Piedmont Investment Advisors Boosted Air Prods & Chems Com (APD) Stake By $591,162; Methanex (MEOH) Shorts Increased By 4.86%

October 12, 2017 - By Vivian Currie

Piedmont Investment Advisors Llc increased Air Prods & Chems Inc Com (APD) stake by 9.94% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Piedmont Investment Advisors Llc acquired 4,134 shares as Air Prods & Chems Inc Com (APD)’s stock rose 1.13%. The Piedmont Investment Advisors Llc holds 45,711 shares with $6.54M value, up from 41,577 last quarter. Air Prods & Chems Inc Com now has $33.47B valuation. The stock rose 0.07% or $0.1 reaching $153.03 per share. About 54,102 shares traded. Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) has risen 9.23% since October 12, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 7.47% the S&P500.

Methanex Corporation (NASDAQ:MEOH) had an increase of 4.86% in short interest. MEOH’s SI was 5.60 million shares in October as released by FINRA. Its up 4.86% from 5.34M shares previously. With 602,900 avg volume, 9 days are for Methanex Corporation (NASDAQ:MEOH)’s short sellers to cover MEOH’s short positions. About 155,198 shares traded. Methanex Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ:MEOH) has risen 45.59% since October 12, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 28.89% the S&P500.

Methanex Corp is a Canada-based producer and supplier of methanol to a range of international markets. The company has market cap of $4.22 billion. The Firm operates production sites in Canada, Chile, Egypt, New Zealand, the United States, as well as Trinidad and Tobago. It has a 19.33 P/E ratio. The Company’s global activities are supported by a global supply chain of terminals, storage facilities and a fleet of methanol ocean tankers.

Among 12 analysts covering Methanex Corporation (NASDAQ:MEOH), 8 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 67% are positive. Methanex Corporation had 56 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Wednesday, November 30 by Cowen & Co. The firm earned “Sector Perform” rating on Friday, January 29 by RBC Capital Markets. Cowen & Co maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Monday, January 30 report. On Tuesday, June 20 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy”. On Friday, October 6 the stock rating was maintained by Cowen & Co with “Buy”. The stock of Methanex Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ:MEOH) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, August 5 by Jefferies. The stock of Methanex Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ:MEOH) has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, February 24 by Raymond James. RBC Capital Markets maintained Methanex Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ:MEOH) on Friday, June 30 with “Hold” rating. Raymond James downgraded the shares of MEOH in report on Wednesday, August 19 to “Outperform” rating. The rating was downgraded by TD Securities to “Hold” on Thursday, March 24.

Piedmont Investment Advisors Llc decreased Western Digital Corp Com (NASDAQ:WDC) stake by 187,746 shares to 6,517 valued at $577,000 in 2017Q2. It also reduced Pioneer Nat Res Co Com (NYSE:PXD) stake by 90,033 shares and now owns 39,574 shares. Quintiles Ims Holdings Inc Com (NYSE:Q) was reduced too.

Among 17 analysts covering Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD), 9 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 53% are positive. Air Products & Chemicals had 36 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Credit Suisse reinitiated the shares of APD in report on Thursday, March 24 with “Outperform” rating. Bank of America reinitiated the shares of APD in report on Friday, January 22 with “Neutral” rating. Susquehanna maintained it with “Neutral” rating and $148 target in Wednesday, October 7 report. The company was upgraded on Monday, July 11 by Seaport Global. Argus Research upgraded the shares of APD in report on Monday, November 21 to “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank on Thursday, September 17 with “Positive”. Monness Crespi & Hardt upgraded it to “Buy” rating and $167 target in Wednesday, December 21 report. On Thursday, September 14 the stock rating was upgraded by Susquehanna to “Positive”. The rating was upgraded by Zacks to “Hold” on Monday, August 24. Citigroup maintained the stock with “Neutral” rating in Friday, July 29 report.

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