Short Interest in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) Declines By 8.1%

Sheri Evans
January 13, 2018

The hedge fund held 20,100 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.50M, down from 193,800 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss Llc who had been investing in Target Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $38.45 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.74% or $0.23 during the last trading session, reaching $31.5. Yandex N.V. (NASDAQ:YNDX) has risen 50.13% since January 11, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500.

Thrivent Financial For Lutherans increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 16.16% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Middleton & Co Inc sold 15,800 shares as the company's stock rose 4.75% with the market.

The top 5 institutional holders, in ascending order, are as follows: VANGUARD GROUP INC with 571.93 million shares, BLACKROCK INC. with 495.78 million shares, CAPITAL WORLD INVESTORS with 321.4 million shares, STATE STREET CORP with 300.99 million shares, and PRICE T ROWE ASSOCIATES INC /MD/ with 207.51 million shares. Capstone Investment Advisors Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp (Put) for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $677.50B market cap company.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has seen its stock price gain 2.68, or +3.13%, so far in 2017. About 910,350 shares traded. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Among 29 analysts covering Noble Energy Inc. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and twenty-seven have given a buy rating to the stock. Therefore 29% are positive. Novartis Ag had 34 analyst reports since July 28, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Tuesday, April 19, the company rating was maintained by Nomura. Cowen & Co maintained Micron Technology, Inc. The NYSE-listed company saw a recent bid of $43.00 on volume of 18.2 million shares. As per Friday, October 27, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. Shore Capital maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Tuesday, January 31 report. The company was maintained on Wednesday, November 15 by Piper Jaffray. Barclays Capital maintained it with "Overweight" rating and $54.0 target in Friday, October 23 report.

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Investors sentiment decreased to 0.87 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.29, from 1.08 in 2017Q2. Van Eck Corporation reported 219,916 shares stake. 96 funds opened positions while 242 raised stakes. Omers Administration accumulated 1.15 million shares or 0.98% of the stock. Appropriate Balance Financial Services Inc. now owns 643 shares of the software giant's stock worth $9,331,000 after purchasing an additional 29 shares during the last quarter. Blackrock, a New York-based fund reported 495.78M shares. (NYSE:NBL). Highstreet Asset Mgmt reported 70,082 shares. Salem Cap accumulated 4.97% or 129,359 shares. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. After $0.84 actual EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.38% EPS growth. Raab & Moskowitz Asset Management Limited Liability Company, a New Jersey-based fund reported 22,741 shares. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 243,306 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,252,865.48. Atria Invs Ltd Company accumulated 150,311 shares.

Since October 24, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 sale for $219,205 activity. It also reduced its holding in Schwab Charles Corp (NYSE:SCHW) by 1.50M shares in the quarter, leaving it with 26.38M shares, and cut its stake in Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc. Fcm Invs Tx holds 0.35% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 4,000 shares. They expect $0.86 earnings per share, up 3.61% or $0.03 from last year's $0.83 per share. MSFT's profit will be $6.63B for 25.46 P/E if the $0.86 EPS becomes a reality. (NASDAQ:MU), 35 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 67% are positive. The rating was initiated by Wells Fargo with "Outperform" on Wednesday, January 11. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned "Buy" rating by UBS on Friday, January 29. The rating was upgraded by Wunderlich to "Buy" on Friday, October 21. Its revenue totaled $23.57 billion down -4.59% from the previous quarter. The firm has "Buy" rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Thursday, July 13. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned "Buy" rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, August 13. The rating was maintained by Goldman Sachs on Thursday, March 23 with "Neutral".

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 3 sales for $513.86 million activity. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the business's stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 15th will be given a $0.42 dividend. Its up 0.01, from 0.82 in 2017Q2. The investor is now holding $77.3 million shares due in part to a decrease of 1.46 million new shares in their portfolio. Thomas J Herzfeld Advsrs Inc invested 0.03% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Morgan Stanley invested in 0.12% or 10.33 million shares. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 1,025 holders increased their positions by a total of 173.99 million shares, 1,269 holders decreased the positions by a total of 173.63 million shares, and 230 holders held their positions. Moreover, Citigroup has 0.29% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th.

In recent action, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has made a move of +4.82% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. (NASDAQ:MU). Victory Capital Management stated it has 18,384 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Ci Investments has 3.08M shares for 2.1% of their portfolio. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 45,000 shares of company stock valued at $3,759,420. 1,400 are held by Pathstone Family Office Ltd Liability.

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