Heritage Wealth Advisors Increases Stake in Microsoft Co. (MSFT)

Federico Mansilla
Marcha 5, 2018

HighPoint Advisor Group LLC now owns 67,608 shares of the software giant's stock worth $5,682,000 after purchasing an additional 3,448 shares during the last quarter. The institutional investor held 73,160 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $5.45M, up from 19,392 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Nwq Investment Management Company Llc who had been investing in Hsbc Hldgs Plc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $193.90 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.22% or $0.2 during the last trading session, reaching $93.05. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. now owns 26,474,151 shares of the software giant's stock valued at $2,264,601,000 after buying an additional 9,092,634 shares in the last quarter. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since March 4, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 21.58% the S&P500.

(MSFT) by 2.05% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,600 shares of the software giant's stock valued at $110,000 after acquiring an additional 1,200 shares in the last quarter.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the company. The stock increased 0.98% or $0.81 during the last trading session, reaching $83.65. Norris Perne & French Llp bought 7,691 shares as the company's stock rose 4.75% with the market.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Peregrine Asset Advisers Inc, which manages about $266.46M and $190.11 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Essex Pptys Tr (NYSE:CMI) by 20,665 shares to 809 shares, valued at $206,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

Analysts await General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) to report earnings on April, 20. The business's revenue for the quarter was up 11.9% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that Microsoft Co. will post 3.64 EPS for the current year. BEN's profit will be $430.34 million for 12.43 P/E if the $0.78 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.47 actual earnings per share reported by Bank of America Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 25.53% EPS growth.

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Since September 21, 2017, it had 1 insider buy, and 6 insider sales for $22.29 million activity.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.83 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.02, from 1.02 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 40 investors sold MSFT shares while 952 reduced holdings. 43 funds opened positions while 146 raised stakes. Willis Investment Counsel reported 435,086 shares stake. Harber Asset Management Ltd invested in 111,783 shares or 3.06% of the stock. (NYSE:BRO) by 164,274 shares to 1.76 million shares, valued at $84.83 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. Schwerin Boyle Cap Mgmt Inc invested 1.5% in Citigroup Inc. Thompson Rubinstein Or owns 88,321 shares or 2.3% of their U.S. portfolio. 5,599 were reported by Umb Retail Bank N A Mo. (NYSE:C). Signaturefd Limited holds 8,299 shares or 0.08% of its portfolio. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.83 earnings per share. Norinchukin Bancshares The has 14,643 shares. Miracle Mile Advsr Llc reported 7,020 shares. Davidson & Garrard invested in 1.8% or 102,666 shares. Congress Asset Management Ma has 302,945 shares for 0.35% of their portfolio. Wetherby Asset Mgmt reported 2.24% stake. Great West Life Assurance Can owns 8.15M shares or 0.49% of their USA portfolio. Rockland Tru accumulated 3,300 shares.

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Among 37 analysts covering FedEx (NYSE:FDX), 25 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 11 Hold. Vetr lowered shares of Microsoft from a "strong-buy" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $93.77 price target on the stock.in a report on Monday, December 11th. BMO Capital Markets maintained Parsley Energy, Inc. Roundview Limited Liability Co holds 1.76% or 87,615 shares. As per Thursday, February 1, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. The stock has "Outperform" rating by Leerink Swann on Friday, September 11. The stock of FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) has "Market Perform" rating given on Wednesday, September 2 by Wood. BMO Capital Markets maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Thursday, January 25 report. Citigroup maintained the stock with "Neutral" rating in Friday, July 29 report. The rating was maintained by Credit Suisse on Thursday, January 18 with "Buy". On Friday, October 27 the stock rating was maintained by UBS with "Neutral". It also reduced its holding in Merck & Co Inc New (NYSE:MRK) by 116,800 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 334,600 shares, and cut its stake in Celgene Corp (NASDAQ:CELG).

Since February 16, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 3 selling transactions for $930,912 activity.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.69 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.01, from 0.82 in 2017Q2. Jefferies maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Tuesday, August 22 with "Sell" rating. 114 funds opened positions while 708 raised stakes. Tower Bridge Advisors holds 2.77% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 326,831 shares. Filament Limited Liability Co invested in 49,626 shares. Bragg Financial has 167,085 shares. Horan Cap Advsrs Lc stated it has 100 shares. Davidson Garrard has invested 1.82% in Facebook, Inc. Teachers Ins Annuity Association Of America has 175,800 shares. Whitnell And owns 54,475 shares. Falcon Edge Capital Limited Partnership invested 5.77% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Finance.Yahoo.com and their article: "Is Oracle Corporation the Next Microsoft? … Or the Next IBM?" published on February 28, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com's news article titled: "Microsoft buying output from Singapore clean energy project" with publication date: March 02, 2018. 196,500 were accumulated by Cohen & Steers. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and thirty-two have issued a buy rating to the stock. Therefore 27% are positive. Facebook had 236 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has "Hold" rating by Robert W. Baird given on Tuesday, January 2. The firm has "Buy" rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets given on Sunday, July 16. Tigress Financial reaffirmed a "buy" rating on shares of Microsoft in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. Canaccord Genuity has "Buy" rating and $94.0 target. As per Monday, June 19, the company rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley. The firm has "Outperform" rating by Leerink Swann given on Wednesday, January 31. (NASDAQ:FB) rating on Friday, July 14. Barclays Capital maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Friday, October 23. The company was upgraded on Thursday, August 13 by Stifel Nicolaus.

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