Lathrop Investment Management Decreased By $660,846 Its Illinois Tool (ITW) Position; Marshfield Associates Has Decreased Moody’s Corp. (MCO) Position By $2.79 Million

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Lathrop Investment Management Corp decreased Illinois Tool (ITW) stake by 3.75% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Lathrop Investment Management Corp sold 3,981 shares as Illinois Tool (ITW)’s stock declined 6.87%. The Lathrop Investment Management Corp holds 102,235 shares with $17.06 million value, down from 106,216 last quarter. Illinois Tool now has $53.01 billion valuation. The stock increased 2.41% or $3.67 during the last trading session, reaching $156.26. About 1.92M shares traded or 35.04% up from the average. Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) has risen 18.23% since April 11, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 6.68% the S&P500.

Marshfield Associates decreased Moody’s Corp. (MCO) stake by 1.61% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Marshfield Associates sold 19,011 shares as Moody’s Corp. (MCO)’s stock rose 8.54%. The Marshfield Associates holds 1.16 million shares with $171.32M value, down from 1.18 million last quarter. Moody’s Corp. now has $31.08 billion valuation. The stock increased 1.99% or $3.18 during the last trading session, reaching $162.64. About 682,727 shares traded. Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) has risen 43.20% since April 11, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 31.65% the S&P500.

Since November 22, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 8 insider sales for $23.30 million activity. The insider Crimmins Michael S sold 486 shares worth $81,218. 3,500 shares valued at $588,000 were sold by Fauber Robert on Tuesday, March 6. Shares for $80,480 were sold by Duffie Darrell on Monday, April 2. Almeida Mark sold $10.11M worth of stock. MCDANIEL RAYMOND W had sold 45,216 shares worth $7.47 million on Tuesday, March 6. Shares for $4.92M were sold by Huber Linda.

Among 14 analysts covering Moody’s (NYSE:MCO), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 21% are positive. Moody’s had 50 analyst reports since October 5, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, October 5 by Argus Research. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Tuesday, January 23 by Piper Jaffray. Argus Research maintained the shares of MCO in report on Monday, February 22 with “Buy” rating. Barclays Capital maintained Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) on Monday, February 8 with “Overweight” rating. The stock of Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) earned “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital on Tuesday, August 23. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets on Friday, July 21 with “Hold”. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Friday, November 17 by Barclays Capital. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Equal-Weight” on Friday, September 15. The stock of Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) earned “Hold” rating by Piper Jaffray on Friday, February 9. The rating was maintained by Cantor Fitzgerald with “Neutral” on Monday, February 12.

Analysts await Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) to report earnings on May, 4. They expect $1.73 earnings per share, up 17.69% or $0.26 from last year’s $1.47 per share. MCO’s profit will be $330.62M for 23.50 P/E if the $1.73 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.51 actual earnings per share reported by Moody's Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 14.57% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.35 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.34, from 1.01 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 28 investors sold MCO shares while 162 reduced holdings. 84 funds opened positions while 172 raised stakes. 158.40 million shares or 0.16% more from 158.15 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Kentucky Retirement invested in 10,253 shares. Mutual Of America Management Ltd Liability Corporation accumulated 0.05% or 20,959 shares. Covington Capital Mngmt accumulated 0.02% or 1,849 shares. Voya Inv Ltd Liability Corporation owns 0.03% invested in Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) for 102,168 shares. Proshare Llc reported 48,138 shares. Magnetar Fincl Llc holds 0.02% of its portfolio in Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) for 4,330 shares. Tocqueville Asset Management Ltd Partnership holds 5,205 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. 12,210 are owned by Lazard Asset Mgmt Llc. Glg Limited Liability holds 0.08% or 7,974 shares in its portfolio. Wms Partners Lc accumulated 2,036 shares. Rampart Investment Mngmt Co Ltd holds 0.13% or 2,246 shares in its portfolio. Earnest Prtn Ltd Com reported 78 shares stake. Vermont-based Manchester Mngmt Llc has invested 0.01% in Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO). Morgan Stanley holds 0.08% of its portfolio in Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) for 1.99M shares. Pensionfund Dsm Netherlands reported 0.54% stake.

Since October 20, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 5 sales for $27.13 million activity. On Wednesday, October 25 the insider MARTINDALE STEVEN L sold $10.19 million. 6,533 shares were sold by Hartnett John R., worth $1.01M. 18,650 shares were sold by NAGARAJAN SUNDARAM, worth $3.32M on Friday, January 26. Another trade for 30,000 shares valued at $4.99 million was sold by SMITH HAROLD B. VALLS JUAN also sold $7.62M worth of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) shares.

Among 19 analysts covering Illinois Tool Works Inc (NYSE:ITW), 8 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 42% are positive. Illinois Tool Works Inc has $210.0 highest and $85 lowest target. $167.79’s average target is 7.38% above currents $156.26 stock price. Illinois Tool Works Inc had 85 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Thursday, January 25 the stock rating was maintained by Citigroup with “Buy”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, December 5 by Stifel Nicolaus. The rating was maintained by Credit Suisse on Thursday, January 25 with “Neutral”. The stock of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) earned “Hold” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, January 25. The rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs to “Buy” on Tuesday, April 10. The company was downgraded on Friday, February 17 by Goldman Sachs. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Monday, October 23 by Stifel Nicolaus. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Friday, September 15 by Stifel Nicolaus. Robert W. Baird maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, October 13 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, August 25 by Deutsche Bank.

Analysts await Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) to report earnings on April, 23. They expect $1.85 earnings per share, up 20.13% or $0.31 from last year’s $1.54 per share. ITW’s profit will be $627.55M for 21.12 P/E if the $1.85 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.70 actual earnings per share reported by Illinois Tool Works Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 8.82% EPS growth.

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