Analyst Research Roundup: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), AO Smith Corporation (AOS)

Claudine Rigal
Août 18, 2017

Microsoft Corporation makes up about 1.1% of Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky's portfolio, making the share its 5th largest stake. Empirical Financial Services Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $559.88B market cap company. About 518,694 shares traded. Adage Cap Prns Gp Ltd Llc stated it has 1.94% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). It has outperformed by 21.64% the S&P500.

Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt increased Microsoft Corp (MSFT) stake by 39% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing.

Bridger Management Llc, which manages about $3.11 billion and $1.44B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) by 99,093 shares to 321,505 shares, valued at $36.99 million in 2016Q4, according to the filing. $73.12's average target is 0.63% above currents $72.66 stock price.

Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky dropped its position in stocks of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 6.4% during the Q1, based on the latest 13F document with the SEC (SEC). It also reduced its holding in Atara Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ATRA) by 197,755 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 798,321 shares, and cut its stake in Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CHRS). Richmont Mines Inc (NYSEMKT:RIC) was reduced too.

Since February 21, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 9 selling transactions for $1.34 billion activity. Shares were disposed in a price range of $74.00, amounting to $1,980,462.00. after the sale, the executive has an ownership of 544,080 stocks in the company, worth at $40,261,920. during the last ninety days, executive have unloaded 7,057,855 stocks of company shares valued $512,044,578. company executives has an ownership of 2.99% of the firms stock. The insider Burns Mark Lagrand sold $3.58M. $1.85 million worth of stock was sold by Barra Mary T on Friday, March 24.

Among 3 analysts covering OPG Power Ventures PLC (LON:OPG), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 63% are positive. InterDigital had 14 analyst reports since August 11, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Monday, January 9 by Deutsche Bank. UBS maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Monday, November 23 with "Buy" rating. On Friday, August 7 the stock rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with "Buy". Northland Capital maintained Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI) on Wednesday, October 28 with "Outperform" rating. The company was maintained on Wednesday, May 31 by Cantor Fitzgerald. As per Tuesday, September 27, the company rating was upgraded by Credit Suisse. The firm earned "Overweight" rating on Monday, May 2 by Barclays Capital. The rating was initiated by Piper Jaffray with "Overweight" on Thursday, December 22.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.09 in Q4 2016. Its down 0.18, from 1.1 in 2016Q3. Oakworth Cap has 41,415 shares. Finally, First Quadrant L P CA raised its position in Microsoft Corporation by 3.4% in the second quarter. Baillie Gifford Com reported 355,250 shares or 0.04% of all its holdings. Cohen Lawrence B holds 4.32% or 114,575 shares in its portfolio. (NASDAQ:AMGN). Argent Tru invested in 4,880 shares or 0.32% of the stock. 4,929 are owned by Fort Washington Invest Advisors Incorporated Oh. Acadian Asset Mngmt Lc invested in 1.7% or 5.64M shares. Professional Advisory Services accumulated 7,731 shares. Cwm Limited reported 160 shares. Neuberger Berman Llc, a New York-based fund reported 5,831 shares. Verition Fund Mngmt Ltd Company owns 3,277 shares or 0.03% of their USA portfolio. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,927 shares of Microsoft Corporation stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 25th. Therefore 82% are positive. Raymond James Financial, Inc. increased their target price on shares of Microsoft Corporation to $84.00 and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a research report on Friday, July 21st. The stock has "Buy" rating by Cowen & Co on Friday, July 21. The firm has "Outperform" rating given on Wednesday, January 6 by RBC Capital Markets. As per Thursday, November 10, the company rating was upgraded by Atlantic Securities. The company was maintained on Friday, January 27 by Stifel Nicolaus. BMO Capital Markets has "Outperform" rating and $69 target.

07/21/2017 - Microsoft Corporation had its "hold" rating reiterated by analysts at Canaccord Genuity.

Investors of record on Thursday, August 17th will be paid a $0.39 dividend. Its up 0.11, from 0.84 in 2016Q3. 26,165 Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares with value of $1.81M were sold by COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE. 155 funds opened positions while 739 raised stakes. Security National Bank & Trust Of Sioux City Iowa Ia invested in 26,860 shares or 1.73% of the stock. Boston Common Asset Mgmt Ltd Liability Com has 255,610 shares. $207.65M worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was sold by GATES WILLIAM H III. 68,080 were accumulated by American Money Management Limited Liability Corporation. Strategic Advsr Limited Liability holds 2.58% or 79,137 shares in its portfolio. Wendell David Associates Inc.'s holdings in Microsoft Corporation were worth $8,904,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period. Moreover, Asset Strategies Inc has 0.28% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 13,601 shares. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: "Microsoft partners to improve Terraform integration with Azure" published on August 17, 2017 as well as Fool.com's news article titled: "Why Microsoft Corporation Shareholders Have Nothing to Worry About" with publication date: July 24, 2017. Tiaa Cref Fsb Mo holds 129,791 shares. Moreover, Herndon Capital Management Llc has 2.79% invested in the company for 286,226 shares. Family Mgmt Corp owns 86,995 shares or 3.7% of their U.S. portfolio. Pioneer Invest Mgmt Inc reported 3.49% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

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