As Microsoft Com (MSFT) Valuation Rose, Shareholder Blackhill Capital Has Raised Position; Lionstone Capital Management Has Increased Its Advance Auto Parts (AAP) Holding by $3.08 Million; Stock Rose

April 24, 2018 - By Vivian Currie

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Blackhill Capital Inc increased its stake in Microsoft Corp Com (MSFT) by 1565.79% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Blackhill Capital Inc bought 59,500 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.63% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 63,300 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $5.42 million, up from 3,800 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Blackhill Capital Inc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp Com for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $714.85B market cap company. The stock decreased 2.63% or $2.51 during the last trading session, reaching $92.84. About 22.16 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 37.43% since April 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.88% the S&P500.

Leon Lowenstein increased its stake in Advance Auto Parts Inc (AAP) by 20.19% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Lionstone Capital Management Llc bought 31,100 shares as the company’s stock rose 14.38% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund run by Leon Lowenstein held 185,100 shares of the other specialty stores company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $18.45 million, up from 154,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Lionstone Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Advance Auto Parts Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $7.85B market cap company. The stock increased 0.47% or $0.495 during the last trading session, reaching $106.015. About 615,311 shares traded. Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) has declined 22.19% since April 24, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 33.74% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.13 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.13, from 1 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 56 investors sold AAP shares while 110 reduced holdings. 55 funds opened positions while 133 raised stakes. 73.12 million shares or 2.40% less from 74.92 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Cullinan has invested 0.08% of its portfolio in Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP). Champlain Partners Lc holds 0.82% in Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) or 723,640 shares. Starboard Value Lp reported 7.74% stake. Altrinsic Advsr Ltd Liability holds 409,930 shares. 5,908 were accumulated by Norinchukin Natl Bank The. Paloma Management holds 0.02% in Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) or 17,746 shares. Old Mutual Customised Solutions (Proprietary) has 0.04% invested in Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) for 4,200 shares. Advisors Asset Mngmt Inc owns 2,749 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Suntrust Banks owns 3,049 shares for 0% of their portfolio. California Employees Retirement holds 0.03% or 196,402 shares. Par Mgmt, Massachusetts-based fund reported 165,000 shares. Clearline Limited Partnership stated it has 3,700 shares or 0.19% of all its holdings. The New York-based Guardian Life Ins Commerce Of America has invested 0.01% in Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP). Canada Pension Plan Invest Board has invested 0% in Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP). State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement Sys accumulated 97,849 shares or 0.03% of the stock.

Since February 23, 2018, it had 1 buying transaction, and 2 sales for $757,901 activity. Finley Tammy M also sold $39,792 worth of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) shares. $202,560 worth of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) was sold by Brouillard John C. on Friday, February 23.

Among 28 analysts covering Advance Auto Parts Inc. (NYSE:AAP), 14 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Advance Auto Parts Inc. had 99 analyst reports since August 5, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. UBS maintained Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) on Friday, February 5 with “Buy” rating. The firm has “Market Perform” rating by Raymond James given on Thursday, May 5. BTIG Research maintained the stock with “Sell” rating in Wednesday, October 19 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by Argus Research given on Monday, September 18. Wedbush maintained Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) on Wednesday, March 15 with “Outperform” rating. Morgan Stanley maintained it with “Overweight” rating and $180 target in Friday, May 20 report. On Friday, February 23 the stock rating was maintained by Credit Suisse with “Outperform”. The stock of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) earned “Equal-Weight” rating by Stephens on Thursday, February 22. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Thursday, September 8 report. J.P. Morgan maintained Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) on Friday, January 26 with “Buy” rating.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q3. It dived, as 39 investors sold MSFT shares while 1012 reduced holdings. 134 funds opened positions while 676 raised stakes. 5.46 billion shares or 0.90% less from 5.51 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Burt Wealth owns 0.56% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 10,540 shares. Tiger Eye Lc accumulated 9,800 shares or 0.14% of the stock. Prescott Gru Cap Management Limited Liability Corp owns 6,000 shares. Clear Harbor Asset Mngmt Llc holds 33,732 shares. Independence Trust invested in 37,674 shares. Boston Research & reported 72,484 shares or 3.11% of all its holdings. Nomura Asset Management invested in 2.62% or 2.64 million shares. Private Harbour Inv Mgmt & Counsel Limited Liability invested in 45,035 shares or 3.34% of the stock. Schafer Cullen Capital Management stated it has 1.78% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Norinchukin Savings Bank The accumulated 1.79 million shares. Oz Management Lp has 3.82 million shares for 1.63% of their portfolio. Etrade Mngmt Limited Liability Corp invested in 0.66% or 241,495 shares. Pitcairn accumulated 0.54% or 62,813 shares. Ami Inv Mgmt reported 2.15% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Partner Fund Management LP holds 316,941 shares or 0.64% of its portfolio.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 78% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 173 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Friday, February 2, the company rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley. On Tuesday, October 31 the stock rating was upgraded by Argus Research to “Buy”. Piper Jaffray maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Monday, October 2. Piper Jaffray has “Buy” rating and $90.0 target. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Thursday, August 13 to “Buy” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by UBS on Monday, August 29. The rating was maintained by Wunderlich on Wednesday, July 20 with “Hold”. Oppenheimer maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Wednesday, December 20 with “Buy” rating. Bank of America upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Friday, October 23 report. Raymond James upgraded Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Monday, November 30 to “Strong Buy” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, November 7 by Tigress Financial.

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