Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Diageo plc (DEO) Short Interest Down 62.1% in January


Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 1,039 shares of the company's stock worth $125,000 after acquiring an additional 833 shares in the last quarter. The institutional investor held 21,610 shares of the beverages (production and distribution) company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.86M, down from 27,491 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Professional Advisory Services Inc who had been investing in Diageo Plc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $80.26 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.01% or $1.38 during the last trading session, reaching $138.45. About 2.66 million shares traded or 76.78% up from the average. TX trimmed its position in shares of Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO) by 4.5% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. It has underperformed by 3.88% the S&P500. Fifth Third Bancorp bought 15,669 shares as the company's stock rose 5.26% with the market. The institutional investor held 12,304 shares of the public utilities company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $947,000, down from 35,843 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Alliancebernstein Lp who had been investing in Primerica Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $4.35 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.83% or $0.82 during the last trading session, reaching $98.38. About 14,493 shares traded. AtriCure, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATRC) has risen 53.35% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending.

Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings Llc, which manages about $11.46 billion and $12.74B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Surmodics Inc (NASDAQ:SRDX) by 13,800 shares to 23,734 shares, valued at $735,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

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Among 20 analysts covering Dominion Midstream (NYSE:D), 11 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 25% are positive. General Electric Company had 89 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Owens-Illinois, Inc. The rating was initiated by Northland Capital with "Outperform" on Tuesday, March 29. Jefferies maintained Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO) on Monday, June 19 with "Buy" rating. Wood downgraded Primerica, Inc. The firm has "Outperform" rating given on Friday, July 28 by Bernstein.

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The company also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 11th. The firm has "Equal-Weight" rating given on Monday, August 7 by Barclays Capital. Royal Bank of Canada downgraded shares of Diageo from an "outperform" rating to a "sector perform" rating in a research report on Monday, January 29th. The rating was maintained by Berenberg on Friday, July 31 with "Buy". Needham maintained AtriCure, Inc. (NYSE:PRI) rating on Friday, June 23. Keefe Bruyette & Woods has "Hold" rating and $8300 target.

Since September 1, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 2 sales for $169,168 activity. Shares for $242,033 were sold by Williams Glenn J. on Tuesday, August 15.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.69 in 2017 Q3. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a quick ratio of 0.63 and a current ratio of 1.31. It is positive, as 51 investors sold D shares while 282 reduced holdings. 44 funds opened positions while 112 raised stakes. Plante Moran Financial Advsrs Limited Liability Com has 0.06% invested in Dominion Energy, Inc. Fiera Cap stated it has 0.05% of its portfolio in Primerica, Inc. Axiom International Invsts Lc De holds 0.06% or 126,406 shares in its portfolio. Brandywine Invest Management Ltd Co holds 0.09% or 176,148 shares in its portfolio. Jane Street Gru Limited Liability Corp reported 2,637 shares. Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa reported 419,153 shares. (NYSE:OI) for 9,500 shares. (NASDAQ:TRUE). Us Bank & Trust De reported 0% of its portfolio in TrueCar, Inc. North Star Investment accumulated 9,000 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Approximately 0.1% of the shares of the stock are sold short. Moreover, Telemark Asset Limited Liability Com has 1.17% invested in TrueCar, Inc. Teacher Retirement Of Texas stated it has 12,713 shares. Nordea Inv Management accumulated 27,741 shares. Finally, Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Diageo during the third quarter worth $125,000.

Among 16 analysts covering Owens-Illinois Inc (NYSE:OI), 4 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 11 Hold. Diageo had 42 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was downgraded by Liberum Capital on Monday, January 30 to "Sell". The firm has "Hold" rating given on Friday, October 16 by HSBC. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Diageo from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $162.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, Macquarie raised shares of Diageo from an "underperform" rating to a "neutral" rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. The rating was upgraded by UBS on Thursday, October 1 to "Buy". The rating was reinitiated by Bank of America with "Buy" on Friday, September 16. Jefferies maintained it with "Buy" rating and $154.2 target in Friday, September 1 report.

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