Churchill Management Has Cut Coca Cola Co Com (KO) Holding; Quest Diagnostics (DGX) Shorts Lowered By 3.59%

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX) had a decrease of 3.59% in short interest. DGX’s SI was 5.37M shares in February as released by FINRA. Its down 3.59% from 5.57 million shares previously. With 1.59 million avg volume, 3 days are for Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX)’s short sellers to cover DGX’s short positions. The stock decreased 4.14% or $4.16 during the last trading session, reaching $96.42. About 1.52M shares traded or 29.66% up from the average. Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX) has risen 39.04% since February 9, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 22.34% the S&P500.

Churchill Management Corp decreased Coca Cola Co Com (KO) stake by 4.75% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Churchill Management Corp sold 19,800 shares as Coca Cola Co Com (KO)’s stock rose 6.48%. The Churchill Management Corp holds 397,333 shares with $17.88 million value, down from 417,133 last quarter. Coca Cola Co Com now has $183.64 billion valuation. The stock decreased 3.28% or $1.46 during the last trading session, reaching $43.1. About 23.30M shares traded or 92.69% up from the average. The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) has declined 0.95% since February 9, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 17.65% the S&P500.

Among 22 analysts covering Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), 12 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 55% are positive. Coca-Cola had 69 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Outperform” rating by Evercore on Friday, January 12. The company was maintained on Thursday, January 4 by Jefferies. The stock of The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Friday, December 16 by Morgan Stanley. As per Tuesday, November 14, the company rating was upgraded by Wells Fargo. As per Tuesday, March 15, the company rating was maintained by Susquehanna. Vetr upgraded the shares of KO in report on Monday, August 24 to “Hold” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, April 21 by Citigroup. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Buy” rating and $49.0 target in Tuesday, September 5 report. Goldman Sachs maintained The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) rating on Wednesday, June 29. Goldman Sachs has “Neutral” rating and $45 target. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Jefferies on Wednesday, April 19.

Churchill Management Corp increased Ishares Tr Russell 2000 Etf (IWM) stake by 5,073 shares to 34,935 valued at $5.18M in 2017Q3. It also upped Ishares Tr S&P 500 Grwt Etf (IVW) stake by 78,245 shares and now owns 1.62 million shares. Vanguard Index Fds S&P 500 Etf (VOO) was raised too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.8 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.14, from 0.94 in 2017Q2. It dived, as 48 investors sold KO shares while 641 reduced holdings. 94 funds opened positions while 456 raised stakes. 2.73 billion shares or 0.93% more from 2.70 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Montag A And Assocs invested in 3.77% or 779,394 shares. Old Republic owns 1.27 million shares for 1.89% of their portfolio. Hedeker Wealth Limited Liability Company holds 46,511 shares or 1.84% of its portfolio. State Of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D owns 1.92M shares. Asset Advsrs stated it has 2.66% in The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO). United Kingdom-based Rathbone Brothers Pcl has invested 3.1% in The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO). Pnc Fincl Services Group invested in 0.36% or 7.65M shares. The Missouri-based Buckingham Asset Mngmt Lc has invested 0.35% in The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO). Montag & Caldwell Lc has invested 0.03% in The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO). Ruane Cunniff And Goldfarb holds 46,130 shares. Utah Retirement System holds 0.71% or 705,580 shares. 19.77 million are held by Suntrust Banks. Salem Investment Counselors invested in 0.7% or 133,418 shares. Wealthtrust holds 3,790 shares. Hutchinson Cap Mgmt Ca reported 5,600 shares stake.

Since August 10, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 5 selling transactions for $11.71 million activity. LONG ROBERT EDWARD sold $719,250 worth of stock or 15,000 shares. HAYS ED sold 84,400 shares worth $4.01 million. The insider Waller Kathy N sold $409,733. RIVERA ALFREDO also sold $1.30M worth of The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) on Wednesday, August 16. 100,000 shares were sold by SMITH BRIAN JOHN, worth $4.61 million.

Analysts await The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) to report earnings on February, 13 before the open. They expect $0.38 EPS, up 2.70% or $0.01 from last year’s $0.37 per share. KO’s profit will be $1.62 billion for 28.36 P/E if the $0.38 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.50 actual EPS reported by The Coca-Cola Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -24.00% negative EPS growth.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated provides diagnostic testing information and services in the United States and internationally. The company has market cap of $13.14 billion. The companyÂ’s Diagnostic Information Services business segment develops and delivers diagnostic testing information and services, such as routine testing, gene and esoteric testing, and drugs-of-abuse testing, as well as anatomic pathology services, and related services and insights. It has a 17.53 P/E ratio. This segment offers diagnostic information services primarily under the Quest Diagnostics brand, as well as under the AmeriPath, Dermpath Diagnostics, Focus Diagnostics, Athena Diagnostics, ExamOne, Quanum, and Care360 brands to patients, clinicians, hospitals, integrated delivery networks, health plans, employers, and accountable care organizations through a network of laboratories, patient service centers, and phlebotomists in physician offices.

Among 21 analysts covering Quest Diagnostics (NYSE:DGX), 7 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 33% are positive. Quest Diagnostics has $12300 highest and $68 lowest target. $103.65’s average target is 7.50% above currents $96.42 stock price. Quest Diagnostics had 65 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Wednesday, November 22, the company rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity. FBR Capital maintained Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX) rating on Wednesday, April 12. FBR Capital has “Outperform” rating and $110 target. The rating was maintained by Credit Suisse with “Hold” on Thursday, September 28. As per Friday, October 13, the company rating was maintained by SunTrust. The company was maintained on Tuesday, July 25 by Canaccord Genuity. The firm has “Hold” rating by Piper Jaffray given on Thursday, February 1. The rating was maintained by SunTrust with “Hold” on Thursday, February 1. The company was maintained on Wednesday, April 26 by Mizuho. The rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs to “Buy” on Monday, December 12. Mizuho downgraded Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX) rating on Wednesday, August 31. Mizuho has “Neutral” rating and $86 target.

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