Versum Materials (VSM) Got Higher Stifel Nicolaus Rating; Carlson Capital LP Has Decreased Southern Co (SO) Position By $7.40 Million

Carlson Capital LP decreased Southern Co (SO) stake by 19.41% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Carlson Capital LP sold 151,106 shares as Southern Co (SO)’s stock rose 4.35%. The Carlson Capital LP holds 627,294 shares with $30.83M value, down from 778,400 last quarter. Southern Co now has $43.65B valuation. The stock decreased 0.53% or $0.23 during the last trading session, reaching $43.49. About 14.71 million shares traded or 135.80% up from the average. The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) has risen 2.49% since February 7, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 14.21% the S&P500.

Among 13 analysts covering Versum Materials (VSM), 7 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 54% are positive. Versum Materials has $47 highest and $24.0 lowest target. $40.33’s average target is 12.53% above currents $35.84 stock price. Versum Materials had 29 analyst reports since September 23, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. Jefferies initiated Versum Materials, Inc. (NYSE:VSM) rating on Friday, September 23. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $26.0 target. Jefferies maintained Versum Materials, Inc. (NYSE:VSM) rating on Wednesday, July 19. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $3400 target. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold” on Tuesday, August 1. Jefferies maintained the shares of VSM in report on Thursday, June 15 with “Hold” rating. Needham maintained it with “Buy” rating and $45.0 target in Friday, November 10 report. Credit Suisse maintained the shares of VSM in report on Friday, November 10 with “Outperform” rating. The rating was initiated by Needham on Monday, July 10 with “Buy”. The company was maintained on Friday, September 15 by Jefferies. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Friday, November 10 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The stock of Versum Materials, Inc. (NYSE:VSM) earned “Buy” rating by Seaport Global Securities on Monday, October 3.

Analysts await Versum Materials, Inc. (NYSE:VSM) to report earnings on February, 12. They expect $0.50 EPS, up 6.38% or $0.03 from last year’s $0.47 per share. VSM’s profit will be $54.46 million for 17.92 P/E if the $0.50 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.47 actual EPS reported by Versum Materials, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 6.38% EPS growth.

Versum Materials, Inc. develops, manufactures, transports, and handles specialty materials for the semiconductor and display industries in the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Europe, and rest of Asia. The company has market cap of $3.90 billion. It operates in two divisions, Materials, and Delivery Systems and Services . It has a 20.36 P/E ratio. The Materials segment provides specialty chemicals and materials used in semiconductors, as well as specialty gases used in the semiconductor manufacturing process, including high purity process materials for deposition, metallization, and chamber cleaning and etching; chemicals mechanical planarization slurries; organosilanes; organometallics and liquid dopants for thin film deposition; and formulated chemical products for post-etch cleaning primarily for the manufacture of silicon and compound semiconductors, and thin film transistor liquid crystal displays.

The stock increased 0.06% or $0.02 during the last trading session, reaching $35.84. About 1.68 million shares traded or 218.50% up from the average. Versum Materials, Inc. (VSM) has 0.00% since February 7, 2017 and is . It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500.

Among 20 analysts covering The Southern Company (NYSE:SO), 5 have Buy rating, 6 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 25% are positive. The Southern Company had 61 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Thursday, July 14 by Barclays Capital. As per Tuesday, October 24, the company rating was maintained by Bank of America. The firm has “Hold” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Wednesday, June 28. On Tuesday, January 16 the stock rating was maintained by SunTrust with “Hold”. Guggenheim maintained the shares of SO in report on Tuesday, January 2 with “Buy” rating. SunTrust maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Monday, February 5 report. Mizuho maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, December 26 report. SunTrust maintained it with “Neutral” rating and $47 target in Monday, October 19 report. The rating was maintained by Mizuho with “Buy” on Friday, December 8. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Thursday, July 14 by Goldman Sachs.

Carlson Capital LP increased Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) stake by 292,223 shares to 3.40M valued at $348.66M in 2017Q3. It also upped Cf Corp stake by 350,446 shares and now owns 750,446 shares. Marsh & Mclennan Cos Inc (NYSE:MMC) was raised too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.16, from 1.16 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 51 investors sold SO shares while 353 reduced holdings. 76 funds opened positions while 330 raised stakes. 525.28 million shares or 0.91% more from 520.53 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. California-based Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc has invested 0.15% in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). Moreover, Old Point Tru And Svcs N A has 1.99% invested in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). Eagle Ridge Investment Mgmt reported 0.88% in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). Meridian Counsel reported 0.12% stake. Cibc World Markets Inc, a Ontario – Canada-based fund reported 239,409 shares. Covington Capital Mngmt holds 5,900 shares. Warren Averett Asset Mgmt Limited Liability Corporation holds 0.29% of its portfolio in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) for 27,288 shares. South Texas Money Mngmt has invested 0.02% in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). Summit Financial Wealth Advsr has invested 0.09% in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). Ing Groep Nv reported 50,182 shares. Maple Capital Mgmt Inc accumulated 8,294 shares. Stock Yards Bancorporation Trust stated it has 23,166 shares. Cleararc Cap holds 25,710 shares or 0.19% of its portfolio. Amica Pension Fund Board Of Trustees accumulated 51,552 shares. Greatmark Prtnrs Inc holds 0.77% or 40,763 shares in its portfolio.