Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust Cut Position in Microsoft (MSFT) as Share Value Rose; Banner (BANR) Shareholder Fj Capital Management Decreased Its Position as Valuation Declined

May 16, 2018 - By Kelly Oliver

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Fj Capital Management Llc decreased its stake in Banner Corp (BANR) by 11.63% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Fj Capital Management Llc sold 9,300 shares as the company’s stock declined 2.66% with the market. The hedge fund held 70,700 shares of the major banks company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $3.90M, down from 80,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Fj Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Banner Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $1.90 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.17% or $0.1 during the last trading session, reaching $58.73. About 131,421 shares traded. Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR) has risen 4.20% since May 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 7.35% the S&P500.

Michael Larson decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 14.29% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust sold 8.00M shares as the company’s stock rose 4.63% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund run by Michael Larson held 48.00 million shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $4.11 billion, down from 56.00 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $746.42 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.26% or $0.25 during the last trading session, reaching $97.15. About 14.51M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 37.43% since May 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.88% the S&P500.

Since February 5, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 4 sales for $150,133 activity. Shares for $50,857 were sold by Larsen Kenneth A on Thursday, March 8. On Monday, February 5 the insider PURCELL CYNTHIA D sold $45,974.

Another recent and important Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR) news was published by Globenewswire.com which published an article titled: “Banner Corporation to Attend the DA Davidson Financial Institutions Conference” on April 25, 2018.

Among 10 analysts covering Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 30% are positive. Banner Corporation had 24 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Neutral” rating by PiperJaffray given on Friday, October 27. Stephens initiated it with “Hold” rating and $60.0 target in Wednesday, September 13 report. On Tuesday, April 24 the stock rating was maintained by Sandler O’Neill with “Buy”. The stock has “Mkt Perform” rating by FBR Capital on Tuesday, October 11. The firm has “Mkt Perform” rating given on Friday, July 29 by FBR Capital. On Friday, January 26 the stock rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with “Hold”. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, October 26 by Piper Jaffray. The firm has “Market Perform” rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods given on Friday, October 23. The stock has “Hold” rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Tuesday, April 24. The stock of Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR) has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, December 21 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods.

Fj Capital Management Llc, which manages about $217.40M and $798.45M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in First Conn Bancorp Inc Md (NASDAQ:FBNK) by 31,800 shares to 782,800 shares, valued at $20.47M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Provident Bancorp Inc by 32,000 shares in the quarter, for a total of 79,000 shares, and has risen its stake in Midland Sts Bancorp Inc Ill.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.13 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.69, from 1.82 in 2017Q3. It dropped, as 20 investors sold BANR shares while 51 reduced holdings. 20 funds opened positions while 60 raised stakes. 28.85 million shares or 2.07% less from 29.46 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Teachers Retirement Systems Of The State Of Kentucky holds 9,700 shares. Piermont Capital reported 0.85% stake. Voya Invest Management Lc owns 14,295 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Cwh Cap Mgmt Inc holds 0.57% in Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR) or 22,119 shares. Riverhead Management Ltd Liability holds 0.01% or 3,686 shares. 97,500 were accumulated by Hennessy Advsr Inc. Endeavour invested in 0.33% or 14,645 shares. Moreover, Automobile Association has 0.02% invested in Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR). 51,465 are held by Basswood Cap Management Lc. Metropolitan Life Ins Ny invested in 10,731 shares. Louisiana State Employees Retirement Sys holds 14,100 shares or 0.04% of its portfolio. Assetmark reported 11 shares stake. Rmb Capital Management Lc invested in 170,682 shares. Piedmont Investment Llc stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR). Victory Capital Management owns 606,317 shares for 0.07% of their portfolio.

Analysts await Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR) to report earnings on July, 25. They expect $0.86 EPS, up 10.26% or $0.08 from last year’s $0.78 per share. BANR’s profit will be $27.87 million for 17.07 P/E if the $0.86 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.89 actual EPS reported by Banner Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -3.37% negative EPS growth.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 31 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 84% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 183 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Wunderlich on Friday, January 29 with “Hold”. RBC Capital Markets maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Wednesday, December 20. RBC Capital Markets has “Buy” rating and $100.0 target. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Friday, October 23 with “Buy” rating. BMO Capital Markets maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Friday, January 27. BMO Capital Markets has “Outperform” rating and $71 target. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Tigress Financial on Wednesday, February 14. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Tuesday, May 24 by Cowen & Co. The firm has “Strong-Buy” rating given on Wednesday, September 2 by Vetr. The firm has “Sell” rating given on Tuesday, August 22 by Jefferies. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Market Perform” rating by Cowen & Co on Friday, April 1. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Bank of America on Monday, July 17.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q3. It dived, as 39 investors sold MSFT shares while 1012 reduced holdings. 134 funds opened positions while 676 raised stakes. 5.46 billion shares or 0.90% less from 5.51 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Stadion Money Limited Liability Corporation invested 0.06% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Dearborn Ptnrs Limited holds 1.07% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 174,047 shares. Associated Banc invested in 3.01% or 653,179 shares. 132,633 were reported by Somerville Kurt F. Herald Inv Mngmt stated it has 0.82% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Pennsylvania-based Vanguard Gru has invested 2.18% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Colonial Advsr reported 3.07% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Blume Management Incorporated stated it has 89,321 shares. Van Strum & Towne has invested 7.47% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Kelly Lawrence W And Associate Incorporated Ca reported 8,763 shares stake. Gruss And Comm Incorporated reported 70,500 shares stake. Amundi Pioneer Asset Mngmt holds 3.49% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 26.47M shares. 103,406 were accumulated by Stonebridge Mngmt Inc. Nelson Roberts Invest Ltd Liability Corporation reported 16,181 shares. The Alaska-based State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue has invested 1.89% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on July, 19. They expect $1.08 earnings per share, up 10.20% or $0.10 from last year’s $0.98 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $8.30B for 22.49 P/E if the $1.08 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.95 actual earnings per share reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 13.68% EPS growth.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “3 Shiny New Crypto and Blockchain ETFs” on May 15, 2018, also 247Wallst.com with their article: “Microsoft Catches Amazon as Second Most Valuable Company” published on April 25, 2018, 247Wallst.com published: “Will Microsoft’s Q1 Earnings Boost Its Valuation?” on April 26, 2018. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “How to Invest Wisely in Blockchain and AI Stocks Right Now” published on May 16, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Microsoft Building Trust Along With IoT And AI” with publication date: May 10, 2018.

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