Diversified Portfolios Inc. Takes $300000 Position in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Alfred Osborne
January 13, 2018

Bessemer Group Inc bought 63,502 shares as the company's stock declined 15.68% while stock markets rallied. The stock increased 0.58% or $0.2 during the last trading session, reaching $34.54. About 12.72 million shares traded. Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) has declined 16.51% since January 11, 2017 and is downtrending. It has outperformed by 2.72% the S&P500.

Capstone Investment Advisors Llc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (Put) (MSFT) by 89.63% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Microsoft makes up about 7.2% of Delta Asset Management LLC TN's investment portfolio, making the stock its biggest position. The institutional investor held 144,900 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $10.79 million, up from 111,651 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $677.50 billion market cap company.

Shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ MSFT) traded down $0.43 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $87.79. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total transaction of $1,261,200.00.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. It has outperformed by 19.53% the S&P500. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and thirty-one have issued a buy rating to the stock. Therefore 67% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 141 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has "Buy" rating by Barclays Capital given on Friday, October 27. The brokerage now has a buy rating on the software giant's stock. On Monday, May 29 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Buy". Royal Bank of Canada set a $85.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. The company was reinitiated on Thursday, March 17 by Oppenheimer. On Tuesday, June 13 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with "Sell". UBS maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Thursday, November 9 with "Buy" rating. Pacific Crest maintained the stock with "Overweight" rating in Tuesday, September 22 report. Its up 0.01, from 0.82 in 2017Q2.

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A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. 13,940 were accumulated by Laurel Grove Limited. Bridges Counsel Inc has 1.33% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 32,121 shares. Essex Investment Limited Co holds 1.12% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 110,393 shares. Athena Advisors Ltd Liability has 2.11% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 0.5% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. Ci Investments has 3.08M shares for 2.1% of their portfolio. Mcf Ltd Liability Company owns 0% invested in General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) for 295 shares. Chicago Equity Ptnrs Ltd Company holds 1.32% or 562,142 shares in its portfolio. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.79 by $0.05. Moreover, Choate Invest Advsrs has 0.5% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 123,036 shares. Utah Retirement Systems holds 1.38M shares. AlphaMark Advisors LLC now owns 2,677 shares of the software giant's stock worth $185,000 after purchasing an additional 30 shares during the last quarter. Following the sale, the chief marketing officer now owns 253,306 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $15,327,546.06.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 selling transactions for $513.86 million activity. Shares for $4.00 million were sold by Hood Amy on Tuesday, August 29. Company insiders own 2.99% of the company's stock. It also reduced its holding in Vanguard Intermediate Term Corp Bond Etf (VCIT) by 12,123 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 34,413 shares, and cut its stake in Diageo Plc Sponsored Adr (NYSE:DEO).

Since October 24, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 sale for $219,205 activity. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.76 EPS. analysts expect that Microsoft will post 3.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. Therefore 27% are positive. After $0.84 actual EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.38% EPS growth. The company was maintained on Thursday, September 3 by FBR Capital. The rating was maintained by Panmure Gordon on Tuesday, January 5 with "Buy". Jefferies maintained it with "Underperform" rating and $40 target in Friday, January 29 report. As per Monday, January 8, the company rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs. (NYSE:NBL) has "Overweight" rating given on Wednesday, October 18 by Morgan Stanley. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Sunday, September 17 with "Buy". The rating was upgraded by Vetr on Friday, August 21 to "Hold". The firm has "Hold" rating by Canaccord Genuity given on Monday, May 16. Eagle Eye Solutions Group PLC (LON:EYE) has 0.00% since January 11, 2017 and is. Its down 0.02, from 1.31 in 2017Q2. 43 funds opened positions while 159 raised stakes. 111 funds opened positions while 484 raised stakes. Meiji Yasuda Asset Limited owns 319,537 shares or 2.34% of their United States portfolio. Monroe Fincl Bank Mi invested in 300 shares. (NYSE:NBL). New York-based Nikko Asset Management Americas Inc has invested 0.77% in Noble Energy, Inc. Toth Financial Advisory Corporation owns 137,074 shares. Trustco Bank N Y stated it has 0.47% of its portfolio in Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB). Hm Payson owns 398,343 shares for 1.99% of their portfolio. Insiders sold a total of 42,583 shares of company stock worth $2,529,552 in the last three months. Vaughan David Il, Illinois-based fund reported 9,783 shares. Cibc Ww accumulated 5.30M shares. D L Carlson holds 130,931 shares. It also reduced Solar Cap Ltd (NASDAQ:SLRC) stake by 258,300 shares and now owns 824,831 shares. Tiverton Asset Mngmt Lc reported 435,101 shares.

Bessemer Group Inc, which manages about $25.06 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Torchmark Corp (NYSE:TMK) by 10,841 shares to 616 shares, valued at $49,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

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