Stocks to Must have in Portfolio: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Marcus Newton
February 4, 2018

The hedge fund held 316,400 shares of the property-casualty insurers company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $29.08M, down from 338,900 at the end of the previous reported quarter. British Columbia Investment Management Corp 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 1.12% or $0.55 during the last trading session, reaching $48.75. About 21,899 shares traded or 15.92% up from the average. TransCanada Corporation (NYSE:TRP) has risen 15.03% since February 3, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 9.47% the S&P500.

Bingham Osborn & Scarborough Llc increased Microsoft Corp (MSFT) stake by 40.4% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Columbia Wanger Asset Management Llc bought 63,525 shares as the company's stock rose 22.27% with the market. The institutional investor held 258,418 shares of the major chemicals company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $23.08 million, up from 247,495 at the end of the previous reported quarter. The stock has been active on the tape, now trading at $95.01, up from yesterday's close by 2.45%. About 1.78M shares traded or 50.46% up from the average.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) saw some unusual options trading activity on Thursday. It has outperformed by 45.87% the S&P500. Its down 0.03, from 1.44 in 2017Q2.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.83 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.05, from 0.86 in 2017Q2. Impala Asset Mngmt Ltd Co invested in 38,323 shares. 117 funds opened positions while 547 raised stakes. Sumitomo Mitsui Tru reported 93,006 shares or 0.04% of all its holdings. Dillon Associate holds 8,795 shares. Class A (NYSE:MOGA). Parkside Retail Bank And Tru has invested 0% in Moog Inc. Wallington Asset Mngmt Ltd Llc reported 7,026 shares. Howard Mgmt owns 328,640 shares or 3.77% of their USA portfolio. Ensemble Cap Mgmt Lc invested 0.08% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Smith Moore And invested in 12,000 shares or 0.07% of the stock. Buckingham Cap Mngmt Inc stated it has 1.95% of its portfolio in Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC). Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.78 on a per share basis this quarter. Pggm Invests holds 44,577 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Prudential Fincl stated it has 476,763 shares. Class A Common Stock (NYSE:MOGA)'s short sellers to cover MOGA's short positions. Therefore 67% are positive. Bank of America had 106 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity on Thursday, January 11 with "Buy". JMP Securities upgraded the shares of RMAX in report on Wednesday, November 18 to "Mkt Perform" rating. The stock of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL) earned "Buy" rating by Citigroup on Monday, October 2. As per Friday, October 23, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. On Tuesday, January 19 the stock rating was upgraded by Macquarie Research to "Outperform". The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a current ratio of 2.89. RBC Capital Markets maintained The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) rating on Wednesday, November 4.

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Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 2 sales for $5.98 million activity. $4.00M worth of stock was sold by Hood Amy on Tuesday, August 29. 26,763 shares valued at $1.98M were sold by COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE on Wednesday, August 30. 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 60% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 162 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Tuesday, December 12 by Bernstein. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Monday, September 25 with "Buy" rating. The company was maintained on Thursday, July 13 by BMO Capital Markets. The legal version of this report can be read at UBS Group set a $110.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a "buy" rating in a research note on Thursday.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 14th. The firm has "Overweight" rating given on Friday, August 28 by Global Equities Research.

Pennant Capital Management Llc, which manages about $10.20B and $1.63 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Conduent Inc by 882,427 shares to 3.56M shares, valued at $55.74M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Vornado Rlty Tr (NYSE:VNO) by 52,640 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 100,274 shares, and cut its stake in Spdr Series Trust (JNK). KeyCorp also issued estimates for Microsoft's Q4 2018 earnings at $0.96 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $3.64 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.93 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $1.01 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.92 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $1.05 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $3.90 EPS. It improved, as 40 investors sold MSFT shares while 952 reduced holdings.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) will report its next earnings on Jan 31 AMC. Grandfield & Dodd Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 487,590 shares or 4.08% of its portfolio. Bingham Osborn & Scarborough Llc acquired 4,567 shares as Microsoft Corp (MSFT)'s stock rose 4.75%. Godshalk Welsh accumulated 42,450 shares or 3.17% of the stock. Moreover, Strategic Advsrs Limited Liability Company has 2.43% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 75,257 shares. California Employees Retirement System owns 20,400 shares or 0% of their USA portfolio. 7,226 are owned by Gemmer Asset Management Lc. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Nomura maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Tuesday, April 19. Aspen reported 1.76% stake.

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