Engaged Capital Stake in Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) Increased as Stock Price Declined; Marathon Trading Investment Management Has Decreased Its Microsoft (MSFT) Holding as Shares Rose

June 17, 2018 - By Michael Leger

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Glenn W. Welling increased its stake in Hain Celestial Group Inc (HAIN) by 13.59% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Engaged Capital Llc bought 1.41 million shares as the company’s stock declined 25.31% with the market. The hedge fund run by Glenn W. Welling held 11.76 million shares of the consumer non-durables company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $377.18M, up from 10.35 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Engaged Capital Llc who had been investing in Hain Celestial Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $3.09B market cap company. The stock increased 1.21% or $0.34 during the last trading session, reaching $28.46. About 973,506 shares traded. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) has declined 27.22% since June 17, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 39.79% the S&P500. Some Historical HAIN News: 08/03/2018 Hain Celestial Features 75 Exciting New Products at Expo West 2018; 15/05/2018 – ENGAGED CAPITAL BOOSTED APOG, BHE, HAIN IN 1Q: 13F; 08/05/2018 – HAIN CELESTIAL GROUP – QTRLY ADJ EPS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS $0.37; 08/05/2018 – HAIN CELESTIAL – SEES 2018 ADJ EPS $1.11 TO $1.18; 08/05/2018 – HAIN SEES YR ADJ. EPS $1.11-$1.18, MAY NOT COMPARE TO EST; 08/05/2018 – HAIN CELESTIAL GROUP INC – REITERATES ANNUAL NET SALES OUTLOOK; 21/04/2018 – DJ Hain Celestial Group Inc, Inst Holders, 1Q 2018 (HAIN); 08/05/2018 – Hain Celestial Sees FY18 Adjusted EBITDA $250M-$360M; 26/03/2018 – Hain Celestial Short-Interest Ratio Rises 67% to 10 Days; 08/05/2018 – Pain From Toys `R’ Us Liquidation Spreads to Hain Celestial

Bruce J. Richards decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 56.2% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Marathon Trading Investment Management Llc sold 6,673 shares as the company’s stock rose 3.08% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund run by Bruce J. Richards held 5,200 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $475,000, down from 11,873 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Marathon Trading Investment Management Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $769.32 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 1.27% or $1.29 during the last trading session, reaching $100.13. About 37.25 million shares traded or 26.19% up from the average. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 41.28% since June 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 28.71% the S&P500. Some Historical MSFT News: 12/03/2018 – Loan Processing Made Easy: Conduent Introduces Simplified Consumer Finance Platform; 14/03/2018 – eXp Realty Adds Top Agents Across Country; 30/04/2018 – MICROSOFT’S JOHN THOMPSON JOINS LIGHTSPEED AS VENTURE PARTNER; 30/05/2018 – But tech executives with experience at Google, Microsoft and Facebook say the algorithmic revolution in hiring is moving too fast; 05/05/2018 – BUFFETT SAYS BELIEVES BERKSHIRE WILL COME OUT OKAY IN ITS $10.2 BLN RETROACTIVE REINSURANCE TRANSACTION WITH AIG AIG.N; 20/03/2018 – Benefitfocus Launches BenefitsPlaceā„¢ to Unify the U.S. Employee Benefits Industry; 09/04/2018 – Prodware broadens its analyst coverage with Arrowhead; 09/04/2018 – In the Face of DFARS Pressures – Microsoft Gold Partner Launching Managed IT Support Service Uniquely Suited for Federal Contra; 09/03/2018 – KBR Takes Part in More than $32 Billion in 2018 Project Kickoffs, Completions, an Industrial Info News Alert; 17/04/2018 – LendUp and Nonprofit EARN Launch Cross-Sector Partnership to Combat America’s Savings Crisis

More news for The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) were recently published by: Seekingalpha.com, which released: “Hain Celestial: Why An Activist Investor Has Gone All-In And How Shares Could Double” on June 14, 2018. Fool.com‘s article titled: “How to Invest in the Organic Food Trend” and published on May 29, 2018 is yet another important article.

Since February 28, 2018, it had 1 buying transaction, and 0 sales for $49.02 million activity.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.04 in 2018 Q1. Its down 0.07, from 1.11 in 2017Q4. It worsened, as 38 investors sold HAIN shares while 101 reduced holdings. 49 funds opened positions while 96 raised stakes. 94.04 million shares or 4.03% more from 90.39 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. New Amsterdam Prtn Limited Liability Corp New York owns 10,674 shares. Sei Com stated it has 65,177 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Engineers Gate Manager Ltd Partnership invested in 0.02% or 9,079 shares. Maple Capital Mngmt has 10,330 shares. Quantbot Tech Lp holds 0.06% in The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) or 20,684 shares. Citadel Advsrs Lc accumulated 151,397 shares or 0% of the stock. Anchor Limited Liability Corporation reported 1.14M shares stake. Millennium Management Ltd Liability Corporation reported 49,258 shares. Indexiq Ltd Liability has 20,114 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio. Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Pub School Empls Retrmt has 28,019 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Proxima Cap Limited Liability Com holds 3.51% of its portfolio in The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) for 200,035 shares. New York-based P Schoenfeld Asset Mngmt LP has invested 1.06% in The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN). Cwm Ltd Llc accumulated 250 shares or 0% of the stock. Schwab Charles Investment Mgmt Inc stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN). Royal Commercial Bank Of Canada has 0.02% invested in The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) for 1.08M shares.

Among 31 analysts covering Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ:HAIN), 12 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 17 Hold. Therefore 39% are positive. Hain Celestial Group had 95 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Cowen & Co initiated the shares of HAIN in report on Wednesday, October 14 with “Outperform” rating. The firm has “Perform” rating given on Wednesday, November 4 by Oppenheimer. The stock of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) has “Overweight” rating given on Thursday, August 20 by Piper Jaffray. The stock has “Market Perform” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Wednesday, May 9. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, February 24 by UBS. The company was maintained on Wednesday, July 19 by Jefferies. Buckingham Research maintained The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) on Wednesday, August 30 with “Neutral” rating. Piper Jaffray downgraded The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) rating on Tuesday, February 2. Piper Jaffray has “Neutral” rating and $38 target. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, July 18 by Susquehanna. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, August 29 by Susquehanna.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.74 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.03, from 0.77 in 2017Q4. It dropped, 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. Edge Wealth Mngmt Limited Liability Corp reported 159,104 shares. Baystate Wealth Limited Liability Corporation stated it has 0.24% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Sentry Corporation holds 1.38% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 1.01 million shares. Stelliam Invest Mngmt LP holds 2.36% or 617,500 shares in its portfolio. Lbmc Inv Advisors Lc holds 6,543 shares or 0.1% of its portfolio. Systematic Financial Management LP has 66,491 shares for 0.13% of their portfolio. Jag Capital Mgmt Limited Liability reported 3.06% stake. Jbf Cap, Colorado-based fund reported 199,610 shares. Somerset Gru Ltd Liability accumulated 2.22% or 27,022 shares. Staley Advisers Inc holds 5.21% or 726,848 shares in its portfolio. Canada Pension Plan Invest Board reported 18.22M shares. Saturna Capital Corp invested in 589,841 shares. Grisanti Limited Liability Com holds 953 shares. The United Kingdom-based Ruffer Limited Liability Partnership has invested 1.37% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Altfest L J And Com stated it has 2.21% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Marathon Trading Investment Management Llc, which manages about $886.83M and $1.19 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Nvidia Corp (Put) by 1,300 shares to 6,000 shares, valued at $1.39 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Microsoft Corp (Put) by 7,600 shares in the quarter, for a total of 17,600 shares, and has risen its stake in Paypal Hldgs Inc (Call).

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

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “What’s Moving Dropbox Inc Stock Thursday?” on June 14, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Microsoft: An Easy One For Shareholders” published on June 12, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “Microsoft: How The Acquisition Of GitHub Reflects Where The Modern Corporation Is Going” on June 06, 2018. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Microsoft And GitHub: Why Pay With Stock?” published on June 07, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Microsoft takes aim at Amazon Go” with publication date: June 14, 2018.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on July, 19. They expect $1.08 EPS, up 10.20% or $0.10 from last year’s $0.98 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $8.30B for 23.18 P/E if the $1.08 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.95 actual EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 13.68% EPS growth.

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. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Outperform” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Wednesday, July 20. Oppenheimer reinitiated Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Thursday, March 17 with “Outperform” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, June 8 by Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Monday, June 19. Morgan Stanley has “Buy” rating and $8000 target. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital on Friday, April 27. The rating was maintained by UBS on Friday, April 27 with “Buy”. The firm has “Strong-Buy” rating given on Thursday, August 27 by Vetr. On Monday, June 11 the stock rating was maintained by Bernstein with “Buy”. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Sunday, July 16 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, May 11 by RBC Capital Markets.

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