Accenture LTD (NYSE:ACN) Institutional Investor Sentiment Trend

Equities analysts forecast that Accenture Plc will post $5.86 earnings per share for the current year. The stock decreased 0.20% or $0.31 during the last trading session, reaching $153.89. About 659,219 shares traded.

Among 26 analysts covering Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN), 14 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 11 Hold. It has underperformed by 12.43% the S&P500.

Thrivent Financial For Lutherans increased Trustco Bank Corp Ny (TRST) stake by 46% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Elkhorn Partners Limited Partnership who had been investing in Cadiz Inc. for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $322.65 million market cap company. The institutional investor held 8,300 shares of the farming and seeds and milling company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $921,000, up from 4,900 at the end of the previous reported quarter. It closed at $12.05 lastly. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since December 25, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 24.55% the S&P500. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 1,030 shares of the information technology services provider's stock valued at $127,000 after purchasing an additional 52 shares during the period. Therefore 29% are positive. The rating was maintained by Cantor Fitzgerald with "Buy" on Monday, May 29. As per Tuesday, July 18, the company rating was maintained by Goldman Sachs. The firm has "Outperform" rating given on Friday, February 19 by Cowen & Co. The stock of Encana Corporation (NYSE:ECA) earned "Overweight" rating by Barclays Capital on Tuesday, October 11. The firm has "Hold" rating given on Thursday, December 21 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Tuesday, September 12 by Bank of America. Stifel Nicolaus has "Buy" rating and $170.0 target. The company was maintained on Wednesday, April 12 by BMO Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets with "Overweight" on Monday, November 20. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Tuesday, September 8 by Argus Research. The company was maintained on Sunday, July 23 by Altacorp. (CHRW) by 2.24% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Notis owns 6,026 shares. Vanguard World Fd (MGV) was raised too. Peak6 Invs LP has invested 0% in Cadiz Inc. Its up 0.39, from 1.07 in 2017Q2. 114 funds opened positions while 708 raised stakes. With 5.62 million shares average volume, it will take short sellers 3 days to cover their ECA's short positions. Verition Fund Mngmt Ltd Company owns 23,703 shares. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 9,864 shares in the company, valued at $1,332,034.56. Wells Fargo Company Mn has invested 0% in Cadiz Inc. Parametric Portfolio Associates Limited Liability Company has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC). Covington Capital Mngmt stated it has 126,017 shares. Adage Capital Grp Incorporated Limited Liability holds 0.03% in Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC) or 700,000 shares. (NYSE:NLY) or 146,300 shares. Stifel Fincl holds 0.36% or 764,116 shares. Aviance Cap Partners Ltd Llc invested in 0.16% or 38,000 shares. Hightower Advsr Lc accumulated 0.11% or 94,358 shares. 135 were accumulated by First Interstate Bancorporation. American Assets Capital Advisers invested in 5.09% or 1.02 million shares.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on January, 25. During the same quarter a year ago, the company earned $1.58 EPS. NLY's profit will be $336.26M for 10.39 P/E if the $0.29 EPS becomes a reality. The information technology services provider reported $1.79 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of $1.67 by $0.12. It also reduced its holding in Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) by 20,157 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 35,407 shares, and cut its stake in Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA). One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, sixteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company's stock. Therefore 75% are positive. The company now has a consensus rating of "Buy" and a consensus price target of $128.08. Accenture Plc has a fifty-two week low of $112.31 and a fifty-two week high of $158.44. On Thursday, July 14 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with "Equalweight". The stock of Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN) has "Outperform" rating given on Friday, September 29 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock has "Buy" rating by Lake Street on Monday, November 7. Societe Generale downgraded the shares of ACN in report on Thursday, September 28 to "Hold" rating. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley on Friday, September 22 with "Equal-Weight".

Accenture LTD (NYSE:ACN) institutional sentiment decreased to 1 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.05, from 1.05 in 2017Q2. It fall, as 40 investors sold ACN shares while 370 reduced holdings.

Several other hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. The hedge fund run by Alan S. Parsow held 480,000 shares of the public utilities company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $6.10 million, up from 401,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Gulf Natl Bank (Uk) Limited invested in 0.36% or 196,235 shares. Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale has invested 0.58% of its portfolio in Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN). Jacobi Capital Management LLC now owns 727 shares of the information technology services provider's stock worth $100,000 after buying an additional 372 shares during the last quarter. (NASDAQ:CDZI). Mcf Advsrs holds 0% or 500 shares. Salem Investment Counselors Inc holds 0.72% in Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN) or 45,990 shares. Oppenheimer holds 66,604 shares. Credit Suisse downgraded Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN) on Friday, June 24 to "Neutral" rating. Thompson Davis Com invested in 0.05% or 190 shares. Burt Wealth Advisors has 1,050 shares. ECA's total short interest was 15.78M shares in December as published by FINRA.

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