As Microsoft (MSFT) Market Valuation Rose, Dean Investment Associates Lowered by $1.60 Million Its Position; As At&T (T) Stock Declined, Wheatland Advisors Increased Stake

February 21, 2018 - By Kurt Siggers

Dean Investment Associates Llc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 31.04% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Dean Investment Associates Llc sold 21,623 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 48,029 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $3.58M, down from 69,652 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Dean Investment Associates Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $710.26B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.51% or $0.4762 during the last trading session, reaching $92.2438. About 19.50M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since February 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Wheatland Advisors Inc increased its stake in At&T Inc (T) by 15.9% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Wheatland Advisors Inc bought 11,329 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.81% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 82,596 shares of the telecommunications equipment company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $3.24 million, up from 71,267 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Wheatland Advisors Inc who had been investing in At&T Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $224.20 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.68% or $0.25 during the last trading session, reaching $36.52. About 13.88M shares traded. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has declined 0.52% since February 21, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 17.22% the S&P500.

Among 30 analysts covering AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), 10 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 19 Hold. Therefore 33% are positive. AT&T Inc. had 73 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was downgraded by Barclays Capital to “Equal-Weight” on Wednesday, October 26. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, February 4 by DA Davidson. S&P Research maintained it with “Buy” rating and $39 target in Friday, August 14 report. The stock has “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Tuesday, July 18. SunTrust maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, February 1 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by Macquarie Research given on Tuesday, September 1. Citigroup maintained the shares of T in report on Monday, March 14 with “Buy” rating. The stock of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) earned “Hold” rating by Drexel Hamilton on Monday, October 24. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Tuesday, July 25 by Oppenheimer. On Friday, June 24 the stock rating was downgraded by Buckingham Research to “Neutral”.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.17 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.02, from 1.15 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 77 investors sold T shares while 609 reduced holdings. 106 funds opened positions while 696 raised stakes. 3.34 billion shares or 1.04% more from 3.31 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Jp Marvel Limited Liability Com reported 110,057 shares. Credit Suisse Ag invested 0.42% of its portfolio in AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Cornerstone Advsr holds 0.17% or 6,458 shares. North American Mgmt Corporation reported 191,208 shares. Hancock has invested 0.53% of its portfolio in AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Moreover, Athena Cap Advsr Lc has 0.43% invested in AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Sns Limited Liability Com stated it has 0.59% of its portfolio in AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Boston Ltd Llc has 0.36% invested in AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Prudential Public Limited Co holds 6.59 million shares. Private Wealth Prtn Limited Liability Corp reported 0.71% stake. 88,832 were reported by Smith Moore And. Newman Dignan Sheerar Incorporated reported 33,778 shares. Bath Savings Tru stated it has 0.8% in AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Highstreet Asset Management Incorporated holds 0.2% or 54,408 shares in its portfolio. Ajo Ltd Partnership reported 388,864 shares stake.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 78% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 167 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital on Friday, July 21 with “Buy”. The company was maintained on Wednesday, July 20 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital on Thursday, January 25. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Buy” rating and $8000 target in Friday, July 21 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by Evercore given on Friday, December 8. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, January 27 by Citigroup. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Monday, July 17 by Credit Suisse. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Deutsche Bank on Friday, July 21. UBS maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Friday, October 23 with “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, November 17 by Goldman Sachs.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on April, 26. They expect $0.85 EPS, up 16.44% or $0.12 from last year’s $0.73 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $6.54B for 27.13 P/E if the $0.85 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.96 actual EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -11.46% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.83 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.01, from 0.82 in 2017Q2. It increased, 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. Guardian Cap Limited Partnership stated it has 0.31% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Churchill Management holds 26,405 shares or 0.05% of its portfolio. 70,588 were accumulated by Orca Investment Mgmt Llc. Stephens Invest Mngmt Grp Inc Limited Liability Co accumulated 987 shares or 0% of the stock. Planning Advsrs Ltd Com has invested 1.92% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 146,592 are owned by Laffer Invs. Emory University stated it has 1.34% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Guardian Life Insur Communications Of America invested 0.2% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Capstone Investment Ltd Liability Corp invested 0% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Arizona State Retirement Systems has invested 1.72% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Mercer Capital Advisers Inc holds 4.64% or 84,001 shares in its portfolio. The Germany-based Meag Munich Ergo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft Mbh has invested 3.14% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Truepoint stated it has 0.03% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Palo Cap holds 0.79% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 20,102 shares. Neumann Management Ltd invested 0.78% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

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