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Microsoft (MSFT) Holder Roosevelt Investment Group Boosted Its Stake; As Verizon Communications (VZ) Share Price Declined, Holder Ftb Advisors Trimmed Holding

Ftb Advisors Inc decreased its stake in Verizon Communications (VZ) by 74.88% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Ftb Advisors Inc sold 92,231 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.66% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 30,946 shares of the telecommunications equipment company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.53M, down from 123,177 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Ftb Advisors Inc who had been investing in Verizon Communications for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $215.38B market cap company. The stock increased 1.71% or $0.89 during the last trading session, reaching $52.8. About 9.29M shares traded. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has declined 8.48% since January 22, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 25.18% the S&P500.

Roosevelt Investment Group Inc increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 10.95% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Roosevelt Investment Group Inc bought 16,000 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 162,129 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $12.08 million, up from 146,129 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Roosevelt Investment Group Inc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $703.46 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.32% or $1.18 during the last trading session, reaching $91.18. About 7.66 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since January 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 selling transactions for $513.86 million activity. COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE sold 26,763 shares worth $1.98M. $507.89M worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was sold by Morfit G Mason on Friday, August 4.

Roosevelt Investment Group Inc, which manages about $2.79B and $1.09 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE:EW) by 7,187 shares to 111,565 shares, valued at $12.20 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Hess Corp (NYSE:HES) by 13,236 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 115,551 shares, and cut its stake in Visa Inc Cl A (NYSE:V).

Investors sentiment increased to 0.83 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.01, from 0.82 in 2017Q2. It improved, 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. Annex Advisory Ltd Liability Corp reported 28,697 shares stake. Guardian Investment Mgmt holds 1.89% or 22,980 shares. Marietta Investment Partners holds 1% or 44,997 shares. Putnam Fl Inv, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 325,979 shares. Mastrapasqua Asset Mgmt holds 3.24% or 210,937 shares. New York-based Glob X Ltd Com has invested 0.09% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Apg Asset Mgmt Nv holds 10.39M shares. Moreover, Kj Harrison And Prtnrs has 1.98% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Piedmont Inv Advsrs Limited Com invested in 1.89 million shares or 2.99% of the stock. Tru Of Oklahoma reported 41,959 shares. Mount Vernon Inc Md holds 3.62% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 29,396 shares. Salient Trust Lta accumulated 2.65% or 297,152 shares. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Com accumulated 632,938 shares or 0.34% of the stock. Baystate Wealth Mgmt Lc invested 0.12% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Callahan Advisors Limited Liability Com has invested 2.79% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Among 35 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 145 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Hold” rating given on Monday, May 16 by Canaccord Genuity. The rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets on Sunday, July 16 with “Buy”. Oppenheimer maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Friday, August 7 with “Buy” rating. FBN Securities maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Wednesday, July 20. FBN Securities has “Outperform” rating and $65 target. Jefferies maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Friday, January 29 with “Underperform” rating. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Wednesday, January 13 by Morgan Stanley. Canaccord Genuity maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Friday, October 27 with “Buy” rating. Wunderlich maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Wednesday, July 20 with “Hold” rating. The stock has “Overweight” rating by Piper Jaffray on Tuesday, November 10. Cowen & Co maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Sunday, September 17 with “Buy” rating.

Investors sentiment is 0.88 in 2017 Q3. Its the same as in 2017Q2. It is the same, as 81 investors sold VZ shares while 696 reduced holdings. only 114 funds opened positions while 570 raised stakes. 2.53 billion shares or 1.44% more from 2.49 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Hudock Cap Group Limited stated it has 56,457 shares or 1.31% of all its holdings. Freestone Capital Limited Liability, Washington-based fund reported 23,753 shares. Gw Henssler & Associate invested 0.21% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). The California-based Apriem Advisors has invested 1.06% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Accredited Investors Incorporated has invested 0.55% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Lederer Assocs Inv Counsel Ca has invested 0.48% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Golub Group Limited Co holds 0.11% or 24,709 shares in its portfolio. Vanguard Grp Inc Inc, Pennsylvania-based fund reported 287.63 million shares. Mutual Insur Federation Of Agricultural Cooperatives accumulated 33,600 shares. Fincl Sense Advsrs accumulated 1.63% or 64,249 shares. Janney Montgomery Scott Ltd Limited Liability Company reported 1.18M shares. Aqr Capital Mgmt Limited Liability owns 4.54 million shares. Ironwood Inv Counsel Lc holds 0.42% or 20,940 shares. Cornerstone reported 3.51% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Moreover, Ccm Invest Advisers Lc has 0.15% invested in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) for 16,091 shares.

Among 26 analysts covering Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 20 Hold. Therefore 23% are positive. Verizon Communications Inc. had 64 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, August 14 by Zacks. As per Thursday, April 13, the company rating was maintained by Barclays Capital. The stock of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) earned “Neutral” rating by Moffet Nathanson on Friday, April 1. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, April 24 with “Hold”. RBC Capital Markets maintained Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) on Friday, October 20 with “Hold” rating. The stock of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, January 3 by Citigroup. Cowen & Co maintained Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) on Thursday, October 19 with “Hold” rating. The company was downgraded on Thursday, April 7 by Bernstein. The stock of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) earned “Hold” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets on Wednesday, October 11. The stock has “Market Perform” rating by Wells Fargo on Monday, January 23.

Analysts await Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) to report earnings on January, 23. They expect $0.88 EPS, up 2.33% or $0.02 from last year’s $0.86 per share. VZ’s profit will be $3.59B for 15.00 P/E if the $0.88 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.98 actual EPS reported by Verizon Communications Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -10.20% negative EPS growth.

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