Aqr Capital Management Raised By $97.46 Million Its Microsoft (MSFT) Position; Activision Blizzard, Inc. (ATVI) Covered By 24 Bulls

April 25, 2018 - By Darrin Black

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Among 30 analysts covering Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), 24 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 80% are positive. Activision Blizzard had 131 analyst reports since July 28, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Sunday, August 6, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The company was maintained on Monday, January 25 by Credit Suisse. The stock of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) earned “Buy” rating by UBS on Friday, November 3. The stock has “Buy” rating by Brean Capital on Wednesday, August 5. UBS maintained it with “Buy” rating and $42 target in Friday, May 6 report. The rating was downgraded by Hilliard Lyons on Wednesday, March 30 to “Long-Term Buy”. The company was maintained on Monday, July 10 by Stifel Nicolaus. The company was maintained on Wednesday, August 5 by Barclays Capital. The stock of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) earned “Buy” rating by Mizuho on Friday, August 5. The company was downgraded on Thursday, August 6 by Hilliard Lyons. See Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) latest ratings:

16/02/2018 Broker: Argus Research Rating: Buy New Target: $81.0
09/02/2018 Broker: Piper Jaffray Rating: Buy New Target: $75.0 Maintain
09/02/2018 Broker: Barclays Capital Old Rating: Equal-Weight New Rating: Equal-Weight Old Target: $66 New Target: $70 Maintain
09/02/2018 Broker: Credit Suisse Old Rating: Outperform New Rating: Outperform Old Target: $81 New Target: $83 Maintain
09/02/2018 Broker: Jefferies Rating: Buy New Target: $86.0 Maintain
09/02/2018 Broker: Robert W. Baird Old Rating: Outperform New Rating: Outperform Old Target: $75 New Target: $80 Maintain
08/02/2018 Broker: Oppenheimer Rating: Buy New Target: $70.0 Maintain
09/02/2018 Broker: KeyBanc Capital Markets Old Rating: Overweight New Rating: Overweight Old Target: $80 New Target: $83 Maintain
06/02/2018 Broker: Bank of America Old Rating: Buy New Rating: Buy Old Target: $76 New Target: $77 Maintain
01/02/2018 Broker: Stifel Nicolaus Rating: Buy New Target: $77.0 Maintain

Aqr Capital Management Llc increased Microsoft Corp (MSFT) stake by 8.56% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Aqr Capital Management Llc acquired 1.15M shares as Microsoft Corp (MSFT)’s stock rose 4.63%. The Aqr Capital Management Llc holds 14.54M shares with $1.24B value, up from 13.39M last quarter. Microsoft Corp now has $710.15B valuation. The stock decreased 0.96% or $0.89 during the last trading session, reaching $92.23. About 30.13M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 37.43% since April 25, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.88% the S&P500.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 7 insider sales for $157.83 million activity. $1.40M worth of stock was sold by ZACCONI RICCARDO on Friday, February 16. $6.15 million worth of stock was sold by CORTI ROBERT J on Friday, February 16. 71,488 shares valued at $5.41M were sold by Durkin Dennis M on Monday, March 12. KELLY BRIAN G sold 1.70 million shares worth $120.10 million. The insider Morhaime Michael sold $14.62 million. Shares for $8.72 million were sold by Wereb Stephen G on Thursday, March 1. MORGADO ROBERT J sold 20,000 shares worth $1.42 million.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. develops and publishes games for video game consoles, personal computers , mobile devices, and online social platforms. The company has market cap of $49.13 billion. The firm operates through three divisions: Activision Publishing, Inc., Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., and King Digital Entertainment. It has a 179.89 P/E ratio. The firm develops, publishes, and sells interactive software products and entertainment content through retail channels or digital downloads; and downloadable content.

The stock decreased 0.89% or $0.58 during the last trading session, reaching $64.76. About 3.24 million shares traded. Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) has risen 34.46% since April 25, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 22.91% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.18 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.20, from 1.38 in 2017Q3. It worsened, as 51 investors sold Activision Blizzard, Inc. shares while 225 reduced holdings. 92 funds opened positions while 233 raised stakes. 631.75 million shares or 1.26% less from 639.82 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Agf Invs has 1.11 million shares. Piedmont Invest Llc holds 0.2% or 159,126 shares in its portfolio. Washington Tru Bankshares has invested 0.01% in Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI). Virginia Retirement Et Al invested 0.34% of its portfolio in Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI). 337,600 are held by Employees Retirement Of Texas. The Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Invest Mgmt has invested 0.03% in Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI). Northern Tru, Illinois-based fund reported 9.49 million shares. Mitsubishi Ufj Trust & Bk accumulated 1.72M shares. Kornitzer Capital Management Ks owns 13,850 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Blackrock invested in 54.97M shares. Zevenbergen Invests Ltd Liability Corporation holds 1.2% or 453,600 shares in its portfolio. Greenleaf Trust reported 3,958 shares stake. British Columbia Mngmt stated it has 446,565 shares or 0.2% of all its holdings. Morgan Stanley reported 0.24% stake. Kentucky Retirement System Fund holds 0.21% in Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) or 20,079 shares.

Aqr Capital Management Llc decreased Acxiom Corp (NASDAQ:ACXM) stake by 96,455 shares to 253,305 valued at $6.98M in 2017Q4. It also reduced American Assets Tr Inc (NYSE:AAT) stake by 12,071 shares and now owns 20,041 shares. Caleres Inc was reduced too.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 3 sales for $930,912 activity. The insider Capossela Christopher C sold $325,500.

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