Microsoft Corp (MSFT) Stock Rose While Capstone Investment Advisors LLC Has Upped by $55.30 Million Its Holding

July 18, 2017 - By Peter Erickson

Investors sentiment increased to 0.95 in 2016 Q4. Its up 0.11, from 0.84 in 2016Q3. It improved, as 49 investors sold MSFT shares while 897 reduced holdings. 155 funds opened positions while 739 raised stakes. 5.51 billion shares or 2.12% more from 5.39 billion shares in 2016Q3 were reported. Beese Fulmer Management invested 2% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Trustco National Bank & Trust Corp N Y holds 1.69% or 27,851 shares in its portfolio. Barry Investment Advsrs Limited Liability Corp, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 103,260 shares. Anson Funds Mgmt Lp holds 6.22% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 319,787 shares. Weiss Multi invested in 100,153 shares. Tower Research Capital Limited Company (Trc) has 187,343 shares. Mesirow Fin Inv reported 21,635 shares. Loeb Prtn holds 58,120 shares. Macguire Cheswick And Tuttle Counsel Limited Liability Com has 1.4% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 109,371 shares. 171,766 were accumulated by Gavekal Cap Limited Liability. Cap Assocs New York reported 18,395 shares. Night Owl Mgmt Limited Liability Company reported 190,540 shares. Bartlett & Company Lc reported 883,926 shares. Manchester Cap Management Limited Liability invested in 15,010 shares or 0.14% of the stock. Moreover, Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado has 2.49% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 5.01M shares.

Since January 30, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 14 sales for $2.55 billion activity. On Tuesday, January 31 the insider GATES WILLIAM H III sold $129.10 million. Shares for $696.54M were sold by Morfit G Mason. Another trade for 26,165 shares valued at $1.81M was made by COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE on Thursday, May 25. 3,000 shares were sold by Capossela Christopher C, worth $207,339 on Tuesday, May 16. BROD FRANK H sold $490,125 worth of stock or 7,500 shares.

Capstone Investment Advisors Llc increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 76.88% based on its latest 2016Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Capstone Investment Advisors Llc bought 891,932 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The hedge fund held 2.05 million shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2016Q4, valued at $127.52M, up from 1.16 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Capstone Investment Advisors Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $574.27 billion market cap company. The stock rose 0.20% or $0.15 reaching $73.5 per share. About 10,000 shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since July 18, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Capstone Investment Advisors Llc, which manages about $16.83B and $3.24 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Linear Technology Corp (NASDAQ:LLTC) by 235,404 shares to 41,345 shares, valued at $2.58 million in 2016Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Dell Technologies Inc by 2.21 million shares in the quarter, leaving it with 50,000 shares, and cut its stake in Disney Walt Co (Put) (NYSE:DIS).

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Investorplace.com which released: “Why Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Stock Just Got a Whole Lot Stronger” on July 18, 2017, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Microsoft Earnings: Owning The Cloud At A GARP Valuation” published on July 12, 2017, Seekingalpha.com published: “Microsoft: On Cloud 9?” on July 14, 2017. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Microsoft Is Likely To Beat Earnings” published on July 13, 2017 as well as Benzinga.com‘s news article titled: “Dan Nathan’s Microsoft Options Trade” with publication date: July 17, 2017.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Ratings Coverage

Among 31 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 26 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 84% are positive. Microsoft Corporation has $84 highest and $20 lowest target. $68.34’s average target is -7.02% below currents $73.5 stock price. Microsoft Corporation had 91 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, July 20 by Wunderlich. Bank of America upgraded Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Thursday, October 1 to “Neutral” rating. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, August 21 by Vetr. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, June 1 by Canaccord Genuity. The rating was upgraded by Raymond James on Monday, November 30 to “Strong Buy”. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Wednesday, July 20 by BMO Capital Markets. The company was maintained on Friday, April 1 by Cowen & Co. The stock has “Buy” rating by Deutsche Bank on Wednesday, December 16. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Sunday, July 16 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Monday, May 16 by Canaccord Genuity.

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