As Newpark Resources (NR) Stock Value Rose, Oslo Asset Management Asa Decreased Stake; As Microsoft (MSFT) Valuation Rose, Shareholder Argyle Capital Management Has Trimmed Its Stake

February 13, 2018 - By Michael Collier

Argyle Capital Management Inc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 12.95% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Argyle Capital Management Inc sold 14,275 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 95,923 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $7.15M, down from 110,198 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Argyle Capital Management Inc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $683.36B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.43% or $0.38 during the last trading session, reaching $88.75. About 4.88M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since February 13, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Oslo Asset Management Asa decreased its stake in Newpark Resources Inc (NR) by 15.5% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Oslo Asset Management Asa sold 575,917 shares as the company’s stock rose 6.67% with the market. The institutional investor held 3.14M shares of the energy company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $31.40 million, down from 3.72M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Oslo Asset Management Asa who had been investing in Newpark Resources Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $722.56M market cap company. It closed at $8.1 lastly. It is down 85.19% since February 13, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 68.49% the S&P500.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 78% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 166 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity with “Hold” on Friday, January 27. Credit Suisse maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Thursday, January 18 with “Buy” rating. Citigroup maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Friday, October 27. Citigroup has “Sell” rating and $79 target. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Piper Jaffray on Sunday, August 27. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, September 25 report. Cowen & Co maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Sunday, September 17. Cowen & Co has “Buy” rating and $85.0 target. The stock has “Buy” rating by UBS on Friday, December 8. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, November 17 by Goldman Sachs. Cowen & Co upgraded Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Tuesday, May 24 to “Outperform” rating. The stock has “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital on Wednesday, January 6.

Since August 29, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 sales for $5.98 million activity. Shares for $1.98 million were sold by COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE on Wednesday, August 30.

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. Notis holds 2.74% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 58,769 shares. Managed Asset Portfolios Llc has invested 5.82% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Moreover, Douglass Winthrop Advsr Lc has 2.67% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 617,595 shares. Moneta Gp Investment Advsr Limited Com holds 0.83% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 71,459 shares. Burgundy Asset Mngmt Limited reported 4.21M shares. Donaldson Cap Management Limited Liability Company invested in 448,432 shares or 3.51% of the stock. Guardian Investment Mgmt holds 1.89% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 22,980 shares. Gulf Comml Bank (Uk) invested in 2.32M shares or 2.33% of the stock. Camarda Limited Liability Co owns 0.81% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 10,057 shares. Hm Cap Mgmt Ltd Liability invested in 21,746 shares. S&Co Incorporated accumulated 89,401 shares or 0.85% of the stock. Friess Associates Ltd Liability Corp owns 266,000 shares or 1.74% of their US portfolio. Pdts Prtn Ltd Com holds 0.29% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 117,100 shares. Bingham Osborn Scarborough Limited Liability Com accumulated 0.11% or 15,872 shares. First Western reported 78,421 shares stake.

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