Confluence Investment Management Boosted Its Air Products & Chemicals (APD) Holding; Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Raised Its Kroger (KR) Stake

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Confluence Investment Management Llc increased Air Products & Chemicals Inc. (APD) stake by 1.94% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Confluence Investment Management Llc acquired 1,858 shares as Air Products & Chemicals Inc. (APD)’s stock declined 2.93%. The Confluence Investment Management Llc holds 97,580 shares with $16.01 million value, up from 95,722 last quarter. Air Products & Chemicals Inc. now has $35.91 billion valuation. The stock decreased 1.27% or $2.11 during the last trading session, reaching $164. About 948,801 shares traded. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) has risen 16.71% since April 25, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 5.16% the S&P500.

Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc increased Kroger (KR) stake by 35.99% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc acquired 36,544 shares as Kroger (KR)’s stock declined 16.92%. The Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc holds 138,092 shares with $3.79 million value, up from 101,548 last quarter. Kroger now has $21.68B valuation. The stock increased 2.38% or $0.59 during the last trading session, reaching $25.38. About 13.81 million shares traded or 27.49% up from the average. The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has declined 18.87% since April 25, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 30.42% the S&P500.

Among 21 analysts covering Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD), 16 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 76% are positive. Air Products & Chemicals has $220.0 highest and $16 lowest target. $172.38’s average target is 5.11% above currents $164 stock price. Air Products & Chemicals had 60 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) has “Positive” rating given on Thursday, September 17 by Deutsche Bank. The company was maintained on Friday, October 27 by Barclays Capital. The firm has “Hold” rating by Jefferies given on Thursday, July 13. The rating was upgraded by Evercore on Tuesday, October 17 to “In-Line”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, January 29 by Jefferies. The company was maintained on Tuesday, April 10 by Citigroup. Susquehanna maintained Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) rating on Wednesday, October 7. Susquehanna has “Neutral” rating and $148 target. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold” on Thursday, September 28. The stock of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) earned “Buy” rating by Citigroup on Monday, December 5. The rating was upgraded by J.P. Morgan on Friday, February 9 to “Buy”.

Confluence Investment Management Llc decreased Russell 2000 Value Index (IWN) stake by 16,281 shares to 3,977 valued at $500,000 in 2017Q4. It also reduced Polaris Industries (NYSE:PII) stake by 26,739 shares and now owns 1.08 million shares. Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE:LOW) was reduced too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.23 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.08, from 1.31 in 2017Q3. It is negative, as 35 investors sold APD shares while 258 reduced holdings. 95 funds opened positions while 266 raised stakes. 186.75 million shares or 0.02% less from 186.79 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Apg Asset Mngmt Nv, Netherlands-based fund reported 320,371 shares. Woodstock Corp invested in 33,529 shares or 1.01% of the stock. Williams Jones And Assocs Ltd Company owns 76,142 shares or 0.28% of their US portfolio. Confluence Investment Mgmt Limited Liability Com reported 97,580 shares. Gulf National Bank & Trust (Uk) invested in 0.14% or 68,865 shares. Mutual Of America Management Llc reported 26,606 shares or 0.07% of all its holdings. State Teachers Retirement Systems accumulated 319,677 shares. Long Road Investment Counsel Ltd holds 1.43% of its portfolio in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) for 12,635 shares. Atlas Browninc owns 1,920 shares or 0.06% of their US portfolio. Sumitomo Life Insur holds 10,853 shares or 0.22% of its portfolio. Guggenheim Capital Ltd invested in 0.13% or 328,856 shares. Visionary Asset Mngmt Incorporated holds 1,364 shares or 0.06% of its portfolio. Girard Prns Ltd holds 0.12% in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) or 3,723 shares. Tiverton Asset Mngmt Limited reported 2,345 shares. Kcm Lc owns 52,371 shares for 0.5% of their portfolio.

Since December 19, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 6 selling transactions for $2.81 million activity. DONNELLY MICHAEL JOSEPH sold 40,000 shares worth $1.23M. HJELM CHRISTOPHER T also sold $245,120 worth of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) shares. 3,800 shares were sold by Foley Todd A, worth $92,844. $325,292 worth of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) was sold by Clark Robert W on Monday, January 22.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.9 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.02, from 0.88 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 78 investors sold KR shares while 251 reduced holdings. 121 funds opened positions while 176 raised stakes. 636.15 million shares or 7.55% less from 688.12 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Vanguard Group holds 69.07 million shares or 0.08% of its portfolio. First Manhattan holds 0% of its portfolio in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) for 224 shares. Stone Ridge Asset Management Limited reported 153,019 shares. Piedmont Invest Advisors Limited Com has invested 0.11% in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Allsquare Wealth Management Limited Co holds 200 shares. Tower Cap Limited Company (Trc) holds 0% of its portfolio in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) for 158 shares. United Services Automobile Association owns 0.14% invested in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) for 1.92 million shares. Tiverton Asset Ltd Liability Co, a Delaware-based fund reported 6,250 shares. Savant Cap Limited Liability Company holds 0.04% of its portfolio in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) for 7,451 shares. Kentucky Retirement Ins Fund, a Kentucky-based fund reported 23,623 shares. Pennsylvania-based Vantage Invest Advsrs Ltd Llc has invested 0.01% in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Peapack Gladstone Financial Corporation has 7,974 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Credit Agricole S A has 0.11% invested in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Hsbc Hldgs Public Limited Company reported 1.38M shares. Jag Mngmt Ltd Limited Liability Company owns 0.17% invested in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) for 33,502 shares.

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