Ameriprise Financial Com (AMP) Market Value Declined While First Merchants Boosted Stake; Weight Watchers Intl. (WTW) Holder Auxier Asset Management Has Cut Stake

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Auxier Asset Management decreased its stake in Weight Watchers Intl. Inc. (WTW) by 22.44% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Auxier Asset Management sold 4,500 shares as the company’s stock declined 29.32% with the market. The institutional investor held 15,557 shares of the other consumer services company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $1.12 million, down from 20,057 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Auxier Asset Management who had been investing in Weight Watchers Intl. Inc. for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $2.00 billion market cap company. The stock increased 2.18% or $0.64 during the last trading session, reaching $29.99. About 2.01M shares traded. Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE:WTW) has risen 4.53% since February 14, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 4.53% the S&P500. Some Historical WTW News: 04/05/2018 – Weight Watchers CEO on 1Q Earnings, Future Growth (Video); 15/05/2018 – S&P Raises Corporate Credit Rating on Weight Watchers to ‘B+’ From ‘B’; 08/05/2018 – MOODY’S UPGRADES WEIGHT WATCHERS CFR TO Ba3, OUTLOOK STABLE; 03/05/2018 – WEIGHT WATCHERS 1Q EPS 56C, EST. 7.0C; 15/05/2018 – Melvin Capital Management Buys 1.1% Position in Weight Watchers; 18/05/2018 – Oprah Winfrey Reports 11.0% Stake in Weight Watchers; 08/03/2018 – Weight Watchers is about to launch a line of quick prep meal kits at grocery stores; 03/05/2018 – Weight Watchers 1Q EPS 56c; 10/05/2018 – WEIGHT WATCHERS OFFERING PRICES AT $69/SHR; 09/03/2018 – At March 6, Oprha Winfrey Had 11.3% Weight Watchers Stake

First Merchants Corp increased its stake in Ameriprise Financial Com (AMP) by 8.36% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. First Merchants Corp bought 2,442 shares as the company’s stock declined 21.45% with the market. The institutional investor held 31,643 shares of the finance company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $4.67 million, up from 29,201 at the end of the previous reported quarter. First Merchants Corp who had been investing in Ameriprise Financial Com for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $18.12 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.75% or $0.97 during the last trading session, reaching $129.8. About 790,278 shares traded. Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP) has declined 32.90% since February 14, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 32.90% the S&P500. Some Historical AMP News: 20/04/2018 – DJ Ameriprise Financial Inc, Inst Holders, 1Q 2018 (AMP); 20/04/2018 – FBI: Financial Advisor Faces Federal Fraud and Money Laundering Charges Alleging Thefts from Ameriprise Clients and Other; 23/04/2018 – Ameriprise 1Q EPS $3.91; 23/04/2018 – Ameriprise Estimates 2018 Adj Operating Effective Tax Rate 17% to 19%; 23/04/2018 – Ameriprise 1Q Adjusted Operating ROE Ex-AOCI 29.3%; 23/04/2018 – Ameriprise 1Q Adj EPS $3.70; 30/04/2018 – CommSec: Beach Energy $BPT rose most in April while $AMP was the worst performer on the #ASX 200 over the month. Source: Blo‚Ķ; 23/04/2018 – Ameriprise Raises Dividend to 90c Vs. 83c; 23/04/2018 – CORRECT: AMERIPRISE AUM $485B; 23/04/2018 – AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL INC – INCREASED COMPANY’S QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND BY 8 PERCENT, OR $0.07 PER DILUTED SHARE, TO $0.90 PER DILUTED SHARE

Analysts await Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW) to report earnings on February, 26. They expect $0.61 EPS, up 64.86% or $0.24 from last year’s $0.37 per share. WTW’s profit will be $40.76M for 12.29 P/E if the $0.61 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.00 actual EPS reported by Weight Watchers International, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -39.00% negative EPS growth.

More notable recent Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW) news were published by: Finance.Yahoo.com which released: “APRN, WTW: Blue Apron Stock Gets a Boost From Weight Watchers Deal – Yahoo! Finance News” on December 26, 2018, also Benzinga.com with their article: “Not Enough New Year’s Resolve: JPMorgan Downgrades Weight Watchers (NASDAQ:WTW) – Benzinga” published on January 11, 2019, Fool.com published: “Kohl’s Partners Up to Exploit the Wellness Trend – The Motley Fool” on January 31, 2019. More interesting news about Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW) were released by: Benzinga.com and their article: “Analysts Find Some Positives In Blue Apron’s Q4, But Not Enough To Turn Bullish (NYSE:APRN) – Benzinga” published on February 02, 2019 as well as Benzinga.com‘s news article titled: “Technical Look At Weight Watchers: Support At Last? (NASDAQ:WTW) – Benzinga” with publication date: December 17, 2018.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.73 in Q3 2018. Its up 0.01, from 1.72 in 2018Q2. It increased, as 44 investors sold WTW shares while 51 reduced holdings. 79 funds opened positions while 85 raised stakes. 58.98 million shares or 1.42% less from 59.83 million shares in 2018Q2 were reported. Wg Shaheen And Assocs Dba Whitney And holds 0% of its portfolio in Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW) for 29 shares. Prudential Fin Inc, a New Jersey-based fund reported 37,618 shares. Illinois-based North Star Inv Management has invested 0% in Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW). Parametric Portfolio Ltd owns 119,194 shares. National Asset Management Inc holds 0.05% or 6,329 shares in its portfolio. Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa reported 0% of its portfolio in Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW). Advisory Rech holds 0.02% or 13,045 shares. Citadel Advsr Llc has 468,601 shares. Neuberger Berman Lc has invested 0% in Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW). Dana Invest Advsr Inc stated it has 53,358 shares or 0.16% of all its holdings. Bogle Mgmt Limited Partnership De reported 1.14% in Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW). Barclays Plc owns 62,015 shares. The Louisiana-based Louisiana State Employees Retirement System has invested 0.03% in Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW). Horizon Kinetics Ltd Liability holds 0.01% or 5,762 shares. Goldman Sachs has invested 0.02% of its portfolio in Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW).

Among 16 analysts covering Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW), 10 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 63% are positive. Weight Watchers International had 46 analyst reports since August 8, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, April 12 by Craig Hallum. Sidoti maintained it with “Buy” rating and $28 target in Wednesday, January 4 report. Sidoti maintained Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW) on Monday, February 11 with “Buy” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by Craig Hallum on Tuesday, November 7. Standpoint Research downgraded Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW) on Wednesday, October 21 to “Hold” rating. The rating was maintained by Craig Hallum on Wednesday, April 18 with “Buy”. The company was downgraded on Friday, December 16 by Morgan Stanley. The stock has “Buy” rating by Sidoti on Monday, March 5. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, November 6 by Craig Hallum. Bank of America maintained it with “Buy” rating and $85 target in Friday, November 2 report.

Since August 15, 2018, it had 1 buying transaction, and 6 selling transactions for $14.25 million activity. $1.77 million worth of Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW) shares were sold by COLOSI MICHAEL F. 7,000 shares valued at $350,707 were bought by GROSSMAN MINDY F on Tuesday, November 6. Shares for $286,370 were bought by KELLY DENIS F on Wednesday, August 15. 131,466 shares valued at $9.95M were sold by Hotchkin Nicholas P on Thursday, August 30. $566,891 worth of Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTW) was sold by Amouyal Philippe on Friday, August 31. Shares for $751,637 were sold by Fajgenbaum Jonas.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.94 in 2018 Q3. Its up 0.04, from 0.9 in 2018Q2. It improved, as 37 investors sold AMP shares while 221 reduced holdings. 80 funds opened positions while 162 raised stakes. 105.41 million shares or 1.95% less from 107.51 million shares in 2018Q2 were reported. Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt accumulated 0.24% or 13,943 shares. Brandywine Global Mngmt Limited Liability Corporation, a Pennsylvania-based fund reported 229,151 shares. Aviva Public Limited Liability Com has 0.06% invested in Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP). Cleararc Cap Inc invested in 0.07% or 3,649 shares. Bnp Paribas Asset Mngmt Holding stated it has 46,137 shares or 0.05% of all its holdings. The Vermont-based Trust Of Vermont has invested 0.04% in Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP). Cape Cod Five Cents Bancorporation reported 1,410 shares. 2,190 were accumulated by Front Barnett Limited Liability Corporation. The United Kingdom-based Pictet Asset Mngmt has invested 0.02% in Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP). Ohio-based Strs Ohio has invested 0% in Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP). Tudor Et Al holds 0.01% or 2,334 shares. Moreover, Scout has 0.22% invested in Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP) for 71,152 shares. Sei Investments Com stated it has 0.09% of its portfolio in Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP). Natixis Advsrs Limited Partnership holds 74,056 shares or 0.1% of its portfolio. Mai Capital Management owns 2,249 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio.

Among 15 analysts covering Ameriprise Financial (NYSE:AMP), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 40% are positive. Ameriprise Financial had 61 analyst reports since September 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Monday, December 19 by SunTrust. The stock of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP) earned “Hold” rating by SunTrust on Thursday, January 18. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Monday, February 12 by Sandler O’Neill. Barclays Capital maintained the stock with “Equal-Weight” rating in Friday, August 11 report. Credit Suisse initiated the shares of AMP in report on Friday, October 7 with “Neutral” rating. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained the shares of AMP in report on Monday, October 12 with “Outperform” rating. The company was maintained on Wednesday, July 25 by Morgan Stanley. The company was maintained on Thursday, July 27 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. RBC Capital Markets maintained Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP) rating on Wednesday, October 25. RBC Capital Markets has “Hold” rating and $155.0 target. The rating was initiated by SunTrust on Wednesday, March 23 with “Buy”.

First Merchants Corp, which manages about $610.00 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in United Parcel Service Com (NYSE:UPS) by 3,186 shares to 6,150 shares, valued at $718,000 in 2018Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Vanguard Ftse Dev Market Etf (VEA) by 7,200 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 59,813 shares, and cut its stake in Unitedhealth Group Inc Com (NYSE:UNH).

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