Valmark Advisers Has Increased Its Microsoft (MSFT) Position; Ecolab (ECL) Holder Dudley & Shanley Lowered Its Stake as Market Value Rose

May 23, 2018 - By Adrian Erickson

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Dudley & Shanley Llc decreased its stake in Ecolab Inc. (ECL) by 1.44% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Dudley & Shanley Llc sold 2,300 shares as the company’s stock rose 0.75% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund held 157,010 shares of the package goods and cosmetics company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $21.07M, down from 159,310 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Dudley & Shanley Llc who had been investing in Ecolab Inc. for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $41.88B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.93% or $1.36 during the last trading session, reaching $145.15. About 377,106 shares traded. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has risen 8.76% since May 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.79% the S&P500.

Valmark Advisers Inc increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 347.2% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Valmark Advisers Inc bought 9,659 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.63% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 12,441 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $1.06 million, up from 2,782 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Valmark Advisers Inc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $748.54B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.08% or $0.075 during the last trading session, reaching $97.425. About 9.03M 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 insider sales for $930,912 activity.

Valmark Advisers Inc, which manages about $4.84B and $4.66B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Ishares Tr (IVE) by 1.16M shares to 3.49M shares, valued at $398.23 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Pimco Etf Tr (MINT) by 7,992 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 52,179 shares, and cut its stake in Powershares Etf Trust Ii (BKLN).

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: 247Wallst.com which released: “Will Microsoft’s Q1 Earnings Boost Its Valuation?” on April 26, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Alphabet: Has Google’s Growth Slowed?” published on May 21, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “Microsoft 3.0: A Turnaround That Looks Real” on May 22, 2018. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Benzinga.com and their article: “The Bull And Bear Cases For Intuit After A Q3 Beat” published on May 23, 2018 as well as Investorplace.com‘s news article titled: “3 Stocks to Watch on Thursday: Booking Holdings Inc (BKNG), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) and Qualcomm, Inc …” with publication date: May 10, 2018.

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 has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, September 26 by Credit Suisse. As per Thursday, April 19, the company rating was maintained by UBS. The stock has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Friday, July 21. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, December 12 by Bernstein. As per Friday, July 14, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. FBN Securities maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Wednesday, July 20 report. As per Monday, November 23, the company rating was maintained by UBS. Piper Jaffray maintained it with “Buy” rating and $115.0 target in Wednesday, January 3 report. As per Friday, April 27, the company rating was upgraded by JP Morgan. On Tuesday, July 18 the stock rating was maintained by Goldman Sachs with “Buy”.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q3. It is negative, 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. Hm Ltd Liability Corp invested 1.54% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Toth Advisory Corporation accumulated 130,193 shares. Nuveen Asset Management Ltd Liability invested in 1.46% or 2.67M shares. Long Road Counsel Ltd invested 0.17% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Brouwer And Janachowski Ltd Llc reported 2,785 shares. Jacobs And Communications Ca has 2.39% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Buckhead Cap Management Ltd, Georgia-based fund reported 127,894 shares. Causeway Cap Ltd Liability Corporation has invested 3.24% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). New York-based Deltec Asset Management Ltd has invested 2.17% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Moreover, Bancorporation Of Nova Scotia Tru Co has 1.69% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 182,502 shares. National Mutual Ins Federation Of Agricultural Cooperatives owns 0.12% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 81,000 shares. Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds Voor De Media Pno has 446,000 shares. Professional Advisory Serv stated it has 0.14% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Legal General Group Incorporated Public Ltd invested in 2.31% or 37.37 million shares. 538,222 are owned by Shelton Cap Mgmt.

Dudley & Shanley Llc, which manages about $615.98 million and $445.19 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI) by 705,300 shares to 1.32M shares, valued at $27.53 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing.

Analysts await Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) to report earnings on August, 7. They expect $1.27 EPS, up 12.39% or $0.14 from last year’s $1.13 per share. ECL’s profit will be $366.42M for 28.57 P/E if the $1.27 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.91 actual EPS reported by Ecolab Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 39.56% EPS growth.

Since March 7, 2018, it had 4 insider purchases, and 2 insider sales for $294.14 million activity. Another trade for 369,000 shares valued at $50.38 million was made by GATES WILLIAM H III on Monday, March 12. Inchaustegui Roberto sold 4,800 shares worth $652,978.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.02 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.17, from 1.19 in 2017Q3. It fall, as 46 investors sold ECL shares while 298 reduced holdings. 91 funds opened positions while 261 raised stakes. 215.19 million shares or 0.86% more from 213.37 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Cibc Asset Mgmt holds 25,969 shares. Norinchukin Financial Bank The accumulated 142,242 shares. Vantage Invest Lc owns 15 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Bridges Inv Counsel holds 0.29% or 3,950 shares. Aristotle Capital Mgmt Limited Liability has invested 0.02% of its portfolio in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). 139,548 are owned by Strs Ohio. Los Angeles Capital & Equity Rech holds 0.2% or 278,159 shares. Switzerland-based Robecosam Ag has invested 1.29% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Bluestein R H stated it has 269,770 shares or 1.88% of all its holdings. American Asset Management Inc owns 11,143 shares or 0.91% of their US portfolio. Westpac Banking invested 0.05% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Sawgrass Asset Mngmt Ltd Liability Co accumulated 2.5% or 406,368 shares. Dillon & Associate has 38,887 shares for 1.96% of their portfolio. Caisse De Depot Et Placement Du Quebec holds 0.55% or 1.79 million shares in its portfolio. Daiwa Secs Gru Inc stated it has 7,746 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings.

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