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Northstar Asset Management Has Decreased Its Position in Starbucks (SBUX) by $758,100 as Valuation Rose; First Fiduciary Investment Counsel Stake in Microsoft (MSFT) Has Trimmed by $534,625 as Market Value Rose

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Northstar Asset Management Llc decreased its stake in Starbucks Corp (SBUX) by 26.53% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Northstar Asset Management Llc sold 13,300 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.31% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 36,829 shares of the restaurants company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $2.13M, down from 50,129 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Northstar Asset Management Llc who had been investing in Starbucks Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $78.81B market cap company. The stock increased 0.16% or $0.09 during the last trading session, reaching $57.11. About 12.41M shares traded or 52.71% up from the average. Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) has declined 7.92% since June 17, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 20.49% the S&P500. Some Historical SBUX News: 07/05/2018 – ♫ Reuters Insider – Starbucks to sell rights to Nestle; 07/05/2018 – STARBUCKS: TRANSACTION EXPECTED EPS ACCRETIVE BY END OF FY 2021; 09/03/2018 – STARBUCKS SAYS FORMER CEO ORIN SMITH DIED MARCH 1; 21/04/2018 – A Problem Starbucks Can’t Train Away; 18/04/2018 – Starbucks `Third Place’ Strategy Undercut by Racial Inequality; 29/05/2018 – ♫ Reuters Insider – JAB buys Pret a Manger to sweeten its empire; 17/04/2018 – New York Post: Police release recording of call that lead to arrest of black men at Starbucks; 17/04/2018 – Starbucks: CEO Kevin Johnson and Men Involved in Incident at the Philadelphia Starbucks Discussing Issue; 08/05/2018 – GOOGLE SAYS HAS BEEN WORKING WITH STARBUCKS, DOORDASH, DOMINO’S, AND OTHER RESTAURANTS FOR ASSISTANT – CONFERENCE; 29/05/2018 – News 12 CT: Business Briefs: Starbucks, Pret A Manger, Intel

First Fiduciary Investment Counsel Inc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 2.75% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. First Fiduciary Investment Counsel Inc sold 5,875 shares as the company’s stock rose 3.08% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 208,048 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $18.99M, down from 213,923 at the end of the previous reported quarter. First Fiduciary Investment Counsel Inc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $769.32B market cap company. The stock decreased 1.27% or $1.29 during the last trading session, reaching $100.13. About 37.25M shares traded or 26.19% up from the average. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 41.28% since June 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 28.71% the S&P500. Some Historical MSFT News: 26/04/2018 – MICROSOFT 3Q REV. $26.8B, EST. $25.8B; 16/05/2018 – Microsoft is preparing to take on Apple’s iPad with a line of $400 tablets that could hit shelves as early as this year; 15/05/2018 – Sigfox Launches Sens’it Discovery; 18/04/2018 – Bottomline Technologies Deploys Offerings On Microsoft’s App; 27/03/2018 – L3 Technologies Selects Microsoft Azure Government in Strategic Cloud Initiative; 17/05/2018 – Leading names include Facebook, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Time Warner. Apple this year fell from eighth to 18th on the list; 29/03/2018 – Parts of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group are getting pulled out and placed in other groups as its leader departs; 15/03/2018 – BlackRock Names Executives From Microsoft, Other Firms to Its Board; 18/04/2018 – MicroStrategy Releases Three New Gateways to Microsoft Azure; 16/05/2018 – Google and Microsoft still invest in email clients, but personal email is dead

First Fiduciary Investment Counsel Inc, which manages about $469.31M and $503.35M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Schlumberger Ltd (NYSE:SLB) by 18,055 shares to 218,947 shares, valued at $14.18M in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) by 21,090 shares in the quarter, for a total of 185,066 shares, and has risen its stake in 2020 Ishares Ibonds Etf.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 1 insider buy, and 4 selling transactions for $1.39 million activity. 5,400 shares were bought by PETERSON SANDRA E, worth $550,606 on Tuesday, June 5.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 31 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 84% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 196 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, July 6 by Canaccord Genuity. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Outperform” rating by William Blair on Friday, October 21. Credit Suisse maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Tuesday, September 26. Credit Suisse has “Buy” rating and $84.0 target. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, February 1 with “Buy”. Nomura maintained it with “Buy” rating and $36 target in Tuesday, April 19 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by FBR Capital given on Thursday, September 3. The stock has “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, January 27. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Thursday, November 10 by Atlantic Securities. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Argus Research on Wednesday, June 6. Evercore maintained it with “Buy” rating and $106.0 target in Friday, December 8 report.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.74 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.03, from 0.77 in 2017Q4. It is negative, as 49 investors sold MSFT shares while 1035 reduced holdings. 142 funds opened positions while 665 raised stakes. 5.38 billion shares or 1.45% less from 5.46 billion shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Putnam Fl stated it has 2.73% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). The California-based Hutchinson Capital Management Ca has invested 3.26% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Eii Capital Mngmt has invested 0.07% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). R G Niederhoffer Mgmt accumulated 3,900 shares. Braun Stacey Associate Incorporated, New York-based fund reported 414,357 shares. Buckhead Cap holds 128,397 shares. Thomaspartners invested in 4.37 million shares or 2.92% of the stock. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft Fi holds 788,083 shares or 0.8% of its portfolio. Moreover, Evergreen Capital Llc has 2.65% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Catawba Mgmt Va holds 3.37% or 153,955 shares in its portfolio. Roanoke Asset Management Ny stated it has 41,049 shares. Kempen Nv holds 0.33% or 45,353 shares. Institute For Wealth Mgmt Limited Liability holds 2.12% or 77,078 shares in its portfolio. Private Wealth Incorporated holds 1.45% or 39,567 shares. Ipswich Invest Mgmt has invested 3.84% of its portfolio 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 23.18 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.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Finance.Yahoo.com which released: “Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Strikes Deal To Acquire Github” on June 04, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Can Cloud-Based Growth Sustain Microsoft Going Forward?” published on June 04, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “Microsoft: An Easy One For Shareholders” on June 12, 2018. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “For Microsoft The Future Is Now” published on June 13, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Microsoft: How The Acquisition Of GitHub Reflects Where The Modern Corporation Is Going” with publication date: June 06, 2018.

Since January 31, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 sales for $13.62 million activity. Shares for $3.60M were sold by WEATHERUP CRAIG. Another trade for 12,500 shares valued at $740,851 was made by ULLMAN MYRON E III on Monday, March 12.

Northstar Asset Management Llc, which manages about $238.11M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) by 6,025 shares to 42,727 shares, valued at $5.48 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.93 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.12, from 1.05 in 2017Q4. It dived, as 61 investors sold SBUX shares while 485 reduced holdings. 118 funds opened positions while 391 raised stakes. 955.12 million shares or 2.87% less from 983.38 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Hoertkorn Richard Charles invested in 1.9% or 53,360 shares. 6,511 are held by Sva Plumb Wealth Limited Liability Com. Private Ocean Lc accumulated 11,837 shares. Scholtz Limited Liability Company invested in 25,750 shares or 1.1% of the stock. West Coast Finance Limited Liability owns 112,073 shares. Rampart Investment Management Limited Liability Corp holds 0.49% of its portfolio in Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) for 88,590 shares. 130,385 were accumulated by Schaper Benz Wise Inv Counsel Inc Wi. Profund Advsr Ltd Com has 0.3% invested in Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX). Aimz Investment Advsrs Ltd Liability Corporation holds 0.22% of its portfolio in Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) for 5,335 shares. Toth Fin Advisory Corporation owns 0.17% invested in Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) for 12,037 shares. Aristotle Ltd Co holds 4,000 shares. 15,000 are owned by Force Limited Liability. Glob Endowment Mgmt LP has invested 0.61% of its portfolio in Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX). Caprock Grp Inc Incorporated stated it has 0.2% in Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX). Fjarde Ap invested 0.36% of its portfolio in Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX).

Analysts await Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) to report earnings on July, 26. They expect $0.65 earnings per share, up 18.18% or $0.10 from last year’s $0.55 per share. SBUX’s profit will be $897.00 million for 21.97 P/E if the $0.65 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.53 actual earnings per share reported by Starbucks Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 22.64% EPS growth.

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