Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Set Neutral Rating for Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)

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Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 121,508 shares of the company's stock, valued at $7,354,879.24. The institutional investor held 284,948 shares of the consumer electronics and appliances company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $4.97 million, down from 421,936 at the end of the previous reported quarter. The third largest holder is State Street Corp, which now holds $27.57 billion worth of this stock and that ownership represents almost 3.88% of its market capitalization. The stock increased 1.87% or $1.76 during the last trading session, reaching $95.93. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.00, for a total transaction of $325,500.00.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The firm earned "Outperform" rating on Monday, January 25 by RBC Capital Markets.

Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 3.19% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Rothschild Investment Il accumulated 46,830 shares or 0.28% of the stock. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 38,463,571 shares of the software giant's stock valued at $2,864,881,000 after acquiring an additional 774,549 shares in the last quarter. At&T Inc (Put) now has $231.43B valuation. The stock decreased 1.41% or $0.51 during the last trading session, reaching $35.63. About 23.35 million shares traded. Unilever N.V. (NYSE:UN) has risen 6.36% since April 9, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 5.19% the S&P500.

In other news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of the company's stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 16th. The company's revenue was up 11.9% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts anticipate that Microsoft Co. will post 3.63 earnings per share for the current year. As a result, the company has an (Earning Per Shares) EPS growth of 7.32 percent for the coming year. MSFT's profit will be $6.54B for 27.33 P/E if the $0.85 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.45 actual earnings per share reported by ConocoPhillips for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 55.56% EPS growth.

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Big Money Sentiment decreased to 0.77 in Q4 2017. That's 0.06, from change from 2017Q3's 0.83. The ratio dived, as 810 investment managers opened new and increased holdings, while 1051 sold and reduced their stock positions in Microsoft Corp. 134 funds amassed holdings and 676 increased holdings. Moreover, Trb LP has 1.83% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 30,000 shares. Rbf Capital Limited Co holds 0.42% of its capital in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 45,000 shs. Microsoft Corporation disclosed in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that EVP, Chief Marketing Officer Capossela Christopher C has sold 3,500 shares of Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) in trading session dated February 23, 2018. Roberts Glore Company Inc Il invested in 2.8% or 53,513 shares. Outfitter Advisors LTD. now owns 12,133 shares of the software giant's stock worth $836,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Jpmorgan Chase And Com stated it has 1.68% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). With 22,900 avg volume, 0 days are for MANGANESE X ENERGY CORP ORDINARY SHARES (OTCMKTS:SNCGF)'s short sellers to cover SNCGF's short positions. Yhb Advsr owns 248,512 shares. Beach Investment Management LLC. grew its stake in Microsoft by 947.3% during the second quarter. Greystone Managed Investments Incorporated accumulated 238,966 shares. 25,000 shares valued at $1.47M were sold by LUNDQUIST ANDREW D on Thursday, March 29.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 78% are positive. On Tuesday, January 23 the stock rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with "Buy". The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned "Buy" rating by Canaccord Genuity on Friday, October 27. UBS maintained it with "Buy" rating and $105 target in Thursday, November 9 report. Royal Bank of Canada set a $100.00 target price on Microsoft and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. The company rating was maintained by Credit Suisse on Wednesday, January 31. The rating was upgraded by Atlantic Securities to "Neutral" on Thursday, November 10. The firm has "Buy" rating by Argus Research given on Wednesday, July 29. As per Thursday, September 3, the company rating was maintained by FBR Capital. Blume Cap Management invested 0.01% in The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. It turned negative, as 39 investors sold MSFT shares while 1012 reduced holdings.

Institutional ownership refers to the ownership stake in a company that is held by large financial organizations, pension funds or endowments. Investors holded 5.51 billion in 2017Q3 but now own 5.46 billion shares or 0.90% less. (NYSE:T) for 554,448 shares. Hotchkis And Wiley Cap Limited Liability Company owns 9.66M shs. Brookstone Cap Mgmt holds 231,612 shares. The software giant reported $0.76 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.08.

25 analysts on average are expecting the company to report revenue of $31.05 Billion for the current quarter. Lafleur & Godfrey Ltd Company owns 87,377 shs or 1.84% of their USA capital. Oppenheimer Asset Mgmt has 2.68% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) was raised too. First Foundation Advisors owns 1.30 million shs or 5.99% of their United States capital. Pinnacle Hldgs Ltd Liability reported 18,989 shares. Charter Trust has 210,070 shares.

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