Express Scripts Hldg Co (ESRX) Shareholder Gateway Investment Advisers Has Cut Position as Share Price Declined; Pacad Investment LTD Decreased Stake in Western Un Co (WU) by $1.54 Million

June 18, 2018 - By Linda Rogers

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Pacad Investment Ltd decreased its stake in Western Un Co (WU) by 58.86% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Pacad Investment Ltd sold 81,127 shares as the company’s stock declined 1.48% with the market. The institutional investor held 56,700 shares of the business services company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $1.09M, down from 137,827 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Pacad Investment Ltd who had been investing in Western Un Co for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $9.61 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.85% or $0.175 during the last trading session, reaching $20.865. About 979,180 shares traded. The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) has risen 3.57% since June 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 9.00% the S&P500. Some Historical WU News: 26/04/2018 – Western Union Expands Digital Service to Panama and Jamaica; 01/05/2018 – Western Union: 2018 GAAP EPS Outlook Increased to Reflect Tax Rate, Impact of 2017 Tax Act; 17/04/2018 – S&PGR: Outlook Reflects Expectation Western Union Will Be Able to Manage Through Any Further Compliance Matters While Maintaining It Preeminent Market Position; 30/04/2018 – Western Union Adds WeChat Capability to GlobalPay for Students; 01/05/2018 – Western Union lifts guidance as online drive pays off; 10/05/2018 – Speedpay Releases Next Gen Bill Payment Platform; 24/04/2018 – New Mexico AG: REFUND ALERT: AG Balderas Urges New Mexicans to File Scam Claims with Western Union for Share of $586 Million; 21/03/2018 – Western Union rival TransferWise says it will record its second year of profit; 13/03/2018 Bitcoin start-ups in Asia take aim at remittances market; 23/04/2018 – Western Union Extends Reach in the UK – Debenhams Now Offers Western Union Global Money Transfers

Gateway Investment Advisers Llc decreased its stake in Express Scripts Hldg Co (ESRX) by 5.56% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Gateway Investment Advisers Llc sold 24,302 shares as the company’s stock declined 0.72% with the market. The institutional investor held 412,889 shares of the medical and nursing services company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $28.52 million, down from 437,191 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Gateway Investment Advisers Llc who had been investing in Express Scripts Hldg Co for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $45.25 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 1.47% or $1.2 during the last trading session, reaching $80.55. About 1.01M shares traded. Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has risen 28.27% since June 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 15.70% the S&P500. Some Historical ESRX News: 28/03/2018 – MOODY’S AFFIRMS CARECENTRIX’S B1 RATINGS; CHANGES OUTLOOK TO STABLE; 08/03/2018 – FITCH PLACES EXPRESS SCRIPTS’ ON NEGATIVE WATCH WITH CIGNA BID; 24/04/2018 – EXPRESS SCRIPTS SAYS IT ALSO SEEKS REFUND IF NEW MIGRAINE DRUGS DON’T WORK, CAUSE MAJOR SIDE EFFECTS; 18/04/2018 – MEDIA-Cigna-Express Scripts deal to face Justice Department review – Bloomberg; 08/03/2018 – EXPRESS SCRIPTS HOLDING CO – MORGAN STANLEY & CO. LLC IS ACTING AS SOLE FINANCIAL ADVISOR & “PROVIDED A FAIRNESS OPINION” TO CIGNA BOARD; 02/05/2018 – EXPRESS SCRIPTS 1Q ADJ EPS $1.77, EST. $1.76; 16/05/2018 – Cigna Considered a Different Health Deal Before Express Scripts; 12/04/2018 – Express Scripts Launches Innovative Pilot Program For Performance-based Retail Pharmacy Network for Commercial Plans; 14/05/2018 – BAUPOST EXITED ESRX, RUN IN 1Q: 13F; 11/05/2018 – Express Scripts: Pleased Administration Wants Increasing Access to Biosimilars

Gateway Investment Advisers Llc, which manages about $12.58 billion and $11.28B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Tr (IVV) by 188,843 shares to 839,456 shares, valued at $222.77 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Huntington Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:HBAN) by 29,969 shares in the quarter, for a total of 1.34 million shares, and has risen its stake in Analog Devices Inc (NASDAQ:ADI).

More important recent Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) news were published by: Gurufocus.com which released: “‘Time Travel’ With Pharmaceutical Distributors Part 1 – First-Level Information and Thinking” on June 17, 2018, also Globenewswire.com published article titled: “Detailed Research: Economic Perspectives on Southern, AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, International Flavors & Fragrances …”, Seekingalpha.com published: “Headlines Don’t Determine Stock Prices – Cramer’s Mad Money (6/12/18)” on June 13, 2018. More interesting news about Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) was released by: 247Wallst.com and their article: “Why The Huge AT&T Win May Bode Well For Other Takeover Targets” with publication date: June 13, 2018.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.7 in 2018 Q1. Its up 0.01, from 0.69 in 2017Q4. It improved, as 88 investors sold ESRX shares while 382 reduced holdings. 111 funds opened positions while 220 raised stakes. 462.03 million shares or 3.62% less from 479.40 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Mitsubishi Ufj Corp owns 1.23M shares. Brown Brothers Harriman And Communication holds 0% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) for 2,227 shares. Hm Payson And Company invested in 11,206 shares. Susquehanna Intl Gru Limited Liability Partnership holds 0% or 12,246 shares. The British Columbia – Canada-based Numerixs Inv Technology has invested 0.31% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Hyman Charles D holds 0.57% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) for 72,171 shares. Eagleclaw Capital Managment Limited Liability Company has 1.33% invested in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) for 38,054 shares. Edmp holds 16,414 shares. Greenleaf has invested 0% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Sabal Trust Company stated it has 0.03% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Moreover, Vanguard Grp has 0.12% invested in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) for 39.42M shares. First Midwest State Bank Division holds 22,119 shares or 0.21% of its portfolio. Arizona-based Davis Selected Advisers has invested 0.12% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Thrivent Financial For Lutherans holds 0.14% or 618,866 shares. Quantbot Techs Lp accumulated 67,098 shares.

Analysts await Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) to report earnings on July, 24. They expect $2.20 earnings per share, up 27.17% or $0.47 from last year’s $1.73 per share. ESRX’s profit will be $1.24B for 9.15 P/E if the $2.20 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.77 actual earnings per share reported by Express Scripts Holding Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 24.29% EPS growth.

Among 25 analysts covering Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX), 8 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 32% are positive. Express Scripts had 69 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. SunTrust maintained Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) rating on Thursday, January 11. SunTrust has “Buy” rating and $95.0 target. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) earned “Neutral” rating by Bank of America on Tuesday, June 7. Jefferies maintained the shares of ESRX in report on Friday, December 15 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) earned “Buy” rating by Credit Suisse on Thursday, June 1. Leerink Swann maintained it with “Hold” rating and $8000 target in Thursday, May 3 report. On Wednesday, March 15 the stock rating was downgraded by Wells Fargo to “Underperform”. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, July 26 by Oppenheimer. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) earned “Sell” rating by Bernstein on Tuesday, January 30. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, July 7 by Jefferies. The company was downgraded on Thursday, February 1 by Bernstein.

Among 19 analysts covering The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), 3 have Buy rating, 7 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 16% are positive. The Western Union Company had 38 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. S&P Research upgraded The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) on Wednesday, September 2 to “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Thursday, January 5 by Guggenheim. The stock of The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, September 21 by Zacks. As per Wednesday, February 14, the company rating was maintained by Susquehanna. The stock of The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, August 18 by RBC Capital Markets. As per Friday, April 15, the company rating was initiated by Compass Point. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital on Friday, August 4 with “Underweight”. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, June 16 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm earned “Equal Weight” rating on Friday, July 31 by Barclays Capital. The rating was upgraded by Susquehanna to “Neutral” on Monday, January 8.

Analysts await The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) to report earnings on August, 2. They expect $0.48 earnings per share, down 4.00% or $0.02 from last year’s $0.5 per share. WU’s profit will be $221.15M for 10.87 P/E if the $0.48 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.45 actual earnings per share reported by The Western Union Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 6.67% EPS growth.

Pacad Investment Ltd, which manages about $405.40 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Universal Display Corp (NASDAQ:OLED) by 5,211 shares to 5,311 shares, valued at $529,000 in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Zayo Group Hldgs Inc (NYSE:ZAYO) by 35,239 shares in the quarter, for a total of 39,928 shares, and has risen its stake in Charter Communications Inc N.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.81 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.26, from 1.07 in 2017Q4. It is negative, as 35 investors sold WU shares while 196 reduced holdings. 56 funds opened positions while 131 raised stakes. 470.54 million shares or 1.44% more from 463.88 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Fifth Third State Bank has 0% invested in The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU). Raymond James Tru Na reported 45,803 shares stake. Panagora Asset Mngmt reported 0% of its portfolio in The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU). Element Cap Mngmt Lc holds 50,729 shares. Ameritas Partners Inc reported 9,498 shares stake. The Ohio-based Oak Assocs Oh has invested 0.27% in The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU). North Star Management Corp holds 400 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Bokf Na owns 46,661 shares. Pennsylvania-based Orrstown Fin Services has invested 0% in The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU). Sterling Management Lc holds 2.86 million shares. Navellier And Assocs holds 0.22% in The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) or 76,322 shares. Van Eck holds 1.77M shares or 0.17% of its portfolio. Tiaa Cref Inv Ltd Liability accumulated 1.54M shares. Cibc Asset Mngmt reported 0.01% of its portfolio in The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU). Blair William And Communication Il has invested 0.01% in The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU).

Since January 8, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 3 sales for $3.14 million activity. Farah Jean Claude sold $1.09 million worth of The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) on Monday, January 8. Shares for $1.70M were sold by Almeida Odilon on Thursday, June 7.

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