Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 30,000 shares of company stock worth $2,498,220. The institutional investor held 5,793 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $432,000, down from 27,988 at the end of the previous reported quarter. About 5.64M shares traded or 13.22% up from the average. Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) has risen 58.64% since February 3, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 1.67% the S&P500.

Palouse Capital Management Inc increased its stake in Procter And Gamble Co (PG) by 5.91% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Carderock Capital Management Inc. now owns 3,981 shares of the software giant's stock valued at $274,000 after purchasing an additional 26 shares during the last quarter. Insight Capital Research & Management Inc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $706.69 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 2.63% or $2.48 during the last trading session, reaching $91.78. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total value of $1,496,700.00.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) saw some unusual options trading activity on Thursday. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500. It also reduced its holding in Total Systems Services Inc (NYSE:TSS) by 67,266 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 499,742 shares, and cut its stake in Ryanair Holdings Plc.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.04 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.01, from 0.82 in 2017Q2. Commercial Bank Of Ny Mellon Corp invested in 308,285 shares. 47 funds opened positions while 157 raised stakes. 188.17 million shares or 4.44% less from 196.91 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Morningstar restated a "neutral" rating on shares of Microsoft in a report on Monday, October 16th. 124,264 are owned by Oakwood Mngmt Limited Liability Corp Ca. During the same quarter previous year, the firm posted $0.83 earnings per share. Comerica Fincl Bank invested in 68,423 shares. Williams Cos Inc/The (NYSE:WMB) was raised too. Moreover, Stearns Fincl Gp has 0.06% invested in The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL) for 2,394 shares. The Colorado-based Centurylink Investment has invested 0.23% in The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS). Finally, Bank of Stockton boosted its holdings in Microsoft by 0.3% in the second quarter. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 185,278 shares in the company, valued at $15,467,007.44. Glg Ltd Liability Corp accumulated 17,213 shares. Signature & Ltd Company accumulated 3,563 shares. AlphaMark Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of Microsoft by 1.1% during the 2nd quarter.

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Among 23 analysts covering The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS), 6 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 15 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. Scotia Capital upgraded the shares of MOS in report on Wednesday, November 1 to "Sector Perform" rating. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned "Overweight" rating by Barclays Capital on Thursday, January 25. The company was maintained on Wednesday, April 19 by Jefferies. The company was maintained on Monday, August 7 by Credit Suisse. The company was maintained on Friday, June 2 by RBC Capital Markets. The company was maintained on Friday, October 6 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. On Thursday, August 13 the stock rating was upgraded by Stifel Nicolaus to "Buy". Cowen & Co upgraded the shares of MSFT in report on Tuesday, May 24 to "Outperform" rating. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and thirty have given a buy rating to the company's stock. Therefore 35% are positive. New York REIT had 9 analyst reports since October 9, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. (NYSE:KMX) on Friday, October 27 with "Buy" rating. The company was upgraded on Friday, December 22 by Compass Point. UBS Group set a $110.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the company a "buy" rating in a report on Thursday. Finally, Atlantic Securities set a $97.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a "neutral" rating in a report on Thursday. The firm has "Hold" rating by Zacks given on Wednesday, August 12. Analysts reported that the Price Target for Microsoft Corporation might touch $120 high while the Average Price Target and Low price Target is $99 and $57 respectively. Oppenheimer maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Friday, July 21. The firm has "Sell" rating by J.P. Morgan given on Tuesday, December 12.

Taylor Asset Management Inc, which manages about $310.14M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Mbia Inc (NYSE:MBI) by 325,000 shares to 772,703 shares, valued at $6.72 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Altria Group Inc.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 selling transactions for $5.98 million activity. Morfit G Mason sold $507.89M worth of stock.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.42 in 2017 Q3. It is positive, as 40 investors sold MSFT shares while 952 reduced holdings. Nottingham Advisors Inc. raised its position in shares of Microsoft by 0.4% during the second quarter. Microsoft Corp now has $710.92 billion valuation. The Maryland-based First Bank & Trust has invested 0.44% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). ADV now owns 4,939 shares of the software giant's stock worth $340,000 after purchasing an additional 23 shares during the period. Boston Prtn accumulated 0.01% or 216,200 shares. Spark Inv Limited Liability Company has 37,600 shares. Geode Capital Management Lc stated it has 2.28% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Pacific Global Investment Mngmt owns 178,371 shares. Wellington Shields Cap Mngmt Ltd Com has 0.06% invested in The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL). Raymond James Fin Advisors reported 0.03% stake.

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