Costco Wholesale (COST) Upgraded By Wells Fargo from Market Perform; Highfields Capital Management LP Has Decreased Dollar Tree (DLTR) Stake

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Highfields Capital Management Lp decreased Dollar Tree Inc (DLTR) stake by 18.37% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Highfields Capital Management Lp sold 430,000 shares as Dollar Tree Inc (DLTR)’s stock declined 14.46%. The Highfields Capital Management Lp holds 1.91M shares with $205.09 million value, down from 2.34M last quarter. Dollar Tree Inc now has $23.05 billion valuation. The stock decreased 0.99% or $0.97 during the last trading session, reaching $97.13. About 1.53M shares traded. Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) has risen 22.99% since April 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 11.44% the S&P500.

New York-listed Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST), was raised by equity analysts at Wells Fargo. The firm raised its rating on the $82.90 billion market cap company to a Outperform from a previous Market Perform.

Since March 9, 2018, it had 1 insider buy, and 4 insider sales for $746,247 activity. On Saturday, March 31 RUDMAN ROBERT H sold $570,657 worth of Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) or 6,074 shares. On Tuesday, March 20 BARRON ARNOLD S sold $569,084 worth of Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) or 6,023 shares. Hall Conrad M. bought $918,281 worth of stock or 10,000 shares.

Among 36 analysts covering Dollar Tree Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR), 27 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 75% are positive. Dollar Tree Inc. had 115 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Wednesday, March 2 by Deutsche Bank. The firm has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Monday, April 9. The company was maintained on Tuesday, August 22 by Jefferies. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy” on Friday, November 10. As per Wednesday, November 25, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares of DLTR in report on Tuesday, February 16 to “Equal-Weight” rating. The rating was maintained by Raymond James on Thursday, March 8 with “Strong Buy”. M Partners downgraded Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) rating on Friday, August 26. M Partners has “Neutral” rating and $80 target. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Friday, November 6 by JP Morgan. Piper Jaffray maintained the shares of DLTR in report on Friday, September 29 with “Hold” rating.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.17 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.14, from 1.03 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 39 investors sold DLTR shares while 197 reduced holdings. 102 funds opened positions while 175 raised stakes. 204.89 million shares or 1.30% more from 202.27 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Advisory Ltd Co holds 4,688 shares. Btg Pactual Asset reported 144,017 shares. Psagot Inv House Limited reported 10,300 shares. Calamos Wealth Management holds 0.08% of its portfolio in Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) for 5,883 shares. Credit Agricole S A reported 35,400 shares. Kdi Capital Prtn Lc reported 0.91% stake. Rockshelter Capital Management Limited Liability Co invested 3.01% of its portfolio in Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR). Menta Cap Ltd Liability Corporation holds 0.16% or 7,488 shares. Mar Vista Invest Prns Limited Liability Corp holds 1.15M shares. Sandy Spring Bancorporation accumulated 0% or 48 shares. Tower Lc (Trc) holds 0.12% of its portfolio in Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) for 8,493 shares. Tuttle Tactical Management Limited Liability owns 13,524 shares. 10,845 are owned by C M Bidwell & Associates. Washington Tru Natl Bank, Washington-based fund reported 28 shares. Cetera Advisor Net Ltd holds 0.03% or 5,551 shares.

Analysts await Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) to report earnings on May, 24. They expect $1.25 EPS, up 27.55% or $0.27 from last year’s $0.98 per share. DLTR’s profit will be $296.66 million for 19.43 P/E if the $1.25 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.89 actual EPS reported by Dollar Tree, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -33.86% negative EPS growth.

Highfields Capital Management Lp increased Nvidia Corp (NASDAQ:NVDA) stake by 49,900 shares to 774,900 valued at $149.94 million in 2017Q4. It also upped Monsanto Co New (NYSE:MON) stake by 693,537 shares and now owns 5.98 million shares. Coca Cola European Partners was raised too.

Analysts await Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) to report earnings on May, 24. They expect $1.66 EPS, up 18.57% or $0.26 from last year’s $1.4 per share. COST’s profit will be $728.44M for 28.45 P/E if the $1.66 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.42 actual EPS reported by Costco Wholesale Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 16.90% EPS growth.

Among 32 analysts covering Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST), 22 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 69% are positive. Costco Wholesale has $230.0 highest and $144.0 lowest target. $190.52’s average target is 0.85% above currents $188.91 stock price. Costco Wholesale had 125 analyst reports since August 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Citigroup on Friday, May 27 with “Neutral”. The rating was maintained by Williams Capital Group on Friday, October 23 with “Hold”. The stock of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) earned “Hold” rating by Wells Fargo on Thursday, June 1. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of COST in report on Friday, May 27 with “Outperform” rating. The company was maintained on Thursday, August 31 by Robert W. Baird. On Friday, May 26 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold”. As per Monday, June 19, the company rating was downgraded by Deutsche Bank. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, May 16 by Deutsche Bank. The rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs on Wednesday, June 1 to “Buy”. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Friday, September 30 report.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.98 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.21, from 1.19 in 2017Q3. It dived, as 64 investors sold Costco Wholesale Corporation shares while 442 reduced holdings. 134 funds opened positions while 364 raised stakes. 308.22 million shares or 1.23% more from 304.48 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Philadelphia Tru Communications holds 2,670 shares. Illinois-based Vestor Capital Ltd has invested 0.02% in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). 37,946 are held by Columbia Prns L L C Investment Mgmt. Swedbank accumulated 1.09 million shares. Huntington Steele Limited Liability Corp holds 2,871 shares or 0.14% of its portfolio. Cannell Peter B And Inc reported 76,392 shares. Princeton Strategies Gru Ltd Liability Com accumulated 1,130 shares. Tiedemann Wealth Management Lc holds 3,158 shares. Cambridge Trust Com holds 0.03% or 2,634 shares. Columbia Asset Mngmt accumulated 4,775 shares or 0.26% of the stock. Bluecrest Mngmt reported 4,165 shares stake. Berkshire Hathaway owns 0.42% invested in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) for 4.33M shares. Bath Savings Trust Company has invested 0.07% in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST). Zeke Advisors Ltd Liability holds 0.2% or 10,029 shares. Liberty Capital Mngmt invested in 20,082 shares or 2.04% of the stock.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company has market cap of $82.90 billion. It offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. It has a 28.16 P/E ratio. The firm provides dry and packaged foods, and groceries; snack foods, candies, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and cleaning supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, and garden and patio; meat, bakery, deli, and produces; and apparel and small appliances.

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