As Microsoft (MSFT) Market Value Rose, Ruffer Llp Has Cut by $3.38 Million Its Stake; Kopp Investment Advisors Upped Holding in Horizon Pharma Plc (HZNP) by $1.07 Million as Stock Value Declined

February 23, 2018 - By Adrian Mccoy

Kopp Investment Advisors Llc increased its stake in Horizon Pharma Plc (HZNP) by 403.79% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Kopp Investment Advisors Llc bought 89,380 shares as the company’s stock declined 38.11% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 111,515 shares of the major pharmaceuticals company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.41M, up from 22,135 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Kopp Investment Advisors Llc who had been investing in Horizon Pharma Plc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $2.30B market cap company. The stock increased 0.50% or $0.07 during the last trading session, reaching $14.03. About 688,232 shares traded. Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:HZNP) has declined 28.13% since February 23, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 44.83% the S&P500.

Ruffer Llp decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 8.61% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Ruffer Llp sold 45,650 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 484,400 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $36.06M, down from 530,050 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Ruffer Llp who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $723.24B market cap company. The stock increased 2.40% or $2.2 during the last trading session, reaching $93.93. About 19.20 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since February 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.08, from 0.92 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 33 investors sold HZNP shares while 50 reduced holdings. 28 funds opened positions while 55 raised stakes. 132.29 million shares or 1.03% more from 130.94 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Sg Americas Secs Ltd Liability has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:HZNP). California Public Employees Retirement System has 0.01% invested in Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:HZNP). Raymond James & Associates owns 225,280 shares. Fund Mngmt Sa has invested 0.01% in Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:HZNP). Manufacturers Life Insur Com The reported 123,978 shares. Point72 Asset Mgmt Lp reported 2.81M shares. Ahl Prns Limited Liability Partnership invested in 106,405 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Los Angeles Mngmt & Equity Rech holds 101,395 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. 1,062 were accumulated by First Personal Fincl. 162,900 were reported by Tekla Capital Ltd Llc. Tiaa Cref Inv Ltd Liability Company invested in 0% or 546,534 shares. Cornerstone Cap Management Ltd Liability Co holds 0.02% or 176,200 shares. Brandywine Glob Inv Limited Liability stated it has 0.32% of its portfolio in Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:HZNP). Meeder Asset Mngmt accumulated 180 shares. Stoneridge Prtnrs Lc holds 0.03% or 14,946 shares in its portfolio.

Kopp Investment Advisors Llc, which manages about $252.21M and $109.12 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Akorn Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX) by 9,160 shares to 108,677 shares, valued at $3.61 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

Among 13 analysts covering Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ:HZNP), 11 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 85% are positive. Horizon Pharma had 55 analyst reports since September 9, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Tuesday, August 8 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy”. Mizuho maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, September 13 report. Mizuho downgraded the shares of HZNP in report on Friday, December 9 to “Neutral” rating. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets on Tuesday, September 26 with “Buy”. As per Friday, October 13, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. The stock of Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:HZNP) earned “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Monday, November 23. The stock of Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:HZNP) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, August 7 by BMO Capital Markets. Citigroup upgraded the shares of HZNP in report on Monday, November 28 to “Buy” rating. On Friday, September 8 the stock rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with “Buy”. The rating was maintained by JMP Securities with “Buy” on Wednesday, September 27.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on April, 26. They expect $0.85 EPS, up 16.44% or $0.12 from last year’s $0.73 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $6.54B for 27.63 P/E if the $0.85 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.96 actual EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -11.46% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.83 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.01, from 0.82 in 2017Q2. It is positive, 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. Connable Office accumulated 0.93% or 61,134 shares. Flossbach Von Storch Ag holds 2.47 million shares. Duff & Phelps Inv Mgmt holds 86,580 shares or 0.09% of its portfolio. Moreover, Campbell Newman Asset has 3.9% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 292,474 shares. Invesco Limited reported 2.26% stake. Cibc Natl Bank Usa owns 61,789 shares. Lagoda Inv Mngmt LP has invested 0.15% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Yhb holds 247,248 shares. Orrstown Fin Svcs owns 26,177 shares or 2.18% of their US portfolio. Hyman Charles D invested 1.78% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 77,762 are owned by Bourgeon Mgmt Ltd Llc. Old Mutual Customised Solutions (Proprietary) accumulated 262,654 shares or 2.66% of the stock. Aull Monroe Invest reported 0.68% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Capital Management Assoc Ny holds 1.85% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 17,460 shares. Moon Capital Mngmt Limited Liability Com holds 0.33% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 3,813 shares.

Since August 29, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 4 selling transactions for $6.58 million activity. $325,500 worth of stock was sold by Capossela Christopher C on Tuesday, February 20. Shares for $1.98 million were sold by COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 78% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 167 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Monday, May 29 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. Jefferies maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Friday, January 29. Jefferies has “Underperform” rating and $40 target. The company was maintained on Friday, October 27 by Stifel Nicolaus. The rating was maintained by Credit Suisse with “Outperform” on Monday, July 17. The rating was maintained by M Partners with “Hold” on Friday, July 21. Goldman Sachs maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, July 18 report. Nomura maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Friday, October 21 with “Buy” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, June 1 by Canaccord Genuity. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, January 6 with “Outperform”. Canaccord Genuity maintained it with “Hold” rating and $67 target in Friday, January 27 report.

Ruffer Llp, which manages about $2.32B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Wheaton Precious Metals Corp by 916,787 shares to 3.39M shares, valued at $64.74 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Mckesson Corp (NYSE:MCK) by 95,174 shares in the quarter, for a total of 1.42M shares, and has risen its stake in Tenaris S A (NYSE:TS).

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