Blackrock Has Upped Its National Instrs (NATI) Stake by $5.18 Million as Share Price Rose; Whalerock Point Partners Raised Its Microsoft (MSFT) Position by $740,350

April 18, 2018 - By Stephen Andrade

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Whalerock Point Partners Llc increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 21.66% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Whalerock Point Partners Llc bought 8,710 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.63% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 48,931 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $4.19 million, up from 40,221 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Whalerock Point Partners Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $743.30B market cap company. The stock increased 0.48% or $0.465 during the last trading session, reaching $96.535. About 12.43M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 37.43% since April 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.88% the S&P500.

Blackrock Inc increased its stake in National Instrs Corp (NATI) by 1.45% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Blackrock Inc bought 126,315 shares as the company’s stock rose 17.65% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 8.86 million shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $368.88M, up from 8.73 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Blackrock Inc who had been investing in National Instrs Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $6.75B market cap company. The stock increased 0.70% or $0.36 during the last trading session, reaching $51.48. About 183,856 shares traded. National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ:NATI) has risen 55.28% since April 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 43.73% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q3. It is negative, as 39 investors sold MSFT shares while 1012 reduced holdings. 134 funds opened positions while 676 raised stakes. 5.46 billion shares or 0.90% less from 5.51 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. One Mgmt Ltd Llc reported 55,819 shares. Westend Limited Liability Corporation accumulated 567,536 shares. Moreover, West Family Invs has 0.93% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Northstar Asset Mngmt Ltd Liability Company owns 42,751 shares. First Foundation has invested 5.99% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Atlanta Capital Mgmt L L C reported 0.59% stake. Eubel Brady And Suttman Asset reported 116,061 shares. Van Strum And Towne Incorporated holds 7.47% or 131,250 shares. Highbridge Management Ltd Co reported 208,100 shares. Moreover, Benin Corp has 2.53% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 73,760 shares. The Alabama-based Warren Averett Asset Mngmt Lc has invested 0.56% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Gemmer Asset Ltd Liability Com stated it has 0.22% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Gibraltar Capital reported 62,592 shares. 886,592 were reported by Hm Payson Communication. New Vernon Invest Ltd Liability holds 8,242 shares or 0.73% of its portfolio.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 3 selling transactions for $930,912 activity.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 78% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 172 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Sell” rating by Jefferies given on Thursday, October 26. Piper Jaffray maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Monday, November 27 with “Buy” rating. On Friday, July 21 the stock rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Buy”. Oppenheimer maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Tuesday, October 31 with “Outperform” rating. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Monday, October 2 with “Buy”. The company was maintained on Thursday, February 1 by Bernstein. M Partners maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, July 21 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Monday, May 29. UBS maintained it with “Buy” rating and $64 target in Monday, August 29 report. The stock has “Overweight” rating by Piper Jaffray on Tuesday, November 10.

Blackrock Inc, which manages about $2101.76B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Tpg Pace Hldgs Corp by 193,000 shares to 692,000 shares, valued at $7.07 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Quotient Ltd (NASDAQ:QTNT) by 459,354 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 1.20 million shares, and cut its stake in Priceline Grp Inc (Prn).

Investors sentiment increased to 1.64 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.68, from 0.96 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 16 investors sold NATI shares while 67 reduced holdings. 51 funds opened positions while 85 raised stakes. 96.83 million shares or 1.99% less from 98.79 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Capstone Invest Advsrs Limited Liability Co holds 20,099 shares. Denali Advisors Ltd Liability Corporation reported 31,300 shares stake. The Texas-based Texas Permanent School Fund has invested 0.04% in National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ:NATI). 780,800 were reported by Timessquare Cap Management Llc. Amalgamated Bank holds 22,191 shares or 0.03% of its portfolio. Morgan Stanley has 0.01% invested in National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ:NATI) for 441,358 shares. Td Asset Mngmt reported 141,157 shares. Fenimore Asset has 122,000 shares for 0.19% of their portfolio. Tikvah Mngmt Limited has 440,255 shares for 7.37% of their portfolio. Apg Asset Management Nv reported 0.03% stake. Alabama-based Retirement Sys Of Alabama has invested 0.05% in National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ:NATI). Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Incorporated, Massachusetts-based fund reported 27,164 shares. Nomura owns 23,785 shares for 0% of their portfolio. 1.21 million were accumulated by Hermes Mngmt. Fdx Advisors reported 26,846 shares.

Since October 23, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 45 sales for $77.48 million activity. The insider KODOSKY JEFFREY L sold $84,240. The insider TRUCHARD JAMES J sold $2.12M. Shares for $217,316 were sold by Rust Scott Arthur. Roiko John Charles sold $92,805 worth of stock or 1,846 shares.

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