Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL): Institutional Investors Are Worried

About 1.15 million shares traded. Solar Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLRC) has risen 18.52% since January 12, 2017 and is uptrending.

Curbstone Financial Management Corp increased its stake in Apple Computer (Aapl) (AAPL) by 89.16% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Manatuck Hill Partners Llc sold 268,528 shares as the company's stock rose 3.70% with the market. The institutional investor held 232,778 shares of the company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $5.04M, down from 247,103 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Smithfield Trust Company who had been investing in Apple Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $891.66B market cap company. The stock increased 1.09% or $1.91 during the last trading session, reaching $177.19. About 8.65M shares traded. McQueen Ball & Associates Inc. increased its stake in shares of Apple by 0.5% during the second quarter. It has outperformed by 45.78% the S&P500.

Among 13 analysts covering 2U (NASDAQ:TWOU), 13 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Inc. had 71 analyst reports since August 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Maxim Group with "Buy" on Monday, June 19. $9.98M worth of Apple Inc. The firm has "Hold" rating given on Friday, August 18 by Canaccord Genuity. Oppenheimer has "Outperform" rating and $35 target. The stock of Pfizer Inc. FBN Securities has "Buy" rating and $200.0 target. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Wednesday, July 5 by Nomura. As per Wednesday, March 1, the company rating was maintained by BTIG Research. The firm has "Buy" rating by Goldman Sachs given on Friday, October 16. Barclays Capital maintained the stock with "Overweight" rating in Wednesday, October 28 report.

North American Management Corp, which manages about $1.36B and $634.70M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Lockheed Martin Corp (NYSE:LMT) by 9,607 shares to 14,979 shares, valued at $4.65M in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.81 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.01, from 1.07 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 53 investors sold PFE shares while 700 reduced holdings. 128 funds opened positions while 644 raised stakes. Seizert Capital Ptnrs Ltd Llc reported 2.22% stake. Markston Intl holds 106,678 shares or 0.7% of its portfolio. Chesley Taft And Assocs owns 84,226 shares or 1.12% of their United States portfolio. Ahl Llp accumulated 0.02% or 32,908 shares. (NASDAQ:AAPL). 537,400 are held by Sentinel Asset Management Inc. Meeder Asset stated it has 0.22% in Pfizer Inc. Douglass Winthrop Advisors Limited owns 10,000 shares. Pinebridge Invs Limited Partnership has 0.01% invested in Solar Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLRC) for 21,853 shares. Geode Capital Management Llc holds 1.07 million shares or 0% of its portfolio. (NYSE:JPM) stake by 5,593 shares and now owns 24,332 shares. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Dsc Advisors LP owns 4,637 shares for 0.23% of their portfolio.

Since September 12, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 2 selling transactions for $297,325 activity. $502.59 million worth of Facebook, Inc. (NYSE:PFE) was sold by DAMELIO FRANK A. On Tuesday, September 12 the insider SUSMAN SALLY sold $1.34M. The stock was sold at an average price of $174.40, for a total value of $1,004,544.00.

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Since August 7, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 12 sales for $93.68 million activity. 56,808 Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares with value of $8.79 million were sold by SCHILLER PHILIP W. The insider AHRENDTS ANGELA J sold $9.78 million. SEWELL D BRUCE sold $5.00M worth of stock or 31,625 shares. COOK TIMOTHY D also sold $43.15M worth of Apple Inc.

Among 30 analysts covering Foot Locker Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) by 16.8% during the third quarter, reports. The iPhone maker reported $2.07 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.87 by $0.20. SLRC's profit will be $17.75 million for 12.53 P/E if the $0.42 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.70 actual EPS reported by Louisiana-Pacific Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -24.29% negative EPS growth. Vantage Investment Advisors Ltd Liability holds 3.44% or 86,722 shares in its portfolio. While talking about Performance of the Stock, Apple Inc. now has a Weekly performance of 1.2%, monthly performance percentage is 2.9 percent, Quarterly performance is 11.8 percent, 6 months performance shows a percent value of 19.59% and Yearly Performance is 46.33 percent. A 34 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while0 believe that investors should either steer clear of AAPL or, if they already own its stock, sell it. Therefore 77% are positive. As per Thursday, August 27, the company rating was maintained by Bank of America. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Tuesday, June 14 by Jefferies. As per Friday, January 15, the company rating was maintained by Liberum Capital.

Webster Bank, which manages about $688.03 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Hcp Inc (NYSE:HCP) by 11,150 shares to 11,826 shares, valued at $329,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on Monday, August 7. Credit Suisse has "Neutral" rating and $57 target. The stock has "Outperform" rating by Barrington Research on Friday, August 5. The firm earned "Long-Term Buy" rating on Thursday, October 27 by Hilliard Lyons. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Friday, July 7 report. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has "Buy" rating given on Friday, September 11 by Rosenblatt.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.7 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.02, from 0.68 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 52 investors sold AAPL shares while 1034 reduced holdings. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Alexandria Capital Limited Liability Com holds 78,158 shares.

In other news, insider Daniel J. Riccio sold 15,641 shares of the company's stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 14th. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for 28,356 shares. Gamble Jones Inv Counsel holds 2.76% or 175,226 shares. Matarin Management Lc reported 0.94% of its portfolio in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) or 6,209 shares. Forward Llc reported 9,739 shares or 0.17% of all its holdings. 230,261 are held by Cullinan Assoc Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Destination Wealth Mngmt accumulated 2.89% or 293,868 shares. Illinois-based Roberts Glore & Il has invested 2.54% in Apple Inc.

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