P-R Herzig & Co Has Trimmed Microsoft (MSFT) Position by $450,702; Market Value Rose; Alleghany Del (Y) Market Valuation Rose While Hrt Financial Has Cut Holding by $331,772

September 14, 2018 - By Rhonda Roth

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P-R Herzig & Co decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 13.57% based on its latest 2018Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. P-R Herzig & Co sold 4,599 shares as the company’s stock rose 10.77% with the market. The institutional investor held 29,286 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2018Q2, valued at $2.89M, down from 33,885 at the end of the previous reported quarter. P-R Herzig & Co who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $866.74 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.11% or $0.12 during the last trading session, reaching $113.03. About 1.58 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 49.58% since September 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 33.96% the S&P500. Some Historical MSFT News: 11/04/2018 – Techmeme: Sources: Microsoft delays planned April 10 release of next major Windows 10 update, called Version 1803, after findin; 25/04/2018 – Bill Gates used to memorize the license plates of Microsoft employees to keep tabs on them; 07/05/2018 – Microsoft projects a future of A.I.-powered drones at its annual developer conference; 02/04/2018 – Compuware’s New Automated Receive Order System Greatly Simplifies Ordering and Delivery of Maintenance; 23/03/2018 – The cloud storage company faces some stiff competition in giants like Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft; 29/05/2018 – Microsoft is now worth $749 billion and is the world’s third most valuable company; 28/03/2018 – Vivint Solar Takes the ParityPledge™ as Part of Its Commitment to Improving the Pathway for Women in Leadership Positions; 24/04/2018 – Upland Software Speeds Requests for Proposal (RFP) Through Upgraded Integrations with Microsoft Office 365 and Salesforce® Solutions; 20/03/2018 – Innovium Announces OCP SAI and Open-Source SONiC Solution to Accelerate TERALYNX™ Market Adoption; 17/04/2018 – Ionic Security and Microsoft collaborate to simplify risk management and accelerate enterprise cloud adoption through Microsoft Azure Information Protection

Hrt Financial Llc decreased its stake in Alleghany Corp Del (Y) by 36.01% based on its latest 2018Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Hrt Financial Llc sold 578 shares as the company’s stock rose 6.90% with the market. The institutional investor held 1,027 shares of the property-casualty insurers company at the end of 2018Q2, valued at $590,000, down from 1,605 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Hrt Financial Llc who had been investing in Alleghany Corp Del for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $9.42 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.62% or $3.895 during the last trading session, reaching $630.505. About 1,384 shares traded. Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y) has risen 12.12% since September 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 3.50% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.03 in Q2 2018. Its up 0.14, from 0.89 in 2018Q1. It increased, as 22 investors sold Y shares while 99 reduced holdings. 33 funds opened positions while 92 raised stakes. 12.17 million shares or 2.21% less from 12.44 million shares in 2018Q1 were reported. Captrust Finance Advisors reported 18 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Montag A Associates owns 1,691 shares for 0.1% of their portfolio. Pecaut & invested 2.1% of its portfolio in Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y). Geode Cap Mgmt Ltd holds 0.02% of its portfolio in Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y) for 139,828 shares. Canada Pension Plan Inv Board holds 1,100 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Jefferies Group Llc invested 0% in Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y). Her Majesty The Queen In Right Of The Province Of Alberta As Represented By Alberta Inv Mgmt Corp owns 1,700 shares. Asset One Ltd stated it has 23,576 shares or 0.03% of all its holdings. Moreover, Louisiana State Employees Retirement Sys has 0.11% invested in Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y). Signaturefd Ltd owns 16 shares. West Oak Limited Liability has 2,800 shares. Brown Advisory Inc owns 5,270 shares. Mason Street Advisors Ltd has invested 0.1% in Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y). Howe & Rusling Incorporated reported 9 shares. C M Bidwell Assocs Ltd invested in 745 shares or 0.4% of the stock.

Analysts await Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y) to report earnings on November, 1. They expect $7.68 EPS, up 134.86% or $29.71 from last year’s $-22.03 per share. Y’s profit will be $114.72M for 20.52 P/E if the $7.68 EPS becomes a reality. After $9.78 actual EPS reported by Alleghany Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -21.47% negative EPS growth.

Hrt Financial Llc, which manages about $238.86M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:VRTX) by 3,443 shares to 5,368 shares, valued at $912,000 in 2018Q2, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Alphabet Inc by 4,042 shares in the quarter, for a total of 4,352 shares, and has risen its stake in Lam Research Corp (NASDAQ:LRCX).

Among 2 analysts covering Alleghany (NYSE:Y), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Alleghany had 3 analyst reports since June 16, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. JMP Securities upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Monday, September 11 report. Citigroup upgraded the shares of Y in report on Thursday, June 16 to “Buy” rating. JMP Securities maintained the shares of Y in report on Thursday, February 22 with “Hold” rating.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 32 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 86% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 209 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Piper Jaffray maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, October 27 report. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Hold” rating by Wunderlich on Friday, January 29. UBS maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, June 13 report. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital on Friday, January 12 with “Buy”. On Friday, October 27 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Buy”. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Citigroup on Monday, April 30. The rating was maintained by Goldman Sachs on Tuesday, July 18 with “Buy”. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, January 8 by BMO Capital Markets. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, October 10 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Outperform” rating given on Monday, July 17 by Credit Suisse.

P-R Herzig & Co, which manages about $134.68 million and $45.94 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Weyerhaeuser Co (NYSE:WY) by 19,776 shares to 36,976 shares, valued at $1.35 million in 2018Q2, according to the filing.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on October, 25. They expect $0.96 EPS, up 14.29% or $0.12 from last year’s $0.84 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $7.36 billion for 29.43 P/E if the $0.96 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.13 actual EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -15.04% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.84 in 2018 Q2. Its up 0.10, from 0.74 in 2018Q1. It is positive, as 35 investors sold MSFT shares while 965 reduced holdings. 128 funds opened positions while 711 raised stakes. 5.31 billion shares or 1.41% less from 5.38 billion shares in 2018Q1 were reported. Harris Assocs Lp reported 0% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 30,000 were accumulated by Anson Funds Mgmt L P. 236,308 were accumulated by Luxor Group Inc Limited Partnership. Franklin Street Advisors Incorporated Nc reported 260,098 shares or 3.74% of all its holdings. Moreover, Melvin Mngmt Lp has 0.89% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 1.00 million shares. 411,711 are held by Edgemoor Investment. Osterweis Cap Mngmt Incorporated accumulated 425,900 shares. Northern Capital Mgmt Limited Com, a Wisconsin-based fund reported 66,072 shares. Zevin Asset Mngmt Ltd Liability Corp holds 6,726 shares. Shayne And Limited Com owns 18,916 shares. Salient Tru Co Lta has 3.3% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 8,400 are owned by Gator Limited. Princeton Portfolio Strategies Group Limited Liability Company holds 2.5% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 87,366 shares. Allsquare Wealth Ltd owns 0.55% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 7,343 shares. Gvo Asset Management Ltd holds 7.9% or 245,645 shares in its portfolio.

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