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Valueact Holdings LP Decreased Its Microsoft (MSFT) Stake by $517.95 Million; Dean Investment Associates Has Boosted Its Schweitzer (SWM) Stake by $1.14 Million; Stock Value Declined

Jeffrey Ubben decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 43.71% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Valueact Holdings Lp sold 7.00M shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The hedge fund run by Jeffrey Ubben held 9.01M shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $671.41M, down from 16.01M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Valueact Holdings Lp who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $711.38 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.42% or $0.39 during the last trading session, reaching $92.39. About 18.85M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Dean Investment Associates Llc increased its stake in Schweitzer (SWM) by 15.45% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Dean Investment Associates Llc bought 27,920 shares as the company’s stock declined 8.33% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 208,600 shares of the basic industries company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $8.65 million, up from 180,680 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Dean Investment Associates Llc who had been investing in Schweitzer for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $1.26 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 2.82% or $1.19 during the last trading session, reaching $41.02. About 100,602 shares traded. Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) has risen 12.52% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 4.18% the S&P500.

Among 3 analysts covering Schweitzer-Mauduit (NYSE:SWM), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 67% are positive. Schweitzer-Mauduit had 3 analyst reports since August 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Thursday, June 23, the company rating was initiated by Drexel Hamilton. The rating was upgraded by Sidoti on Monday, August 24 to “Neutral”.

Dean Investment Associates Llc, which manages about $548.42M and $657.84 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Bryn Mawr Bank Corp (NASDAQ:BMTC) by 70,230 shares to 71,606 shares, valued at $3.14M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Amerisafe Inc (NASDAQ:AMSF) by 12,620 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 52,845 shares, and cut its stake in Csg Sys Intl Inc (NASDAQ:CSGS).

Investors sentiment increased to 1.38 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.06, from 1.32 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 16 investors sold SWM shares while 42 reduced holdings. 20 funds opened positions while 60 raised stakes. 26.05 million shares or 0.38% more from 25.95 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Prudential reported 0.02% stake. Geode Cap Mgmt Limited Liability holds 395,576 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Robeco Institutional Asset Mngmt Bv stated it has 10,332 shares. Millennium Ltd Com has 198,473 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Prelude Capital Mgmt Ltd Liability has 7,500 shares. Amer Gp has 24,148 shares. Virginia Retirement Et Al owns 19,000 shares or 0.01% of their US portfolio. Us Financial Bank De holds 0% or 58 shares. Moreover, Boston Prtn has 0.05% invested in Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) for 919,357 shares. Alliancebernstein Lp holds 0% in Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) or 38,972 shares. Aqr Cap Mngmt Limited Company holds 0% in Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) or 29,779 shares. Moreover, Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management has 0% invested in Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM). Salem Investment Counselors Incorporated has invested 0% of its portfolio in Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM). Deutsche Natl Bank Ag invested 0% of its portfolio in Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM). 136,970 are owned by Thrivent Finance For Lutherans.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 78% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 167 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Thursday, March 17 by Oppenheimer. Credit Suisse maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Monday, July 17 with “Outperform” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Sunday, October 8 with “Buy” rating. As per Tuesday, January 23, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, October 5 by Canaccord Genuity. On Monday, November 23 the stock rating was maintained by UBS with “Buy”. The company was maintained on Sunday, August 27 by Piper Jaffray. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Monday, July 3 with “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Thursday, February 1 by Jefferies. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, January 25 by J.P. Morgan.

Since August 29, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 selling transactions for $5.98 million activity. COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE sold 26,763 shares worth $1.98 million.

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. Verus Fincl Inc holds 0.17% or 5,738 shares. Thornburg Investment Inc holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 23,024 shares. 5.37 million were reported by Fil Ltd. Palisades Hudson Asset Mgmt Lp holds 14,885 shares or 0.63% of its portfolio. Baskin Finance Svcs accumulated 198,651 shares. Guyasuta Invest Advisors invested in 405,414 shares or 3.64% of the stock. Eqis Mgmt Inc reported 47,288 shares stake. Camelot Portfolios Ltd Liability Co holds 0.35% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 9,620 shares. Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt System invested in 0.69% or 626,399 shares. Greenwich Wealth Mngmt Limited Liability has 94,764 shares for 1.21% of their portfolio. Newman Dignan & Sheerar Inc invested in 2.1% or 52,832 shares. Parsec Mngmt holds 2.69% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 498,688 shares. Cornerstone Cap Mngmt Holding Ltd accumulated 3.62 million shares. Opus Management Inc holds 0.07% or 5,000 shares. Villere St Denis J Llc accumulated 0.51% or 117,439 shares.

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