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The Microsoft (MSFT) Given Buy Rating at William Blair

Microsoft surges 8% after Morgan Stanley says it will reach $1 trillion market cap		
		
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Stelac Advisory Services LLC now owns 2,033 shares of the software giant's stock worth $140,000 after acquiring an additional 387 shares in the last quarter. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.30, for a total value of $279,900.00. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 37.43% since March 28, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 5.90% the S&P500.

Microsoft now has a market capitalisation of $728.86bn, behind Google's parent company Alphabet ($733.67bn) Amazon ($757.86bn) and Apple ($884.68bn). Weatherstone Cap Mgmt invested in 3,775 shares or 0.21% of the stock. Apple is now in the lead with a market cap of $877 billion. About 12.89 million shares traded. SJW Group (NYSE:SJW) has risen 10.30% since March 28, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 7.94% the S&P500. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and thirty-one have issued a buy rating to the company. Therefore 27% are positive. Facebook had 245 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Wednesday, December 20 report. Cowen & Co maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Friday, July 21 report. UBS has "Buy" rating and $60.0 target. The rating was downgraded by BTIG Research on Friday, July 22 to "Neutral". The company was initiated on Wednesday, January 11 by Wells Fargo. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with "Overweight" on Monday, March 26. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada set a $105.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Stephens maintained it with "Buy" rating and $117.0 target in Tuesday, January 16 report.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.06, from 1.15 in 2017Q3. It dropped, as 40 investors sold MSFT shares while 952 reduced holdings. 20 funds opened positions while 36 raised stakes. Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa has 2.42M shares. 152,413 were accumulated by First Midwest Bank Tru Division. Osborne Partners Mngmt Ltd Liability Com reported 0.07% in Facebook, Inc. Kemper Corporation Master Retirement Trust has invested 3.82% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Schwartz Counsel has 0.07% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 12,850 shares. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 171,278 shares in the company, valued at $15,928,854. Diversified Investment Strategies Llc has invested 9.26% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). FISCHER DAVID B. sold 17,830 shares worth $3.29M. AlphaMark Advisors LLC now owns 2,677 shares of the software giant's stock worth $185,000 after purchasing an additional 30 shares during the period. Bahl Gaynor, a Ohio-based fund reported 485,078 shares. Greenwood Capital Ltd Liability Corporation has invested 1.96% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares rallied 7.6% to close at $93.78 Monday for their largest one-day percentage gain since October 2015, after hitting an intraday high Monday of $94.00. Morgan Stanley expects $3.65 adjusted earnings per share from Microsoft in the current fiscal year, that is will come to a close in June. MSFT's profit will be $6.54B for 27.58 P/E if the $0.85 EPS becomes a reality. Hence the difference between Predicted EPS and Actual EPS reported is $0.09/share which shows an Earnings Surprise of 10.3 Percent.

Since December 11, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 1 sale for $200,291 activity. SILLIMAN CRAIG L. also sold $29,658 worth of Verizon Communications Inc. Shares for $194,761 were sold by Niccol Brian R.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q3. 134 funds opened positions while 676 raised stakes. The Water Asset Management Llc holds 86,908 shares with $5.55M value, down from 122,808 last quarter. Vision reported 33,124 shares stake. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Sunbelt invested in 22,115 shares. Cape Cod Five Cents Bancshares holds 0.11% or 10,657 shares. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Goodman Finance reported 53,785 shares. Nbt Bancshares N A Ny invested in 1.07% or 127,924 shares. Fernwood Inv Ltd Llc invested in 0.31% or 6,609 shares. Neumann Cap Limited Liability Company owns 16,665 shares. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Legacy Capital Prtnrs Inc invested in 5.51% or 65,861 shares. Tocqueville Asset Ltd Partnership reported 1.66% stake. Kopp Investment Advisors has invested 0.7% in Verizon Communications Inc. Quantitative Limited Liability, a Virginia-based fund reported 213,600 shares. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for 49,773 shares. Wharton Business Group Inc Llc has 2,000 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio.

Analysts await Apple Inc. Therefore 100% are positive. The stock of Apple Inc. The stock has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $99.45. (NYSE:VZ) rating on Tuesday, January 2.

In related news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 16th. BMO Capital Markets maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Friday, October 21 with "Outperform" rating. (NYSE:WMT) has "Hold" rating given on Friday, September 18 by TheStreet. Mercer Cap Advisers reported 4.85% in Apple Inc. "That growing unit, coupled with improving margins, could propel the stock to a $1 trillion market cap in the next year". Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) earned "Buy" rating by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, September 11.

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