Marcato Capital Management LP Has Decreased Holding in Aar (AIR) by $3.77 Million; As Microsoft (MSFT) Share Value Rose, Whalerock Point Partners Has Boosted Position

April 23, 2018 - By Richard Conner

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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 $4.19M, 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 $735.72B market cap company. The stock increased 0.58% or $0.55 during the last trading session, reaching $95.55. About 1.37M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 37.43% since April 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.88% the S&P500.

Richard Mcguire decreased its stake in Aar Corp (AIR) by 6.87% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Marcato Capital Management Lp sold 96,658 shares as the company’s stock rose 9.50% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund run by Richard Mcguire held 1.31 million shares of the aerospace company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $51.48M, down from 1.41M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Marcato Capital Management Lp who had been investing in Aar Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $1.53 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.24% or $0.11 during the last trading session, reaching $45.11. About 13,727 shares traded. AAR Corp. (NYSE:AIR) has risen 31.71% since April 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 20.16% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q3. It dropped, 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. Cap City Tru Fl holds 67,910 shares. Ami Inv Management, a Indiana-based fund reported 41,864 shares. 549,042 were reported by Banque Pictet & Cie. Bokf Na owns 1.12% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 477,419 shares. Salem Counselors holds 4.29% or 462,402 shares in its portfolio. Laffer Investments stated it has 143,521 shares or 3.08% of all its holdings. Kornitzer Capital Mgmt Ks accumulated 1.24M shares. Smith Moore & invested in 0.33% or 14,417 shares. Trustco Comml Bank Corporation N Y reported 2.19% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Hbk Invests Limited Partnership accumulated 0.22% or 274,300 shares. 155,365 are held by Robecosam Ag. Rand Wealth Lc owns 88,203 shares for 0.83% of their portfolio. Northern Trust owns 93.92M shares for 2.03% of their portfolio. 15,813 were accumulated by Cahill Advsrs. Koshinski Asset Management owns 26,609 shares for 0.57% of their portfolio.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 3 insider sales 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 173 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by UBS with “Buy” on Friday, October 21. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, January 23 by Stifel Nicolaus. Jefferies maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Tuesday, August 22. Jefferies has “Sell” rating and $49.0 target. Wells Fargo initiated Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Wednesday, January 11 with “Outperform” rating. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Neutral” rating by Atlantic Securities on Thursday, November 10. The rating was initiated by William Blair on Tuesday, July 19 with “Market Perform”. The firm has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Monday, July 3. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, January 31 by Credit Suisse. Morgan Stanley maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Friday, February 2 with “Overweight” rating. The firm has “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan given on Thursday, January 25.

Among 7 analysts covering AAR Corp. (NYSE:AIR), 7 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. AAR Corp. had 22 analyst reports since December 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. SunTrust initiated the shares of AIR in report on Thursday, January 19 with “Buy” rating. As per Thursday, February 8, the company rating was upgraded by Canaccord Genuity. The company was maintained on Thursday, August 10 by Noble Financial. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Tuesday, September 12 by Seaport Global. The firm has “Buy” rating by Noble Financial given on Tuesday, July 18. The stock of AAR Corp. (NYSE:AIR) earned “Buy” rating by Noble Financial on Tuesday, April 4. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, January 16 by Noble Financial. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity on Thursday, January 11 with “Hold”. The stock of AAR Corp. (NYSE:AIR) earned “Hold” rating by Canaccord Genuity on Wednesday, September 6. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, November 2 by Noble Financial.

Since January 17, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 5 sales for $5.78 million activity. PACE PETER sold $212,900 worth of stock or 5,000 shares. 5,000 AAR Corp. (NYSE:AIR) shares with value of $220,374 were sold by Anderson Anthony.

Analysts await AAR Corp. (NYSE:AIR) to report earnings on July, 10. They expect $0.69 EPS, up 56.82% or $0.25 from last year’s $0.44 per share. AIR’s profit will be $23.42M for 16.34 P/E if the $0.69 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.49 actual EPS reported by AAR Corp. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 40.82% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.89 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.61, from 1.5 in 2017Q3. It dropped, as 22 investors sold AIR shares while 58 reduced holdings. 28 funds opened positions while 43 raised stakes. 30.14 million shares or 0.25% more from 30.06 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Jacobs Levy Equity invested in 44,730 shares or 0.03% of the stock. State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue holds 6,417 shares. Pinebridge Invs Lp reported 0.06% in AAR Corp. (NYSE:AIR). Moreover, Riverhead Cap Management Ltd Liability Com has 0.01% invested in AAR Corp. (NYSE:AIR) for 3,623 shares. Numeric Invsts Ltd Liability Corporation holds 0.04% or 131,331 shares. Blackrock Inc stated it has 0.01% in AAR Corp. (NYSE:AIR). Manufacturers Life Comm The invested in 24,253 shares or 0% of the stock. Pnc Financial, a Pennsylvania-based fund reported 23,031 shares. Gabelli Funds Limited Co has 0.01% invested in AAR Corp. (NYSE:AIR). Thrivent Finance For Lutherans, a Minnesota-based fund reported 19,953 shares. 86,411 are held by Rice Hall James & Associate. Envestnet Asset Mgmt Inc owns 0% invested in AAR Corp. (NYSE:AIR) for 123 shares. Gamco Inc Et Al invested in 0.02% or 70,000 shares. Advsrs Asset Mgmt Inc holds 54,803 shares. 169,376 were reported by Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss Ltd Liability Company.

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