Analyst Research and Ratings: Symantec Corporation (SYMC), United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI)

Joanna Estrada
March 24, 2018

The forecast of 2 surveyed investment analysts covering the stock advises investors to Buy stake in the company. The institutional investor held 155,415 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $5.10M, down from 166,604 at the end of the previous reported quarter. The stock decreased 2.91% or $2.61 during the last trading session, reaching $87.18. Newell Brands Inc. (NWL) finalized the Thursday at price of $25.84 after traded 7158560 shares.

Weatherly Asset Management increased its stake in Symantec Corp (SYMC) by 469.14% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Hartwell J M Limited Partnership bought 34,300 shares as the company's stock rose 0.76% with the market. The hedge fund run by Ray Carroll held 44,685 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.55 million, down from 51,627 at the end of the previous reported quarter.

Symantec Corporation (SYMC) stock managed performance -3.41% over the last week and switched with performance of -1.59% throughout past one month period. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 213,026 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $5,664,361.34.

Presently, 0.30% shares of Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) are owned by insiders with -21.08% six-month change in the insider ownership. It has outperformed by 55.12% the S&P500.

A popular tool among technical stock analysts is the moving average. Company's EPS for the past five years is valued at 17.5%, leading it to an EPS value of 10.18% for the next five years. SYMC's profit will be $155.38 million for 26.44 P/E if the $0.25 EPS becomes a reality.

It's even better if the EPS growth rate has been accelerating in recent quarters and years.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 36% are positive. HSBC Holdings had 19 analyst reports since September 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Thursday, February 1, the company rating was maintained by Stephens. It has outperformed by 104.70% the S&P500. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained the shares of SYMC in report on Wednesday, September 20 with "Hold" rating. The firm has "Sell" rating given on Tuesday, October 10 by Credit Suisse. Citigroup maintained The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) rating on Thursday, August 4. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets on Wednesday, November 1 with "Market Perform".

Denver Investment Advisors Llc, which manages about $9.81 billion and $2.04B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Spdr S&P Intl Small Cap (GWX) by 15,487 shares to 94,631 shares, valued at $3.31 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. Bessemer Group Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Symantec by 22.8% during the 3rd quarter.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.86 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.19, from 1.24 in 2017Q2. 114 funds opened positions while 708 raised stakes. 258.00 million shares or 0.68% less from 259.77 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. (NYSE:MRK). Oak Associates Ltd Oh invested 0.18% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. The stock's beta is 0.92.

Now investors want to know the actual market worth of the company in the Stock Market. Boston And Mngmt has 69,740 shares. Paradigm Capital Management Ny, a New York-based fund reported 106,000 shares. Teacher Retirement Of Texas accumulated 8,294 shares. The company shares sank -22.22% from their peak of $34.20 and now has a $16.64 billion market value of equity. Becker Cap Mgmt holds 5,304 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. The shares went down by -4.35% in value last month. The EPS of a company is strolling at 0.26. S&Co stated it has 2.92% of its portfolio in The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS). 13,664 were accumulated by Pine River Capital L P. Bb&T Securities Ltd has 0% invested in Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) for 9,161 shares.

Since September 25, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 selling transactions for $1.57 million activity. For every buyer, there is a seller, and each transaction contributes to the count of total volume. The insider TAYLOR SCOTT C sold $348,668.

Oakbrook Investments Llc decreased Air Products & Chemicals Inc. It also reduced Pulte Homes Inc. Shares have performed -6.04% over the last quarter and moved -13.24% over the last twelve months. Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) was reduced too. The current analyst rating on Symantec Corp (SYMC) is 3.3. Therefore 29% are positive. Inc. had 81 analyst reports since August 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has "Hold" rating by Evercore on Thursday, August 3. Zacks upgraded the stock to "Hold" rating in Wednesday, August 5 report.

Several other analysts have also recently issued reports on the company.

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) that has shown a discernible change in trend levels over the path of recent market activity. The stock of Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) earned "Hold" rating by RBC Capital Markets on Sunday, July 30. (NYSE:MRK) on Monday, May 9 with "Neutral" rating.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.92 in 2017 Q3.

Shares of SYMC stock opened at $25.70 on Friday. Franklin Resources Inc. raised its stake in Symantec by 2.3% during the fourth quarter. 571.53 million shares or 3.02% more from 554.80 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Suntrust Banks owns 102,874 shares for 0.03% of their portfolio. Moreover, Ls Invest Limited has 0.06% invested in Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) for 30,992 shares. Jefferies Group Lc has invested 0.04% in Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC). Dnb Asset Mngmt As holds 0.03% or 66,233 shares in its portfolio. Dowling Yahnke Ltd Llc has 0.08% invested in Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) for 23,473 shares. Clearbridge Invs Ltd Liability Corporation reported 0.04% in Applied Materials, Inc. First Manhattan Communication owns 129,376 shares. Veritable LP holds 9,809 shares. Earnings per share (EPS) serve as an indicator of a company's profitability. Cleararc has 0.21% invested in Applied Materials, Inc. Deutsche Bank started coverage on shares of Symantec in a report on Tuesday, December 19th. Davis R M stated it has 0.49% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

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