Microsoft (MSFT) Shareholder Choate Investment Advisors Cut Its Position; Rockland Trust Co Upped Stake in Microsoft (MSFT) as Share Price Rose

May 16, 2018 - By Vivian Park

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Choate Investment Advisors decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 1.46% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Choate Investment Advisors sold 1,793 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.63% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 121,243 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $10.37 billion, down from 123,036 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Choate Investment Advisors who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $746.42B market cap company. The stock increased 0.26% or $0.25 during the last trading session, reaching $97.15. About 14.51 million 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.

Rockland Trust Co increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 26.84% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Rockland Trust Co bought 8,499 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.63% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 40,160 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $3.44M, up from 31,661 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Rockland Trust Co who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $746.42B market cap company. The stock increased 0.26% or $0.25 during the last trading session, reaching $97.15. About 14.51 million 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 16, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 3 sales for $930,912 activity.

Rockland Trust Co, which manages about $776.87 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Macquarie Infrastructure Corp (NYSE:MIC) by 4,815 shares to 14,906 shares, valued at $957,000 in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Sherwin Williams Co (NYSE:SHW) by 1,401 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 29,022 shares, and cut its stake in Mastercard Inc Cl A (NYSE:MA).

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: 247Wallst.com which released: “Will Microsoft’s Q1 Earnings Boost Its Valuation?” on April 26, 2018, also Investorplace.com with their article: “3 Stocks to Watch on Thursday: Booking Holdings Inc (BKNG), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) and Qualcomm, Inc …” published on May 10, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “Microsoft Building Trust Along With IoT And AI” on May 10, 2018. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: 247Wallst.com and their article: “How Microsoft Went From Acquirer to Partner” published on April 19, 2018 as well as 247Wallst.com‘s news article titled: “Microsoft Catches Amazon as Second Most Valuable Company” with publication date: April 25, 2018.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q3. It dropped, 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. Arizona State Retirement Systems reported 1.66% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Usa Portformulas Corp holds 2.52% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 123,729 shares. Pillar Pacific Mgmt Ltd holds 1.7% or 163,219 shares in its portfolio. Columbus Hill Capital Mngmt Limited Partnership has invested 2.83% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). New Jersey-based Bessemer Gp Incorporated has invested 1.8% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Rockland Trust owns 40,160 shares or 0.44% of their US portfolio. Comml Bank Hapoalim Bm invested in 0.26% or 13,809 shares. 625,728 are held by Vaughan David Invs Incorporated Il. Boulegeris, Georgia-based fund reported 39,610 shares. 9.59 million were accumulated by Tiger Global Management Ltd Liability. Rafferty Asset Limited Co holds 0.03% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 23,244 shares. Bollard Group Limited Co has 254,294 shares. Moreover, First Bank & Of Newtown has 1.8% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Cahill Fincl Advsrs Inc reported 15,813 shares. Parallax Volatility Advisers Limited Partnership holds 0.05% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 461,967 shares.

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. Oppenheimer maintained it with “Buy” rating and $100.0 target in Wednesday, December 20 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by Credit Suisse given on Monday, August 7. The rating was maintained by UBS with “Buy” on Friday, October 23. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Strong-Buy” rating by Vetr on Wednesday, September 2. Goldman Sachs upgraded Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Friday, December 18 to “Neutral” rating. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Friday, October 27 by Citigroup. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital on Friday, October 23. The firm has “Overweight” rating given on Tuesday, September 22 by Pacific Crest. Bernstein maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Tuesday, December 12 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Thursday, February 1 with “Buy”.

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

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on July, 19. They expect $1.08 EPS, 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 EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 13.68% EPS growth.

Choate Investment Advisors, which manages about $3.44 billion and $1954.06B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Vanguard Ftse Developed Markets Etf (VEA) by 14,620 shares to 327,646 shares, valued at $14.70B in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Ecolab Inc (NYSE:ECL) by 45 shares in the quarter, for a total of 4,156 shares, and has risen its stake in Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q3. It worsened, 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. Investec Asset Mngmt accumulated 11.81M shares. Old Natl Bank & Trust In reported 276,992 shares. Franklin Street Advsrs Inc Nc stated it has 275,203 shares or 3.52% of all its holdings. Gluskin Sheff Associates owns 3,000 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. New York-based Int Gru has invested 0.92% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 12,495 were accumulated by Destination Wealth. Muhlenkamp And reported 5.78% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Greenwich Wealth Mgmt Ltd reported 94,402 shares or 1.35% of all its holdings. Amalgamated National Bank & Trust has invested 2.3% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Advisory Grp reported 4,954 shares stake. Bahl And Gaynor owns 4.91 million shares. Pzena Investment Mgmt Llc invested in 0.45% or 1.07M shares. Woodmont Invest Counsel Ltd Co, Tennessee-based fund reported 73,457 shares. Bowling Mgmt Limited Liability Company owns 116,036 shares for 1.32% of their portfolio. Janney Cap Mgmt Limited Liability Corporation has invested 2.23% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

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