Ferguson Wellman Capital Management Boosted Its Amgen (AMGN) Stake; 1 Analysts Are Bullish Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (VRTS) Last Week

Among 9 analysts covering Virtus Investment Partners (NASDAQ:VRTS), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 11% are positive. Virtus Investment Partners had 30 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Morgan Stanley maintained it with “Equal-Weight” rating and $123 target in Thursday, October 5 report. Jefferies maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, August 17 report. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Monday, September 25 by Jefferies. The firm has “Hold” rating by Sandler O’Neill given on Tuesday, January 2. Sandler O’Neill maintained Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRTS) on Wednesday, January 10 with “Hold” rating. Morgan Stanley maintained Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRTS) rating on Monday, July 17. Morgan Stanley has “Equal-Weight” rating and $110 target. Sandler O’Neill upgraded the shares of VRTS in report on Monday, November 2 to “Hold” rating. The firm has “Equal-Weight” rating by Barclays Capital given on Tuesday, October 10. Morgan Stanley maintained it with “Equal-Weight” rating and $121 target in Monday, October 23 report. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, September 1 by Sandler O’Neill. See Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRTS) latest ratings:

10/01/2018 Broker: Sandler O’Neill Rating: Hold New Target: $132.0 Maintain
10/01/2018 Broker: Jefferies Rating: Hold New Target: $136.0 Maintain
09/01/2018 Broker: Goldman Sachs Rating: Hold New Target: $130.0 Upgrade
02/01/2018 Broker: Sandler O’Neill Rating: Hold New Target: $126.0 Maintain
14/11/2017 Broker: Jefferies Rating: Hold New Target: $120.0 Maintain
30/10/2017 Broker: Barclays Capital Rating: Equal-Weight Old Target: $116 New Target: $125 Maintain
23/10/2017 Broker: Morgan Stanley Rating: Equal-Weight Old Target: $122 New Target: $121 Maintain
10/10/2017 Broker: Jefferies Rating: Hold New Target: $127.0 Maintain
10/10/2017 Broker: Barclays Capital Rating: Equal-Weight Old Target: $113 New Target: $116 Maintain
09/10/2017 Broker: Bank of America Old Rating: Underperform New Rating: Neutral Old Target: $112 New Target: $130 Upgrade

Ferguson Wellman Capital Management Inc increased Amgen (AMGN) stake by 1.08% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Ferguson Wellman Capital Management Inc acquired 2,935 shares as Amgen (AMGN)’s stock declined 9.68%. The Ferguson Wellman Capital Management Inc holds 273,770 shares with $51.04 million value, up from 270,835 last quarter. Amgen now has $134.32 billion valuation. The stock increased 1.69% or $3.08 during the last trading session, reaching $185.04. About 3.11M shares traded or 13.87% up from the average. Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) has risen 5.27% since January 13, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 11.43% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.36 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.64, from 2 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 12 investors sold Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. shares while 32 reduced holdings. 16 funds opened positions while 44 raised stakes. 6.65 million shares or 1.17% less from 6.73 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Citigroup Inc has 17,581 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Hutchin Hill Cap L P accumulated 5,700 shares. Mason Street Ltd Llc has invested 0.01% in Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRTS). Dimensional Fund Advsr Limited Partnership accumulated 475,167 shares or 0.02% of the stock. California State Teachers Retirement accumulated 10,760 shares or 0% of the stock. Moreover, Invesco Limited has 0% invested in Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRTS). Cubist Systematic Strategies Limited Liability Corp accumulated 1,804 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Parkside Natl Bank And Tru accumulated 4 shares or 0% of the stock. Principal holds 0.01% or 54,432 shares. Metropolitan Life Ins New York owns 0% invested in Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRTS) for 4,697 shares. Balyasny Asset Mngmt Ltd Com holds 0.02% of its portfolio in Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRTS) for 48,233 shares. Us Bank De holds 0% or 35 shares in its portfolio. Verition Fund Mngmt Ltd Liability Com reported 0.02% stake. Tiaa Cref Investment Mngmt Lc invested in 17,667 shares or 0% of the stock. Pinebridge Invs L P holds 0% or 896 shares.

The stock increased 1.23% or $1.6 during the last trading session, reaching $131.4. About 54,112 shares traded or 6.11% up from the average. Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRTS) has risen 32.74% since January 13, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.04% the S&P500.

Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The company has market cap of $940.56 million. The firm primarily provides its services to individual and institutional clients. It has a 24.55 P/E ratio. It launches separate client focused equity and fixed income portfolios.

Among 24 analysts covering Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN), 11 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 13 Hold. Therefore 46% are positive. Amgen Inc. had 74 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Piper Jaffray maintained Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) on Saturday, August 29 with “Overweight” rating. The stock has “Market Perform” rating by Raymond James on Tuesday, September 1. UBS maintained the shares of AMGN in report on Wednesday, July 26 with “Neutral” rating. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, October 26 with “Hold”. The rating was downgraded by Jefferies to “Hold” on Wednesday, April 5. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Tuesday, December 20 by Credit Suisse. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, September 29 by Credit Suisse. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Sunday, August 27 by Jefferies. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, July 27 by Argus Research. BMO Capital Markets maintained it with “Market Perform” rating and $192 target in Thursday, October 26 report.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.99 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.16, from 1.15 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 58 investors sold AMGN shares while 511 reduced holdings. 108 funds opened positions while 453 raised stakes. 555.05 million shares or 0.41% less from 557.32 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Pacific Heights Asset Limited Liability has 107,000 shares for 1.9% of their portfolio. Third Avenue Llc stated it has 210,124 shares or 1.77% of all its holdings. Selway Asset reported 2,910 shares. Moreover, Allsquare Wealth Limited Com has 0.05% invested in Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN). Palisades Hudson Asset Limited Partnership holds 0.21% or 1,945 shares in its portfolio. Pdts Limited Co owns 0.27% invested in Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) for 44,469 shares. Legacy Private Co holds 0.17% in Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) or 7,682 shares. Zevin Asset Limited Liability has 0.17% invested in Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) for 3,817 shares. Coho Ptnrs Limited holds 4.63% or 967,870 shares in its portfolio. Chevy Chase Trust invested in 0.57% or 678,442 shares. Schmidt P J Mngmt Incorporated reported 1.32% in Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN). Bridgecreek Investment owns 9,435 shares for 0.48% of their portfolio. Fenimore Asset Mngmt Inc has 1,564 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Foster Motley Incorporated has invested 1.49% of its portfolio in Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN). Roundview Ltd Limited Liability Company reported 0.33% stake.

Since October 9, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 2 selling transactions for $553,240 activity. Harper Sean E sold $269,666 worth of Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) on Tuesday, December 12.