Stock to Watch: Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK)

25,000 Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) shares with value of $2.94 million were sold by BEGEMANN BRETT D. Zacks Investment Research's sales averages are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that follow Graphic Packaging Holding. The stock rose 0.01% or $0.01 reaching $118.32. About shares traded. Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK) has risen 2.85% since November 20, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 13.85% the S&P500.

Lafleur & Godfrey Llc decreased Monsanto Co New (MON) stake by 39.46% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. The stock exchanged hands 7.79 Million shares versus average trading capacity of 3.45 Million shares.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.98 in 2017 Q2. Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) has risen 15.46% since November 20, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 14.75% the S&P500. Kohls Corp (NYSE:KSS) was raised too.

Analysts expect Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK) to generate earnings per share of $0.66 in 2017. Therefore 85% are positive. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Monday, October 9 by RBC Capital Markets. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a "buy" rating and set a $15.50 price target on shares of Graphic Packaging Holding in a research note on Friday, September 1st. The firm has "Buy" rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Monday, July 3. The insider, FRANK DEBORAH R., now holds 77,139 shares of GPK. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 12,512 shares of the industrial products company's stock valued at $172,000 after buying an additional 774 shares during the period.

Graphic Packaging Holding Company has a beta of 1.15, offering the possibility of a higher rate of return, but also posing more risk. Finally, KeyCorp reaffirmed a "hold" rating on shares of Graphic Packaging Holding in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. The firm has "Hold" rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets given on Tuesday, July 25.

Institutional Investors own 13.20% of MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD) while inside ownership was 0.20%. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.96, a quick ratio of 0.74 and a current ratio of 1.50. In the most recent quarter, institutional ownership increased by a net of 12.82 million shares, or 4.11%.This is a bullish sign and indicates that institutions are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for GPK overall.120 holders increased their positions, 136 decreased their positions, and 37 holders held their positions. 91 funds opened positions while 275 raised stakes. 288.07 million shares or 0.29% less from 288.91 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Monetary Management Group Inc holds 0.27% or 5,653 shares in its portfolio. Fuller & Thaler Asset Incorporated accumulated 1,070 shares or 0% of the stock. San Francisco Sentry Invest Gp (Ca) reported 2,024 shares. Canyon Capital Advsr Limited Company reported 7.26M shares.

Looking at insider trading can give great insight into how Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK) is performing. Fifth Third Bancorporation reported 10,082 shares. Allstate holds 32,102 shares or 0.2% of its portfolio.

Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK) has a 20-day RSI of 50.98%. Boston Prns, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 35,866 shares. Jefferies Ltd Llc reported 119,219 shares. Strategic Global Advisors Lc holds 0.11% or 2,500 shares in its portfolio. The company is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, February 6th. This works out to a decrease of -9.59% compared to last year's earnings. GPK's profit will be $62.00 million for 19.28 P/E if the $0.20 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.20 actual EPS reported by Monsanto Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 90.00% EPS growth. The average investment rating for GPK on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong sell and 5 being a strong buy) is a 4.75 or a Moderate Buy. The stock has "Neutral" rating by Goldman Sachs on Tuesday, September 27. The company was maintained on Thursday, January 21 by Cowen & Co. The rating was maintained by UBS with "Buy" on Tuesday, June 14.

Analysts await Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) to report earnings on January, 18. For comparison's sake, analysts expect the S&P 500 to grow earnings by an average of 12% in 2017. However a year ago for the same quarter the company has reported $0.14 EPS.

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