Northstar Group Has Increased Its Apple (AAPL) Holding by $678,873; Guardian Investment Management Boosted Its Abbott Labs (ABT) Position by $404,130 as Stock Rose

April 24, 2018 - By Marguerite Chambers

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Northstar Group Inc increased its stake in Apple Inc (AAPL) by 14.49% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Northstar Group Inc bought 4,017 shares as the company’s stock declined 3.81% with the market. The institutional investor held 31,734 shares of the computer manufacturing company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $5.37M, up from 27,717 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Northstar Group Inc who had been investing in Apple Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $838.38B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.01% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $165.23. About 5.16M shares traded. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has risen 19.49% since April 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 7.94% the S&P500.

Guardian Investment Management increased its stake in Abbott Labs (ABT) by 48.34% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Guardian Investment Management bought 7,090 shares as the company’s stock rose 5.88% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 21,756 shares of the major pharmaceuticals company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $1.24 million, up from 14,666 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Guardian Investment Management who had been investing in Abbott Labs for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $102.79 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.03% or $0.02 during the last trading session, reaching $58.86. About 402,090 shares traded. Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) has risen 34.85% since April 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 23.30% the S&P500.

Among 25 analysts covering Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), 18 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 72% are positive. Abbott Laboratories had 106 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. BMO Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Market Perform” rating in Thursday, October 19 report. The rating was downgraded by Northland Capital on Thursday, September 28 to “Hold”. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of ABT in report on Thursday, July 23 with “Outperform” rating. On Tuesday, January 2 the stock rating was upgraded by Morgan Stanley to “Overweight”. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Goldman Sachs on Friday, November 13. Citigroup maintained the stock with “Neutral” rating in Tuesday, January 30 report. The stock has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, July 20. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, September 28 by Wells Fargo. The stock has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, September 1. The firm has “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital given on Thursday, September 28.

Since December 14, 2017, it had 1 insider buy, and 18 selling transactions for $23.52 million activity. Bracken Sharon J sold $126,559 worth of stock or 2,100 shares. On Tuesday, January 30 the insider Fussell Stephen R sold $14.27M. 459 shares were sold by PEDERSON MICHAEL J, worth $27,213 on Friday, February 16. 40,037 shares were bought by STARKS DANIEL J, worth $2.43 million on Tuesday, February 27. Watkin Jared also sold $58,635 worth of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) on Wednesday, February 28. Ford Robert B sold $2.69 million worth of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) on Tuesday, January 30.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.91 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.04, from 0.87 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 52 investors sold ABT shares while 558 reduced holdings. 123 funds opened positions while 430 raised stakes. 1.22 billion shares or 0.64% more from 1.21 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Torch Wealth Mngmt Ltd Liability Corp holds 1.03% in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) or 29,534 shares. Northside Cap Lc accumulated 9,503 shares. Cincinnati Insurance Company, Ohio-based fund reported 1.16M shares. Institute For Wealth Mngmt Ltd Llc stated it has 5,657 shares. Burney Communications accumulated 54,521 shares or 0.18% of the stock. 85,204 are held by Thrivent Financial For Lutherans. Green Valley Investors Limited Liability Corporation accumulated 1.96M shares. Confluence Invest Lc has invested 0.01% in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT). Eastern Retail Bank has 16,251 shares for 0.06% of their portfolio. Comerica Secs Inc has invested 0.48% in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT). Private has 0.52% invested in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) for 26,250 shares. Stadion Money Management Ltd Liability Corporation stated it has 33,647 shares or 0.06% of all its holdings. Jp Marvel Invest Advsrs Ltd Liability stated it has 66,394 shares or 1.15% of all its holdings. Marco Invest Mgmt Limited Company, a Georgia-based fund reported 124,600 shares. Regal Inv Ltd Co, Michigan-based fund reported 5,507 shares.

Among 54 analysts covering Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), 35 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 18 Hold. Therefore 65% are positive. Apple Inc. had 400 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating by Robert W. Baird given on Friday, September 11. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained the shares of AAPL in report on Thursday, December 7 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Guggenheim with “Buy” on Tuesday, July 18. The stock of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, January 27 by Maxim Group. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Tuesday, August 25 with “Market Perform”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, January 27 by Argus Research. The stock of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, August 11 by Jefferies. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Wednesday, October 28 by Morgan Stanley. Raymond James upgraded Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on Wednesday, July 27 to “Outperform” rating. The stock of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, October 27 by Drexel Hamilton.

Since December 7, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 5 selling transactions for $26.72 million activity. Riccio Daniel J. sold $2.73M worth of stock or 15,641 shares. Maestri Luca also sold $6.83M worth of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares.

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