Banco Santander to accelerate transformation with IBM blockchain

IBM and Banco Santander have inked a five-year global technology agreement valued at approximately $700M to enable Santander Group to …

LogoIBM and Banco Santander have inked a five-year global technology agreement valued at approximately $700M to enable Santander Group to accelerate and deepen its business transformation. The agreement – while providing annual savings for the bank on IT spend – will significantly enable Santander Group to evolve towards what it hopes will be an open, flexible and modern IT environment. This, the Bank believes, is necessary if it is to exploit technology and digital capabilities play in its business strategy.

David Chaos, Global CIO, Santander
David Chaos, Global CIO, Santander

“This agreement will allow us to have a global partner with the best technology to help accelerate the IT transformation. We think this agreement with IBM represents a great support to our strategy of constant progress, while protecting our investments in technology. IBM’s technology will provide the bank with the flexibility needed to support the constantly evolving business of a bank,” says David Chaos, Santander Global CIO.

Modernising Banco Santander

To modernise, the Bank wishes to:

  • obtain new efficiencies in the bank’s operations
  • boost its capability to deliver innovative services to customers.

Within this scope, Banco Santander will try to ‘enrich services and applications’ by using IBM technologies, such as:

  • AI (including Watson)
  • blockchain
  • big data
  • advanced security solutions.

For example, Banco Santander is incorporating Watson-based AI capabilities to:

  • improve customer experience
  • increase employee productivity.

The IBM architecture basis

The basis of that architecture is the journey towards a hybrid, multicloud environment. To implement Banco Santander’s hybrid cloud strategy, the bank created its own Cloud Competence Center. IBM is collaborating with that Center in the definition of the methodologies and processes to accelerate transformation.

In addition, the Bank is using a range of other technologies, including:

  • IBM DevOps solutions
  • IBM API Connect.

The aim is to develop, iterate and launch new or upgraded applications and digital services with greater speed. IBM is also contributing to a key requirement of Banco Santander’s transformation process – ensuring the highest level of commercial security (as designated by the US government) which will apply to all of:

  • data
  • applications
  • services.

The use of IBM Security tools, in areas like mobile applications and incident response, will support Banco Santander to strengthen the security of operations.

“Santander Group is leveraging IBM technologies to support their security and regulatory work, and to rapidly develop new services that meet emerging customer demand by tapping into IBM’s unique technology and industry expertise,” said David Soto, IBM General Manager for Santander Group.

Enterprise Times: what does this mean

David Soto, IBM General Manager for Santander Group
David Soto, IBM General Manager for Santander Group

This agreement strengthens IBM’s already robust role as one of Banco Santander transformation partners. In that role, IBM provides solutions and expertise aimed at supporting the Santander strategic objective of building the most advanced IT architecture in the financial sector (where Banco Santander has much competition).

What is not clear from this IBM announcement is the impact on other Banco Santander blockchain, for example, initiatives. Is Santander handing over responsibility for innovation to IBM? If so, this would be incredible. Or is the ‘transfer’ of responsibility for all the ‘dull stuff’ while Banco Santander continues with the interesting possibilities?

This distinction matters. Banco Santander is, or was, an innovator. Is it handing over the leaden goose called IT or a golden one?

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Data-driven future awaits economy

In 2019, emerging technologies ranging from the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) to multiple cloud are continuing to …

A smart robot operates a touchscreen tablet. (Photo courtesy of ABeam Consulting)

In 2019, emerging technologies ranging from the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) to multiple cloud are continuing to gain momentum, shifting from proof of concept to real business use cases.

These are pacing the “data-driven economy” that empowers digital transformation and competitiveness in the disruption era.

Jeff Clark, vice-chairman of products and operations for Dell Technology, says that in 2019-20 a data gold mine will spark the next “gold rush” of tech investment. By 2020, the data volume will reach 44 trillion gigabytes, or 44 zettabytes.

That’s a huge amount of data expected to be put to work as digital transformation takes shape, he said.

As companies derive more value from data, with insights driving new innovations and more efficient business processes, more investments will surface from the technology sector.

New startups will emerge to tackle challenges to making AI a reality, Mr Clark said. Data management and federated analytics, where insights can be driven from virtually everywhere, as well as data compliance solutions will allow a safer, smarter way to deliver amazing outcomes, he said.

Mr Clark said virtual assistants will continue to be pervasive in consumer technology — smart home technologies, “things” and connected cars — learning user preferences and proactively serving up content and information based on previous interactions.

“We’ll see this machine intelligence merge with augmented and virtual reality in the home to create truly immersive experiences, like a virtual sous chef that can help you whip up an easy meal for the family,” he said.

Immersive intelligence will also follow users to work. PCs and devices will continue to learn from users’ habits and proactively boot up with the right apps and services at the right time, Mr Clark said.

Advances in natural language processing and voice technologies will create a more productive dialogue with machines, while automation and robotics will create faster, more fluid collaboration with technology to get more done.

Augmented and virtual reality applications will create on- and off-site immersive experiences, where people will have access to the data they need to do work whenever, wherever they are, Mr Clark said.

He expects the first 5G devices to hit the market sometime in 2019, with networks promising to completely change the data game in terms of speed and accessibility.

Low-latency, high-bandwidth networks mean more connected things, cars and systems, and a boatload of AI, machine learning and computing happening at the edge, because that’s where all the data will be generated, he said.

An executive with a tablet PC has cloud computing technology at his fingertips. Photo courtesy of IBM Thailand

IoT, AI, blockchain soar

Natasak Rodjanapiches, a consultant at KPMG Phoomchai Advisory Services, said IoT in Thailand will grow rapidly to US$973 million (30.4 billion baht) by 2020 thanks to market demand, affordable devices and network readiness from the upcoming 5G spectrum and existing low-power wide-area networks.

While the government supports smart cities and the IoT Institute in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the private sector is embracing technology in the agriculture and industry sectors.

Thanachart Numnonda, executive director of the IMC Institute, said IoT helps companies use data to analyse consumer behaviour for marketing, product segmentation and service personalisation for customers.

Moreover, AI facilitates using data to take advantage of more automated systems and robots in multiple services, such as advisory robots. Building on the foundation of AI requires data science, with huge amounts of data that can be combed for deep learning for high-efficiency AI, Mr Thanachart said. That huge amount of data might come from multiple cloud, he said.

Such data can be used to build AI to develop robots that provide services, such as self-driving cars, Mr Thanachart said. Autonomous vehicles will need traffic data to build out AI for driving, though that process could be done smoothly via quantum computing for faster processing and data distribution through blockchain, he said.

Patama Chantaruck, vice-president for Indochina expansion and managing director of IBM Thailand, said 2019 will bring more progress in AI by improving its capability through deep understanding, not just co-relation and logic.

There will be an increase in research investment in the “pillars of trust” — algorithmic fairness, explanatory efficacy of results, robustness and transparency — along with greater efforts in deploying AI for social good, she said.

Monetisation strategies will be crucial to generate and recoup investment for the build-out of technology platforms and other infrastructure, Ms Patama said.

Citing an IBM Institute for Business Value survey of over 1,600 executives across eight industries, she said more than 60% of early-adopter organisations expect to have a blockchain network in production by 2020.

Quantum computing has the potential to usher in a new era of innovation across industries. This leap forward could lead to the discovery of new pharmaceutical drugs, completely secure cloud computing systems, unlocking new facets of AI, or developing new material science to transform industries, Ms Patama said.

Noodling around

ABeam Consulting, a firm with expertise in digital transformation, presented a business case study of Ohtake, a ramen machine manufacturer in Japan that successfully adapted to the digital era by making a U-turn.

Founded in 1880, Ohtake started with handmade ramen until the industrial era, when it adopted machines in the business. Since then, it has developed various kinds of ramen machines for more than 100 years.

Entering the digital era, the company turned to IoT to improve its machine maintenance capabilities and increase the ramen quality.

Supreeda Jirawongsri, integrated enterprise solutions principal of ABeam Consulting Thailand, said Ohtake came to the consultancy with two goals in mind: improving the operation rate of its equipment and stabilising product quality.

Ohtake integrates IoT technology with its machines to collect data and understand the relationship between the machines and environmental factors such as temperature and humidity.

Technology helped the company substantially improve its ramen machines with proactive and preventive maintenance, as well as controlling the temperature and humidity to improve product quality while managing cost, Ms Supreeda said.

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Annex Advisory Services Llc decreased its stake in International Business Machs (IBM) by 85.71% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Annex Advisory Services Llc sold 8,980 shares as the company’s stock declined 16.83% with the market. The institutional investor held 1,497 shares of the computer manufacturing company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $226,000, down from 10,477 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Annex Advisory Services Llc who had been investing in International Business Machs for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $125.44 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.14% or $1.55 during the last trading session, reaching $138.03. About 3.84 million shares traded. International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) has declined 21.12% since February 17, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 21.12% the S&P500. Some Historical IBM News: 29/03/2018 – IBM – IBM ADOPTS NEW FASB GUIDANCE ON PENSION REPORTING CHANGE EFFECTIVE IN 2018; 05/04/2018 – IBM joins group building a blockchain-based global identity network; 17/04/2018 – IBM – FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2018, PRE-TAX INCOME WAS $1.1 BILLION AND NET INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS WAS $1.7 BILLION; 10/05/2018 – WRAL NEWS in NC: #BREAKING: IBM chooses NC State as partner for first IBM Quantum Computing Hub in North America; 21/03/2018 – IBM Watson, Mastercard, Walmart, CBS and PepsiCo Executives to Speak at the ARF’s CONSUMERxSClENCE; 16/05/2018 – France’s Macron to meet CEOs of Facebook, Intel, IBM on May 23; 17/04/2018 – IBM Sees FY EPS At Least $11.58; 24/04/2018 – IBM Raises Dividend By 4.7% — MarketWatch; 11/05/2018 – Accenture Interactive Recognized as IBM Watson Customer Engagement Global Systems lntegrator Partner of the Year Award as part of the 2018 IBM Watson Beacon Awards; 03/04/2018 – IBM Earns Top Marks from Frost & Sullivan as a Leader in Customer Value Within the Integrated Commerce Order Management Space

Kentucky Retirement Systems increased its stake in Textron Inc (TXT) by 113.52% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Kentucky Retirement Systems bought 12,341 shares as the company’s stock declined 26.71% with the market. The institutional investor held 23,212 shares of the aerospace company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $853,000, up from 10,871 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Kentucky Retirement Systems who had been investing in Textron Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $13.32B market cap company. The stock increased 1.52% or $0.82 during the last trading session, reaching $54.82. About 1.17 million shares traded. Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) has declined 6.55% since February 17, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 6.55% the S&P500. Some Historical TXT News: 18/04/2018 – TEXTRON REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2018 INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS OF $0.72 PER SHARE; SIGNS AGREEMENT TO SELL TOOLS & TEST BUSINESS FOR $810 MILLION; 18/04/2018 – CORRECT: TEXTRON 1Q ADJ EPS CONT OPS REPORTED IN ERROR; 18/04/2018 – Emerson Electric: Textron Unit Brands Include Greenlee, Klauke; 07/03/2018 CPI AEROSTRUCTURES INC – CONTRACT AMENDMENT EXTENDS PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE BY ONE YEAR; 18/04/2018 – Emerson Electric: Textron Unit Had 2017 Sales of $470M; 18/04/2018 – Textron profit soars, agrees to sell tools business to Emerson; 20/03/2018 – EXCLUSIVE-Trump to boost exports of lethal drones to more U.S. allies; 18/04/2018 – Textron Backs 2018 View of Cont Ops EPS $2.95-EPS $3.15; 29/03/2018 – Federal Register: Airworthiness Directives; Textron Aviation Inc. Airplanes; 30/04/2018 – Fidelity Select Industrials Adds Textron, Cuts Boeing

Annex Advisory Services Llc, which manages about $827.76M and $647.09M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Select Sector Spdr Tr (XLY) by 6,550 shares to 424,387 shares, valued at $49.75M in 2018Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Spdr Series Trust (ONEK) by 47,790 shares in the quarter, for a total of 165,885 shares, and has risen its stake in Conocophillips (NYSE:COP).

Investors sentiment increased to 0.91 in Q3 2018. Its up 0.01, from 0.9 in 2018Q2. It is positive, as 65 investors sold IBM shares while 594 reduced holdings. 116 funds opened positions while 481 raised stakes. 492.69 million shares or 0.61% more from 489.70 million shares in 2018Q2 were reported. Wendell David Assoc stated it has 9,325 shares or 0.22% of all its holdings. 57,921 were reported by Ledyard Financial Bank. Bontempo Ohly Capital Ltd Liability Corporation holds 2.07% of its portfolio in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) for 20,580 shares. Saratoga Research And Invest Management reported 4.28% of its portfolio in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM). Peddock Capital Advisors Lc invested 0.06% of its portfolio in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM). Tiverton Asset Limited Com holds 12,061 shares. Round Table Services Ltd Liability Corp holds 0.21% of its portfolio in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) for 3,971 shares. Clarkston Capital Prtn Limited Liability Company holds 1.31% or 236,031 shares in its portfolio. Cap Associates reported 0.44% of its portfolio in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM). Highlander Cap Ltd Liability Com holds 0.28% of its portfolio in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) for 3,300 shares. Jones Fincl Cos Lllp owns 7,083 shares. North Star Invest Mngmt owns 16,230 shares or 0.27% of their US portfolio. Grimes & Co owns 31,541 shares. Blue Edge Capital Lc holds 0% or 8,500 shares. Mirae Asset Glob Ltd invested in 0.08% or 68,238 shares.

Among 35 analysts covering International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), 14 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 16 Hold. Therefore 40% are positive. International Business Machines had 142 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Wednesday, October 28 by RBC Capital Markets. As per Wednesday, January 20, the company rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank. UBS maintained International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) on Tuesday, October 20 with “Neutral” rating. The rating was maintained by Bank of America on Wednesday, July 19 with “Buy”. The firm has “Buy” rating by S&P Research given on Wednesday, October 21. The firm has “Market Perform” rating given on Wednesday, April 12 by Bernstein. RBC Capital Markets maintained International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) on Monday, January 18 with “Sector Perform” rating. The stock of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) earned “Hold” rating by Deutsche Bank on Tuesday, July 19. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, March 9 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, August 30 by BMO Capital Markets.

Since October 31, 2018, it had 5 insider buys, and 0 selling transactions for $2.09 million activity. The insider Swedish Joseph bought 2,000 shares worth $232,838. On Wednesday, October 31 the insider TAUREL SIDNEY bought $495,846. OWENS JAMES W bought $114,673 worth of stock. On Friday, November 2 Rometty Virginia M bought $998,835 worth of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) or 8,500 shares.

More notable recent International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “IBM: Moving Forward – Seeking Alpha” on January 29, 2019, also Investorplace.com with their article: “5 Must-See Stock Charts for Thursday: ABT, IBM, SBUX, PZZA – Investorplace.com” published on January 24, 2019, Seekingalpha.com published: “IBM releases AI dataset to reduce bias – Seeking Alpha” on January 29, 2019. More interesting news about International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) were released by: Benzinga.com and their article: “How IBM Watson Plays In The Fintech Space (NYSE:IBM) – Benzinga” published on February 08, 2019 as well as Benzinga.com‘s news article titled: “Analysts Debate IBM: One-Time Fluke Or Sustainable Recovery? (NYSE:IBM) – Benzinga” with publication date: January 23, 2019.

More notable recent Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) news were published by: Globenewswire.com which released: “Recent Analysis Shows Textron, Occidental Petroleum, AtriCure, Chegg, KBR, and VF Market Influences — Renewed Outlook, Key Drivers of Growth – GlobeNewswire” on January 28, 2019, also Bizjournals.com with their article: “WSU Tech mining in-house funds for latest relocation scholarships – Wichita Business Journal” published on February 15, 2019, Bizjournals.com published: “Boeing prototype takes first flight as air taxi competition with Bell, others heats up – Dallas Business Journal” on January 29, 2019. More interesting news about Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “Could Boeing Kick Textron Out of the Drones Market? – Nasdaq” published on February 09, 2019 as well as Bizjournals.com‘s news article titled: “Spirit AeroSystems a potential landing spot for laid-off Honeywell workers – Wichita Business Journal” with publication date: February 13, 2019.

Kentucky Retirement Systems, which manages about $1.37B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) by 13,564 shares to 4,892 shares, valued at $1.80M in 2018Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Eog Res Inc (NYSE:EOG) by 2,040 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 22,537 shares, and cut its stake in Cf Inds Hldgs Inc (NYSE:CF).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.92 in Q3 2018. Its down 0.09, from 1.01 in 2018Q2. It is negative, as 24 investors sold TXT shares while 165 reduced holdings. 66 funds opened positions while 108 raised stakes. 199.36 million shares or 2.57% less from 204.61 million shares in 2018Q2 were reported. Manufacturers Life Insurance Co The accumulated 209,073 shares. Century has invested 0.17% of its portfolio in Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT). Fincl Mgmt Pro reported 0.01% stake. Balyasny Asset Ltd Liability Com holds 0.01% in Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) or 31,629 shares. Stratos Wealth Limited has 487 shares. Pictet Asset Mngmt owns 0.01% invested in Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) for 54,188 shares. Willingdon Wealth holds 0.04% of its portfolio in Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) for 2,199 shares. Tower Cap Lc (Trc), a New York-based fund reported 786 shares. Brown Brothers Harriman Co holds 3,460 shares. Guardian Life Of America reported 701 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Tiaa Cref Invest Mngmt Limited Liability Com reported 5.13M shares or 0.24% of all its holdings. Whittier Tru reported 2,152 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Moreover, Jaffetilchin Invest Ptnrs Limited Liability Company has 0.07% invested in Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) for 4,307 shares. Pinebridge Invests LP has invested 0% in Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT). The Texas-based Teacher Retirement System Of Texas has invested 0.12% in Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT).

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International Business Machs C (IBM) Holder Rhumbline Advisers Has Increased Its Position by …

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Rhumbline Advisers increased its stake in International Business Machs C (IBM) by 2.01% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Rhumbline Advisers bought 31,912 shares as the company’s stock declined 16.83% with the market. The institutional investor held 1.62M shares of the computer manufacturing company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $244.67M, up from 1.59M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Rhumbline Advisers who had been investing in International Business Machs C for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $125.44 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.14% or $1.55 during the last trading session, reaching $138.03. About 3.84 million shares traded. International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) has declined 21.12% since February 17, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 21.12% the S&P500. Some Historical IBM News: 13/03/2018 – MOODY’S ASSIGNS B3 CFR TO ACQUIRER OF HELPSYSTEMS IN CONNECTION WITH LBO; OUTLOOK STABLE; 06/03/2018 – BayCare Hospitals Named Among Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health; 16/03/2018 – IBM – UNVEILED A NEW DATA SCIENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING PLATFORM; 16/03/2018 – IBM Helps Accelerate AI with Fast New Data Platform, Elite Team; 09/03/2018 – IBM Closes Above 50-Day Moving Average: Technicals; 17/04/2018 – IBM 1Q Net Income From Cont Ops Was $1.7 Billion; 23/03/2018 – Techedge considers new acquisitions following NIMBL takeover, plans Milan IPO – CEO; 17/04/2018 – IBM 1Q Gross Margin 43.2%; 16/04/2018 – New Survey Finds Deep Consumer Anxiety over Data Privacy and Security; 05/03/2018 – IBM settles legal dispute with diversity officer hired by Microsoft

Longer Investments Inc decreased its stake in Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) by 23.35% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Longer Investments Inc sold 5,346 shares as the company’s stock rose 5.87% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 17,552 shares of the major pharmaceuticals company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $2.43 million, down from 22,898 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Longer Investments Inc who had been investing in Johnson & Johnson for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $365.77 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.54% or $2.07 during the last trading session, reaching $136.38. About 6.67M shares traded. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has risen 3.75% since February 17, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 3.75% the S&P500. Some Historical JNJ News: 25/05/2018 – U.S. jury fails to reach verdict in latest J&J talc trial over asbestos claims; 23/03/2018 – A Late Johnson & Johnson Heiress’ Manhattan Town House Complete With a Nightclub; 17/04/2018 – J&J – EXPECTS TO RECORD PRE-TAX RESTRUCTURING CHARGES OF APPROXIMATELY $1.9 TO $2.3 BLN, WHICH WILL BE TREATED AS A SPECIAL ITEM; 06/03/2018 – ELI LILLY AND CO – EMPERIAL TRIALS TO EVALUATE EFFECT OF JARDIANCE ON EXERCISE ABILITY, HEART FAILURE SYMPTOMS IN PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC HEART FAILURE; 26/04/2018 – Quandl Launches Exclusive Corporate Aviation Intelligence Platform; 02/04/2018 – April 9th Deadline Alert: The Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Reminds Investors of Looming Deadline in the Class Action Lawsuit; 26/04/2018 – J&J: J&J REPORTS DIV BOOST OF 7.1% APR 26, 2018; 25/04/2018 – Johnson & Johnson Vision Highlights New Data at 2018 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting; 02/05/2018 – Johnson & Johnson to Host Consumer and Medical Devices Business Review; 06/04/2018 – Johnson & Johnson Vision Highlights New Data, Educational Resources and Support for the Ophthalmology Community at the 2018 ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting

Investors sentiment increased to 1.05 in Q3 2018. Its up 0.08, from 0.97 in 2018Q2. It increased, as 43 investors sold JNJ shares while 748 reduced holdings. 115 funds opened positions while 719 raised stakes. 1.70 billion shares or 7.91% less from 1.84 billion shares in 2018Q2 were reported. 2,557 are owned by Affinity Invest Advisors Limited Liability Company. Zeke Cap Advsr reported 46,562 shares stake. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board stated it has 1.26% in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Credit Agricole S A holds 0.13% or 19,031 shares. Voya Invest Lc invested 1.12% of its portfolio in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Nuance Invs Ltd owns 248,282 shares. Hudson Valley Investment Adv reported 70,964 shares. Twin Tree Mngmt LP reported 18,933 shares. Smithfield Tru holds 80,351 shares or 1.2% of its portfolio. The New Jersey-based Landscape Cap Ltd Llc has invested 0.08% in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Schmidt P J Invest Mngmt holds 2.31% or 59,088 shares. Choate Investment Advsr stated it has 86,857 shares or 0.66% of all its holdings. Flippin Bruce Porter reported 83,461 shares. Cognios Capital Limited Liability Corporation owns 0.79% invested in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) for 13,880 shares. Adams Diversified Equity Fund has 0.94% invested in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ).

Among 25 analysts covering Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), 12 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 48% are positive. Johnson & Johnson had 112 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) earned “Neutral” rating by Atlantic Securities on Friday, December 18. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, November 29 by Barclays Capital. Deutsche Bank maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, April 18 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Friday, April 13. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy” on Friday, March 23. Barclays Capital maintained Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) rating on Wednesday, April 20. Barclays Capital has “Overweight” rating and $120 target. The company was maintained on Thursday, May 17 by Leerink Swann. The stock of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, July 14 by Jefferies. Credit Suisse maintained the shares of JNJ in report on Tuesday, June 12 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy” on Friday, September 22.

More notable recent Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) news were published by: Investorplace.com which released: “Should You Load Up on JNJ Stock Before Earnings? – Investorplace.com” on January 18, 2019, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “FDA OKs split-dosing regimen for J&J’s Darzalex – Seeking Alpha” published on February 12, 2019, Bizjournals.com published: “Sightbox CEO on life after acquisition and growth under J&J – Portland Business Journal” on February 06, 2019. More interesting news about Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) were released by: Investorplace.com and their article: “5 Top Stock Trades for Wednesday: JNJ, CMG, MO, EBAY – Investorplace.com” published on January 22, 2019 as well as Benzinga.com‘s news article titled: “Analysts Stand By Johnson & Johnson Despite Earnings Pullback (NYSE:JNJ) – Benzinga” with publication date: January 23, 2019.

Since August 27, 2018, it had 3 insider buys, and 8 insider sales for $79.44 million activity. Kapusta Ronald A sold $536,638 worth of stock or 3,643 shares. On Friday, November 16 the insider Gorsky Alex sold $38.60 million. $5.77M worth of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) was sold by Duato Joaquin. Sneed Michael E sold $3.91 million worth of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) on Monday, August 27. 748 shares valued at $100,050 were bought by MULCAHY ANNE M on Friday, December 14. The insider PRINCE CHARLES bought $268,731.

Longer Investments Inc, which manages about $167.11M and $103.86M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) by 8,603 shares to 23,637 shares, valued at $2.88 million in 2018Q3, according to the filing.

Since October 31, 2018, it had 5 insider purchases, and 0 insider sales for $2.09 million activity. 2,153 International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) shares with value of $249,722 were bought by WADDELL FREDERICK H. $114,673 worth of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) shares were bought by OWENS JAMES W. Rometty Virginia M bought $998,835 worth of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) on Friday, November 2. $232,838 worth of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) was bought by Swedish Joseph on Thursday, November 1.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.91 in Q3 2018. Its up 0.01, from 0.9 in 2018Q2. It is positive, as 65 investors sold IBM shares while 594 reduced holdings. 116 funds opened positions while 481 raised stakes. 492.69 million shares or 0.61% more from 489.70 million shares in 2018Q2 were reported. King Luther Capital Management Corporation owns 162,862 shares for 0.19% of their portfolio. Cincinnati Insur reported 1.9% stake. Dixon Hubard Feinour & Brown Va reported 9,127 shares stake. Ckw Financial Gru accumulated 956 shares. Clifford Swan Invest Counsel Ltd Liability Corp holds 0.97% of its portfolio in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) for 122,784 shares. Proshare Advisors Ltd Liability Company owns 261,105 shares or 0.27% of their US portfolio. Bonness Entertainment holds 2.91% or 29,464 shares in its portfolio. Bennicas And Associate has 1,859 shares for 0.24% of their portfolio. Kwmg Limited Liability Corporation holds 0.54% of its portfolio in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) for 13,947 shares. Stephens Ar holds 0.2% or 53,755 shares. Schwab Charles Inv Management holds 0.67% or 6.66 million shares. The Massachusetts-based Btim Corporation has invested 0.04% in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM). Kistler invested in 0.33% or 5,354 shares. St Johns Investment Management Ltd Liability Corp has invested 0.32% in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM). Jacobs And Ca stated it has 48,245 shares or 1.23% of all its holdings.

Rhumbline Advisers, which manages about $34.12B and $51.78B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Medtronic Plc Shs (NYSE:MDT) by 60,133 shares to 2.34M shares, valued at $229.91 million in 2018Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in United Contl Hldgs (NYSE:UAL) by 16,855 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 397,796 shares, and cut its stake in S.W. Airl Co Com (NYSE:LUV).

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Eidelman Virant Capital increased its stake in Noodles & Company Class A (NDLS) by 9.7% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Eidelman Virant Capital bought 69,405 shares as the company’s stock declined 40.08% with the market. The institutional investor held 784,696 shares of the restaurants company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $9.49M, up from 715,291 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Eidelman Virant Capital who had been investing in Noodles & Company Class A for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $329.86M market cap company. The stock decreased 0.66% or $0.05 during the last trading session, reaching $7.51. About 218,342 shares traded. Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) has risen 56.42% since February 17, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 56.42% the S&P500. Some Historical NDLS News: 14/03/2018 – NDLS SEES FY ADJ LOSS/SHR 1.0C TO EPS 3.0C, EST. EPS 4.2C; 10/05/2018 – NOODLES SEES SYSTEMWIDE COMP SALES UP 1%-3% IN 2Q; 14/03/2018 – Noodles 4Q Loss/Shr 1c; 19/04/2018 – DJ Noodles & Co Class A, Inst Holders, 1Q 2018 (NDLS); 14/03/2018 – NOODLES & CO 4Q ADJ EPS 1C, EST. LOSS/SHR 1C; 10/05/2018 – NOODLES & CO QTRLY COMPARABLE RESTAURANT SALES DECREASED 0.3% FOR COMPANY-OWNED RESTAURANTS; 10/05/2018 – NOODLES & CO SEES POSITIVE SAME-STORE SALES IN 2Q; 25/05/2018 – NOODLES & CO: ARGENTIA HAS 20% VOTING POWER AFTER CONVERSION; 10/05/2018 – Noodles 1Q Loss/Shr 9c; 14/03/2018 – Noodles 4Q Adj EPS 1c

Taylor Asset Management Inc decreased its stake in International Business Machs (IBM) by 83.94% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Taylor Asset Management Inc sold 80,500 shares as the company’s stock declined 16.83% with the market. The hedge fund held 15,400 shares of the computer manufacturing company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $2.33 million, down from 95,900 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Taylor Asset Management Inc who had been investing in International Business Machs for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $125.44 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.14% or $1.55 during the last trading session, reaching $138.03. About 3.84 million shares traded. International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) has declined 21.12% since February 17, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 21.12% the S&P500. Some Historical IBM News: 20/03/2018 – Zerto Partners with IBM to Provide Data Protection for IBM’s Resiliency Orchestration DRaaS Solution; 19/03/2018 – WlSeKey and IBM To Showcase Their integrated Solution to Secure IoT at THINK2018 Conference; 29/03/2018 – IBM – IBM ADOPTS NEW FASB GUIDANCE ON PENSION REPORTING CHANGE EFFECTIVE IN 2018; 17/04/2018 – Fortinet Now Part of IBM Security’s New X-Force Threat Management Services; 11/04/2018 – Pelco and IBM Combine Powerful Camera and Video Management Systems Technology with Intelligent Video Analytics; 17/04/2018 – IBM 1Q GAAP and Operating Tax Rates Include $800 Million Discrete Tax Benefit; 19/03/2018 – REG-WlSeKey and IBM To Showcase Their integrated Solution to Secure IoT at THINK2018 Conference; 19/03/2018 – Intersections Inc. Launches AI-Powered Identity Theft Protection with IBM Watson; 17/04/2018 – IBM 1Q Global Financing Rev $405M; 20/03/2018 – NEUVECTOR & IBM CLOUD REPORT RUN-TIME SECURITY FOR KUBERNETES

Eidelman Virant Capital, which manages about $285.00 million and $204.12M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Bunge Limited (NYSE:BG) by 31,500 shares to 19,600 shares, valued at $1.35M in 2018Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in O2micro International Ltd (NASDAQ:OIIM) by 500,500 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 55,369 shares, and cut its stake in Drive Shack Inc (NYSE:LEN).

Among 13 analysts covering Noodles & Co (NASDAQ:NDLS), 5 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 38% are positive. Noodles & Co had 49 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Suntrust Robinson on Thursday, October 8. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Wedbush on Friday, August 5. The stock of Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) earned “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, December 3. The stock of Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) earned “Market Perform” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Friday, November 10. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, March 15 report. Citigroup maintained Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) on Monday, November 20 with “Buy” rating. UBS downgraded Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) on Friday, January 6 to “Sell” rating. The stock of Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, March 15 by Citigroup. Jefferies maintained Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) rating on Wednesday, March 14. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $6.0 target. The stock has “Sector Perform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, November 6.

More notable recent Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Noodles Is An Easy Short Again – Seeking Alpha” on March 20, 2018, also Globenewswire.com with their article: “Noodles & Company Announces Senior Management Additions – GlobeNewswire” published on October 12, 2018, Nasdaq.com published: “Noodles & Co. (NDLS) Q3 Earnings Preview: Here’s What to Look Out For – Nasdaq” on October 16, 2018. More interesting news about Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Noodles: Time For A Pause – Seeking Alpha” published on July 20, 2018 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “Noodles & Company (NDLS) Stock Soars on Revenue Beat, Earnings Miss – Nasdaq” with publication date: July 18, 2018.

Since August 27, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 8 insider sales for $50.37 million activity. Hartnett Robert M. sold $111,095 worth of stock or 9,652 shares. Heidman Melissa sold $77,012 worth of stock. On Monday, August 27 the insider Boennighausen David James sold $496,466. $16.54M worth of Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) was sold by Catterton-Noodles – LLC on Thursday, November 29. $16.54 million worth of Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) shares were sold by Mill Road Capital II – L.P.. Shares for $12,350 were sold by Lockhart Kathryn Rae.

Investors sentiment increased to 3 in 2018 Q3. Its up 0.56, from 2.44 in 2018Q2. It improved, as 8 investors sold NDLS shares while 13 reduced holdings. 34 funds opened positions while 29 raised stakes. 28.41 million shares or 20.45% more from 23.58 million shares in 2018Q2 were reported. Cubist Systematic Strategies Llc holds 0% or 5,312 shares in its portfolio. Cooper Creek Prtn Mgmt Limited Liability Co reported 1.16% of its portfolio in Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS). Prospector Prtnrs Limited Liability Co holds 0.71% or 426,804 shares. Architects invested in 0% or 550 shares. Creative Planning owns 72,150 shares for 0% of their portfolio. State Common Retirement Fund reported 0% in Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS). Eam Investors Limited Liability Corp holds 0.29% of its portfolio in Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) for 159,035 shares. Cortina Asset Mngmt Limited Liability Co has invested 0.25% in Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS). Moreover, California State Teachers Retirement has 0% invested in Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) for 21,172 shares. 41,858 are held by Wellington Mngmt Group Inc Llp. Ameritas Invest Ptnrs reported 0% of its portfolio in Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS). Wells Fargo And Mn has invested 0% in Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS). Next Financial Gp Incorporated has 0% invested in Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS). Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa reported 420 shares. Jefferies Limited Liability stated it has 17,470 shares.

More notable recent International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) news were published by: Finance.Yahoo.com which released: “Buffett Goes Bigger on Banks, Pumps Brakes on Apple Stock – Yahoo Finance” on February 15, 2019, also Fool.com with their article: “3 Top Stocks With High Dividend Yields – The Motley Fool” published on January 26, 2019, Finance.Yahoo.com published: “Aetna, Anthem, Health Care Service Corporation, PNC Bank and IBM announce collaboration to establish blockchain-based ecosystem for the healthcare industry – Yahoo Finance” on January 24, 2019. More interesting news about International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) were released by: Benzinga.com and their article: “Analysts Applaud IBM’s Move To Make Watson Available Cross-Cloud (NYSE:IBM) – Benzinga” published on February 15, 2019 as well as Benzinga.com‘s news article titled: “International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM), Procter & Gamble Company (The) (NYSE:PG) – Today’s Pickup: Markets Mixed; Stock Futures Rise; Shutdown Having Big Impact On U.S. – Benzinga” with publication date: January 23, 2019.

Since October 31, 2018, it had 5 insider purchases, and 0 sales for $2.09 million activity. Swedish Joseph bought $232,838 worth of stock or 2,000 shares. TAUREL SIDNEY also bought $495,846 worth of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) on Wednesday, October 31. $249,722 worth of stock was bought by WADDELL FREDERICK H on Thursday, November 1. $998,835 worth of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) shares were bought by Rometty Virginia M.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.91 in 2018 Q3. Its up 0.01, from 0.9 in 2018Q2. It increased, as 65 investors sold IBM shares while 594 reduced holdings. 116 funds opened positions while 481 raised stakes. 492.69 million shares or 0.61% more from 489.70 million shares in 2018Q2 were reported. Evanston Dba Evanston Advsr invested in 1.92% or 58,016 shares. Signature Financial holds 6,704 shares or 0.18% of its portfolio. Cortland Mo accumulated 0.09% or 3,896 shares. Weik owns 0.26% invested in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) for 3,595 shares. Navellier And Assocs Inc holds 0.28% or 14,126 shares in its portfolio. Hightower Limited Co owns 0.35% invested in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) for 325,557 shares. 34,015 are owned by Cullen Frost Bankers. Perigon Wealth Mgmt Ltd Liability accumulated 2,518 shares. Rafferty Asset Mngmt Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 0.08% or 35,354 shares. Credit Suisse Ag accumulated 0.28% or 2.10M shares. Bontempo Ohly Cap Ltd Limited Liability Company owns 20,580 shares. Van Hulzen Asset Mngmt Limited has 2.31% invested in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM). Wesbanco Fincl Bank invested 0.86% in International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM). Jfs Wealth Limited Liability Corporation invested in 4,708 shares. Massachusetts Fincl Svcs Ma invested in 15,929 shares.

Among 35 analysts covering International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), 14 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 16 Hold. Therefore 40% are positive. International Business Machines had 142 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Buy” rating by Bank of America on Thursday, January 18. The stock of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) earned “Hold” rating by Argus Research on Thursday, October 18. RBC Capital Markets maintained International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) on Wednesday, July 19 with “Hold” rating. Argus Research maintained it with “Buy” rating and $192 target in Wednesday, March 22 report. The stock of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, January 8 by Stifel Nicolaus. The company was maintained on Friday, January 19 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) earned “Sector Perform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, April 19. The rating was maintained by Bernstein with “Market Perform” on Tuesday, April 19. The company was maintained on Tuesday, July 19 by UBS. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, July 19 by Deutsche Bank.

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