Microsoft Corp (MSFT) Shareholder Gareth Morgan Investments Limited Partnership Has Trimmed Holding by $6.30 Million as Market Value Rose

December 18, 2017 - By Adrian Erickson

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.82 in Q2 2017. Its down 0.02, from 0.84 in 2017Q1. It is negative, as 39 investors sold MSFT shares while 982 reduced holdings. 132 funds opened positions while 703 raised stakes. 5.53 billion shares or 0.72% more from 5.49 billion shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Hbk L P, a Texas-based fund reported 194,900 shares. Monroe Bancshares Tru Mi stated it has 0.64% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Thornburg Inv Mgmt holds 0.01% or 23,024 shares in its portfolio. Moneta Investment Limited Liability Company has invested 0.7% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Cohen Lawrence B accumulated 93,313 shares or 4.11% of the stock. Vident Investment Advisory Ltd Company reported 0.08% stake. 276,156 were reported by Sandy Spring Bancshares. Reliance Trust Com Of Delaware has invested 1.6% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Qv Investors reported 4.71% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) accumulated 2.86M shares. Mrj accumulated 67,014 shares. Foster Dykema Cabot & Ma holds 144,413 shares or 1.78% of its portfolio. Caledonia Invs Public Ltd Llc reported 673,000 shares or 13.14% of all its holdings. Vision Capital Mgmt accumulated 33,114 shares or 0.78% of the stock. One Management Ltd Liability Com accumulated 56,671 shares.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 3 selling transactions for $513.86 million activity. 26,763 shares were sold by COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE, worth $1.98 million on Wednesday, August 30. Morfit G Mason had sold 7.00M shares worth $507.89 million on Friday, August 4.

Gareth Morgan Investments Limited Partnership decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 24.39% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Gareth Morgan Investments Limited Partnership sold 92,626 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 287,089 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $19.79 million, down from 379,715 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Gareth Morgan Investments Limited Partnership who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $670.01B market cap company. The stock increased 2.55% or $2.16 during the last trading session, reaching $86.85. About 53.94 million shares traded or 158.87% up from the average. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since December 18, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Gareth Morgan Investments Limited Partnership, which manages about $1.09 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) by 31,113 shares to 78,245 shares, valued at $12.00M in 2017Q2, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Priceline Grp Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) by 1,884 shares in the quarter, for a total of 5,186 shares, and has risen its stake in Alphabet Inc.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on January, 25. They expect $0.86 earnings per share, up 3.61 % or $0.03 from last year’s $0.83 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $6.63 billion for 25.25 P/E if the $0.86 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.84 actual earnings per share reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.38 % EPS growth.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Investorplace.com which released: “Microsoft Corporation Quietly Gives Up Smartphones” on November 21, 2017, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Microsoft’s Trillion Dollar Question” published on December 11, 2017, Investorplace.com published: “Is Microsoft Corporation Heading for a Trillion-Dollar Market Cap?” on December 13, 2017. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Fool.com and their article: “Why 2017 Was a Year to Remember for Microsoft Corporation” published on December 10, 2017 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Microsoft Looks Like An Elephant That Can Still Dance” with publication date: December 12, 2017.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Ratings Coverage

Among 35 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive. Microsoft Corporation has $106.0 highest and $20 lowest target. $79.43’s average target is -8.54% below currents $86.85 stock price. Microsoft Corporation had 138 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by UBS on Friday, October 23. The firm has “Overweight” rating by Morgan Stanley given on Wednesday, January 13. The firm has “Buy” rating by UBS given on Monday, November 23. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Outperform” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Wednesday, July 20. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Bernstein on Wednesday, September 27. BMO Capital Markets maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Friday, January 27 with “Outperform” rating. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity on Wednesday, September 13 with “Hold”. On Thursday, June 1 the stock rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity with “Hold”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, August 7 by Credit Suisse. Pacific Crest maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Tuesday, September 22 with “Overweight” rating.

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