As Microsoft Corp Com (MSFT) Valuation Rose, Shareholder Boston Advisors LLC Decreased Its Position

September 8, 2018 - By Margaret Guttierez

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) LogoInvestors sentiment decreased to 0.74 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.03, from 0.77 in 2017Q4. It is negative, as 49 investors sold MSFT shares while 1035 reduced holdings. 142 funds opened positions while 665 raised stakes. 5.38 billion shares or 1.45% less from 5.46 billion shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Hitchwood Capital Ltd Partnership holds 3.55% or 800,000 shares in its portfolio. Papp L Roy & Associates holds 3.68% or 210,833 shares. Pinnacle Holdg Limited Liability Co, Oklahoma-based fund reported 22,008 shares. Kensico Capital Management owns 4.67M shares. Hall Laurie J Trustee holds 92,320 shares. Bangor Financial Bank reported 16,475 shares stake. Haverford Trust Company, Pennsylvania-based fund reported 1.67 million shares. Old Mutual Global (Uk) Ltd reported 0.82% stake. First Financial Bank Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based fund reported 11,846 shares. Natixis Advsr L P, Massachusetts-based fund reported 1.89 million shares. Buckingham Asset Limited Company has invested 1.63% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 59,826 are held by Martin Tn. Arizona State Retirement Sys has invested 1.79% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Plancorp Lc holds 25,781 shares or 0.75% of its portfolio. Amg Natl Tru Comml Bank holds 15,254 shares.

Since June 5, 2018, it had 1 buy, and 1 sale for $459,274 activity. Capossela Christopher C also sold $1.01M worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Thursday, June 7.

Boston Advisors Llc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp Com (MSFT) by 8.37% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Boston Advisors Llc sold 155,225 shares as the company’s stock rose 3.08% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 1.70 million shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $155.02M, down from 1.85M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Boston Advisors Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp Com for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $829.78B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.49% or $0.53 during the last trading session, reaching $108.21. About 19.02 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 41.28% since September 8, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 28.71% the S&P500.

Boston Advisors Llc, which manages about $2.55 billion and $3.90 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc Com (NASDAQ:VRTX) by 24,054 shares to 140,174 shares, valued at $22.85 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Cvs Health Corp Com (NYSE:CVS) by 345,683 shares in the quarter, for a total of 385,921 shares, and has risen its stake in Meritor Inc Com (NYSE:MTOR).

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on October, 25. They expect $0.96 EPS, up 14.29 % or $0.12 from last year’s $0.84 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $7.36 billion for 28.18 P/E if the $0.96 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.13 actual EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -15.04 % negative EPS growth.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “4 Growth Stocks to Buy Instead of iQiyi” on September 04, 2018, also Fool.com with their article: “3 Tech Giants With Growing Dividends” published on September 07, 2018, Fool.com published: “Better Buy: Apple vs. Microsoft” on September 02, 2018. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “Facebook to Build its First Data Center in Asia for $1B” published on September 06, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Microsoft: On An Aggressive Run” with publication date: August 30, 2018.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Ratings Coverage

Among 25 analysts covering Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT), 23 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 92% are positive. Microsoft Corp had 42 analyst reports since March 16, 2018 according to SRatingsIntel. Morgan Stanley maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, June 8 report. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Wells Fargo on Thursday, April 12. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Canaccord Genuity on Friday, April 27. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Credit Suisse on Thursday, April 12. The firm earned “Strong Buy” rating on Tuesday, July 17 by Raymond James. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, July 20 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock has “Buy” rating by William Blair on Wednesday, March 21. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Overweight” rating by Atlantic Securities on Monday, June 25. Credit Suisse maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Friday, July 20 report. The rating was maintained by Bernstein on Thursday, May 24 with “Buy”.

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