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As Ecolab (ECL) Market Value Rose, Caledonia Investments Plc Has Increased Holding by $8.08 Million; Bbr Partners Has Lifted Microsoft (MSFT) Position by $390,117

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Bbr Partners Llc increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 83.18% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Bbr Partners Llc bought 4,287 shares as the company’s stock rose 3.08% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund held 9,441 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $862,000, up from 5,154 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Bbr Partners Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $780.69B market cap company. The stock increased 0.74% or $0.75 during the last trading session, reaching $101.61. About 7.11M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 41.28% since June 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 28.71% the S&P500. Some Historical MSFT News: 16/05/2018 – Tech Report: Rumor: Microsoft is raring to release a low-cost Surface tablet; 15/05/2018 – Waddell & Reed Adds Emerson Electric, Cuts Microsoft: 13F; 29/03/2018 – Microsoft has now rebuilt the company around the cloud instead of Windows, and employees approve; 07/05/2018 – FreshBooks Announces the Ability for Small Business Owners to Collect Payments Directly Within Microsoft Outlook with Microsoft; 16/05/2018 – TechCentral.co.z: Microsoft readying new tablet to take on Apple’s iPad; 18/05/2018 – PayPal expands retail payments with $2.2 bln iZettle buy; 30/04/2018 – Microsoft’s John Thompson is going to help venture capital firm Lightspeed find some deals Thompson succeeded Bill Gates as chairman of the Seattle giant; 26/04/2018 – MICROSOFT 3Q ADJ EPS 95C, EST. 85C; 26/04/2018 – MICROSOFT EXPECTS 4Q CLOUD GROSS MARGIN FLAT COMPARED TO 3Q; 03/05/2018 – IoT Evolution’s IoT Week Kicks Off with Insight on Smart Cities and lloT from Industry Leaders like the Department of Homeland Security, Cisco, Microsoft, the City of Atlanta and Many Others

Caledonia Investments Plc increased its stake in Ecolab Inc (ECL) by 118% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Caledonia Investments Plc bought 59,000 shares as the company’s stock rose 9.64% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 109,000 shares of the package goods and cosmetics company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $14.94 million, up from 50,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Caledonia Investments Plc who had been investing in Ecolab Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $41.76 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.10% or $0.14 during the last trading session, reaching $144.73. About 135,043 shares traded. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has risen 11.05% since June 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 1.52% the S&P500. Some Historical ECL News: 18/04/2018 – Ecolab Had Reported 4Q 2017 Net $565.9 Million, or $1.93/Share; 23/04/2018 – DJ Ecolab Inc, Inst Holders, 1Q 2018 (ECL); 25/04/2018 – Ecolab to Webcast Annual Meeting on May 3, 2018; 17/04/2018 – Republican Tim Pawlenty brings on former Ecolab executive James Seifert to be his gubernatorial campaign chairman; 01/05/2018 – Ecolab 1Q Net $247.3M; 01/05/2018 – ECOLAB 1Q ADJ EPS 91C, EST. 90C; 07/03/2018 – ECOLAB SAYS HAS RETAINED JIANGHAI’S SERVICE & FORMULATED BUSINESS; 18/04/2018 – Ecolab Adopts Accounting Standards Codification Topic 606 Revenue from Contracts With Customers; 24/05/2018 – Ecolab Establishes Food Safety Advisory Bd; 30/05/2018 – Ecolab Schedules Webcast of Industry Conference for June 5, 2018

Since February 16, 2018, it had 1 insider buy, and 4 sales for $1.39 million activity. 10,000 shares were sold by Capossela Christopher C, worth $1.01M.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.74 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.03, from 0.77 in 2017Q4. It dived, 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. Yacktman Asset Management LP holds 5.26% or 5.61 million shares. Calamos Wealth Ltd has 2.4% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 209,871 shares. Fiera accumulated 0.4% or 909,204 shares. Canal Ins owns 132,000 shares. Managed Asset Portfolios Lc owns 181,390 shares or 5.32% of their US portfolio. 697,310 are owned by Cullen Capital Management Llc. Cornerstone Investment Prtn Limited Liability Company reported 77,867 shares. Eagle Ridge Invest invested in 277,048 shares or 3.9% of the stock. Sandler Capital Management stated it has 1.23% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Moreover, Messner & Smith Theme Value Mgmt Ltd Ca has 0.79% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 5,235 shares. Tiger Mgmt has 361,140 shares for 4.22% of their portfolio. Cohen Lawrence B accumulated 4.65% or 75,970 shares. Glovista Invs Limited accumulated 2,350 shares or 0.05% of the stock. 32,816 are owned by King Wealth. Clearbridge Ltd Liability Corporation has 1.40M shares for 2.84% of their portfolio.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Microsoft: Outlook Remains Bright” on June 19, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Microsoft releases statement on border separations after ICE protests” published on June 18, 2018, Finance.Yahoo.com published: “Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Strikes Deal To Acquire Github” on June 04, 2018. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Fool.com and their article: “Better Buy: Microsoft Corporation vs. IBM” published on June 19, 2018 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “Leaked Microsoft Document Points to Dual-Screen Mobile Device” with publication date: June 13, 2018.

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. Cowen & Co maintained it with “Market Perform” rating and $59 target in Friday, April 1 report. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets on Friday, January 27 with “Outperform”. As per Tuesday, October 31, the company rating was upgraded by Argus Research. As per Thursday, August 13, the company rating was upgraded by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock has “Buy” rating by Evercore on Friday, December 8. RBC Capital Markets maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Friday, May 11. RBC Capital Markets has “Buy” rating and $11500 target. As per Monday, August 7, the company rating was maintained by Credit Suisse. RBC Capital Markets maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Monday, May 29 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by William Blair with “Buy” on Wednesday, March 21. Canaccord Genuity maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Friday, April 27 with “Buy” rating.

Among 23 analysts covering Ecolab (NYSE:ECL), 10 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 43% are positive. Ecolab had 72 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Canaccord Genuity maintained it with “Buy” rating and $120 target in Wednesday, February 24 report. Citigroup maintained it with “Neutral” rating and $144 target in Thursday, February 22 report. J.P. Morgan downgraded it to “Hold” rating and $14600 target in Wednesday, May 2 report. As per Wednesday, January 24, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock has “Reduce” rating by Nomura on Monday, August 22. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Outperform” rating and $124 target in Friday, February 19 report. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Macquarie Research given on Friday, August 26. The stock of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, April 19 by Nomura. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Wednesday, November 1 by Jefferies. Barclays Capital maintained the shares of ECL in report on Wednesday, February 24 with “Overweight” rating.

Another recent and important Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) news was published by Globenewswire.com which published an article titled: “Recent Analysis Shows NuVasive, Ecolab, Roku, Northern Trust, Sea Limited, and Twenty-First Century Fox Market …” on June 15, 2018.

Since March 7, 2018, it had 4 insider purchases, and 2 selling transactions for $294.14 million activity. Shares for $50.38M were bought by GATES WILLIAM H III. Inchaustegui Roberto sold $652,978 worth of stock.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.97 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.05, from 1.02 in 2017Q4. It turned negative, as 45 investors sold ECL shares while 298 reduced holdings. 68 funds opened positions while 264 raised stakes. 211.10 million shares or 1.90% less from 215.19 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Dynamic Advisor Solutions has 0.21% invested in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) for 6,047 shares. Amica Mutual Insur Com reported 0.18% stake. Hemenway Tru Co Limited Liability reported 11,972 shares. Amica Pension Fund Board Of Trustees has invested 0.24% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Everence Mngmt reported 0.3% of its portfolio in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Scotia Capital Inc owns 27,546 shares. Glob X Commerce Ltd holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) for 4,446 shares. Synovus Fincl owns 49,492 shares or 0.11% of their US portfolio. S&Co accumulated 236,344 shares. Somerset Group Inc Ltd stated it has 0.55% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Washington Trust National Bank owns 1,294 shares. Hilltop Hldgs Inc owns 3,082 shares. Hillsdale Investment Mngmt holds 0% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) or 45 shares. 437,672 are held by Credit Suisse Ag. San Francisco Sentry Inv Group (Ca) accumulated 0.13% or 3,270 shares.

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