Lodestar Investment Counsel Upped Illinois Tool Works (ITW) Stake By $6.73 Million; Pura Vida Investments Has Upped Its Merck & Co (MRK) Position

Lodestar Investment Counsel Llc increased Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) stake by 46.01% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Lodestar Investment Counsel Llc acquired 45,791 shares as Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW)’s stock rose 5.13%. The Lodestar Investment Counsel Llc holds 145,321 shares with $21.50 million value, up from 99,530 last quarter. Illinois Tool Works Inc. now has $55.21B valuation. The stock increased 1.23% or $1.97 during the last trading session, reaching $161.65. About 1.23M shares traded. Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) has risen 33.32% since March 7, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.62% the S&P500.

Pura Vida Investments Llc increased Merck & Co Inc (MRK) stake by 54.57% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Pura Vida Investments Llc acquired 54,570 shares as Merck & Co Inc (MRK)’s stock declined 2.46%. The Pura Vida Investments Llc holds 154,570 shares with $9.90B value, up from 100,000 last quarter. Merck & Co Inc now has $146.40B valuation. The stock decreased 0.18% or $0.1 during the last trading session, reaching $54.3. About 9.27 million shares traded. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has risen 16.86% since March 7, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 0.16% the S&P500.

Among 24 analysts covering Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), 17 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 71% are positive. Merck & Co. Inc. has $7400 highest and $50 lowest target. $65.33’s average target is 20.31% above currents $54.3 stock price. Merck & Co. Inc. had 80 analyst reports since August 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was upgraded on Tuesday, December 1 by Barclays Capital. The stock has “Sell” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Tuesday, July 4. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, July 28 by SunTrust. The rating was maintained by Credit Suisse with “Outperform” on Friday, September 8. UBS maintained the shares of MRK in report on Friday, August 19 with “Buy” rating. Jefferies maintained the shares of MRK in report on Monday, February 26 with “Hold” rating. The stock has “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Tuesday, January 16. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) earned “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Tuesday, March 15. The company was maintained on Tuesday, October 31 by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has “Overweight” rating given on Friday, September 9 by Barclays Capital.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.94 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.12, from 1.06 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 46 investors sold MRK shares while 619 reduced holdings. 106 funds opened positions while 598 raised stakes. 1.96 billion shares or 0.47% more from 1.95 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Granite Inv Prtnrs Limited Liability Com accumulated 23,813 shares or 0.09% of the stock. Sky Gp Ltd reported 66,840 shares. Lowe Brockenbrough & Inc invested in 1.29% or 130,896 shares. Reilly Financial Advsrs Limited Co holds 5,153 shares. Brandywine Glob Mgmt Limited Liability Corporation owns 2.39M shares or 0.97% of their US portfolio. Carroll Finance Assocs holds 0.19% or 25,170 shares in its portfolio. 266,011 were accumulated by Davis R M. The Mississippi-based Hancock has invested 0.07% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Live Your Vision Ltd Liability Company owns 51,040 shares. Weatherly Asset Mgmt Limited Partnership accumulated 7,288 shares or 0.12% of the stock. F&V Cap Mgmt Ltd Liability invested in 89,118 shares or 3.34% of the stock. Blackhill Capital invested 1.92% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Federated Pa holds 9.28 million shares. Cullinan Assoc Incorporated accumulated 230,261 shares. Paragon Management Limited reported 0.21% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK).

Pura Vida Investments Llc decreased Globus Med Inc (NYSE:GMED) stake by 70,926 shares to 129,074 valued at $3.84B in 2017Q3. It also reduced Envision Healthcare Corp stake by 64,008 shares and now owns 123,192 shares. Nanostring Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:NSTG) was reduced too.

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. $167.32’s average target is 3.51% above currents $161.65 stock price. Illinois Tool Works Inc had 83 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) earned “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Monday, October 23. J.P. Morgan upgraded it to “Hold” rating and $140.0 target in Tuesday, October 10 report. On Monday, June 26 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Hold”. Seaport Global maintained Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) on Thursday, January 25 with “Buy” rating. BMO Capital Markets maintained the shares of ITW in report on Tuesday, July 18 with “Buy” rating. Goldman Sachs downgraded Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) rating on Thursday, September 3. Goldman Sachs has “Sell” rating and $99 target. The rating was downgraded by Robert W. Baird to “Neutral” on Thursday, June 23. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Monday, December 4 report. The firm has “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan given on Thursday, January 25. The stock of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, October 16 by Wells Fargo.

Since October 2, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 6 insider sales for $28.11 million activity. NAGARAJAN SUNDARAM also sold $3.32 million worth of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) shares. SMITH HAROLD B had sold 30,000 shares worth $4.99 million. Hartnett John R. had sold 6,533 shares worth $979,950 on Monday, October 2. On Wednesday, October 25 the insider VALLS JUAN sold $7.62M. $10.19M worth of stock was sold by MARTINDALE STEVEN L on Wednesday, October 25.

Lodestar Investment Counsel Llc decreased Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE:SLB) stake by 10,585 shares to 212,503 valued at $14.82M in 2017Q3. It also reduced Northern Trust Co. (NASDAQ:NTRS) stake by 3,799 shares and now owns 105,787 shares. Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) was reduced too.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.9 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.03, from 0.87 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 47 investors sold ITW shares while 354 reduced holdings. 79 funds opened positions while 268 raised stakes. 251.79 million shares or 0.92% less from 254.13 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Perritt Capital Mgmt invested 0.2% of its portfolio in Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW). Fenimore Asset Management holds 2.58% in Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) or 433,458 shares. Compass Capital Mngmt owns 180,234 shares. Summit Financial Wealth Advsr Ltd Liability reported 16,101 shares. Signaturefd Ltd Liability Corp reported 1,376 shares. Greatmark Investment Partners owns 2.57% invested in Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) for 45,391 shares. Nichols Pratt Advisers Llp Ma holds 0.12% of its portfolio in Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) for 9,049 shares. 5,984 are held by Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt. Mark Sheptoff Finance Planning Ltd Liability Corporation invested 0% of its portfolio in Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW). California State Teachers Retirement System reported 523,428 shares. Essex Mngmt Limited Liability Company holds 0.15% or 7,564 shares. Ohio-based Strs Ohio has invested 0.11% in Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW). Retail Bank Of Nova Scotia invested in 2,008 shares. Tompkins invested in 0.06% or 1,848 shares. Wespac Advsrs Ltd owns 3,352 shares or 0.33% of their US portfolio.