Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Stocks Performance to Track: Synchrony Financial (SYF), Coty Inc. (COTY)

Russell Knight | 15 February, 2018, 21:04

The institutional investor held 840,694 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $26.10M, up from 780,911 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Bank of America upgraded Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF) on Thursday, December 15 to "Buy" rating. The NYSE-listed company saw a recent bid of $19.86 on volume of 11.62 million shares. Another trade for 4,000 shares valued at $222,000 was made by Richards James D. on Friday, September 1. Synchrony Financial (SYF) is intriguing when broken down to its core data. It has underperformed by 19.46% the S&P500.

Moneta Group Investment Advisors Llc decreased Post Hldgs Inc Com (POST) stake by 63.56% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing.

Shares of Synchrony Financial (SYF) moved -0.63% in the recent trading day. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 39,259 shares in the company, valued at $1,570,360. Granite Construction Incorporated now has $2.24B valuation.

SYF is now undervalued by -20.65% relative to the average 1-year price target of $45.67 taken from a group of Wall Street Analysts. About 826,602 shares traded. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) has declined 2.76% since February 15, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 27.05% the S&P500.

In related news, insider David P. Melito sold 2,580 shares of Synchrony Financial stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 29th. Patten Group Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Synchrony Financial by 3,019.4% during the third quarter. Gm Advisory has 29,745 shares. It also upped Ishares S&P Small (IJR) stake by 26,435 shares and now owns 37,430 shares.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.99 in 2017 Q3. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.63%.

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Several other institutional investors have also sold shares of the company. Hardman Johnston Global Advsrs Ltd Llc stated it has 854,261 shares. The shares price has positioned 12.93% over the past quarter while it has directed 24.11% throughout past six months. Stifel Fincl owns 157,967 shares. Nationwide Fund Advsr invested in 128,758 shares. Tocqueville Asset Mngmt LP reported 304,617 shares or 0.14% of all its holdings. Hays Advisory Llc owns 239,993 shares or 0.92% of their United States portfolio.

S&T Bank Pa holds 1.45% of its portfolio in RPX Corporation for 611,542 shares. FMR LLC owned 0.37% of Coty Inc. (NYSE:POST) or 683,273 shares. (NASDAQ:AMGN). Obermeyer Wood Invest Counsel Lllp holds 0.07% of its portfolio in Amgen Inc. The scale runs from 1 to 5 with 1 recommending Strong Buy and 5 recommending a Strong Sell. Therefore 45% are positive. As per Wednesday, January 13, the company rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs. (NASDAQ:AMGN) on Monday, February 8 with "Buy" rating. On Friday, October 16 the stock rating was downgraded by TheStreet to "Sell". As per Friday, February 2, the company rating was maintained by Pivotal Research. The stock of Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) earned "Buy" rating by Citigroup on Wednesday, September 13. The firm shows the market capitalization of $28.11 Billion.

All things being equal, stocks with higher earnings-per-share growth rates are generally more desirable than those with slower earnings-per-share growth rates. (NYSE:PFE) rating on Monday, August 14. The firm has "Buy" rating by BB&T Capital given on Thursday, June 23.

At the session level, shares of Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF) moved -0.91% from the open. Therefore 32% are positive. Morgan Stanley reissued an "overweight" rating and issued a $35.00 target price (up previously from $33.00) on shares of Synchrony Financial in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. The firm earned "Neutral" rating on Monday, August 10 by DA Davidson. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Wednesday, April 12 by BMO Capital Markets. BTIG Research reissued a "buy" rating and issued a $44.00 target price on shares of Synchrony Financial in a report on Sunday, December 17th. Finally, SpiderRock Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Synchrony Financial during the third quarter worth about $176,000. Deutsche X (DBEF) was raised too.

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