a total of 939,428 shares, and has risen its stake in Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE).

Since November 22, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 9 insider sales for $30.52 million activity. On Monday, April 2 Duffie Darrell sold $80,480 worth of Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) or 500 shares. The insider Crimmins Michael S sold $49,811. Almeida Mark had sold 62,500 shares worth $10.11 million. $4.92 million worth of Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) was sold by Huber Linda on Monday, March 5. Fauber Robert sold $588,000 worth of stock or 3,500 shares.

Analysts await Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) to report earnings on April, 27 before the open. They expect $1.79 EPS, up 21.77% or $0.32 from last year’s $1.47 per share. MCO’s profit will be $342.08M for 22.41 P/E if the $1.79 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.51 actual EPS reported by Moody's Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 18.54% EPS growth.

Westwood Holdings Group Inc, which manages about $13.29 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Rosehill Resources Inc by 58,663 shares to 222,578 shares, valued at $1.75M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Great Westn Bancorp Inc (NYSE:GWB) by 528,965 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 1.24M shares, and cut its stake in Hormel Foods Corp (NYSE:HRL).

Among 14 analysts covering Esterline Techs (NYSE:ESL), 0 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 0 are positive. Esterline Techs had 47 analyst reports since August 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Credit Suisse maintained the shares of ESL in report on Monday, February 5 with “Underperform” rating. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity with “Hold” on Wednesday, June 21. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Friday, April 21 by Canaccord Genuity. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Friday, October 6 with “Hold”. As per Friday, February 5, the company rating was downgraded by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The company was initiated on Thursday, January 19 by Suntrust Robinson. Canaccord Genuity maintained Esterline Technologies Corporation (NYSE:ESL) rating on Wednesday, October 11. Canaccord Genuity has “Hold” rating and $92.0 target. Jefferies maintained the shares of ESL in report on Wednesday, April 19 with “Hold” rating. The firm has “Sell” rating given on Thursday, August 10 by Goldman Sachs. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Thursday, August 3 with “Hold”.

Since October 26, 2017, it had 1 buy, and 0 sales for $72,130 activity. Etter Delores M bought $72,130 worth of stock. 31,155 shares were sold by First Pacific Advisors – LLC, worth $2.99 million on Thursday, October 26.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.28 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.41, from 0.87 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 16 investors sold ESL shares while 66 reduced holdings. 37 funds opened positions while 68 raised stakes. 27.47 million shares or 1.07% more from 27.18 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Voya Inv Mgmt Lc has 0.04% invested in Esterline Technologies Corporation (NYSE:ESL) for 264,471 shares. Paloma Partners Mngmt invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Esterline Technologies Corporation (NYSE:ESL). Deutsche Bank & Trust Ag holds 182,007 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Kennedy Cap Management holds 0.21% in Esterline Technologies Corporation (NYSE:ESL) or 159,238 shares. Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) accumulated 1,770 shares. Point72 Asset Management Ltd Partnership holds 0% or 10,500 shares. Mackenzie has invested 0% of its portfolio in Esterline Technologies Corporation (NYSE:ESL). Credit Agricole S A holds 0% or 1 shares in its portfolio. Ubs Asset Management Americas holds 0% or 19,130 shares in its portfolio. Texas Permanent School Fund owns 17,836 shares. Financial Bank Of America Corporation De has invested 0% in Esterline Technologies Corporation (NYSE:ESL). Orrstown Financial Svcs holds 20 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Price T Rowe Assoc Inc Md owns 133,212 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Qs Investors Ltd Llc accumulated 0% or 38 shares. Massachusetts-based Loomis Sayles Limited Partnership has invested 0% in Esterline Technologies Corporation (NYSE:ESL).

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