Cutler Investment Counsel Upped Kroger Co Com (KR) Stake; Utah Medical Products (UTMD) Shorts Lowered By 5.44%

December 16, 2017 - By Clifton Ray

Cutler Investment Counsel Llc increased Kroger Co Com (KR) stake by 39.8% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Cutler Investment Counsel Llc acquired 67,242 shares as Kroger Co Com (KR)’s stock declined 14.05%. The Cutler Investment Counsel Llc holds 236,199 shares with $5.51M value, up from 168,957 last quarter. Kroger Co Com now has $23.31B valuation. The stock increased 2.12% or $0.55 during the last trading session, reaching $26.45. About 12.91M shares traded. The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has declined 16.08% since December 16, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 32.78% the S&P500.

Utah Medical Products Incorporated (NASDAQ:UTMD) had a decrease of 5.44% in short interest. UTMD’s SI was 22,600 shares in December as released by FINRA. Its down 5.44% from 23,900 shares previously. With 14,700 avg volume, 2 days are for Utah Medical Products Incorporated (NASDAQ:UTMD)’s short sellers to cover UTMD’s short positions. The SI to Utah Medical Products Incorporated’s float is 0.67%. The stock increased 4.07% or $3.25 during the last trading session, reaching $83.1. About 29,088 shares traded or 131.48% up from the average. Utah Medical Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UTMD) has declined 0.94% since December 16, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 17.64% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.88 in 2017 Q2. Its down 0.12, from 1 in 2017Q1. It turned negative, as 105 investors sold KR shares while 223 reduced holdings. 93 funds opened positions while 234 raised stakes. 661.79 million shares or 5.01% less from 696.72 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Parametric Associates Limited Liability Corporation holds 0.13% in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) or 4.36 million shares. 1,872 were reported by Cantab Capital Prtn Llp. 9.05M were reported by Price T Rowe Associates Md. Point72 Asia (Hong Kong) owns 3,372 shares. Jag Capital Mngmt Limited Liability has 0.16% invested in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Bancorp Of Nova Scotia holds 206,230 shares or 0.03% of its portfolio. Mayo Invest Advisers Ltd Liability stated it has 78,958 shares or 0.75% of all its holdings. Dupont Mgmt stated it has 0% of its portfolio in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Royal State Bank Of Scotland Group Public Limited Com has 0.78% invested in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Continental Advisors Ltd Llc accumulated 0.49% or 92,500 shares. Exane Derivatives has 0% invested in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Bb&T Ltd Liability has invested 0.22% in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). Pnc Ser Group invested in 0.02% or 687,890 shares. Tarbox Family Office reported 56 shares. Great Lakes Advsr holds 0.07% in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) or 128,328 shares.

Cutler Investment Counsel Llc decreased Vanguard Intl Equity Index Fd (VNQI) stake by 33,706 shares to 125,120 valued at $7.04M in 2017Q2. It also reduced Ishares High Yield Corporat Bo (SHYG) stake by 39,111 shares and now owns 145,997 shares. Vanguard Index Fds Mid Cap Etf (VO) was reduced too.

Among 34 analysts covering Kroger (NYSE:KR), 15 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 19 Hold. Therefore 44% are positive. Kroger had 95 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, October 12 by SunTrust. The rating was maintained by Pivotal Research with “Buy” on Friday, September 11. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, September 14 by Argus Research. The company was upgraded on Wednesday, December 14 by PiperJaffray. The company was downgraded on Thursday, September 3 by Vetr. The stock of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has “Neutral” rating given on Tuesday, May 3 by SunTrust. Telsey Advisory Group maintained The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) rating on Wednesday, October 28. Telsey Advisory Group has “Outperform” rating and $43 target. BMO Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Tuesday, June 27 report. Telsey Advisory Group maintained it with “Outperform” rating and $46 target in Friday, December 4 report. The rating was initiated by Suntrust Robinson on Tuesday, May 3 with “Neutral”.

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