Amazon Com (AMZN) Shares Rose While Sigma Investment Counselors Has Trimmed Its Stake; Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Increases Stake in Aflac (AFL)

August 12, 2018 - By Carolyn Hewitt

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Sigma Investment Counselors Inc decreased its stake in Amazon Com Inc (AMZN) by 32.17% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Sigma Investment Counselors Inc sold 2,531 shares as the company’s stock rose 5.80% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 5,336 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $7.72 million, down from 7,867 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Sigma Investment Counselors Inc who had been investing in Amazon Com Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $920.03B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.64% or $12.22 during the last trading session, reaching $1886.3. About 3.46M shares traded. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has risen 62.09% since August 12, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 49.52% the S&P500. Some Historical AMZN News: 23/04/2018 – It needs more data on users, and could get this from products like the Echo and even a rumored Amazon robot; 02/04/2018 – Orion Health Group: Migrating Population Health Suite to the Cloud With Five Customers Live on Amazon Web Service; 16/04/2018 – Fnac Darty strengthens ties with Google in bid to tackle Amazon; 24/04/2018 – Amazon will begin delivering packages to Volvo and GM cars via Volvo on Call or GM’s OnStar service; 03/05/2018 – MYSTIC BOWIE’S TALKING DREADS’ “Once In A Lifetime” Single To Be Released Tomorrow Via iTunes, Amazon And All Digital Retailers; 26/03/2018 – Amazon isn’t paying taxes in “dozens of cities,” according to a new report; 04/05/2018 – FLIPKART BOARD IS SAID TO APPROVE $15 BILLION DEAL WITH WALMART – BLOOMBERG; 04/04/2018 – Aging U.S. warehouses unfit to handle Amazon and e-commerce boom; 26/04/2018 – Amazon Raises Annual Prime Price to $119 From $99; 14/03/2018 – Amazon-owned Whole Foods, Kroger and Target, meanwhile, are investing in some of the same initiatives

Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc increased its stake in Aflac (AFL) by 97.37% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc bought 183,785 shares as the company’s stock declined 0.09% with the market. The institutional investor held 372,526 shares of the accident &health insurance company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $16.30M, up from 188,741 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc who had been investing in Aflac for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $35.69B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.60% or $0.28 during the last trading session, reaching $46.48. About 2.49 million shares traded. Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has risen 21.38% since August 12, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 8.81% the S&P500.

Since February 15, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 21 insider sales for $63.19 million activity. WILKE JEFFREY A sold $2.59M worth of stock. 1,375 shares were sold by STONESIFER PATRICIA Q, worth $2.17M. $3.24 million worth of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) shares were sold by Zapolsky David. $3.42 million worth of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) shares were sold by Olsavsky Brian T. Reynolds Shelley sold $686,439 worth of stock. The insider Blackburn Jeffrey M sold $3.23 million.

Sigma Investment Counselors Inc, which manages about $718.41M and $736.58M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Tr (IJR) by 12,125 shares to 549,422 shares, valued at $42.31M in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Vanguard Intl Equity Index F (VWO) by 72,656 shares in the quarter, for a total of 595,110 shares, and has risen its stake in Vanguard Tax Managed Intl Fd (VEA).

Among 56 analysts covering Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), 53 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 95% are positive. Amazon.com had 319 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating by Loop Capital given on Tuesday, January 23. The stock of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) earned “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital on Tuesday, December 1. On Friday, January 29 the stock rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Outperform”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, May 29 by M Partners. The stock of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, July 13 by Cowen & Co. The firm has “Buy” rating by Needham given on Friday, August 25. Barclays Capital upgraded Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) rating on Friday, July 24. Barclays Capital has “Overweight” rating and $700 target. The stock of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, February 2 by Barclays Capital. SunTrust maintained it with “Buy” rating and $1190.0 target in Monday, October 2 report. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Oppenheimer given on Friday, October 27.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.08 in 2018 Q1. Its down 0.21, from 1.29 in 2017Q4. It is negative, as 73 investors sold AMZN shares while 659 reduced holdings. 173 funds opened positions while 614 raised stakes. 266.38 million shares or 4.87% less from 280.02 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Capital Management Va invested in 0.14% or 348 shares. 171,591 were reported by Point72 Asset Limited Partnership. First Comm holds 1.14% of its portfolio in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) for 6,917 shares. 15,982 were reported by Jag Cap Mngmt Lc. Moreover, Boys Arnold & Co has 0.23% invested in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) for 1,024 shares. 523 are held by Virtu Ltd Liability. Adirondack Trust, a New York-based fund reported 1,908 shares. Pittenger And Anderson Inc reported 9,841 shares. Cohen Cap has invested 0.24% of its portfolio in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Shell Asset Management Commerce invested in 1.05% or 36,534 shares. Great Lakes Advsr Ltd Liability Corp reported 0.25% in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Marsico Ltd stated it has 126,501 shares. Country Club Trust Na has invested 0.14% in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). 1,393 were reported by Compton Incorporated Ri. Laurion LP holds 2,151 shares or 0.03% of its portfolio.

More notable recent Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “Get into Bank Stocks Soon Because Inflation Is on the Way” on August 09, 2018, also Nasdaq.com with their article: “Amazon (AMZN) Earnings Crush Expectations, Shares Rise” published on July 27, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “Amazon releases Alexa Auto SDK for developers” on August 09, 2018. More interesting news about Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) were released by: Fool.com and their article: “Don’t Overlook These Metrics From Amazon.com, Inc.’s Second Quarter” published on August 10, 2018 as well as Bizjournals.com‘s news article titled: “It’s official: Amazon is coming to Garner” with publication date: August 10, 2018.

Analysts await Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) to report earnings on October, 25. They expect $3.21 earnings per share, up 517.31% or $2.69 from last year’s $0.52 per share. AMZN’s profit will be $1.57B for 146.91 P/E if the $3.21 EPS becomes a reality. After $5.07 actual earnings per share reported by Amazon.com, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -36.69% negative EPS growth.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 2 insider purchases, and 5 insider sales for $5.69 million activity. KIRSCH ERIC M sold $2.88M worth of stock or 66,447 shares. HOWARD JUNE P sold $239,194 worth of stock or 2,648 shares. MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L bought 550 shares worth $49,022. Lloyd Karole bought $178,090 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Tuesday, February 20. $437,155 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares were sold by KNAPP CHARLES B. Another trade for 1,300 shares valued at $117,123 was made by TILLMAN AUDREY B on Wednesday, February 28.

Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc, which manages about $585.75M and $675.15M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Varian Medical Systems (NYSE:VAR) by 4,390 shares to 110,741 shares, valued at $13.58M in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Home Depot (NYSE:HD) by 2,745 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 73,146 shares, and cut its stake in Intel (NASDAQ:INTC).

Among 22 analysts covering Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), 6 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 27% are positive. Aflac Incorporated had 62 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Hold” rating by Sandler O’Neill on Thursday, February 1. The rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Thursday, December 21 with “Hold”. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Monday, March 26 by Bank of America. FBR Capital downgraded it to “Market Perform” rating and $68 target in Tuesday, May 10 report. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Monday, October 9 by RBC Capital Markets. Keefe Bruyette & Woods downgraded the stock to “Mkt Perform” rating in Friday, May 20 report. As per Friday, September 8, the company rating was downgraded by Bank of America. The stock has “Hold” rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Sunday, November 26. The rating was upgraded by Wood on Thursday, August 27 to “Market Perform”. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Sell” on Monday, July 31.

Investors sentiment increased to 7.76 in Q1 2018. Its up 6.70, from 1.06 in 2017Q4. It improved, as 56 investors sold AFL shares while 35 reduced holdings. 82 funds opened positions while 624 raised stakes. 1.00 billion shares or 291.45% more from 256.45 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Moreover, Td Asset has 0.07% invested in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Sather Group Inc Inc holds 0.1% or 10,016 shares in its portfolio. Boston Private Wealth Limited Liability Company owns 50,328 shares. Plante Moran Financial Advisors Ltd Llc holds 0.01% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) or 483 shares. New York-based Pinebridge Invs LP has invested 0.1% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). World Asset Mngmt holds 0.11% or 52,924 shares in its portfolio. First State Bank Of Omaha owns 5,974 shares or 0.02% of their US portfolio. Gemmer Asset Mngmt Limited Liability invested in 588 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Catawba Mgmt Va holds 30,444 shares. Aqr Limited Com invested 0.69% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Ellington Mngmt Grp Limited Liability Co invested 0.02% of its portfolio in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Los Angeles Cap Mngmt And Equity Research has 0.39% invested in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Fukoku Mutual Life Ins owns 5,200 shares. Rockland Tru invested in 19,490 shares or 0.11% of the stock. San Francisco Sentry Inv Grp (Ca) invested in 0.05% or 4,348 shares.

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