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(NASDAQ:MSFT) Position Lifted by Sunbelt Securities Inc

11 February 2018

Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 19,139,433 shares of the software giant's stock valued at $1,319,271,000 after buying an additional 4,699,588 shares in the last quarter. Puplava Financial Services Inc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $678.97B market cap company. This works out to a net decrease in ownership of 25.1 million shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bearish about the stock. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since February 10, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Account Management Llc decreased its stake in Novagold Resources Inc New (NG) by 4.64% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Insiders own 1.49% of the company's stock. The institutional investor held 13,535 shares of the capital goods company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.14 million, down from 20,865 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Twin Securities Inc who had been investing in Monsanto Co New for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $52.30B market cap company. Trust Co. of Oklahoma now owns 42,760 shares of the software giant's stock valued at $2,947,000 after purchasing an additional 2,230 shares in the last quarter. Carderock Capital Management Inc. now owns 3,981 shares of the software giant's stock worth $274,000 after buying an additional 26 shares during the period. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)'s short interest is 41.06 million shares, or 0.54% of the float. It has underperformed by 1.24% the S&P500.

Grandfield & Dodd Llc increased Albemarle Corp (NYSE:ALB) stake by 18,385 shares to 76,870 valued at $10.48 million in 2017Q3. It also increased its holding in Alphabet Inc by 354 shares in the quarter, for a total of 1,445 shares, and has risen its stake in Ishares Tr (IEF).

Since August 29, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 2 sales for $5.98 million activity. Nokota Mngmt Ltd Partnership has 1.36% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 747,830 shares. Microsoft Corporation had 166 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Tuesday, November 7 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Buy". The company was maintained on Friday, June 30 by RBC Capital Markets. Finally, Morgan Stanley raised their target price on Microsoft from $100.00 to $110.00 and gave the company an "overweight" rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Tuesday, October 11 with "Outperform". The firm earned "Buy" rating on Wednesday, November 15 by Bernstein. The stock of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) has "Buy" rating given on Wednesday, August 26 by Vetr. As per Wednesday, September 21, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. Investors of record on Thursday, February 15th will be given a dividend of $0.42 per share. Its up 0.01, from 0.82 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 40 investors sold MSFT shares while 952 reduced holdings.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Finally, Global Equities Research reaffirmed a "buy" rating and set a $75.00 price target on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a report on Tuesday, June 13th.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was upgraded by research analysts at ValuEngine from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday, February 2nd. Glenview Bancorporation Tru Dept accumulated 133,816 shares or 1.57% of the stock. Nationwide Fund owns 5.43 million shares. Menlo Ltd Liability Company invested 4.16% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Schmidt P J Investment Mngmt holds 0.99% or 136,259 shares in its portfolio. Beck Cap Mgmt Limited Liability Com stated it has 62,131 shares. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 4th. Ameriprise owns 53.42M shares for 1.89% of their portfolio. 410,460 are held by Intl Sarl. Baker Ellis Asset Mgmt Lc has 1.55% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 78,503 shares. Dana Investment Advsrs Inc has invested 1.7% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 321.42 million shares or 4.04% more from 308.94 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. 105,630 were reported by Convergence Investment Prtnrs Limited Liability.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.69 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.69, from 1.11 in 2017Q2. First Quadrant LP Ca invested in 1.04 million shares. 89 funds opened positions while 304 raised stakes. Signalpoint Asset Mngmt Lc, Missouri-based fund reported 35,330 shares. The software giant reported $0.96 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $0.87 by $0.09. Dsc Advsr LP reported 17,995 shares. Prudential Fincl Incorporated holds 0.06% or 228,179 shares in its portfolio. Highbridge Capital Mgmt Ltd Company reported 0.36% in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON). Rampart Mngmt Company Limited Liability Corporation invested in 0.1% or 6,027 shares. 669,740 were reported by State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement Systems. Arlington Value Cap Limited Liability Company owns 0.05% invested in Valmont Industries, Inc. 10,068 were accumulated by Sei Invests Com. Cleararc Capital invested in 0.04% or 5,222 shares. Independent Order Of Foresters holds 0.47% or 7,565 shares. Foundry Ptnrs holds 23,595 shares or 0.15% of its portfolio. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 7,827,220 shares of the software giant's stock valued at $515,501,000 after purchasing an additional 530,893 shares in the last quarter. During the same quarter past year, the firm earned $0.83 EPS. VMI's profit will be $37.98M for 22.87 P/E if the $1.68 EPS becomes a reality.

Among 6 analysts covering Heineken (OTCMKTS:HEINY), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 52% are positive. The stock has "Buy" rating by UBS on Friday, December 8. The firm has "Buy" rating by UBS given on Monday, August 29. The firm has "Hold" rating by Boenning & Scattergood given on Thursday, July 20. Canaccord Genuity maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Thursday, January 25. The rating was upgraded by Zacks on Monday, August 31 to "Hold". The stock has "Hold" rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Tuesday, January 16. Macquarie set a $95.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a "neutral" rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Imperial Capital maintained Barracuda Networks, Inc. The stock has "Hold" rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, October 26. The firm has "Buy" rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Friday, October 6.

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