Valueact Holdings LP Cut Microsoft (MSFT) Holding by $517.95 Million; Valuation Rose; Anthem (ANTM) Shareholder Swarthmore Group Cut Its Position by $1.78 Million

January 23, 2018 - By Neil V. Hobbs

Swarthmore Group Inc decreased its stake in Anthem Inc (ANTM) by 14.89% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Swarthmore Group Inc sold 9,400 shares as the company’s stock rose 10.08% with the market. The institutional investor held 53,750 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $10.21 million, down from 63,150 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Swarthmore Group Inc who had been investing in Anthem Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $64.33 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.02% or $0.04 during the last trading session, reaching $250.54. About 853,626 shares traded. Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) has risen 31.86% since January 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 15.16% the S&P500.

Jeffrey Ubben decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 43.71% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Valueact Holdings Lp sold 7.00M shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The hedge fund run by Jeffrey Ubben held 9.01M shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $671.41M, down from 16.01M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Valueact Holdings Lp who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $708.97B market cap company. The stock increased 0.32% or $0.29 during the last trading session, reaching $91.9. About 18.78M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since January 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on January, 25. They expect $0.86 EPS, up 3.61% or $0.03 from last year’s $0.83 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $6.63 billion for 26.72 P/E if the $0.86 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.84 actual EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.38% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.83 in Q3 2017. 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. Thompson Siegel Walmsley Ltd Company has 0.11% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 121,446 shares. Moreover, Hbk Sorce Advisory Limited Liability Company has 0.71% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 2.51 million were accumulated by Hl Fincl Svcs Ltd Llc. 11.43 million are held by Adage Cap Prtn Gp Lc. 12.27M are owned by Neuberger Berman Gp. Asset Mgmt Gru has 3,137 shares. Meyer Handelman reported 2.32% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Capstone Fincl Advsrs Inc has 0.3% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Sns Group Lc holds 80,456 shares. Selway Asset Management accumulated 41,800 shares or 1.8% of the stock. 43,108 were reported by Eagle Cap Mgmt Llc. Duncker Streett Com invested in 49,446 shares or 1.12% of the stock. Wealthtrust Fairport Ltd Limited Liability Company stated it has 128,259 shares. Mycio Wealth Limited owns 43,881 shares for 0.37% of their portfolio. Middleton & Inc Ma has 1.51% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 112,082 shares.

Among 35 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 145 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating by Piper Jaffray given on Sunday, August 27. As per Thursday, October 1, the company rating was upgraded by Bank of America. Bank of America maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, June 14 report. On Wednesday, November 15 the stock rating was maintained by Bernstein with “Buy”. The company was maintained on Friday, January 27 by Stifel Nicolaus. On Friday, July 21 the stock rating was maintained by UBS with “Buy”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, October 27 by Barclays Capital. The company was maintained on Friday, July 14 by Jefferies. As per Thursday, June 1, the company rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity. Credit Suisse maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Monday, July 17 with “Outperform” rating.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 insider sales for $513.86 million activity. The insider Hood Amy sold $4.00M. COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE had sold 26,763 shares worth $1.98M.

Among 24 analysts covering Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM), 14 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 58% are positive. Anthem Inc had 65 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, October 25 by Cantor Fitzgerald. The firm has “Overweight” rating given on Wednesday, January 3 by PiperJaffray. On Monday, July 27 the stock rating was upgraded by Sterne Agee CRT to “Buy”. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Thursday, October 29 report. Jefferies maintained the shares of ANTM in report on Wednesday, September 20 with “Hold” rating. The company was maintained on Tuesday, November 7 by Leerink Swann. Morgan Stanley initiated the shares of ANTM in report on Wednesday, June 7 with “Equal-Weight” rating. The company was downgraded on Monday, October 17 by JP Morgan. Goldman Sachs initiated the stock with “Hold” rating in Wednesday, January 3 report. The stock of Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) earned “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, September 1.

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