Microsoft (MSFT) Position Raised by Hartline Investment Corp; Baillie Gifford & Company Maintains Stake in Xylem (XYL)

May 23, 2018 - By Dolores Ford

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Baillie Gifford & Company increased its stake in Xylem (XYL) by 65.39% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Baillie Gifford & Company bought 4,718 shares as the company’s stock rose 12.93% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 11,933 shares of the fluid controls company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $814,000, up from 7,215 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Baillie Gifford & Company who had been investing in Xylem for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $12.97 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 1.27% or $0.93 during the last trading session, reaching $72.1. About 746,265 shares traded. Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL) has risen 55.44% since May 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 43.89% the S&P500.

Hartline Investment Corp increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 74.44% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Hartline Investment Corp bought 36,457 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.63% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 85,433 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $7.31M, up from 48,976 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Hartline Investment Corp who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $749.11B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.10% or $0.1 during the last trading session, reaching $97.5. About 14.38 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 37.43% since May 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.88% the S&P500.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 sales for $930,912 activity.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 31 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 84% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 185 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, January 31 by Credit Suisse. The stock has “Buy” rating by UBS on Friday, January 19. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Bank of America given on Thursday, October 1. The firm has “Buy” rating by Piper Jaffray given on Friday, October 27. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, January 23 report. UBS maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Thursday, April 19. UBS has “Buy” rating and $11000 target. The rating was maintained by Bank of America on Monday, July 17 with “Buy”. The firm has “Strong Buy” rating by Raymond James given on Monday, November 30. The rating was maintained by Evercore on Friday, December 8 with “Buy”. The firm has “Hold” rating by Wunderlich given on Wednesday, July 20.

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Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q3. It fall, 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. Strategy Asset Managers Limited Liability Company invested 2.88% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Girard Ltd, a Pennsylvania-based fund reported 124,315 shares. Lederer And Assoc Invest Counsel Ca accumulated 38,965 shares or 2.99% of the stock. Newman Dignan And Sheerar Inc holds 2.24% or 52,354 shares in its portfolio. Advisor Prtnrs Limited Com, a California-based fund reported 170,640 shares. Price Capital Mngmt holds 0.03% or 1,100 shares in its portfolio. Profit Mgmt Lc invested in 2.05% or 31,336 shares. Argent Cap Lc holds 0.75% or 229,769 shares in its portfolio. Madrona Financial Services Ltd Llc holds 1.06% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 14,733 shares. Monetary Mgmt Grp, Missouri-based fund reported 128,638 shares. Loudon Inv Management Ltd Com stated it has 3.83% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Sandy Spring Bank accumulated 274,932 shares. 126,089 were reported by Timber Hill Limited Liability Corp. Cypress Capital Grp owns 75,420 shares. Weik Management holds 4.32% or 108,225 shares in its portfolio.

Hartline Investment Corp, which manages about $366.93 million and $361.44 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW) by 4,559 shares to 8,110 shares, valued at $1.18 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Union Pacific Corp (NYSE:UNP) by 4,190 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 25,823 shares, and cut its stake in Wisdomtree Investments (NASDAQ:WETF).

Among 20 analysts covering Xylem (NYSE:XYL), 12 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 60% are positive. Xylem had 78 analyst reports since August 3, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Tuesday, October 31 by Robert W. Baird. The company was maintained on Friday, January 12 by Susquehanna. The stock of Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL) has “Outperform” rating given on Monday, September 28 by Oppenheimer. The rating was maintained by Oppenheimer on Tuesday, August 1 with “Buy”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, August 1 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, November 1 by Oppenheimer. Atlantic Securities upgraded the shares of XYL in report on Monday, August 22 to “Overweight” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Monday, March 21. The rating was upgraded by RBC Capital Markets to “Outperform” on Wednesday, January 6. As per Wednesday, January 3, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets.

Since December 11, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 9 sales for $6.12 million activity. Shares for $1.17M were sold by LORANGER STEVEN R. The insider Brannemo Tomas sold $21,991.

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