Daiwa Sb Investments LTD Has Lowered Its Acuity Brands (AYI) Holding; Clearbridge Energy MLP Opportunity Fund (EMO)’s Sentiment Is 1.62

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Clearbridge Energy MLP Opportunity Fund Inc (EMO) investors sentiment increased to 1.62 in 2017 Q4. It’s up 0.12, from 1.5 in 2017Q3. The ratio improved, as 21 hedge funds increased or started new positions, while 13 cut down and sold holdings in Clearbridge Energy MLP Opportunity Fund Inc. The hedge funds in our database now own: 6.69 million shares, up from 6.48 million shares in 2017Q3. Also, the number of hedge funds holding Clearbridge Energy MLP Opportunity Fund Inc in top ten positions was flat from 0 to 0 for the same number . Sold All: 3 Reduced: 10 Increased: 13 New Position: 8.

Daiwa Sb Investments Ltd decreased Acuity Brands Inc (AYI) stake by 33.53% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Daiwa Sb Investments Ltd sold 1,960 shares as Acuity Brands Inc (AYI)’s stock declined 21.04%. The Daiwa Sb Investments Ltd holds 3,885 shares with $684,000 value, down from 5,845 last quarter. Acuity Brands Inc now has $5.71 billion valuation. The stock decreased 1.75% or $2.44 during the last trading session, reaching $136.75. About 330,977 shares traded. Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) has declined 31.54% since April 2, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 43.09% the S&P500.

The stock decreased 0.20% or $0.02 during the last trading session, reaching $9.8. About 66,997 shares traded. ClearBridge Energy MLP Opportunity Fund Inc. (EMO) has declined 25.37% since April 2, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 36.92% the S&P500.

Terril Brothers Inc. holds 2.12% of its portfolio in ClearBridge Energy MLP Opportunity Fund Inc. for 583,375 shares. Mcgowan Group Asset Management Inc. owns 789,306 shares or 1.5% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Seabridge Investment Advisors Llc has 0.3% invested in the company for 115,625 shares. The Minnesota-based Sit Investment Associates Inc has invested 0.18% in the stock. Advisors Asset Management Inc., a Colorado-based fund reported 642,332 shares.

Analysts await Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) to report earnings on April, 3. They expect $2.06 EPS, up 24.85% or $0.41 from last year’s $1.65 per share. AYI’s profit will be $86.02 million for 16.60 P/E if the $2.06 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.81 actual EPS reported by Acuity Brands, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 13.81% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.95 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.11, from 0.84 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 34 investors sold AYI shares while 134 reduced holdings. 57 funds opened positions while 102 raised stakes. 42.13 million shares or 1.49% more from 41.52 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Metropolitan Life Insur Communications New York, New York-based fund reported 7,833 shares. Toronto Dominion Bancshares holds 18,156 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Sun Life Financial accumulated 92 shares. 101,431 are held by Bancshares Of Montreal Can. Stratos Wealth Prtn Ltd has 0% invested in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) for 100 shares. Perigon Wealth Mngmt Limited has 104 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Commonwealth State Bank Of Australia holds 409 shares. Riverbridge Prns Limited Liability Com owns 296,319 shares. Cibc Mkts invested in 8,564 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Bluecrest Capital Mgmt Limited holds 46,034 shares. Aviva Plc holds 0.02% or 23,214 shares in its portfolio. Daiwa Sb Invests Limited holds 3,885 shares or 0.18% of its portfolio. Fifth Third Financial Bank holds 0% of its portfolio in Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) for 476 shares. 718 are owned by Federated Pa. Kentucky Retirement Systems reported 0.03% stake.

Among 21 analysts covering Acuity Brands Inc. (NYSE:AYI), 9 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 43% are positive. Acuity Brands Inc. has $306 highest and $10500 lowest target. $225.25’s average target is 64.72% above currents $136.75 stock price. Acuity Brands Inc. had 63 analyst reports since August 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Hold” rating by Wells Fargo on Friday, September 15. Canaccord Genuity initiated Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) on Friday, September 23 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) has “Sell” rating given on Monday, April 3 by Roth Capital. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Goldman Sachs given on Wednesday, April 5. Oppenheimer maintained the shares of AYI in report on Thursday, June 29 with “Buy” rating. The firm has “Sell” rating by Roth Capital given on Monday, April 2. The company was maintained on Saturday, August 22 by Piper Jaffray. Canaccord Genuity maintained it with “Buy” rating and $209 target in Wednesday, April 5 report. The stock has “Outperform” rating by Oppenheimer on Tuesday, December 1. Guggenheim initiated the stock with “Neutral” rating in Tuesday, April 11 report.

Daiwa Sb Investments Ltd increased A stake by 41,421 shares to 91,045 valued at $1.24 million in 2017Q4. It also upped Jd.Com Inc (NASDAQ:JD) stake by 33,100 shares and now owns 70,400 shares. Ppg Industries Inc (NYSE:PPG) was raised too.

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