Telephone & Data (TDS) Stake Boosted by Ajo Lp; Microsoft (MSFT) Stake Lifted by Hugh Johnson Advisors Llc

February 15, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

Ajo Lp increased its stake in Telephone & Data (TDS) by 75.49% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Ajo Lp bought 1.27 million shares as the company’s stock declined 14.81% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 2.96 million shares of the public utilities company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $82.59 million, up from 1.69M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Ajo Lp who had been investing in Telephone & Data for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $2.75B market cap company. The stock increased 1.76% or $0.43 during the last trading session, reaching $24.86. About 116,412 shares traded. Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE:TDS) has declined 0.51% since February 15, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 17.21% the S&P500.

Hugh Johnson Advisors Llc increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 54.01% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Hugh Johnson Advisors Llc bought 4,863 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 13,867 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.03 million, up from 9,004 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Hugh Johnson Advisors Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $706.53B market cap company. The stock increased 1.05% or $0.95 during the last trading session, reaching $91.76. About 12.43M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 78% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 166 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Friday, July 21 with “Buy”. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Buy” on Monday, October 2. As per Friday, October 21, the company rating was upgraded by William Blair. On Wednesday, August 23 the stock rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Buy”. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Sell” rating by Citigroup on Friday, July 21. The stock has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Monday, July 3. The rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets with “Buy” on Sunday, July 16. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Overweight” rating by Pacific Crest on Tuesday, September 22. On Friday, January 29 the stock rating was maintained by Wunderlich with “Hold”. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, January 27 by Canaccord Genuity.

Since August 29, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 2 selling transactions for $5.98 million activity. Shares for $4.00M were sold by Hood Amy on Tuesday, August 29.

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. Highland Capital Mngmt LP has invested 0.66% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Channing Capital Mngmt Ltd accumulated 113,280 shares or 0.32% of the stock. Cramer Rosenthal Mcglynn Limited Co, a New York-based fund reported 79,150 shares. Donaldson Mngmt Limited Liability holds 3.51% or 448,432 shares. Comerica Natl Bank owns 2.27 million shares for 1.38% of their portfolio. 677,127 were reported by Merriman Wealth Mngmt Ltd Limited Liability Company. New England Private Wealth Advisors Lc holds 0.16% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 7,234 shares. Balasa Dinverno Foltz Limited has 0.55% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 47,301 shares. Smithbridge Asset Mgmt Incorporated De reported 69,356 shares. Suntrust Banks reported 2.72 million shares. 942,799 were accumulated by Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Mgmt Com Ltd. 3.49 million are held by Davis Selected Advisers. Seabridge Advisors Llc owns 1.24% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 71,580 shares. Fort Point Limited Liability invested in 0.6% or 16,865 shares. Jane Street Gru Limited Company has invested 0.04% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Among 2 analysts covering Telephone and Data Systems (NYSE:TDS), 0 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 0 are positive. Telephone and Data Systems had 2 analyst reports since January 4, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan on Monday, January 4. The stock of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE:TDS) has “Mkt Perform” rating given on Monday, February 27 by Raymond James.

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