Highland Private Wealth Management Sells 28373 Shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT)

The institutional investor held 415,076 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $30.92 million, down from 445,254 at the end of the previous reported quarter.

Parsec Financial Management Inc, which manages about $1.56 billion and $1.38B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Total Sa (NYSE:TOT) by 8,762 shares to 370,820 shares, valued at $19.85 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. The stock increased 4.14% or $0.13 during the last trading session, reaching $3.39. About 641,775 shares traded. Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) has risen 35.60% since March 12, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 1.17% the S&P500.

Capital Guardian Trust Company decreased Ubs Group Ag (UBS) stake by 0.77% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing.

Microsoft (MSFT) traded up $0.23 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $96.77. About 25.92M shares traded. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Since February 9, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 13 insider sales for $11.22 million activity. LEDERER PAUL R had sold 1,835 shares worth $459,014 on Thursday, February 15. (NASDAQ:LPNT). Blackrock holds 3.62 million shares. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,600 shares of the software giant's stock worth $110,000 after buying an additional 1,200 shares during the last quarter. ELLIS LARRY LEE had sold 1,500 shares worth $375,999. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and thirty have issued a buy rating to the stock. Therefore 50% are positive. The stock has a market capitalization of $744,690.00, a P/E ratio of 29.66, a P/E/G ratio of 2.23 and a beta of 1.04. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Sunday, August 27 by Piper Jaffray. The stock has "Hold" rating by Jefferies on Thursday, September 28. The firm has "Sell" rating by UBS given on Friday, November 20.

Investors of record on Thursday, May 17th will be given a $0.42 dividend. Its down 0.48, from 1.3 in 2017Q2. It fall, as 20 investors sold CLD shares while 34 reduced holdings. 77 funds opened positions while 141 raised stakes. 8,446 are held by Genesee Valley Trust. Mackenzie Corp accumulated 0.04% or 150,862 shares. The fund owned 332,109 shares of the software giant's stock after selling 28,373 shares during the period. Private Tru Na holds 124,933 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 28,304,117 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is now 2.0 days. Cubist Systematic Strategies Ltd Liability accumulated 14,635 shares. Mastrapasqua Asset Mngmt reported 210,937 shares stake. The software giant reported $0.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Investorplace.com and their article: "Microsoft Corporation Stock Is Firing on All Cylinders" published on March 01, 2018 as well as Investorplace.com's news article titled: "Next Stop for Microsoft Corporation Is $100" with publication date: March 08, 2018. Td Capital Mgmt Ltd Limited Liability Company has 6,448 shares for 0.14% of their portfolio. (NASDAQ:ORLY) for 469 shares. Benchmark Capital Advisors has 43,365 shares. Kbc Gp Nv has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in LifePoint Health, Inc. They expect $3.61 EPS, up 38.85% or $1.01 from last year's $2.6 per share.

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Df Dent & Co Inc increased Ecolab Inc (NYSE:ECL) stake by 78,783 shares to 1.20 million valued at $154.45 million in 2017Q3. First Dallas Securities Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Microsoft in the 4th quarter valued at $123,000. Beacon Roofing Supply Inc (NASDAQ:BECN) was raised too. $542,920 worth of stock was sold by Gerspach John C on Tuesday, February 27.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. They expect $1.51 EPS, up 251.16% or $1.08 from last year's $0.43 per share. MSFT's profit will be $6.54B for 28.49 P/E if the $0.85 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.48 actual EPS reported by Blackbaud, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -12.50% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.04 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 40 investors sold Microsoft Corporation shares while 952 reduced holdings.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Dupont Capital Management Corp reported 34,489 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. (NYSE:LOW) for 7,600 shares.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on April, 26. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has "Buy" rating given on Friday, July 21 by Deutsche Bank. Cognios Cap Limited invested 0.43% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). First Washington Corp owns 28,129 shares or 0.9% of their United States portfolio. 150,047 are owned by Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Management. 229,530 are held by Lathrop Investment Mgmt Corp. 222,698 are held by Carroll Fin Associate. After $0.96 actual earnings per share reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -11.46% negative EPS growth. Scott & Selber Inc reported 58,726 shares. Natixis Asset Mgmt, France-based fund reported 168,586 shares. Cincinnati Casualty holds 5.12% or 80,000 shares in its portfolio. Moreover, Campbell And Invest Adviser Llc has 0.15% invested in RPX Corporation (NASDAQ:RPXC) for 14,338 shares. Therefore 78% are positive. $88.96's average target is -7.85% below currents $96.54 stock price. Microsoft Corporation had 167 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Cowen & Co maintained the shares of RPXC in report on Wednesday, February 15 with "Market Perform" rating. The stock has "Underweight" rating by Barclays Capital on Tuesday, October 31. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Wednesday, December 20 with "Buy" rating. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with "Buy" rating and $7300 target in Monday, July 3 report. The rating was upgraded by Raymond James on Wednesday, January 6 to "Outperform". Credit Suisse has "Buy" rating and $116.0 target. The stock of Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) earned "Buy" rating by BTIG Research on Friday, July 22.

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