Alethea Capital Management Decreased Its Holding in Pfizer (PFE) as Stock Declined; Msci (MSCI) Stock Value Rose While Darsana Capital Partners LP Has Lowered Holding by $169.36 Million

February 18, 2018 - By Louis Casey

Darsana Capital Partners Lp decreased its stake in Msci Inc (MSCI) by 88.48% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Darsana Capital Partners Lp sold 1.46 million shares as the company’s stock rose 4.89% with the market. The institutional investor held 190,000 shares of the business services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $22.21M, down from 1.65M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Darsana Capital Partners Lp who had been investing in Msci Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $13.06B market cap company. The stock decreased 2.18% or $3.23 during the last trading session, reaching $145. About 579,163 shares traded or 18.16% up from the average. MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) has risen 31.33% since February 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 14.63% the S&P500.

Alethea Capital Management Llc decreased its stake in Pfizer Inc (PFE) by 60.52% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Alethea Capital Management Llc sold 18,321 shares as the company’s stock declined 3.45% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 11,953 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $427,000, down from 30,274 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Alethea Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Pfizer Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $216.14B market cap company. The stock increased 1.54% or $0.55 during the last trading session, reaching $36.26. About 26.24 million shares traded or 24.01% up from the average. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) has declined 2.76% since February 18, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 19.46% the S&P500.

Darsana Capital Partners Lp, which manages about $989.03 million and $2.37B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Transdigm Group Inc (NYSE:TDG) by 184,000 shares to 450,000 shares, valued at $115.04M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Autodesk Inc (NASDAQ:ADSK) by 475,000 shares in the quarter, for a total of 1.68M shares, and has risen its stake in Priceline Grp Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN).

Among 9 analysts covering MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI), 3 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 33% are positive. MSCI Inc. had 16 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. UBS maintained MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) rating on Friday, August 4. UBS has “Buy” rating and $125 target. On Friday, November 3 the stock rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with “Equal-Weight”. Credit Suisse maintained the shares of MSCI in report on Friday, November 3 with “Outperform” rating. The rating was downgraded by Evercore to “Sell” on Tuesday, October 11. As per Monday, October 23, the company rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with “Equal-Weight” on Monday, August 7. Morgan Stanley maintained MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) on Wednesday, January 31 with “Equal-Weight” rating. The rating was downgraded by Northcoast on Monday, August 31 to “Neutral”. Keefe Bruyette & Woods upgraded the shares of MSCI in report on Monday, November 2 to “Market Perform” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, November 10 by Cantor Fitzgerald.

Since September 5, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 selling transactions for $492,463 activity.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.32 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.16, from 1.16 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 22 investors sold MSCI shares while 102 reduced holdings. 54 funds opened positions while 110 raised stakes. 81.35 million shares or 1.88% less from 82.91 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Tower Capital Limited Liability Com (Trc) invested 0.01% in MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI). Great West Life Assurance Can accumulated 72,625 shares. California-based Franklin Resources Incorporated has invested 0.01% in MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI). Tocqueville Asset Mgmt Ltd Partnership holds 0% or 1,716 shares. Art Advsr Ltd Liability Company has 7,600 shares for 0.05% of their portfolio. Pitcairn Com holds 2,674 shares or 0.04% of its portfolio. Advantus Cap Inc owns 11,431 shares or 0.03% of their US portfolio. Northern accumulated 850,377 shares. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement Sys reported 139,992 shares stake. Utah Retirement has invested 0.04% in MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI). Nomura Asset Management Co Limited reported 0.02% stake. Ycg Limited Com has 5% invested in MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) for 162,800 shares. Virtu Ltd Liability invested in 0% or 14,288 shares. Fjarde Ap reported 26,426 shares. Boston Advisors Limited Liability invested in 147,840 shares.

Among 22 analysts covering Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), 10 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 45% are positive. Pfizer had 74 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Tuesday, November 29 by Barclays Capital. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, November 1 by UBS. The stock of Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) earned “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Wednesday, August 16. The firm has “Neutral” rating by SunTrust given on Wednesday, November 25. The firm has “Buy” rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Tuesday, September 5. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Guggenheim on Friday, December 2. The stock of Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) has “Overweight” rating given on Saturday, September 5 by Piper Jaffray. The rating was upgraded by Morgan Stanley on Friday, October 2 to “Overweight”. As per Friday, April 28, the company rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) earned “Overweight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Wednesday, January 31.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.96 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.02, from 0.94 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 53 investors sold PFE shares while 700 reduced holdings. 106 funds opened positions while 620 raised stakes. 4.06 billion shares or 0.86% more from 4.02 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Maryland has invested 0.65% in Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE). Private Wealth Llc stated it has 441,204 shares or 3.17% of all its holdings. Ameritas Prns holds 0.22% or 137,645 shares in its portfolio. 1.02M are held by Staley Advisers Inc. Asset Mngmt One Commerce Ltd has invested 0.82% in Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE). 200,911 are held by Jacobs Com Ca. Minnesota-based Sns Gru Limited Liability Co has invested 1.3% in Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE). Greatmark Invest Partners stated it has 0.09% of its portfolio in Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE). First Fincl In reported 1.31% of its portfolio in Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE). Rmb Management Lc invested in 0.18% or 191,571 shares. Agf Invs invested in 0.21% or 539,284 shares. Brown Brothers Harriman owns 316,908 shares. Nexus Investment Incorporated accumulated 652,470 shares. Supplemental Annuity Collective Trust Of Nj stated it has 93,645 shares. 11,258 are owned by Gillespie Robinson & Grimm.

Since August 21, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 7 selling transactions for $12.30 million activity. Another trade for 8,000 shares valued at $296,560 was made by JOHNSON RADY A on Friday, December 15. The insider SUSMAN SALLY sold 38,230 shares worth $1.34 million. The insider READ IAN C sold $6.70M. On Monday, August 21 the insider OLSON LAURIE J sold $263,693. DAMELIO FRANK A also sold $3.21M worth of Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) shares.

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