As Equinix (EQIX) Market Valuation Rose, Shareholder Public Employees Retirement System Of Ohio Has Boosted Its Position; Microsoft (MSFT) Shareholder Greenwood Capital Associates Decreased Stake as Market Value Rose

January 19, 2018 - By Louis Casey

Public Employees Retirement System Of Ohio increased its stake in Equinix Inc (EQIX) by 11.11% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Public Employees Retirement System Of Ohio bought 5,947 shares as the company’s stock rose 14.02% with the market. The institutional investor held 59,458 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $26.54M, up from 53,511 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Public Employees Retirement System Of Ohio who had been investing in Equinix Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $34.22B market cap company. The stock decreased 1.01% or $4.45 during the last trading session, reaching $437.45. About 807,355 shares traded or 81.67% up from the average. Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ:EQIX) has risen 24.40% since January 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 7.70% the S&P500.

Greenwood Capital Associates Llc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 5.74% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Greenwood Capital Associates Llc sold 6,456 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 106,098 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $7.90 million, down from 112,554 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Greenwood Capital Associates Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $695.09B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.04% or $0.04 during the last trading session, reaching $90.1. About 24.16M shares traded or 4.81% up from the average. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since January 19, 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 earnings per share, up 3.61% or $0.03 from last year’s $0.83 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $6.63B for 26.19 P/E if the $0.86 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.84 actual earnings per share reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.38% EPS growth.

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. Diversified Strategies Lc accumulated 121,918 shares. State Of Wisconsin Investment Board stated it has 2.15% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Cordasco Fincl Network reported 3,400 shares or 0.28% of all its holdings. Appleton Ptnrs Incorporated Ma stated it has 1.23% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Amarillo Bancorporation has invested 0.88% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Argent Mngmt Limited invested 0.66% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Capstone reported 8,991 shares or 0.3% of all its holdings. Causeway Cap Mngmt Ltd Limited Liability Company invested in 3.72M shares or 3.11% of the stock. 1.38 million were accumulated by Utah Retirement System. Highlander Capital Mngmt Lc stated it has 0.47% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Boston Private Wealth Ltd Co owns 1.01 million shares. Sky Limited Liability accumulated 72,406 shares or 2.21% of the stock. Kessler Inv Group Ltd Company holds 52,335 shares or 5.01% of its portfolio. Monroe Bancshares Mi reported 0.68% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Wedge Cap Mngmt L Ltd Partnership Nc holds 7,867 shares.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 selling transactions for $513.86 million activity. 7.00 million shares were sold by Morfit G Mason, worth $507.89 million. The insider COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE sold 26,763 shares worth $1.98M.

Among 35 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 144 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Thursday, June 1 by Canaccord Genuity. The rating was maintained by Goldman Sachs with “Buy” on Tuesday, July 18. On Tuesday, June 13 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Sell”. As per Tuesday, July 19, the company rating was initiated by William Blair. Wunderlich maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Wednesday, July 22 with “Hold” rating. As per Thursday, October 1, the company rating was upgraded by Bank of America. The firm has “Sell” rating by Jefferies given on Friday, July 14. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, January 11 by Wells Fargo. On Friday, July 21 the stock rating was maintained by UBS with “Buy”. Canaccord Genuity maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, July 6 report.

Greenwood Capital Associates Llc, which manages about $970.61 million and $402.23 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) by 28,216 shares to 109,229 shares, valued at $4.16M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Gilead Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:GILD) by 49,653 shares in the quarter, for a total of 80,209 shares, and has risen its stake in Celgene Corp (NASDAQ:CELG).

Since August 7, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 6 insider sales for $4.14 million activity. Meyers Charles J sold $501,183 worth of Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ:REIT) on Friday, September 1. TAYLOR KEITH D sold 1,500 shares worth $686,759. PAISLEY CHRISTOPHER B sold $222,980 worth of stock. Another trade for 4,444 shares valued at $1.98M was made by VAN CAMP PETER on Monday, August 7.

Among 23 analysts covering Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX), 21 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 91% are positive. Equinix had 58 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Citigroup with “Neutral” on Thursday, August 4. Barclays Capital maintained it with “Equal-Weight” rating and $372 target in Thursday, August 4 report. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Buy” rating and $47000 target in Friday, July 7 report. The rating was upgraded by J.P. Morgan to “Buy” on Thursday, November 2. The firm has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Thursday, August 3. Citigroup maintained it with “Buy” rating and $530 target in Thursday, November 2 report. UBS initiated it with “Hold” rating and $481.0 target in Wednesday, October 18 report. The rating was maintained by Nomura on Thursday, November 2 with “Buy”. The stock of Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ:REIT) earned “Buy” rating by Canaccord Genuity on Wednesday, August 2. Barclays Capital initiated Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ:REIT) rating on Monday, March 21. Barclays Capital has “Equal-Weight” rating and $330 target.

Public Employees Retirement System Of Ohio, which manages about $19.25 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE:PF) by 38,790 shares to 115,857 shares, valued at $6.62 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB) by 3,572 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 81,187 shares, and cut its stake in Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA).

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.4 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.06, from 1.46 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 24 investors sold EQIX shares while 144 reduced holdings. 59 funds opened positions while 177 raised stakes. 73.29 million shares or 0.60% less from 73.73 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Bnp Paribas Arbitrage reported 181,359 shares stake. Amp Ltd invested in 229,755 shares or 0.58% of the stock. Thompson Davis & holds 0.02% or 20 shares. Veritable Limited Partnership holds 0.03% or 3,626 shares. Proshare Advsr Ltd holds 25,061 shares or 0.1% of its portfolio. Envestnet Asset Mgmt reported 0.03% of its portfolio in Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ:REIT). Lpl Finance Limited Liability Com has invested 0.01% in Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ:REIT). Paloma Prtn Management reported 0.23% in Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ:REIT). 215 were reported by North Star Invest Mgmt. Mai Capital Management stated it has 940 shares or 0.03% of all its holdings. Alyeska Gru Ltd Partnership invested in 432,015 shares or 1.56% of the stock. 11,220 were accumulated by Smith Asset Gru Limited Partnership. Gateway Advisers Llc holds 4,985 shares. Brookfield Asset Management holds 288,031 shares or 0.6% of its portfolio. The Georgia-based Suntrust Banks has invested 0.01% in Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ:REIT).

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