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Palladium Partners Holding in Johnson & Johnson Com (JNJ) Has Cut by $480,480 as Valuation Rose; Microsoft (MSFT) Position Has Increased by Northrock Partners Llc

Northrock Partners Llc increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 58.19% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Northrock Partners Llc bought 5,248 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 14,267 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.06 million, up from 9,019 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Northrock Partners Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $691.23 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.73% or $1.52 during the last trading session, reaching $89.6. About 24.27 million shares traded or 8.63% up from the average. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Palladium Partners Llc decreased its stake in Johnson & Johnson Com (JNJ) by 2.12% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Palladium Partners Llc sold 3,696 shares as the company’s stock rose 6.85% with the market. The institutional investor held 170,544 shares of the major pharmaceuticals company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $22.17M, down from 174,240 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Palladium Partners Llc who had been investing in Johnson & Johnson Com for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $391.59 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.67% or $0.97 during the last trading session, reaching $145.76. About 5.45M shares traded. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has risen 12.54% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 4.16% the S&P500.

Analysts await Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) to report earnings on January, 23. They expect $1.72 earnings per share, up 8.86% or $0.14 from last year’s $1.58 per share. JNJ’s profit will be $4.62 billion for 21.19 P/E if the $1.72 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.90 actual earnings per share reported by Johnson & Johnson for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -9.47% negative EPS growth.

Among 23 analysts covering Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), 12 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 52% are positive. Johnson & Johnson had 84 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was initiated on Monday, September 25 by Citigroup. The rating was reinitiated by Piper Jaffray with “Neutral” on Monday, October 5. The company was upgraded on Monday, March 14 by Goldman Sachs. The stock of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, October 18 by Wells Fargo. The company was upgraded on Monday, October 9 by Wells Fargo. The firm has “Sell” rating by Standpoint Research given on Friday, May 20. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Tuesday, August 25 by Cowen & Co. The firm has “Buy” rating by Deutsche Bank given on Tuesday, September 29. Citigroup maintained Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) rating on Monday, October 23. Citigroup has “Buy” rating and $149 target. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, June 2 by BMO Capital Markets.

Investors sentiment is 0.83 in Q3 2017. Its the same as in 2017Q2. It is without change, as 45 investors sold JNJ shares while 871 reduced holdings. only 111 funds opened positions while 645 raised stakes. 1.71 billion shares or 0.90% less from 1.73 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Vista Cap Prtn reported 0.07% of its portfolio in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Sentry has 0.08% invested in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) for 62,600 shares. Wetherby Asset Management Inc invested in 61,751 shares or 1.19% of the stock. Lagoda Invest Ltd Partnership has 0.03% invested in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Lpl Ltd has invested 0.37% in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Karp Cap Mgmt Corporation reported 7,074 shares stake. Hallmark Cap Management stated it has 2.38% of its portfolio in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Hilton Mngmt Ltd Liability Corp has 61,543 shares for 1.4% of their portfolio. Central Securities invested in 85,000 shares. Carroll Fin Associates Inc reported 82,178 shares. The Bahamas-based Holowesko Ltd has invested 3.04% in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Ativo Management Ltd Liability Corporation invested in 0.64% or 18,419 shares. National Bank Pictet Cie (Asia) invested 4.75% in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Ing Groep Nv accumulated 676,388 shares. Bahl Gaynor stated it has 2.00M shares or 2.85% of all its holdings.

Palladium Partners Llc, which manages about $1.69 billion and $1.31B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Pepsico Inc Com (NYSE:PEP) by 51,047 shares to 113,479 shares, valued at $12.65 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Intel Corp Com (NASDAQ:INTC) by 165,152 shares in the quarter, for a total of 494,474 shares, and has risen its stake in Fedex Corp Com (NYSE:FDX).

Among 35 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 142 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Sunday, October 8 with “Buy” rating. As per Friday, October 27, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock has “Sell” rating by Jefferies on Tuesday, June 13. The firm has “Hold” rating by Wunderlich given on Wednesday, July 20. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, July 18 by Goldman Sachs. The stock has “Buy” rating by Canaccord Genuity on Thursday, October 5. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Friday, October 23 with “Outperform” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Thursday, July 13. UBS maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Friday, January 29 with “Buy” rating. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, July 20 by BMO Capital Markets.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 sales for $513.86 million activity. Another trade for 55,000 shares valued at $4.00 million was made by Hood Amy on Tuesday, August 29. Morfit G Mason sold 7.00 million shares worth $507.89 million.

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. Rmb Capital Mngmt Ltd has invested 0.79% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Vista Prtn holds 9,273 shares or 0.17% of its portfolio. Conatus Limited Partnership reported 473,316 shares. 140,000 are held by Canal. Hays Advisory Limited Liability holds 0.1% or 4,554 shares. Apriem, a California-based fund reported 3,117 shares. 103,000 were accumulated by Soros Fund Mngmt Ltd Liability. Dodge Cox stated it has 2.41% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 142,138 were reported by Usa Portformulas Corporation. Meristem Llp has 0.47% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Moreover, Alta Ltd Llc has 0.2% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Security Natl Tru, West Virginia-based fund reported 90,271 shares. Zevin Asset Limited Liability Company reported 0.14% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Trustmark Bancorporation Department reported 0.36% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Mutual Ins Federation Of Agricultural Cooperatives, a Japan-based fund reported 81,000 shares.

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