Shareholder Middleton & Co INC Decreased Microsoft Corp (MSFT) Stake

Doris Richards
April 16, 2018

MSFT outperformed by 25.88% the S&P500.

Ryan Frick decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 31.43% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. By selling 58,609 shares Middleton & Co Inc made the stock popped up with 4.63%. The institutional investor held 85,433 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $7.31M, up from 48,976 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Beta factor was calculated at 1.04. About 5.00 million shares traded. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has risen 1.12% since April 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 69.54% the S&P500.

During 2017 Q4 the big money sentiment decreased to 0.77. Its down 0.19, from 0.69 in 2017Q3. It dropped, as 39 investors sold Microsoft Corporation shares while 1012 reduced holdings. 134 funds acquired holdings and 676 increased holdings. 1,400 are held by Pathstone Family Office Ltd Company.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. Delta Asset Management Llc sold 4,465 shares as the company's stock rose 4.63% while stock markets declined. If the Golden Cross is greater than 1, then the 50 day moving average is above the 200 day moving average - indicating a positive share price momentum. (NYSE:URI). Blair William And Il stated it has 0.01% in United Rentals, Inc. Sun Life owns 16,911 shares. Rothschild Asset Mgmt invested in 1.14% or 1.27 million shares. Asset Grp holds 2,953 shares. Joel Isaacson & Limited Co accumulated 0.51% or 34,114 shares.

Different financial conditions in the industry Business Software & Services affected Microsoft Corporation's (MSFT) stock, and it has moved up and down occasionally. Advsr Limited Limited owns 9,312 shares.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 3 sales for $930,912 activity. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 20th. Northstar Asset Limited Co owns 1.51% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 42,751 shares. Therefore 29% are positive. The Company's Intelligent Cloud segment licenses server products and cloud services, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs, as well as Azure, a cloud platform with computing, networking, storage, database, and management services; and enterprise services, such as Premier Support and Microsoft Consulting that assist in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions, as well as provide training and certification to developers and IT professionals on Microsoft products. On Thursday, August 27 the stock rating was maintained by Cantor Fitzgerald with "Buy". On Thursday, November 9 the stock rating was maintained by UBS with "Buy". The firm has "Outperform" rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Wednesday, July 20.

"The action was well-received ... and that's giving a chance for investors to focus on macro news and earnings", said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities in NY. On Wednesday, February 14 the stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has "Buy" rating given by Tigress Financial. The firm earned "Overweight" rating on Monday, October 5 by Barclays Capital. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has "Sell" rating given on Friday, October 27 by Citigroup. BB&T Capital initiated the stock with "Hold" rating in Tuesday, December 15 report. Jefferies maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Wednesday, August 30 report.

State Of Tennessee Treasury Department, which manages about $22.36 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Constellation Brands Inc (NYSE:STZ) by 20,768 shares to 338,742 shares, valued at $77.43M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. These shares are worth $325,500 and were traded at $93 each.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.79 by $0.05. GE's profit will be $1.04B for 28.15 P/E if the $0.12 EPS becomes a reality. The business's revenue for the quarter was up 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Microsoft Co. will post 3.63 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Among 28 analysts covering General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), 8 have Buy rating, 6 Sell and 14 Hold. Since October 26, 2017 according to StockzIntelligence Inc Microsoft Corp has 51 analyst reports. Piper Jaffray maintained it with "Buy" rating and $115.0 target in Wednesday, January 3 report. The rating was upgraded by Bank of America on Thursday, October 1 to "Neutral". The firm has "Hold" rating given on Tuesday, January 16 by Vertical Research. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with "Hold" rating and $16.0 target in Monday, February 26 report. Its up 0.24, from 0.75 in 2017Q3. It also reduced its holding in Seadrill Limited (Put) (NYSE:SDRL) by 438,500 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 152,600 shares, and cut its stake in Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL). 151 funds opened positions while 383 raised stakes. Guyasuta Invest Inc reported 393,743 shares. Rwwm Inc holds 21.91% or 772,642 shares. Blue Fin Inc has invested 0.15% in Connecticut Water Service, Inc. The California-based Checchi Advisers Ltd Liability Corporation has invested 0.46% in Facebook, Inc. Punch & Invest Management reported 100,349 shares. Deutsche Retail Bank Ag invested in 66,472 shares or 0% of the stock. Obermeyer Wood Inv Counsel Lllp accumulated 0.04% or 5,093 shs. For the Current month, 0 analysts have assigned this stock as Buy where 3 assigned Outperform, 10 analysts believe it's a Hold, 3 said Underperform and only 0 assigned Sell rating. Vanguard Group has 0.26% invested in The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.21 in 2017 Q4. Wealth Architects Limited Liability Corp holds 0.33% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 11,918 shares. (NYSE:CYH). Credit Suisse Ag owns 337,525 shares. The company's Market capitalization is $733.77B with the total Outstanding Shares of "Outstanding". (NYSE:GS) for 1,355 shares. Bradley Foster & Sargent Incorporated Ct invested in 0.42% or 36,457 shares.

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