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Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Holder Stack Financial Management Lowered Its Holding; Southwest Airls Co (LUV) Position Has Raised by Court Place Advisors Llc

Court Place Advisors Llc increased its stake in Southwest Airls Co (LUV) by 100.23% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Court Place Advisors Llc bought 23,580 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.26% with the market. The institutional investor held 47,105 shares of the air freight and delivery services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.64 million, up from 23,525 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Court Place Advisors Llc who had been investing in Southwest Airls Co for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $34.06 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.06% or $0.605 during the last trading session, reaching $57.925. About 2.24 million shares traded. Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) has risen 37.63% since February 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 20.93% the S&P500.

Stack Financial Management Inc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) by 29.45% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Stack Financial Management Inc sold 235,818 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 564,887 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $42.08 million, down from 800,705 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Stack Financial Management Inc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp. for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $719.93 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.93% or $1.77 during the last trading session, reaching $93.5. About 14.19M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since February 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.89 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 69 investors sold LUV shares while 249 reduced holdings. 70 funds opened positions while 213 raised stakes. 441.14 million shares or 4.78% less from 463.31 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Catalyst Cap Advsrs Limited Co owns 50 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Amer Gp Incorporated reported 199,545 shares. Institute For Wealth Limited Liability Company reported 19,455 shares. Holt Capital Advisors Ltd Liability Dba Holt Capital Partners Lp holds 0.24% or 13,367 shares. Virtu Financial Ltd Limited Liability Company has invested 0.03% in Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV). Shell Asset Management has 29,657 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio. First Manhattan Company owns 409,680 shares or 0.13% of their US portfolio. Credit Suisse Ag stated it has 0.03% of its portfolio in Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV). State Of Tennessee Treasury Department owns 577,034 shares. Duncker Streett Company invested in 0% or 29 shares. Ameritas Inv Prtn stated it has 0.03% of its portfolio in Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV). Fire Grp Inc holds 0.14% of its portfolio in Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) for 7,500 shares. Commonwealth Equity Serv invested in 103,582 shares or 0.03% of the stock. Ing Groep Nv reported 48,242 shares stake. Moreover, Raymond James Tru Na has 0.02% invested in Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) for 5,985 shares.

Among 19 analysts covering Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV), 14 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 74% are positive. Southwest Airlines Co. had 64 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, September 20 by Raymond James. On Thursday, September 3 the stock rating was maintained by Imperial Capital with “Outperform”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, July 28 by Cowen & Co. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Cowen & Co given on Friday, June 24. The stock of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, January 30 by J.P. Morgan. The rating was upgraded by Argus Research on Thursday, June 22 to “Buy”. Cowen & Co maintained it with “Buy” rating and $67.0 target in Monday, January 8 report. The company was upgraded on Tuesday, July 26 by Evercore. The stock of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) has “Overweight” rating given on Thursday, July 30 by JP Morgan. Bernstein initiated Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) on Tuesday, October 11 with “Outperform” rating.

Since October 17, 2017, it had 1 insider buy, and 3 selling transactions for $2.03 million activity. $196,875 worth of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) was bought by CUNNINGHAM WILLIAM H DR on Monday, February 12. BIGGINS J VERONICA also sold $1,886 worth of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) shares. The insider MONTFORD JOHN T sold 1,695 shares worth $107,240.

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. On Thursday, January 25 the stock rating was maintained by J.P. Morgan with “Hold”. The firm has “Buy” rating by Argus Research given on Tuesday, February 6. Deutsche Bank maintained it with “Buy” rating and $65 target in Wednesday, December 16 report. Piper Jaffray maintained it with “Buy” rating and $9000 target in Friday, July 21 report. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Friday, October 21 by BMO Capital Markets. Jefferies maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Tuesday, June 13. Jefferies has “Sell” rating and $4500 target. The company was maintained on Friday, February 2 by Nomura. Cowen & Co maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, October 31 report. The company was upgraded on Monday, November 30 by Raymond James. The stock has “Buy” rating by Piper Jaffray on Sunday, August 27.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on April, 26. They expect $0.85 EPS, up 16.44% or $0.12 from last year’s $0.73 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $6.54B for 27.50 P/E if the $0.85 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.96 actual EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -11.46% negative EPS growth.

Since August 29, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 4 insider sales for $6.58 million activity. $325,500 worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares were sold by Capossela Christopher C. Hood Amy sold 55,000 shares worth $4.00M.

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