Stack Financial Management Has Trimmed Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Stake; Eca Marcellus Trust I (ECT)’s Sentiment Is 1.4

February 25, 2018 - By Adrian Erickson

ECA Marcellus Trust I owns royalty interests in producing and development horizontal natural gas wells for Energy Corporation of America . The company has market cap of $36.09 million. The firm owns royalty interests in 14 producing horizontal natural gas wells producing from the Marcellus Shale formation located in Greene County, Pennsylvania; and 52 horizontal natural gas development wells drilled to the Marcellus Shale formation covering approximately 9,300 acres held by ECA in Greene County, Pennsylvania. It has a 6.17 P/E ratio. The Company’s royalty interests in the producing wells allow the firm to receive 90% of the proceeds from the sale of production of natural gas attributable to ECAÂ’s interest in the producing wells; and 50% of the proceeds from the sale of production of natural gas attributable to ECAÂ’s interest in the development wells.

Stack Financial Management Inc decreased Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) stake by 29.45% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Stack Financial Management Inc sold 235,818 shares as Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s stock rose 4.75%. The Stack Financial Management Inc holds 564,887 shares with $42.08M value, down from 800,705 last quarter. Microsoft Corp. now has $724.24 billion valuation. The stock increased 2.54% or $2.33 during the last trading session, reaching $94.06. About 26.33 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since February 25, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

United Bank Inc. holds 0.06% of its portfolio in ECA Marcellus Trust I for 67,725 shares. American Research & Management Co. owns 1,200 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Amg National Trust Bank has 0% invested in the company for 31,891 shares. The Georgia-based Atlantic Trust Group Llc has invested 0% in the stock. Bank Of America Corp De, a North Carolina-based fund reported 2,645 shares.

The stock decreased 2.38% or $0.05 during the last trading session, reaching $2.05. About 15,703 shares traded. ECA Marcellus Trust I (ECT) has risen 13.64% since February 25, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 3.06% 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 167 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Tuesday, May 24 the stock rating was upgraded by Cowen & Co to “Outperform”. As per Friday, January 8, the company rating was initiated by BMO Capital Markets. The rating was initiated by Wells Fargo on Wednesday, January 11 with “Outperform”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, October 23 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Tuesday, October 10. Deutsche Bank maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Friday, July 21. Deutsche Bank has “Buy” rating and $85 target. Vetr upgraded Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Wednesday, September 2. Vetr has “Strong-Buy” rating and $47.60 target. The company was maintained on Tuesday, October 31 by Oppenheimer. The rating was maintained by FBR Capital on Thursday, September 3 with “Buy”. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Goldman Sachs given on Friday, December 18.

Since August 29, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 insider sales for $2.59 million activity. $4.00 million worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was sold by Hood Amy on Tuesday, August 29. The insider Capossela Christopher C sold $325,500. Shares for $1.98M were sold by COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE on Wednesday, August 30.

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 $6.54 billion for 27.66 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 improved, 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. Pillar Pacific Cap Mngmt Lc, California-based fund reported 163,194 shares. Shelton Mgmt reported 545,186 shares stake. Atalanta Sosnoff Cap Limited Com accumulated 1.70 million shares. Annex Advisory Serv Ltd Liability Co has invested 0.44% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Scge Ltd Partnership reported 485,000 shares. Wg Shaheen Dba Whitney, a New York-based fund reported 90,460 shares. Sanders Capital Limited Liability Com reported 5.7% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 928,657 are held by Da Davidson And Com. Brown Advisory stated it has 1.25% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Advsrs Ltd Com holds 0.73% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 142,949 shares. Citizens & Northern accumulated 17,296 shares. Hillsdale Mgmt Incorporated accumulated 800 shares. Causeway Capital Limited Co invested in 3.72M shares or 3.11% of the stock. Fcg Ltd Liability Co accumulated 20,434 shares. Sprucegrove Management Ltd owns 106,821 shares for 0.45% of their portfolio.

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