As Carnival (CCL) Stock Price Rose, Hightower Advisors Has Boosted by $1.09 Million Its Position; As Microsoft (MSFT) Share Price Rose, Farmers National Bank Lifted Its Holding by $517,852

January 14, 2018 - By Vivian Currie

Farmers National Bank increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 34.02% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Farmers National Bank bought 6,998 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 27,570 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.05 million, up from 20,572 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Farmers National Bank who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $691.23 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.73% or $1.52 during the last trading session, reaching $89.6. About 24.27 million shares traded or 8.63% up from the average. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Hightower Advisors Llc increased its stake in Carnival Corp (CCL) by 19.3% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Hightower Advisors Llc bought 17,028 shares as the company’s stock rose 11.01% with the market. The institutional investor held 105,269 shares of the marine transportation company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $6.81 million, up from 88,241 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Hightower Advisors Llc who had been investing in Carnival Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $50.02B market cap company. The stock increased 1.29% or $0.89 during the last trading session, reaching $69.69. About 3.24 million shares traded or 10.78% up from the average. Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) has risen 24.12% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 7.42% the S&P500.

Hightower Advisors Llc, which manages about $15.08 billion and $11.72B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Ford Mtr Co Del (NYSE:F) by 625,569 shares to 602,984 shares, valued at $7.22 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE:CMG) by 1,300 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 7,986 shares, and cut its stake in Scripps Networks Interact In (NYSE:SNI).

Since October 16, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 selling transactions for $7.40 million activity. $731,454 worth of Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) was sold by Bernstein David.

Among 28 analysts covering Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL), 18 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 64% are positive. Carnival Corporation had 67 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, January 4 by Deutsche Bank. As per Thursday, March 31, the company rating was maintained by Barclays Capital. Goldman Sachs maintained Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) on Wednesday, June 29 with “Neutral” rating. SunTrust maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, November 16 report. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Bernstein given on Friday, September 9. Nomura upgraded it to “Buy” rating and $62 target in Wednesday, September 23 report. On Tuesday, October 4 the stock rating was initiated by Macquarie Research with “Neutral”. The firm has “Underweight” rating by Morgan Stanley given on Friday, September 2. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) rating on Wednesday, December 20. Stifel Nicolaus has “Buy” rating and $80.0 target. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Buy” on Thursday, August 10.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.11 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.01, from 1.12 in 2017Q2. It fall, as 32 investors sold CCL shares while 232 reduced holdings. 79 funds opened positions while 214 raised stakes. 398.79 million shares or 2.41% less from 408.62 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Johnson Financial Gp owns 34,626 shares or 0.29% of their US portfolio. 6,420 are owned by Strategic Global Limited Company. Ardevora Asset Mgmt Llp owns 383,700 shares for 0.74% of their portfolio. Obermeyer Wood Inv Counsel Lllp owns 258,521 shares for 1.45% of their portfolio. Glg Ptnrs LP has 1.33M shares. 21,368 are owned by Nippon Life Insur. House Ltd Llc accumulated 133,905 shares. 5,000 were accumulated by Cornerstone Advsrs Incorporated. Archford Capital Strategies Limited Liability Corporation holds 6,095 shares. Ramsay Stattman Vela And Price holds 13,100 shares or 0.36% of its portfolio. Ledyard State Bank holds 0.01% or 673 shares in its portfolio. North Star Investment Mngmt reported 400 shares. Delta Asset Mgmt Llc Tn invested in 0% or 154 shares. Norinchukin Bank The holds 0.07% in Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) or 57,636 shares. Jennison Associates Ltd Liability Corp invested in 1.53M shares.

Among 35 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 142 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Piper Jaffray maintained the stock with “Overweight” rating in Tuesday, November 10 report. The firm has “Outperform” rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Friday, January 27. The firm has “Buy” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets given on Sunday, July 16. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, October 5 by Canaccord Genuity. Argus Research upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Tuesday, October 31 report. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, January 6. BMO Capital Markets initiated Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Friday, January 8 with “Outperform” rating. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Wells Fargo given on Wednesday, January 11. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Wunderlich on Friday, October 21. UBS maintained it with “Buy” rating and $56 target in Friday, October 23 report.

Farmers National Bank, which manages about $165.03M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Anheuser Busch Inbev Adr (NYSE:BUD) by 2,952 shares to 7,885 shares, valued at $941,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in 3M Co (NYSE:MMM) by 3,248 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 4,498 shares, and cut its stake in Unilever Plc (NYSE:UL).

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 selling transactions for $513.86 million activity. Shares for $507.89M were sold by Morfit G Mason. $1.98 million worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was sold by COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE on Wednesday, August 30.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.83 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.01, from 0.82 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 40 investors sold MSFT shares while 952 reduced holdings. 114 funds opened positions while 708 raised stakes. 5.51 billion shares or 0.32% less from 5.53 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. National Pension Ser holds 2.3% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 5.67M shares. Eagle Global Advisors Lc invested in 0.2% or 87,385 shares. Anderson Hoagland And Communication has 2.95% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Welch Grp Limited Com reported 235,025 shares. Gibraltar Cap Inc holds 4.16% or 63,394 shares. Sterneck Management Ltd Company holds 31,629 shares. Strategic holds 75,257 shares or 2.43% of its portfolio. Tdam Usa invested in 3.29% or 751,033 shares. Psagot Invest House Limited has 0.02% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Scge Management Ltd Partnership invested in 7.52% or 485,000 shares. Westfield Cap Mgmt Co Limited Partnership accumulated 2.88 million shares. F&V Capital Mgmt Ltd Liability Com invested in 5.43% or 124,603 shares. Diamond Hill Capital Mgmt holds 5.53 million shares. Macguire Cheswick And Tuttle Counsel Limited Liability Com accumulated 107,841 shares. Clarkston Cap Ltd Llc has invested 1.82% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

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