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Prospector Partners Has Lifted Kirby (KEX) Holding by $891,000; Shares Rose; Norris Perne & French Llp Lifted Stake in Ecolab Com (ECL)

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Norris Perne & French Llp increased its stake in Ecolab Inc Com (ECL) by 3.33% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Norris Perne & French Llp bought 2,782 shares as the company’s stock rose 0.75% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 86,421 shares of the package goods and cosmetics company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $11.60 million, up from 83,639 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Norris Perne & French Llp who had been investing in Ecolab Inc Com for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $42.43B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.43% or $0.64 during the last trading session, reaching $147.07. About 940,648 shares traded. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has risen 8.76% since May 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.79% the S&P500.

Prospector Partners Llc increased its stake in Kirby Corp (KEX) by 45.15% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Prospector Partners Llc bought 13,500 shares as the company’s stock rose 7.78% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 43,400 shares of the marine transportation company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $2.90M, up from 29,900 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Prospector Partners Llc who had been investing in Kirby Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $5.40 billion market cap company. It closed at $90.45 lastly. It is down 11.73% since May 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 0.18% the S&P500.

Another recent and important Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) news was published by Seekingalpha.com which published an article titled: “Kirby’s Recovery Prospects No Longer Undervalued” on May 09, 2018.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.05 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.01, from 1.04 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 26 investors sold KEX shares while 69 reduced holdings. 27 funds opened positions while 73 raised stakes. 54.86 million shares or 2.77% less from 56.43 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Voya Inv Mngmt Lc owns 0% invested in Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) for 14,368 shares. Glenmede Trust Na has 3,697 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Federated Investors Pa invested in 69,827 shares. Huntington State Bank accumulated 0% or 2,196 shares. Thomson Horstmann And Bryant Incorporated has invested 0.14% of its portfolio in Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX). Shapiro Capital Mgmt Lc reported 0% of its portfolio in Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX). Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Pub School Empls Retrmt Sys reported 0.01% in Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX). Weaver C Barksdale Associates Inc holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) for 167 shares. Stone Ridge Asset Mngmt Ltd Company reported 0.05% of its portfolio in Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX). First Mercantile Tru invested in 0.03% or 1,914 shares. Texas Permanent School Fund holds 0.03% or 36,318 shares in its portfolio. Tudor Invest Et Al invested in 5,475 shares. Commonwealth Natl Bank Of Australia has invested 0.01% in Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX). Utah Retirement Systems holds 0.01% in Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) or 9,839 shares. Norman Fields Gottscho Mngmt Limited Liability invested in 6,000 shares or 0.22% of the stock.

Prospector Partners Llc, which manages about $2.43B and $685.97M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Paypal Hldgs Inc by 4,200 shares to 49,500 shares, valued at $3.64 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Colgate Palmolive Co (NYSE:CL) by 4,100 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 134,150 shares, and cut its stake in Berkshire Hathaway Inc Del (BRKB).

Among 15 analysts covering Kirby (NYSE:KEX), 8 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 53% are positive. Kirby had 40 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) earned “Neutral” rating by Macquarie Research on Thursday, October 1. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, April 19 by Credit Suisse. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Monday, October 16 with “Buy”. The stock of Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) earned “Underperform” rating by Bank of America on Thursday, February 1. The stock of Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Monday, November 28 by Stephens. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Monday, July 3 with “Buy”. The stock has “Hold” rating by Stephens on Friday, February 2. Jefferies initiated Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) rating on Monday, December 18. Jefferies has “Buy” rating and $85.0 target. The stock of Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, January 22 by Wells Fargo. The stock of Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) has “Outperform” rating given on Thursday, January 28 by Cowen & Co.

Since February 5, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 8 sales for $14.68 million activity. On Monday, February 5 Miller Monte J sold $180,106 worth of Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) or 2,336 shares. 138,036 Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) shares with value of $12.19M were sold by PYNE J H. On Monday, February 12 the insider Mosley David R sold $417,769. $79,696 worth of Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) shares were sold by DRAGG RONALD A. $132,745 worth of Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) was sold by STRAHAN DORMAN LYNN on Wednesday, February 7. Castro Renato A also sold $88,937 worth of Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) shares.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.02 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.17, from 1.19 in 2017Q3. It worsened, as 46 investors sold ECL shares while 298 reduced holdings. 91 funds opened positions while 261 raised stakes. 215.19 million shares or 0.86% more from 213.37 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. West Oak Ltd Liability Corporation invested in 0.19% or 2,365 shares. Moreover, Lord Abbett And Ltd has 0.06% invested in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) for 156,500 shares. Alpha Windward Limited Co reported 0% stake. Baker Avenue Asset Mngmt Limited Partnership stated it has 0.11% of its portfolio in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue owns 31,107 shares. Hillsdale Investment Mngmt Inc stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Spf Beheer Bv holds 3.01% or 539,058 shares. Mcdaniel Terry And Com reported 175,453 shares. 9,998 were accumulated by Nelson Van Denburg And Campbell Wealth Mngmt Grp Ltd Company. Riverpoint Limited Liability accumulated 8,000 shares or 0.06% of the stock. Duncker Streett invested in 1.1% or 31,796 shares. Tru Communications Of Vermont holds 58,374 shares. Meag Munich Ergo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft Mbh, Germany-based fund reported 12,473 shares. One Natl Association owns 1,797 shares. Tt reported 73,369 shares or 1.42% of all its holdings.

Since March 7, 2018, it had 4 insider purchases, and 2 selling transactions for $294.14 million activity. $860,301 worth of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) was bought by ETTINGER JEFFREY M. Shares for $659,683 were sold by Inchaustegui Roberto.

Among 23 analysts covering Ecolab (NYSE:ECL), 10 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 43% are positive. Ecolab had 72 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Reduce” rating given on Monday, August 22 by Nomura. Goldman Sachs downgraded the shares of ECL in report on Monday, March 14 to “Sell” rating. The company was upgraded on Friday, May 26 by JP Morgan. Credit Suisse reinitiated the stock with “Neutral” rating in Thursday, March 24 report. The stock has “Hold” rating by Deutsche Bank on Tuesday, May 8. The stock of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, August 3 by Credit Suisse. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, November 7 with “Buy”. The rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Buy” on Thursday, June 1. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, January 18 with “Buy”. As per Wednesday, November 1, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies.

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