Mathes Company Has Raised Its Microsoft (MSFT) Stake by $3.67 Million as Stock Value Rose; Lowe S Companies (LOW) Shareholder Fca Has Trimmed Its Position

January 16, 2018 - By Henry Gaston

Mathes Company Inc increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 419.13% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Mathes Company Inc bought 49,570 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 61,397 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $4.57 million, up from 11,827 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Mathes Company Inc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $683.86 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 1.07% or $0.96 during the last trading session, reaching $88.64. About 27.35M shares traded or 22.39% up from the average. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since January 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Fca Corp decreased its stake in Lowe S Companies Inc (LOW) by 33.02% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Fca Corp sold 13,852 shares as the company’s stock rose 10.23% with the market. The institutional investor held 28,100 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.25 million, down from 41,952 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Fca Corp who had been investing in Lowe S Companies Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $83.73B market cap company. The stock increased 0.05% or $0.05 during the last trading session, reaching $100.91. About 9.23 million shares traded or 47.65% up from the average. Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has risen 5.92% since January 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 10.78% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.04 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.01, from 1.03 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 76 investors sold LOW shares while 406 reduced holdings. 115 funds opened positions while 384 raised stakes. 589.78 million shares or 2.68% less from 606.01 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Deltec Asset Management Limited Liability Co owns 29,783 shares. Cap Advisors Limited Com invested in 6,559 shares or 0.04% of the stock. Maryland Capital stated it has 8,523 shares or 0.1% of all its holdings. Gotham Asset Mgmt Limited Com holds 820,267 shares or 0.96% of its portfolio. Qci Asset Mngmt Inc New York holds 1.59% of its portfolio in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) for 178,386 shares. Envestnet Asset Mgmt Inc invested in 78,063 shares or 0.01% of the stock. 613,755 are owned by First Republic Mgmt Inc. Cape Cod Five Cents Financial Bank has invested 0.1% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Acadian Asset Mgmt Ltd Liability Corporation reported 0% of its portfolio in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Mai Management reported 22,997 shares stake. Neuberger Berman Group Ltd Liability Corp accumulated 1.10M shares. Consolidated Invest Grp Incorporated Lc owns 6,126 shares. Cleararc reported 21,701 shares. Markston Ltd Co holds 161,623 shares or 1.33% of its portfolio. Douglass Winthrop Advsrs Limited Com owns 6,819 shares.

Analysts await Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) to report earnings on March, 7. They expect $0.86 earnings per share, 0.00% or $0.00 from last year’s $0.86 per share. LOW’s profit will be $713.59M for 29.33 P/E if the $0.86 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.05 actual earnings per share reported by Lowe's Companies, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -18.10% negative EPS growth.

Since September 19, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 2 sales for $778,532 activity. On Friday, September 22 Hollifield Matthew V sold $614,857 worth of Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) or 7,853 shares.

Among 33 analysts covering Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE:LOW), 19 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 13 Hold. Therefore 58% are positive. Lowe’s Companies Inc. had 76 analyst reports since August 19, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was downgraded by Cleveland on Thursday, October 6 to “Neutral”. The company was maintained on Thursday, September 28 by Robert W. Baird. RBC Capital Markets maintained Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) on Monday, October 30 with “Buy” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) rating on Thursday, December 8. RBC Capital Markets has “Outperform” rating and $83 target. Piper Jaffray downgraded Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) on Monday, October 31 to “Neutral” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Thursday, November 19 report. The stock of Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) earned “Hold” rating by Piper Jaffray on Friday, September 29. The company was maintained on Thursday, July 20 by Stifel Nicolaus. The company was maintained on Tuesday, October 31 by Robert W. Baird. The stock of Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, November 22 by Telsey Advisory Group.

Mathes Company Inc, which manages about $240.09 million and $212.37M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) by 28,208 shares to 4,000 shares, valued at $364,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Amazon Com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) by 5,217 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 6,871 shares, and cut its stake in Kraft Heinz Company.

Among 35 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 143 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. BMO Capital Markets initiated the shares of MSFT in report on Friday, January 8 with “Outperform” rating. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets on Wednesday, August 23 with “Buy”. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Thursday, October 1 by Bank of America. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Raymond James on Friday, July 21. The firm earned “Market Perform” rating on Friday, April 1 by Cowen & Co. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, July 21 by Piper Jaffray. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, August 13. The rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Outperform” on Tuesday, October 31. On Monday, November 30 the stock rating was upgraded by Raymond James to “Strong Buy”. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Overweight” rating given on Wednesday, January 6 by Barclays Capital.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.83 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.01, from 0.82 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 40 investors sold MSFT shares while 952 reduced holdings. 114 funds opened positions while 708 raised stakes. 5.51 billion shares or 0.32% less from 5.53 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Mitchell Mcleod Pugh & Williams Inc accumulated 32,111 shares. Adirondack Research And Mgmt has 7,950 shares for 0.23% of their portfolio. Atalanta Sosnoff Capital Ltd Liability Corporation stated it has 1.70 million shares or 4.38% of all its holdings. Arrowstreet Capital Ltd Partnership, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 310,342 shares. Chevy Chase Tru Holdings holds 2.72% or 8.05 million shares in its portfolio. Guardian Advisors Limited Partnership holds 1.64% or 150,953 shares. 158,500 were accumulated by Davis R M. 12.27M were accumulated by Neuberger Berman Ltd Liability. The Massachusetts-based Liberty Mutual Gp Asset Mngmt has invested 1.36% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Forbes J M & Llp reported 189,701 shares stake. Quantres Asset Ltd holds 21,900 shares or 1.05% of its portfolio. Sun Life Incorporated owns 56,695 shares. Hedeker Wealth Ltd Liability accumulated 2.79% or 42,521 shares. Donaldson Capital Mngmt Ltd reported 3.51% stake. Kentucky Retirement Ins Tru Fund invested in 2.69% or 204,148 shares.

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