Microsoft (MSFT) Position Held by Epoch Investment Partners Inc; Holder State Of Wisconsin Investment Board Has Increased Bb&T (BBT) Holding

February 20, 2018 - By Marguerite Chambers

State Of Wisconsin Investment Board increased its stake in Bb&T Corp (BBT) by 8.05% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. State Of Wisconsin Investment Board bought 46,160 shares as the company’s stock declined 11.91% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 619,383 shares of the major banks company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $29.07 million, up from 573,223 at the end of the previous reported quarter. State Of Wisconsin Investment Board who had been investing in Bb&T Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $42.98 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.24% or $0.13 during the last trading session, reaching $54.96. About 2.86M shares traded. BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) has risen 20.68% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 3.98% the S&P500.

Epoch Investment Partners Inc increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 1.69% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Epoch Investment Partners Inc bought 204,183 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 12.30M shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $916.33M, up from 12.10 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Epoch Investment Partners Inc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $708.38 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.71% or $0.66 during the last trading session, reaching $92. About 30.60M shares traded or 7.48% up from the average. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Epoch Investment Partners Inc, which manages about $43.62B and $29.86 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Iron Mtn Inc New (NYSE:IRM) by 130,987 shares to 6.07M shares, valued at $236.20 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) by 37,109 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 1.35M shares, and cut its stake in Gallagher Arthur J & Co (NYSE:AJG).

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. America First Investment Ltd Liability Company holds 0.07% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 2,502 shares. Argyle Cap Mngmt owns 95,923 shares for 2.8% of their portfolio. First Amer Bank & Trust accumulated 212,176 shares. Maverick owns 1.15M shares or 1.08% of their US portfolio. Fir Tree Incorporated reported 2.19M shares. Montgomery Invest Management holds 0.67% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 20,137 shares. Mairs & Inc stated it has 153,369 shares or 0.14% of all its holdings. Westend Advsr Limited Liability Corporation accumulated 699,122 shares. Cannell Peter B holds 1.25M shares. Cleararc reported 219,839 shares or 2.46% of all its holdings. Citadel stated it has 3.96 million shares or 0.23% of all its holdings. Omers Administration Corp owns 0.98% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 1.15M shares. Torray Lc holds 0.12% or 16,472 shares in its portfolio. Tru Of Toledo Na Oh holds 2.58% or 136,170 shares in its portfolio. Veritas Asset Llp, a United Kingdom-based fund reported 10.24 million shares.

Since August 29, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 2 selling transactions for $5.98 million activity. COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE had sold 26,763 shares worth $1.98 million on Wednesday, August 30.

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 J.P. Morgan on Thursday, January 25 with “Hold”. As per Friday, July 21, the company rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray. The company was reinitiated on Thursday, March 17 by Oppenheimer. The rating was maintained by Tigress Financial on Wednesday, February 14 with “Buy”. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Outperform” rating by Oppenheimer on Tuesday, October 31. The firm has “Hold” rating by Canaccord Genuity given on Monday, May 16. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, November 7 by Tigress Financial. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, August 7 by Credit Suisse. Wunderlich upgraded it to “Buy” rating and $70 target in Friday, October 21 report. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets on Sunday, July 16.

Among 30 analysts covering BB&T Corp (NYSE:BBT), 11 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 19 Hold. Therefore 37% are positive. BB&T Corp had 97 analyst reports since July 17, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was downgraded by Piper Jaffray to “Underweight” on Monday, March 28. Barclays Capital maintained it with “Equal-Weight” rating and $41 target in Friday, January 22 report. The company was initiated on Wednesday, January 11 by UBS. The stock of BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) earned “Hold” rating by FBR Capital on Monday, April 24. The stock of BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) earned “Strong Buy” rating by Raymond James on Monday, December 7. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Friday, October 16 by Hilliard Lyons. The stock has “Hold” rating by Sandler O’Neill on Wednesday, June 29. Robert W. Baird maintained BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) on Friday, August 25 with “Hold” rating. On Tuesday, January 9 the stock rating was upgraded by Raymond James to “Buy”. The firm earned “Equal Weight” rating on Friday, October 16 by Barclays Capital.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.93 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.23, from 1.16 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 56 investors sold BBT shares while 291 reduced holdings. 81 funds opened positions while 241 raised stakes. 500.82 million shares or 2.15% less from 511.81 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement System holds 0.15% or 1.15 million shares in its portfolio. Tower Rech Cap Ltd Com (Trc), a New York-based fund reported 229 shares. Pub Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado has invested 0.05% in BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT). Sandy Spring Bankshares holds 0.05% of its portfolio in BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) for 11,770 shares. Citigroup has 0.02% invested in BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) for 516,150 shares. Bessemer Inc holds 0% or 6,750 shares in its portfolio. Catawba Cap Mngmt Va reported 157,579 shares. Aviva Public Ltd Co accumulated 514,113 shares or 0.13% of the stock. Advsr Asset Mgmt reported 211,014 shares. Hyman Charles D has 153,610 shares for 0.9% of their portfolio. Moreover, Fort Washington Inv Advisors Inc Oh has 0.09% invested in BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT). Verition Fund Mgmt Ltd Liability Company invested 0.03% in BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT). Virginia-based Verus Incorporated has invested 0.14% in BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT). Bryn Mawr holds 311,736 shares. Shayne And Limited Liability Com reported 7,404 shares.

State Of Wisconsin Investment Board, which manages about $33.85B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in United Contl Hldgs Inc (NYSE:UAL) by 7,228 shares to 190,309 shares, valued at $11.59 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Pioneer Nat Res Co (NYSE:PXD) by 65,387 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 187,713 shares, and cut its stake in Yum China Hldgs Inc.

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