Waddell & Reed Financial Lowered Its Microsoft (MSFT) Position; Sturm Ruger & Co (RGR) Sentiment Is 0.84

April 22, 2018 - By Marie Mckinney

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Sturm Ruger & Co Inc (RGR) investors sentiment decreased to 0.84 in 2017 Q4. It’s down -0.21, from 1.05 in 2017Q3. The ratio worsened, as 76 investment professionals started new and increased stock positions, while 90 reduced and sold stock positions in Sturm Ruger & Co Inc. The investment professionals in our database reported: 14.62 million shares, up from 14.25 million shares in 2017Q3. Also, the number of investment professionals holding Sturm Ruger & Co Inc in top ten stock positions was flat from 1 to 1 for the same number . Sold All: 34 Reduced: 56 Increased: 42 New Position: 34.

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc decreased Microsoft Corp (MSFT) stake by 2.24% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Waddell & Reed Financial Inc sold 470,987 shares as Microsoft Corp (MSFT)’s stock rose 4.63%. The Waddell & Reed Financial Inc holds 20.60 million shares with $1.76 billion value, down from 21.07M last quarter. Microsoft Corp now has $731.48B valuation. The stock decreased 1.15% or $1.11 during the last trading session, reaching $95. About 25.59M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 37.43% since April 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.88% the S&P500.

The stock increased 0.36% or $0.2 during the last trading session, reaching $56.25. About 140,463 shares traded. Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (RGR) has declined 4.47% since April 22, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 16.02% the S&P500.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. designs, makes, and sells firearms under the Ruger trademark in the United States. The company has market cap of $981.28 million. It operates in two divisions, Firearms and Castings. It has a 19.33 P/E ratio. The firm offers single-shot, autoloading, bolt-action, and sporting rifles; rimfire and centerfire autoloading pistols; single-action and double-action revolvers; and firearms accessories and replacement parts, as well as makes and sells steel investment castings and metal injection molding parts.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 1 buy, and 0 sales for $4,500 activity.

Analysts await Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE:RGR) to report earnings on May, 14. They expect $0.70 earnings per share, down 42.15% or $0.51 from last year’s $1.21 per share. RGR’s profit will be $12.21M for 20.09 P/E if the $0.70 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.56 actual earnings per share reported by Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 25.00% EPS growth.

Morgan Dempsey Capital Management Llc holds 2.07% of its portfolio in Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. for 115,331 shares. Midas Management Corp owns 52,850 shares or 1.17% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Tributary Capital Management Llc has 1.12% invested in the company for 230,941 shares. The New York-based Clark Estates Inc Ny has invested 0.59% in the stock. London Co Of Virginia, a Virginia-based fund reported 1.36 million shares.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on April, 26 after the close. They expect $0.85 earnings per share, up 16.44% or $0.12 from last year’s $0.73 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $6.54 billion for 27.94 P/E if the $0.85 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.96 actual earnings per share reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -11.46% negative EPS growth.

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. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, October 11 by Credit Suisse. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Neutral” rating given on Tuesday, April 26 by Macquarie Research. Canaccord Genuity maintained it with “Hold” rating and $67 target in Friday, January 27 report. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, January 27 by BMO Capital Markets. As per Tuesday, January 23, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock has “Buy” rating by Morgan Stanley on Monday, June 19. As per Thursday, November 10, the company rating was upgraded by Atlantic Securities. On Friday, December 18 the stock rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs to “Neutral”. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Oppenheimer on Wednesday, December 20. The rating was maintained by Argus Research with “Buy” on Tuesday, February 6.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 selling transactions for $930,912 activity. On Tuesday, February 20 Capossela Christopher C sold $325,500 worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 3,500 shares.

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc increased Magna Intl Inc (NYSE:MGA) stake by 451,999 shares to 3.21 million valued at $181.75M in 2017Q4. It also upped Oge Energy Corp (NYSE:OGE) stake by 27,820 shares and now owns 295,805 shares. Paypal Hldgs Inc was raised too.

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