As Lands End New (LE) Share Price Declined, Petrus Trust Company Lta Lifted by $523,744 Its Stake; Microsoft (MSFT) Market Value Rose While Puplava Financial Services Has Cut Its Holding

January 14, 2018 - By Vivian Currie

Puplava Financial Services Inc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 4.85% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Puplava Financial Services Inc sold 7,066 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 138,697 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $10.33M, down from 145,763 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Puplava Financial Services Inc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one 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.

Petrus Trust Company Lta increased its stake in Lands End Inc New (LE) by 5.97% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Petrus Trust Company Lta bought 40,288 shares as the company’s stock declined 5.24% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 714,855 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $9.44 million, up from 674,567 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Petrus Trust Company Lta who had been investing in Lands End Inc New for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $633.93M market cap company. It closed at $19.75 lastly. It is down 2.84% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 13.86% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.83 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.01, from 0.82 in 2017Q2. It improved, 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. Donaldson Ltd Liability Co owns 448,432 shares. Diker Ltd Liability Corp holds 0.47% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 15,751 shares. Cornercap Counsel invested in 0.31% or 29,338 shares. Barrington Strategic Wealth Management Group Ltd Liability Company accumulated 44,917 shares. Kentucky Retirement, Kentucky-based fund reported 474,050 shares. Lbmc Advsrs Limited Liability has 0.09% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 6,686 shares. Bancorp Of The West invested in 0.77% or 81,720 shares. American Research And Management Company holds 0.64% or 26,712 shares. Omega Advisors Inc invested 3.36% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Strategic Advisors Ltd Limited Liability Company reported 75,257 shares. 121,067 were accumulated by Parkwood Ltd Llc. Eqis Capital Mgmt has invested 0.19% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Aviva Public Limited holds 2.41% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 6.02M shares. Cypress Capital Limited (Wy) holds 325 shares or 0.03% of its portfolio. Argent Co invested in 2.6% or 127,424 shares.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on January, 25. 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 26.05 P/E if the $0.86 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.84 actual earnings per share reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.38% EPS growth.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 insider sales for $513.86 million activity. 26,763 shares were sold by COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE, worth $1.98 million. $4.00M worth of stock was sold by Hood Amy on Tuesday, August 29.

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. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets on Friday, January 27 with “Outperform”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, October 23 by Stifel Nicolaus. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Buy” rating and $80.0 target in Monday, August 21 report. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Tuesday, April 26 by Macquarie Research. Argus Research upgraded the shares of MSFT in report on Tuesday, October 31 to “Buy” rating. Jefferies maintained it with “Sell” rating and $4500 target in Tuesday, June 13 report. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, October 21 by William Blair. BMO Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, October 27 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Monday, May 29. The firm has “Sell” rating by Jefferies given on Monday, September 25.

Puplava Financial Services Inc, which manages about $312.12M and $194.70 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Gold Trust (IAU) by 32,431 shares to 163,440 shares, valued at $2.01 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Vanguard Specialized Portfol (VIG) by 20,399 shares in the quarter, for a total of 89,994 shares, and has risen its stake in Select Sector Spdr Tr (XLV).

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