Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Financial Engines Advisors LLC Sells 19807 Shares of Microsoft Co. (MSFT)

The Everett Harris & Company holds 247,570 shares with $33.44M value, up from 225,360 last quarter. The stock ended last trade at 96.54 a share and the price is up more than 12.86% so far this year. The overall volume in the last trading session was 36.9 million shares. Viasat, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) has declined 11.76% since March 12, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 10.78% the S&P500.

Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co increased Microsoft Corp (MSFT) stake by 5.24% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Colony Group Llc sold 7,209 shares as Microsoft Corp (MSFT)'s stock rose 4.75%. The institutional investor held 88,352 shares of the biological products (no diagnostic substances) company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $16.47 million, up from 83,982 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Clearbridge Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $745.11 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.22% or $0.211 during the last trading session, reaching $96.751. The institutional investor held 3.98 million shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $296.24 million, up from 3.42 million at the end of the previous reported quarter.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: which released: "3 Things That Will Define Microsoft Corporation Stock's Future" on March 05, 2018, also with their article: "3 Stocks to Watch on Monday: Alphabet Inc (GOOG, GOOGL), Microsoft Corporation ..." published on March 12, 2018, published: "Next Stop for Microsoft Corporation Is $100" on March 08, 2018. It has outperformed by 19.53% the S&P500. R G Niederhoffer Capital Mngmt holds 3.91% of its portfolio in Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Strategic Wealth Advisors Groupinc, which manages about $615.03M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Coca Cola Company (NYSE:KO) by 40,895 shares to 12,373 shares, valued at $557,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.99 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.41, from 1.84 in 2017Q2. 6 funds opened positions while 11 raised stakes. Icon Advisers Company has invested 0.03% in Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU). Corporate insiders own 1.49% of the company's stock. Nationwide Fund Advsrs owns 9,729 shares. Cook & Bynum Cap Mngmt Limited Co reported 209,569 shares. 118.19 million shares or 0.61% less from 118.92 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Avalon Ltd Llc invested in 22,499 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Following the transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 178,278 shares of the company's stock, valued at $16,633,337.40. Advantus owns 10,687 shares for 0.03% of their portfolio. Voya Mgmt Ltd Liability Co stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Viasat, Inc. River Road Asset Mgmt Limited Liability Corporation holds 615,895 shares or 0.9% of its portfolio. Ancora Advsr Ltd Com has 0.84% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Bnp Paribas Arbitrage has invested 0% in Sprague Resources LP (NYSE:SRLP). (NASDAQ:VSAT). 276,002 were accumulated by Ashford Cap Mgmt. Therefore 63% are positive. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) on Friday, December 16 to "Buy" rating. The firm has "Buy" rating by Nomura given on Friday, October 21. As per Thursday, August 27, the company rating was downgraded by Vetr. Credit Suisse has "Outperform" rating and $84 target. The stock has "Buy" rating by Oppenheimer on Monday, June 26.

Since January 31, 2018, it had 1 buy, and 1 insider sale for $158,380 activity. 700 shares were sold by STENBIT JOHN P, worth $45,094. Saturna has invested 1.79% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). They expect $1.32 EPS, up 16.81% or $0.19 from last year's $1.13 per share. MSFT's profit will be $6.54B for 28.46 P/E if the $0.85 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.23 actual EPS reported by Lakeland Industries, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -17.39% negative EPS growth.

Moreover, Teton Advisors Inc. has 0.8% invested in the company for 276,792 shares. Its down 0.56, from 2.75 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 40 investors sold MSFT shares while 952 reduced holdings.

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A number of other hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Covington Cap Mngmt invested in 110,756 shares or 0.59% of the stock. Wellington Shields Limited Liability stated it has 1.49% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Clear Harbor Asset Management Llc holds 1.14% of its portfolio in Northwest Natural Gas Company for 89,143 shares. Pictet Asset Ltd reported 5.52M shares or 1.16% of all its holdings. Bar Harbor Tru Svcs holds 6.33% or 159,739 shares. Wunderlich maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Wednesday, July 22. Moreover, Strategy Asset Managers Ltd Liability Co has 2.72% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 17,296 are owned by Citizens Northern. Df Dent Communication Incorporated reported 55,354 shares or 0.11% of all its holdings. First Manhattan Company invested in 3.13% or 7.34M shares. Prudential Fin invested in 185,924 shares. Valueact Holdg Ltd Partnership accumulated 9.01 million shares. Moreover, New York State Common Retirement Fund has 2.28% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 23.93 million shares.

Alpha Cubed Investments Llc, which manages about $320.00 million and $664.35M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Lowes Cos Inc (NYSE:LOW) by 5,800 shares to 5,226 shares, valued at $418,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

In related news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Friday, February 16th.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 60% are positive. HDFC Bank Limited had 5 analyst reports since August 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Wednesday, November 22 by SunTrust. The company was maintained on Wednesday, July 20 by FBN Securities. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with "Buy" on Friday, July 21. Jefferies maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Friday, July 14 with "Sell" rating. Cowen & Co upgraded the stock to "Outperform" rating in Tuesday, May 24 report. The stock has "Neutral" rating by Atlantic Securities on Thursday, November 10. The stock presently has a consensus rating of "Buy" and a consensus price target of $99.28. The stock has "Strong Buy" rating by Raymond James on Monday, November 30.

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