Saturna Capital Boosted Unitedhealth Group (UNH) Stake; 2 Analysts Bullish Ecopetrol S.A. (EC)

February 18, 2018 - By Migdalia James

Among 8 analysts covering Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC), 2 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 25% are positive. Ecopetrol had 13 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Tudor Pickering upgraded the shares of EC in report on Friday, September 9 to “Hold” rating. Morgan Stanley downgraded the shares of EC in report on Wednesday, May 31 to “Equal-Weight” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, December 7 by Deutsche Bank. The stock of Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC) has “Sell” rating given on Wednesday, August 12 by Deutsche Bank. The rating was upgraded by JP Morgan on Wednesday, October 25 to “Neutral”. The firm has “Underperform” rating by Raymond James given on Tuesday, November 28. Citigroup upgraded Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC) rating on Wednesday, December 6. Citigroup has “Hold” rating and $12.0 target. The company was upgraded on Monday, June 5 by HSBC. J.P. Morgan upgraded it to “Hold” rating and $9.3 target in Wednesday, October 25 report. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Monday, February 5 by Citigroup. See Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC) latest ratings:

05/02/2018 Broker: Citigroup Rating: Sell Downgrade
06/12/2017 Broker: Citigroup Rating: Hold New Target: $12.0 Upgrade
28/11/2017 Broker: Raymond James Old Rating: Market Perform New Rating: Underperform Downgrade
25/10/2017 Broker: JP Morgan Old Rating: Underweight New Rating: Neutral Upgrade
25/10/2017 Broker: J.P. Morgan Rating: Hold New Target: $9.3 Upgrade

Saturna Capital Corp increased Unitedhealth Group (UNH) stake by 35.96% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Saturna Capital Corp acquired 1,575 shares as Unitedhealth Group (UNH)’s stock rose 9.50%. The Saturna Capital Corp holds 5,955 shares with $1.17 million value, up from 4,380 last quarter. Unitedhealth Group now has $221.95B valuation. The stock increased 1.48% or $3.35 during the last trading session, reaching $229.37. About 3.62M shares traded or 0.34% up from the average. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) has risen 32.76% since February 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.06% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.31 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.43, from 0.88 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 10 investors sold Ecopetrol S.A. shares while 26 reduced holdings. 19 funds opened positions while 28 raised stakes. 38.42 million shares or 2.62% less from 39.45 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Ellington Mngmt Group Ltd owns 14,700 shares. Nomura Asset Mgmt Co owns 19,786 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Morgan Stanley reported 681,716 shares. Credit Suisse Ag reported 0% of its portfolio in Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC). Millennium Ltd Limited Liability Company accumulated 171,364 shares. Schwab Charles Management stated it has 252,427 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Royal Fincl Bank Of Canada has 3,402 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Ubs Asset Mngmt Americas holds 0% or 230,295 shares in its portfolio. Us Bankshares De has invested 0% in Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC). Pnc Fincl Ser Grp Inc holds 0% of its portfolio in Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC) for 1,495 shares. Barclays Public Ltd owns 154,100 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Wellington Mgmt Grp Limited Liability Partnership accumulated 394,363 shares. Ls Advsrs Ltd Liability Co holds 0% of its portfolio in Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC) for 120 shares. Glenmede Tru Com Na holds 0% of its portfolio in Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC) for 1,003 shares. Asset Mgmt has invested 0.04% in Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC).

The stock decreased 0.28% or $0.05 during the last trading session, reaching $17.51. About 829,868 shares traded. Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC) has risen 7.58% since February 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 9.12% the S&P500.

Ecopetrol S.A. operates as an integrated oil company. The company has market cap of $35.21 billion. It operates through three divisions: Exploration and Production; Transport and Logistics; and Refining, Petrochemical and Biofuels. It has a 25.01 P/E ratio. The firm produces crude gas and oil; and engages in the extraction, collection, treatment, storage and pumping, or compression of hydrocarbons.

Saturna Capital Corp decreased Asml Holding Ny (NASDAQ:ASML) stake by 88,200 shares to 334,400 valued at $57.25 million in 2017Q3. It also reduced Conocophillips (NYSE:COP) stake by 8,777 shares and now owns 9,285 shares. Unilever Ads (NYSE:UL) was reduced too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.91 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.11, from 1.02 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 46 investors sold UNH shares while 524 reduced holdings. 112 funds opened positions while 408 raised stakes. 810.94 million shares or 0.66% less from 816.36 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Dodge And Cox holds 1.51% or 9.61 million shares in its portfolio. Point72 Asset Lp invested in 40,000 shares or 0.03% of the stock. Eastern Natl Bank holds 5,384 shares. Boston Common Asset Mngmt Lc accumulated 0.67% or 27,582 shares. Pictet And Cie (Europe) accumulated 22,654 shares. Metropolitan Life Communication reported 499,555 shares or 0.61% of all its holdings. Hgk Asset Incorporated invested in 2.1% or 75,456 shares. Aviance Cap Mngmt Ltd Liability Corporation reported 5,306 shares stake. Vermont-based Manchester Mgmt Ltd Company has invested 0.24% in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH). Michigan-based Comerica Securities Inc has invested 0.5% in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH). Gulf Financial Bank (Uk) Ltd has 0.81% invested in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH). Jensen Invest Mngmt holds 1.66 million shares or 4.39% of its portfolio. 3,695 were accumulated by Godshalk Welsh Cap Management. Retail Bank Of The West invested in 1.01% or 40,818 shares. Oak Associates Oh invested in 16,300 shares.

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