Berenberg Bank Starts Coverage On Amplify Snack Brands (BETR) with $5.0 Target; Old Second National Bank Of Aurora Has Cut By $507,212 Its Microsoft (MSFT) Position

November 19, 2017 - By Marguerite Chambers

Among 7 analysts covering Amplify Snack … (BETR), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 14% are positive. Amplify Snack … has $18 highest and $5 lowest target. $9.80’s average target is 75.31% above currents $5.59 stock price. Amplify Snack … had 15 analyst reports since March 11, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Friday, July 28 with “Buy”. The stock of Amplify Snack Brands Inc (NYSE:BETR) earned “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Wednesday, August 30. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Tuesday, October 3 with “Buy”. As per Tuesday, December 20, the company rating was initiated by Wedbush. The company was maintained on Thursday, June 29 by Jefferies. On Tuesday, November 15 the stock rating was downgraded by Oppenheimer to “Perform”. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Tuesday, August 8 by Oppenheimer. The stock of Amplify Snack Brands Inc (NYSE:BETR) earned “Hold” rating by Wedbush on Tuesday, August 8. As per Wednesday, September 27, the company rating was maintained by Credit Suisse. On Tuesday, November 15 the stock rating was downgraded by Credit Suisse to “Neutral”.

Old Second National Bank Of Aurora decreased Microsoft Corp (MSFT) stake by 7.13% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Old Second National Bank Of Aurora sold 7,459 shares as Microsoft Corp (MSFT)’s stock rose 4.75%. The Old Second National Bank Of Aurora holds 97,120 shares with $6.69 million value, down from 104,579 last quarter. Microsoft Corp now has $635.68B valuation. The stock decreased 0.96% or $0.8 on November 17, reaching $82.4. About 22.08M shares traded or 5.19% up from the average. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since November 19, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.82 in Q2 2017. Its down 0.02, from 0.84 in 2017Q1. It fall, as 39 investors sold MSFT shares while 982 reduced holdings. 132 funds opened positions while 703 raised stakes. 5.53 billion shares or 0.72% more from 5.49 billion shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Paragon Management stated it has 0.83% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Alleghany Corp De has 7.67% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Colony Grp Limited holds 411,675 shares. Boulegeris Investments Inc reported 1.24% stake. Oakwood Capital Management Ca invested in 2.1% or 123,536 shares. Curbstone Financial Management has invested 1.14% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Kemper Master Retirement Trust owns 85,700 shares. Salem Capital Mngmt accumulated 132,159 shares. 57,711 were reported by Bath Savings Tru Co. Halsey Associates Inc Ct invested in 0.21% or 14,606 shares. Glenmede Tru Na has invested 1.01% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Fruth Inv Mngmt holds 30,451 shares or 0.99% of its portfolio. Natixis owns 2.37M shares or 1.85% of their US portfolio. Manning & Napier Limited Liability Co owns 2.09 million shares. Dnb Asset As invested in 4.90 million shares.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on January, 25. They expect $0.86 EPS, up 3.61% or $0.03 from last year’s $0.83 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $6.63 billion for 23.95 P/E if the $0.86 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.84 actual EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.38% EPS growth.

Since May 24, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 sales for $2.14 million activity. $1.81M worth of stock was sold by COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE on Thursday, May 25. Another trade for 4,927 shares valued at $338,709 was sold by Capossela Christopher C.

Among 35 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 134 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Barclays Capital maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Friday, October 23 with “Overweight” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, July 21 by UBS. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Sell” on Friday, July 14. UBS maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Friday, January 29 with “Buy” rating. Jefferies maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Friday, January 29 with “Underperform” rating. The company was maintained on Tuesday, November 10 by Piper Jaffray. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, July 21 by Oppenheimer. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Wednesday, June 14 with “Buy”. The company was maintained on Friday, October 23 by RBC Capital Markets. The rating was upgraded by Vetr on Wednesday, September 2 to “Strong-Buy”.

Amplify Snack Brands, Inc. is a snack food firm focused on developing and marketing products that appeal to consumers’ growing preference for better-for-you snacks. The company has market cap of $429.01 million. The Company’s divisions are North America and International. It has a 46.04 P/E ratio. The North America and International divisions both operate in the snack food category and whose brands and products are offered in the natural and conventional grocery, drug, convenience, food service, club, mass merchandise and other channels.

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