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Laboratory Of America (LH) Shareholder Westwood Management Has Lowered Its Position by $21.20 Million as Market Valuation Rose; Cubic Asset Management Lifted Its Compass Minerals International (CMP) Stake by $1.19 Million

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Westwood Management Corp decreased its stake in Laboratory Corp Of America (LH) by 96.01% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Westwood Management Corp sold 133,350 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.25% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 5,540 shares of the medical specialities company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $884,000, down from 138,890 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Westwood Management Corp who had been investing in Laboratory Corp Of America for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $18.04 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.32% or $0.57 during the last trading session, reaching $176.3. About 625,576 shares traded. Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) has risen 14.17% since May 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 2.62% the S&P500.

Cubic Asset Management Llc increased its stake in Compass Minerals International (CMP) by 23.21% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Cubic Asset Management Llc bought 16,465 shares as the company’s stock declined 13.99% with the market. The institutional investor held 87,410 shares of the basic industries company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $6.32M, up from 70,945 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Cubic Asset Management Llc who had been investing in Compass Minerals International for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $2.34B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.07% or $0.05 during the last trading session, reaching $69.2. About 211,481 shares traded. Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) has declined 10.14% since May 18, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 21.69% the S&P500.

Since March 10, 2018, it had 1 insider buy, and 4 selling transactions for $137,806 activity. 311 shares valued at $19,658 were sold by Berger Steven N. on Saturday, March 10. $21,871 worth of Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) shares were sold by Standen James D.. Yoder Amy had sold 600 shares worth $41,424.

Cubic Asset Management Llc, which manages about $573.99 million and $358.91M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Lear Corporation (NYSE:LEA) by 6,813 shares to 8,533 shares, valued at $1.51 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Aetna Inc (NYSE:AET) by 7,195 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 7,034 shares, and cut its stake in Unitedhealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH).

Among 9 analysts covering Compass Minerals (NYSE:CMP), 5 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 56% are positive. Compass Minerals had 25 analyst reports since August 14, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, July 13 by Stifel Nicolaus. BMO Capital Markets maintained Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) rating on Thursday, July 6. BMO Capital Markets has “Hold” rating and $7500 target. The stock has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Monday, September 18. The rating was upgraded by Monness Crespi & Hardt on Monday, October 2 to “Buy”. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, September 8 by BMO Capital Markets. The company was maintained on Monday, December 21 by Monness Crespi & Hardt. The rating was upgraded by JP Morgan on Monday, September 25 to “Overweight”. The rating was downgraded by KeyBanc Capital Markets to “Sector Weight” on Wednesday, June 15. Stifel Nicolaus initiated the shares of CMP in report on Wednesday, July 13 with “Buy” rating. The stock has “Sell” rating by Monness Crespi & Hardt on Monday, October 19.

More recent Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) news were published by: Businesswire.com which released: “Compass Minerals Announces Labor Strike at Goderich, Ontario, Salt Mine” on April 27, 2018. Also Seekingalpha.com published the news titled: “Compass Minerals’ (CMP) CEO Fran Malecha on Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript” on May 02, 2018. Globenewswire.com‘s news article titled: “Factors of Influence in 2018, Key Indicators and Opportunity within Compass Minerals International, Consolidated …” with publication date: April 26, 2018 was also an interesting one.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.16 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.25, from 1.41 in 2017Q3. It turned negative, as 24 investors sold CMP shares while 93 reduced holdings. 53 funds opened positions while 83 raised stakes. 34.60 million shares or 4.79% less from 36.34 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Oxbow Advsr Llc invested in 0.4% or 29,527 shares. Envestnet Asset Management holds 0% or 2,518 shares in its portfolio. Jane Street Grp Ltd Liability reported 11,538 shares. California-based Cetera Advisor Networks Limited Liability Company has invested 0.03% in Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP). Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) has invested 0% in Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP). Bbva Compass Bankshares holds 0.05% in Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) or 10,803 shares. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board invested in 8,400 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Caprock Grp Inc owns 4,600 shares or 0.07% of their US portfolio. Ftb Advisors holds 0% in Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) or 175 shares. 87,410 were accumulated by Cubic Asset Management Ltd Co. Citadel Advsrs has invested 0% in Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP). Oregon Pub Employees Retirement Fund accumulated 12,469 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Waddell & Reed Fincl has 169,065 shares. 200 were reported by Farmers Merchants Invs. Private Advisor Group Lc has 13,195 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio.

Westwood Management Corp, which manages about $655.18M and $715.42M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 3,900 shares to 509,600 shares, valued at $43.59 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) by 2,600 shares in the quarter, for a total of 3,900 shares, and has risen its stake in Praxair Inc. (NYSE:PX).

Analysts await Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) to report earnings on July, 25. They expect $2.91 earnings per share, up 17.81% or $0.44 from last year’s $2.47 per share. LH’s profit will be $297.68M for 15.15 P/E if the $2.91 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.78 actual earnings per share reported by Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 4.68% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.2 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.30, from 0.9 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 36 investors sold LH shares while 209 reduced holdings. 73 funds opened positions while 220 raised stakes. 91.47 million shares or 0.35% less from 91.79 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Oppenheimer Com holds 2,411 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Pinebridge Invests LP has 211 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Janney Montgomery Scott Ltd reported 0.01% in Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH). 890,741 are owned by Wells Fargo Mn. Cibc Ww Markets Inc has invested 0% of its portfolio in Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH). Swiss Bankshares, Switzerland-based fund reported 466,775 shares. Guggenheim Capital Limited Company holds 283,331 shares. Moreover, Louisiana State Employees Retirement System has 0.04% invested in Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH). Atlanta Capital L L C holds 256,961 shares or 0.22% of its portfolio. Amica Mutual Insurance stated it has 0.07% of its portfolio in Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH). Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft Fi holds 1,413 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Evermay Wealth Mgmt Limited Liability Corporation reported 5,676 shares or 0.33% of all its holdings. Hanson Doremus Mgmt holds 0% in Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) or 95 shares. Assetmark holds 0% or 728 shares. 1,552 are held by Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt.

More recent Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) news were published by: Benzinga.com which released: “Lab Stocks: Baird Favors Laboratory Corp., Says Quest Diagnostics Is The Simple Choice” on May 01, 2018. Also Streetinsider.com published the news titled: “Glenview Capital Enters AmerisourceBergen (ABC), Express Scripts (ESRX), T-Mobile (TMUS) (more…) -13F” on May 15, 2018. Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Laboratory of America Holdings (LH) Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript” with publication date: April 25, 2018 was also an interesting one.

Among 20 analysts covering Laboratory Corp (NYSE:LH), 14 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 70% are positive. Laboratory Corp had 65 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Monday, October 16, the company rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray. The rating was maintained by Credit Suisse on Thursday, March 8 with “Outperform”. The stock of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) has “Neutral” rating given on Tuesday, December 8 by Goldman Sachs. Barclays Capital maintained Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) on Monday, February 26 with “Overweight” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, September 11 by Canaccord Genuity. Credit Suisse maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Thursday, March 1 report. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Monday, December 11 by Credit Suisse. The stock of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) earned “Buy” rating by Canaccord Genuity on Wednesday, February 28. The stock has “Buy” rating by Piper Jaffray on Monday, September 4. The stock of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) earned “Neutral” rating by Mizuho on Wednesday, July 29.

Since February 7, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 5 selling transactions for $18.70 million activity. Shares for $213,813 were sold by Schechter Adam H on Wednesday, February 7. EISENBERG GLENN A sold $1.41 million worth of stock. The insider ANDERSON KERRII B sold 3,300 shares worth $548,124.

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