Accenture Plc (ACN) Receives Average Recommendation of "Buy" from Analysts

The stock increased 0.17% or $0.27 during the last trading session, reaching $159.17. The Home Depot, Inc. The stock of Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN) has "Hold" rating given on Thursday, September 28 by Societe Generale. It has outperformed by 11.63% the S&P500.

Arete Wealth Advisors LLC held its stake in shares of Accenture PLC (NYSE:ACN) during the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. Out of 19 Wall Street analysts rating Laboratory Corp, 10 give it "Buy", 0 "Sell" rating, while 9 recommend "Hold". The institutional investor held 80,024 shares of the business services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $10.81M, down from 83,452 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Advisory Research Inc who had been investing in Accenture Plc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $98.74B market cap company. The stock increased 1.58% or $0.195 during the last trading session, reaching $12.515. The Cim Investment Mangement Inc holds 5,514 shares with $745,000 value, up from 2,285 last quarter. Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE:SNA) has risen 2.47% since January 13, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 12.43% the S&P500. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company's stock. Therefore 54% are positive. Polar Cap Ltd Liability Partnership has 0.51% invested in Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN) for 333,363 shares. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Thursday, January 11 with "Buy". RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of ACN in report on Monday, August 14 with "Buy" rating. The firm has "Neutral" rating by Susquehanna given on Tuesday, October 3. The company was maintained on Tuesday, August 25 by Mizuho. JMP Securities maintained the stock with "Market Outperform" rating in Wednesday, August 24 report. The firm earned "Sector Perform" rating on Friday, October 14 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has "Buy" rating by Bank of America given on Monday, July 11. On Monday, October 23 the stock rating was maintained by Cowen & Co with "Buy". Finally, Barclays boosted their price target on Accenture from $124.00 to $135.00 and gave the company an equal weight rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, September 7 with "Buy".

William Blair also issued estimates for Accenture's Q3 2018 earnings at $1.69 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $1.66 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $6.66 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $1.87 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $1.72 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $1.84 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $1.88 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $7.30 EPS. Its down 0.10, from 1.36 in 2017Q2. It dived, as 40 investors sold ACN shares while 370 reduced holdings.

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Pacific Crest initiated the shares of ACN in report on Tuesday, July 12 with "Overweight" rating. Ngam Advisors LP holds 158,416 shares or 1.61% of its portfolio. Wedbush Securities Inc. now owns 6,843 shares of the information technology services provider's stock worth $846,000 after acquiring an additional 69 shares during the period. Zacks Investment Research lowered Accenture from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Shore Capital maintained it with "Buy" rating and GBX 607 target in Monday, January 25 report. Wetherby Asset Mgmt reported 0.44% in Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN). Hl Svcs Ltd Liability Corp reported 0.21% of its portfolio in Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN). Following the transaction, the insider now owns 5,533 shares in the company, valued at $791,274.33. Lazard Asset Management Ltd Liability Corporation stated it has 1.14% in Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN). During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.58 earnings per share. They expect $4.27 EPS, up 12.37% or $0.47 from last year's $3.8 per share. Coastline holds 3,871 shares or 0.65% of its portfolio. Btim Corp stated it has 694,372 shares. Wade G W has invested 0.07% in Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN).

Chickasaw Capital Management Llc, which manages about $1.93B and $4.66B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Alps Etf Tr Alerian Mlp (AMLP) by 366,075 shares to 330,230 shares, valued at $3.71M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. Wells Fargo has "Buy" rating and $175.0 target. Therefore 94% are positive. Accenture Plc had 87 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Thursday, March 30 the stock rating was maintained by Wedbush with "Outperform". The stock has a market capitalization of $102,640.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.39, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.40 and a beta of 1.08. Sidoti initiated the shares of CSU in report on Friday, September 4 with "Buy" rating. On Wednesday, September 27 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with "Equal-Weight". Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LH) has risen 10.51% since January 13, 2017 and is uptrending. Carey Matt sold 32,000 shares worth $5.03 million.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.81 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.05, from 1.05 in 2017Q2. North Star Investment invested in 0.04% or 2,394 shares. 20 funds opened positions while 36 raised stakes. Lenox Wealth reported 4 shares. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Moreover, Stifel has 0.56% invested in Amazon.com, Inc. (NYSE:TRGP) for 7,145 shares. 11,960 are held by Ballentine Partners Ltd Liability. Natixis reported 0.24% of its portfolio in The Home Depot, Inc. Gilead Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:GILD) was reduced too. Dorsey & Whitney Llc holds 0.08% or 2,812 shares in its portfolio. Ifc Holdings Fl reported 0.5% stake. Manchester Capital Management LLC now owns 920 shares of the information technology services provider's stock worth $114,000 after buying an additional 60 shares in the last quarter. Valley Natl Advisers reported 0.01% stake. 540 were reported by Beacon Mgmt Inc. Laurion Capital Limited Partnership reported 0% stake. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 179,083 shares in the company, valued at $24,181,577.49. Delaware-based Cypress Cap Ltd has invested 2.04% in The Home Depot, Inc.

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