(NASDAQ:COST) Stake Lessened by Marathon Asset Management LLP

Bank Of Italy sold 380,498 shares as the company's stock rose 18.56% with the market. The institutional investor held 904,030 shares of the major banks company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $43.02 million, down from 919,160 at the end of the previous reported quarter. The stock decreased 0.61% or $0.05 during the last trading session, reaching $8.15. About 2.99 million shares traded or 13.64% up from the average. Methanex Corporation (NASDAQ:MEOH) has risen 45.59% since December 31, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 11.32% the S&P500. First Manhattan Com reported 0% stake. The hedge fund run by Jonathan Lourie held 651,500 shares of the agricultural chemicals company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $32.36 million, up from 239,417 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Costco Wholesale now has $81.73 billion valuation. The stock decreased 0.09% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $10.56. About 865,947 shares traded. MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC) has risen 9.86% since December 31, 2016 and is uptrending.

Among 23 analysts covering Amgen Inc. Jefferies Group analyst D. Binder now expects that the retailer will earn $6.54 per share for the year, up from their prior estimate of $6.48. THFF's profit will be $8.56 million for 16.20 P/E if the $0.70 EPS becomes a reality.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.19 in 2017 Q3. The retailer reported $1.36 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of $1.35 by $0.01. It is negative, as 49 investors sold WSM shares while 105 reduced holdings. 108 funds opened positions while 453 raised stakes. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 17th were given a dividend of $0.50 per share. Glenview Comml Bank Dept invested in 1,775 shares. Berkshire Hathaway reported 4.33M shares. SVA Plumb Wealth Management LLC raised its position in shares of Costco Wholesale by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. Roanoke Asset Corp stated it has 0.1% in Williams-Sonoma, Inc. 159.80 million shares or 4.22% more from 153.33 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. 954,709 are held by Goldman Sachs. Millennium Mngmt holds 0.02% or 214,887 shares in its portfolio. (NYSE:WSM). Cwm Llc has 0.13% invested in Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Legal General Grp Public Limited reported 0% in Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS). Mu Invs Limited holds 360 shares or 0.05% of its portfolio. Hollencrest Limited Liability Company stated it has 7,515 shares or 0.17% of all its holdings. South Dakota Investment Council has invested 0.06% in Harley-Davidson, Inc. Williams-Sonoma had 95 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Amgen Inc. The firm has "Buy" rating by Robert W. Baird given on Wednesday, June 28. Oppenheimer maintained Williams-Sonoma, Inc. The firm has "Outperform" rating by Robert W. Baird given on Thursday, August 25. Costco Wholesale now has a consensus rating of "Buy" and a consensus price target of $187.32. Deutsche Bank maintained Williams-Sonoma, Inc. The stock of Central Asia Metals Plc (LON:CAML) has "Buy" rating given on Thursday, January 5 by Peel Hunt. AXA now owns 669,139 shares of the retailer's stock valued at $112,208,000 after acquiring an additional 164,791 shares in the last quarter. Uss Invest Limited owns 47,400 shares or 0.06% of their U.S. portfolio.

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Harley Davidson Incorporated (NYSE:HOG) had an increase of 5.08% in short interest. Vetr raised shares of Costco Wholesale from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating and set a $186.56 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, December 18th. Therefore 58% are positive. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a "buy" rating and issued a $200.00 target price (up previously from $185.00) on shares of Costco Wholesale in a research report on Friday, December 15th. UBS maintained it with "Buy" rating and $190.0 target in Thursday, August 31 report. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with "Outperform" on Friday, April 7. Cowen & Co maintained it with "Buy" rating and $65.0 target in Thursday, December 14 report. The stock has "Buy" rating by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, August 3. The company was maintained on Wednesday, December 9 by Piper Jaffray. The stock of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) earned "Mkt Perform" rating by Bernstein on Monday, February 6. Raytheon Co (NYSE:RTN) was raised too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.99 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.09, from 1.28 in 2017Q2.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Jacobus Wealth Management Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Costco Wholesale during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $103,000. 304.48 million shares or 2.26% less from 311.53 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Macquarie Gp Ltd reported 0.01% stake. Rose Timothy L. also sold $966,000 worth of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) on Monday, December 18. As per Friday, October 6, the company rating was maintained by Cowen & Co. Parametric Ltd Liability Corp has 1.33 million shares.

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Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) opened at $186.12 on Friday. Inverness Counsel Ltd has 0.04% invested in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) for 3,780 shares. The stock of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) has "Hold" rating given on Wednesday, November 22 by Guggenheim. Also, CFO Richard A. Galanti sold 3,000 shares of the company's stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 10th. Mairs And Pwr, Minnesota-based fund reported 3,002 shares. Sii Invests Inc Wi has invested 0.02% of its portfolio in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST).

Since August 1, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 10 insider sales for $11.06 million activity. 5,000 shares were sold by ZOOK DENNIS R, worth $810,788. LIBENSON RICHARD M sold 20,000 shares worth $3.86M. Howard Hughes Institute holds 1.02% of its portfolio in Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) for 25,000 shares.

Bank Of Italy, which manages about $1.72 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N by 80,000 shares to 6.93 million shares, valued at $124.10 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. In the last three months, insiders have sold 57,842 shares of company stock worth $10,347,448.

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