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Philip Morris Intl (PM) Share Value Declined While Alethea Capital Management Raised Its Holding; As Microsoft (MSFT) Market Value Rose, Shareholder Verity Asset Management Cut Its Stake by $1.52 Million

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Verity Asset Management Inc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 60.12% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Verity Asset Management Inc sold 17,300 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.63% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 11,475 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $1.02 million, down from 28,775 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Verity Asset Management Inc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $740.35 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.19% or $0.18 during the last trading session, reaching $96.36. About 13.92 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 37.43% since May 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.88% the S&P500.

Alethea Capital Management Llc increased its stake in Philip Morris Intl Inc (PM) by 138.74% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Alethea Capital Management Llc bought 5,544 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.57% with the market. The institutional investor held 9,540 shares of the farming and seeds and milling company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $1.01M, up from 3,996 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Alethea Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Philip Morris Intl Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $125.52 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.36% or $0.29 during the last trading session, reaching $80.75. About 5.98 million shares traded. Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) has declined 13.93% since May 20, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 25.48% the S&P500.

Verity Asset Management Inc, which manages about $409.92 million and $132.76 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Floating Rate Bond Etf (FLOT) by 26,945 shares to 220,053 shares, valued at $11.23 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Ishares Tr Russell 2000 Etf (IWM) by 4,338 shares in the quarter, for a total of 20,235 shares, and has risen its stake in Citigroup Inc Com New (NYSE:C).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q3. It dropped, 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. American Intll Gru Inc reported 3.27 million shares. Stevens First Principles Inv reported 1,855 shares. 61,488 are held by Hanson Doremus Inv Management. 50,083 were reported by Cim Investment Mangement. 70,375 are owned by Swarthmore Gru. Skba Mngmt Ltd invested 2.18% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Parthenon Limited Liability Corp invested 7.69% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 870,000 are held by Bp Public Ltd Company. Chemical Bancorporation holds 0.94% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 101,758 shares. Bouchey Grp reported 6,037 shares stake. Lafayette Investments, a Maryland-based fund reported 91,113 shares. Moors & Cabot has 1.72% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Wealth Architects Ltd owns 0.33% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 11,918 shares. Stillwater Investment Limited holds 0.37% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 7,104 shares. Chickasaw Mngmt Llc reported 0.02% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on July, 19. They expect $1.08 EPS, up 10.20% or $0.10 from last year’s $0.98 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $8.30 billion for 22.31 P/E if the $1.08 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.95 actual EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 13.68% EPS growth.

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. On Monday, September 25 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Sell”. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Wednesday, January 3 with “Buy”. As per Wednesday, December 20, the company rating was maintained by Oppenheimer. Canaccord Genuity maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, January 31 report. The stock has “Buy” rating by Nomura on Friday, February 2. Piper Jaffray maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Monday, October 2. Piper Jaffray has “Buy” rating and $90.0 target. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley on Monday, June 19 with “Buy”. UBS maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Monday, August 29. UBS has “Buy” rating and $64 target. The company was maintained on Wednesday, September 27 by Bernstein. As per Tuesday, July 19, the company rating was initiated by William Blair.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 3 sales for $930,912 activity.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Microsoft: Headed To Higher Highs” on May 01, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Microsoft Does It Again” published on May 01, 2018, Benzinga.com published: “Microsoft Shares On A Path Toward $130, Says Morgan Stanley” on April 27, 2018. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “Microsoft Corporation Replacing Surface Pro 4s in “Flickergate” Resolution” published on May 14, 2018 as well as 247Wallst.com‘s news article titled: “Will Microsoft’s Q1 Earnings Boost Its Valuation?” with publication date: April 26, 2018.

Since February 21, 2018, it had 4 buys, and 3 selling transactions for $6.75 million activity. $1.43M worth of Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) shares were sold by FIRESTONE MARC S. Geissler Werner bought $3.97M worth of stock. On Wednesday, April 25 Whitson Jerry bought $248,282 worth of Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) or 3,000 shares. 49,000 Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) shares with value of $5.08M were sold by CALANTZOPOULOS ANDRE. Li Jennifer bought 40,000 shares worth $3.25M. CAMILLERI LOUIS C sold $8.21 million worth of Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) on Wednesday, May 9.

Among 21 analysts covering Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM), 16 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 76% are positive. Philip Morris International had 63 analyst reports since August 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Citigroup initiated the shares of PM in report on Tuesday, September 13 with “Neutral” rating. Jefferies maintained it with “Hold” rating and $99 target in Wednesday, October 5 report. On Thursday, October 19 the stock rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Buy”. The firm has “Overweight” rating given on Tuesday, January 30 by Morgan Stanley. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Thursday, February 8 with “Buy”. As per Monday, September 12, the company rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs. The rating was upgraded by Bank of America to “Buy” on Thursday, March 24. As per Friday, October 20, the company rating was maintained by Cowen & Co. Wells Fargo maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, October 10 report. The stock of Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) earned “Neutral” rating by Bank of America on Friday, October 20.

More notable recent Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) news were published by: Investorplace.com which released: “Don’t Chase Philip Morris International Inc. After Plunge” on April 30, 2018, also Finance.Yahoo.com with their article: “Phillip Morris International Inc. Has Been Smoked, But It May Be Time To Light Up Again” published on April 25, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “Philip Morris adjusts full-year guidance” on May 09, 2018. More interesting news about Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) were released by: Fool.com and their article: “Why Philip Morris International Inc. Stock Lost 17.5% in April” published on May 07, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Shareholder Yield: Altria Vs. Philip Morris” with publication date: April 22, 2018.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.11 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.14, from 0.97 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 74 investors sold PM shares while 467 reduced holdings. 109 funds opened positions while 493 raised stakes. 1.09 billion shares or 0.42% less from 1.10 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. 1.10 million were reported by M&T State Bank. Smith Moore &, Missouri-based fund reported 3,428 shares. Mogy Joel R Inv Counsel has invested 0.85% in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Rbo Ltd has 4.85% invested in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Laurion Cap Mngmt LP reported 0% in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Monetary Grp Inc holds 0.54% in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) or 12,575 shares. 2.50 million were accumulated by Rhumbline Advisers. Marble Harbor Counsel Ltd Llc accumulated 0.13% or 6,360 shares. Sunbelt Secs Incorporated reported 10,934 shares. 5,928 are owned by Barr E S. Eaton Vance Mngmt holds 2.12 million shares or 0.54% of its portfolio. Moreover, Loring Wolcott Coolidge Fiduciary Llp Ma has 0.99% invested in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) for 510,921 shares. Exane Derivatives has 0.78% invested in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Alphamark Advisors Limited Com invested 0.07% of its portfolio in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Whalerock Point Partners Lc holds 0.18% or 5,307 shares in its portfolio.

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