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Accenture PLC (ACN) Position Cut by Herndon Capital Management LLC

New York: In a report revealed to clients and investors on 27 September, Barclays reiterated their Equal-Weight rating on Accenture plc Class A Ordinary Shares (Ireland) (NYSE:ACN) shares. The Factory Mutual Insurance Company holds 289,500 shares with $35.81M value, up from 168,500 last quarter. Accenture reported 4QFY17 net revenue of $9.15 bn (+7.8% y/y, +8% cc), vs. guidance of $8.85-9.10 bn, our estimate of $9.07 bn and the FactSet consensus of $9.01 bn.

Looking forward, for the quarter ending May-17, 23 analysts have a mean sales target of 8,825.27 million.

Revenues rose 7.8% from a year ago to $9.15 billion, also topping analysts' view for $9.01 billion. Waldron has an ownership of 5,709 stocks of the information technology services provider's shares valued at $684,000 after scooping up an extra 2,756 shares through out the previous quarter, Wetherby Asset Management grew its holdings in stocks of Accenture by 1.4% during the Q1. Capital Research Global Investors is the second biggest holder with 28 million shares now valued at 3.34 B million whilst State Street Corp has 25 million shares valued at 3.04 B million. The stock of Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) has "Buy" rating given on Friday, October 16 by Cantor Fitzgerald. Analyst fixed "buy" recommendation and a $150.00 price objective on the company shares. The biggest holder now is Mark Foster who owns 299,280 shares (0.05% of those outstanding), whilst William D. Green holds 235,094 (0.04% of shares outstanding) and Pierre Nanterme holds 216,772 (0.03% of shares outstanding). Finally, Berenberg Bank set a $140.00 price target on Accenture PLC and gave the company a "buy" rating in a report on Saturday, June 24th. Wedbush maintained Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) on Thursday, March 30 with "Outperform" rating. The firm has a market capitalization of $84.44 billion, a PE ratio of 24.20 and a beta of 1.11.

Other equities analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of Accenture PLC from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust lifted its stake in Accenture PLC by 2.0% in the first quarter. The stock's 50 day moving average is $130.89 and its 200 day moving average is $124.97. We are positive about Accenture's latest product additions in the analytics application space, issued the increasing demand for digital solutions. Also Executive Richard Lumb unloaded 2,200 stocks of Accenture shares in a trade dated Wed, Jul 19th. The stock now has an average rating of "Buy" and a consensus target price of $135.53. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating, sixteen have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company's stock. This represents an increase of approximately 570% compared to the typical volume of 1,342 put options. "EPS of $1.48 was above our estimate of $1.47, and the consensus of $1.46".

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In other news, insider Gianfranco Casati sold 5,000 shares of the company's stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $130.00, for a total transaction of $650,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 56,014 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,281,820. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. The Firm provides management and technology consulting services.

Revenue by region: North America, $4.23B (+4%); Europe, $3.12B (+10%); Growth Markets, $1.8B (+14%).



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