Valero Energy New Com (VLO) Shares Declined While Churchill Management Decreased Its Stake by $1.18 Million; Vulcan Value Partners Raised Its Axis Capital Holdings LTD (AXS) Position by $9.13 Million

December 17, 2017 - By Henry Gaston

Churchill Management Corp decreased its stake in Valero Energy Corp New Com (VLO) by 6.45% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Churchill Management Corp sold 17,557 shares as the company’s stock declined 2.47% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 254,843 shares of the integrated oil company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $17.19M, down from 272,400 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Churchill Management Corp who had been investing in Valero Energy Corp New Com for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $38.59 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.81% or $0.71 during the last trading session, reaching $88.19. About 6.58M shares traded or 89.68% up from the average. Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) has risen 15.29% since December 17, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 1.41% the S&P500.

Vulcan Value Partners Llc increased its stake in Axis Capital Holdings Ltd (AXS) by 2.2% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Vulcan Value Partners Llc bought 142,734 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.58% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 6.62 million shares of the property-casualty insurers company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $427.91M, up from 6.48 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Vulcan Value Partners Llc who had been investing in Axis Capital Holdings Ltd for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $4.21 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.59% or $0.79 during the last trading session, reaching $50.58. About 974,067 shares traded or 22.47% up from the average. AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE:AXS) has risen 17.55% since December 17, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 0.85% the S&P500.

Churchill Management Corp, which manages about $3.45 billion and $3.82B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Unitedhealth Group Inc Com (NYSE:UNH) by 2,143 shares to 27,777 shares, valued at $5.15 million in 2017Q2, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Mohawk Inds Inc Com (NYSE:MHK) by 1,678 shares in the quarter, for a total of 24,765 shares, and has risen its stake in Ishares Tr Rus 1000 Grw Etf (IWF).

Since September 6, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 insider sales for $4.02 million activity. Shares for $3.86 million were sold by CISKOWSKI MICHAEL S on Tuesday, September 19.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.19 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.06, from 1.13 in 2017Q1. It is positive, as 50 investors sold VLO shares while 274 reduced holdings. 74 funds opened positions while 311 raised stakes. 345.06 million shares or 1.22% more from 340.91 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Viking Fund Mgmt Llc reported 1.62% stake. 71,942 were reported by Susquehanna International Group Limited Liability Partnership. Rdl invested in 41,149 shares. Tower Limited Liability (Trc) owns 538 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Arrow Financial Corp invested in 1,300 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Nikko Asset Management Americas invested in 0.4% or 98,900 shares. Jaffetilchin Investment Partners Ltd accumulated 8,669 shares. Rothschild Asset Management holds 380,201 shares or 0.29% of its portfolio. Willis Investment Counsel invested in 165,800 shares or 0.85% of the stock. Stratos Wealth Ptnrs Ltd reported 60,490 shares or 0.21% of all its holdings. Godshalk Welsh Management owns 5,175 shares for 0.35% of their portfolio. Moreover, Beacon Group Inc has 0.07% invested in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO). Great West Life Assurance Company Can reported 0.25% stake. Coastline Commerce stated it has 49,345 shares or 0.6% of all its holdings. Pinebridge Investments Lp reported 247,503 shares stake.

Among 22 analysts covering Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO), 10 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 45% are positive. Valero Energy Corporation had 60 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Tuesday, May 16 by Goldman Sachs. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Credit Suisse given on Tuesday, January 26. The company was maintained on Wednesday, November 15 by UBS. The stock of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) earned “Outperform” rating by Cowen & Co on Thursday, September 28. On Monday, August 3 the stock rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Outperform”. The stock of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, July 27 by Cowen & Co. The rating was downgraded by Macquarie Research on Tuesday, October 24 to “Neutral”. Citigroup maintained the shares of VLO in report on Wednesday, October 19 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Monday, August 22 with “Neutral”. The rating was maintained by Howard Weil on Wednesday, October 26 with “Sector Outperform”.

Analysts await Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) to report earnings on January, 30. They expect $1.24 earnings per share, up 53.09% or $0.43 from last year’s $0.81 per share. VLO’s profit will be $542.60 million for 17.78 P/E if the $1.24 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.91 actual earnings per share reported by Valero Energy Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -35.08% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment is 0.85 in Q2 2017. Its the same as in 2017Q1. It is the same, as 18 investors sold AXS shares while 106 reduced holdings. only 31 funds opened positions while 74 raised stakes. 70.20 million shares or 3.84% less from 73.00 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Meeder Asset reported 2,314 shares stake. Clear Harbor Asset Management Ltd stated it has 119,900 shares. The Washington-based Parametric Port Associate has invested 0.03% in AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE:AXS). Cap Wealth Planning Limited Liability Corp holds 3,400 shares. Barclays Public Lc holds 0% of its portfolio in AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE:AXS) for 28,593 shares. Paradigm Asset Mgmt Com, New York-based fund reported 16,300 shares. Allstate reported 11,790 shares. Tarbox Family Office Inc has invested 0% in AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE:AXS). 66,957 were accumulated by Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale. Moreover, Teacher Retirement System Of Texas has 0.04% invested in AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE:AXS). Bank Of America De stated it has 0% in AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE:AXS). Nomura Holdg accumulated 7,166 shares or 0% of the stock. Mackenzie Finance stated it has 22,085 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Cadence Mgmt Lc accumulated 0.07% or 14,854 shares. D E Shaw & Co Incorporated invested in 247,898 shares or 0.03% of the stock.

Vulcan Value Partners Llc, which manages about $6.07B and $11.22B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Navigators Group Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG) by 135,140 shares to 1.43M shares, valued at $78.46M in 2017Q2, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Aetna Inc New (NYSE:AET) by 40,791 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 1.53M shares, and cut its stake in State Str Corp (NYSE:STT).

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