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Franklin Street Advisors Decreased Its Holding in Merck & Co New (MRK) by $6.96 Million as Market Value Rose; Microsoft (MSFT) Holder Professional Advisory Services Has Upped Position by $10.86 Million as Share Price Rose

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Professional Advisory Services Inc increased its stake in Microsoft (MSFT) by 1584.83% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Professional Advisory Services Inc bought 119,338 shares as the company’s stock rose 3.08% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 126,868 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $11.58M, up from 7,530 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Professional Advisory Services Inc who had been investing in Microsoft for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $785.76B market cap company. The stock increased 1.40% or $1.41 during the last trading session, reaching $102.27. About 14.97 million 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: 17/04/2018 – Jibe Announces a Full Migration for its Customers After Showing lmpressive Results in Google Cloud’s Job Discovery Beta Program; 07/05/2018 – MSFT: Microsoft 365 sounds like it’s taking over Windows 10 as the operating system, or rather subsuming it as Windows becomes part of the cloud and edge. #MSBuild2018 – ! $MSFT; 09/03/2018 – KBR Takes Part in More than $32 Billion in 2018 Project Kickoffs, Completions, an Industrial Info News Alert; 26/04/2018 – MICROSOFT QTRLY REVENUE IN MORE PERSONAL COMPUTING WAS $9.9 BLN AND INCREASED 13% (UP 11% IN CONSTANT CURRENCY); 16/04/2018 – Microsoft’s Solution to a Tech Threat: Linux, not Windows; 07/05/2018 – Microsoft projects a future of A.I.-powered drones at its annual developer conference; 31/03/2018 – U.S. government seeks end to Supreme Court privacy fight with Microsoft; 13/03/2018 – The figure was cited by plaintiffs suing Microsoft for systematically denying pay raises or promotions to women; 16/03/2018 – MICROSOFT: WORKING ON UPDATES TO MAKE SKYPE MORE ACCESSIBLE; 09/05/2018 – Alphabet, Apple and Microsoft will be part of government drone pilots, but Amazon was left out

Franklin Street Advisors Inc decreased its stake in Merck & Co Inc New (MRK) by 89.32% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Franklin Street Advisors Inc sold 128,885 shares as the company’s stock rose 5.40% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund held 15,415 shares of the health care company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $840,000, down from 144,300 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Franklin Street Advisors Inc who had been investing in Merck & Co Inc New for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $164.75 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.34% or $0.21 during the last trading session, reaching $61.24. About 8.29 million shares traded. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has declined 9.15% since June 20, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 21.72% the S&P500. Some Historical MRK News: 27/04/2018 – MERCK INDIA 1Q REV. 3B RUPEES; 03/05/2018 – MERCK & CO INC – NOW EXPECTS THAT AN ADDITIONAL INTERIM ANALYSIS WILL BE CONDUCTED PRIOR TO ASCO; 19/04/2018 – Moody’s Affirms Procter & Gamble’s Aa3 Rating Following Announced Acquisition Of Merck’s Consumer Health Business; Outlook Stable; 09/04/2018 – Merck’s Keytruda meets main goal in lung cancer trial; 06/03/2018 – BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO – DOSING SCHEDULE UPDATES FOR AN ADDITIONAL APPROVED INDICATION FOR OPDIVO MAY BE SUBMITTED TO FDA IN FUTURE FOR OPDIVO; 16/04/2018 – BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB – IN PHASE 3 CHECKMATE -214 CLINICAL TRIAL, OPDIVO + YERVOY COMBINATION DEMONSTRATED A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN OVERALL SURVIVAL; 06/04/2018 – Incyte and Merck Provide Update on Phase 3 Study of Epacadostat in Combination with KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in Patients with Unresectable or Metastatic Melanoma; 13/04/2018 – BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO – IN STUDY, OPDIVO DEMONSTRATED A STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT VERSUS DOCETAXEL ON PRIMARY ENDPOINT OF OVERALL SURVIVAL; 07/05/2018 – Roche: FDA Grants Priority Review for Tecentriq in Lung Cancer Treatment; 16/04/2018 – Merck lung cancer trial boosts immunotherapy hopes

Since February 16, 2018, it had 1 buy, and 4 insider sales for $1.39 million activity. PETERSON SANDRA E bought 5,400 shares worth $550,606.

Professional Advisory Services Inc, which manages about $462.00M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Capital One Financial (NYSE:COF) by 6,846 shares to 144,927 shares, valued at $13.89M in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Alphabet Inc. Class C by 1,717 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 16,644 shares, and cut its stake in Stryker (NYSE:SYK).

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. JP Morgan upgraded the shares of MSFT in report on Friday, April 27 to “Overweight” rating. As per Sunday, August 27, the company rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Outperform” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Friday, October 21. As per Friday, January 8, the company rating was initiated by BMO Capital Markets. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Thursday, March 17 by Oppenheimer. The firm has “Buy” rating by UBS given on Thursday, April 19. Bank of America maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Thursday, February 1. Bank of America has “Buy” rating and $106 target. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, January 19 by UBS. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Bank of America given on Thursday, October 1. On Wednesday, January 31 the stock rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Buy”.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Microsoft Corporation: The Big Fluffy Cloud” on June 19, 2018, also Benzinga.com with their article: “3 Reasons Why Goldman Sachs Turned Bullish On Ansys” published on June 20, 2018, Nasdaq.com published: “Microsoft (MSFT) Puts Rumors to Rest by Confirming GitHub Buyout” on June 14, 2018. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Thestreet.com and their article: “Why Microsoft Is Ratcheting Up Its Hardware and Chip Ambitions” published on June 14, 2018 as well as Finance.Yahoo.com‘s news article titled: “Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Strikes Deal To Acquire Github” with publication date: June 04, 2018.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.74 in 2018 Q1. Its down 0.03, from 0.77 in 2017Q4. It turned 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. Psagot Invest House Limited has 0.02% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Moreover, Markston Interest Limited Liability Corp has 3.48% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 353,714 shares. Ally holds 0.51% or 37,000 shares. Fruth Invest Mgmt holds 1.18% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 29,031 shares. Arrow holds 2.5% or 118,044 shares. Prudential Public Limited Com has invested 3.58% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Westend Advisors Ltd Liability Co has invested 0% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Oarsman has 42,095 shares for 1.75% of their portfolio. Ashmore Wealth Management Limited Liability holds 15.18% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 3.32M shares. Moreover, Webster Bancorporation N A has 1.67% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Waverton Invest Mngmt Ltd accumulated 1.42M shares or 7.6% of the stock. Trustmark Bank & Trust Trust Department invested 0.42% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Atlanta Capital Mngmt Company L L C holds 1.31 million shares or 0.62% of its portfolio. Blackrock reported 499.85M shares. Lee Danner & Bass reported 116,770 shares.

Among 24 analysts covering Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), 21 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 88% are positive. Merck & Co. Inc. had 90 analyst reports since August 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Jefferies maintained Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) on Friday, March 23 with “Hold” rating. The company was downgraded on Monday, October 30 by Morgan Stanley. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Thursday, April 5 by Barclays Capital. On Wednesday, October 18 the stock rating was upgraded by Citigroup to “Buy”. Leerink Swann maintained Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) rating on Monday, October 30. Leerink Swann has “Market Perform” rating and $69 target. Credit Suisse maintained the shares of MRK in report on Friday, September 8 with “Outperform” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, July 28 by Piper Jaffray. The firm has “Hold” rating by Jefferies given on Thursday, July 14. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Hold” on Friday, April 15. The company was maintained on Friday, July 28 by SunTrust.

More news for Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) were recently published by: Fool.com, which released: “Better Buy: Celgene Corporation vs. Merck” on June 19, 2018. Seekingalpha.com‘s article titled: “Alzheimer’s Disease: A History Of Drug Failures” and published on June 19, 2018 is yet another important article.

Franklin Street Advisors Inc, which manages about $2.06 billion and $666.96M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Bristolmyers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) by 123,995 shares to 238,534 shares, valued at $15.09 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) by 5,535 shares in the quarter, for a total of 80,652 shares, and has risen its stake in Enbridge Inc (NYSE:ENB).

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