As Microsoft (MSFT) Valuation Rose, Hilton Capital Management Has Lifted by $432,752 Its Holding; Priceline Grp (PCLN) Holding Lifted by Polen Capital Management Llc

January 18, 2018 - By Linda Rogers

Polen Capital Management Llc increased its stake in Priceline Grp Inc (PCLN) by 2.67% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Polen Capital Management Llc bought 8,938 shares as the company’s stock rose 10.44% with the market. The institutional investor held 343,368 shares of the business services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $628.65 million, up from 334,430 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Polen Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Priceline Grp Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $94.42 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.71% or $13.92 during the last trading session, reaching $1935.98. About 106,553 shares traded. The Priceline Group Inc. (NASDAQ:PCLN) has risen 44.63% since January 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 27.93% the S&P500.

Hilton Capital Management Llc increased its stake in Microsoft (MSFT) by 146.38% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Hilton Capital Management Llc bought 5,848 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The hedge fund held 9,843 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $733,000, up from 3,995 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Hilton Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Microsoft for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $697.86 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.36% or $0.32 during the last trading session, reaching $90.46. About 5.60 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since January 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 sales for $513.86 million activity. Shares for $1.98 million were sold by COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE. 7.00M Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares with value of $507.89 million were sold by Morfit G Mason.

Hilton Capital Management Llc, which manages about $589.79 million and $573.00M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) by 2,767 shares to 8,339 shares, valued at $1.43 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Hsbc Holdings Plc Ser A Fc 12/21/12 (Prn) by 18,742 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 75,108 shares, and cut its stake in Plains All Amern Pipeline L Unit LP Int (NYSE:PAA).

Investors sentiment increased to 0.83 in Q3 2017. 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. Savant Ltd Liability has invested 0.9% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Segment Wealth Mgmt Ltd stated it has 55,113 shares. Tocqueville Asset Mngmt Ltd Partnership holds 1.38% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 1.62M shares. Barclays Public Limited Company holds 4.83 million shares or 0.37% of its portfolio. Summit Strategies has 0.39% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Bb&T Limited Company reported 1.23M shares or 1.24% of all its holdings. Strs Ohio has invested 2.28% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). M&R Cap Mngmt Inc holds 1.36% or 75,576 shares. Mai Capital accumulated 232,013 shares. Sfe Counsel invested 0.41% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Fayez Sarofim And Com holds 2.67% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 6.83 million shares. Jackson Wealth Lc reported 85,137 shares stake. Skba Cap Management Ltd Liability invested in 2.01% or 187,310 shares. Needelman Asset invested in 3.78% or 20,690 shares. The Massachusetts-based Timber Creek Capital Management Lc has invested 2.99% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Among 35 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 143 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Canaccord Genuity maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Friday, October 27 with “Buy” rating. Credit Suisse maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Wednesday, October 11. Credit Suisse has “Buy” rating and $84.0 target. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Friday, January 27 with “Buy” rating. On Sunday, August 27 the stock rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Buy”. Tigress Financial upgraded Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Monday, January 23 to “Buy” rating. The company was maintained on Monday, August 29 by UBS. The rating was maintained by Goldman Sachs with “Buy” on Tuesday, July 18. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Citigroup on Friday, January 27. The stock has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, May 29. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, August 7 by Oppenheimer.

Since August 10, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 5 insider sales for $5.60 million activity. 122 shares were sold by Tans Gillian, worth $225,208.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.03 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.03, from 1.06 in 2017Q2. It fall, as 66 investors sold PCLN shares while 320 reduced holdings. 93 funds opened positions while 306 raised stakes. 50.07 million shares or 10.39% more from 45.36 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Riverpark Capital Ltd Llc holds 12,517 shares or 2.98% of its portfolio. Martin Currie has 2,668 shares for 0.37% of their portfolio. Cwm Ltd Llc stated it has 14 shares. M&T Retail Bank owns 18,328 shares. Cullen Frost Bankers owns 9,743 shares. Intrust Bank & Trust Na holds 718 shares or 0.43% of its portfolio. Eagleclaw Managment Ltd has 0.91% invested in The Priceline Group Inc. (NASDAQ:PCLN) for 878 shares. 545 are held by Trust Of Toledo Na Oh. Bancshares Of Nova Scotia invested in 36,522 shares or 0.39% of the stock. Wolverine Asset Mngmt Limited Liability Com, a Illinois-based fund reported 8,371 shares. Her Majesty The Queen In Right Of The Province Of Alberta As Represented By Alberta Invest Mngmt Corporation holds 22,100 shares or 0.38% of its portfolio. State Of Tennessee Treasury Department reported 32,404 shares or 0.3% of all its holdings. Adams Diversified Equity Fund owns 10,300 shares. Thrivent Finance For Lutherans has invested 0.47% in The Priceline Group Inc. (NASDAQ:PCLN). Illinois-based Ubs Oconnor Limited Liability Corp has invested 0.46% in The Priceline Group Inc. (NASDAQ:PCLN).

Polen Capital Management Llc, which manages about $5.08 billion and $12.42 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Ishares Tr (IWF) by 206,533 shares to 29,765 shares, valued at $3.72M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Tjx Cos Inc New (NYSE:TJX) by 214,708 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 3,645 shares, and cut its stake in Align Technology Inc (NASDAQ:ALGN).

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