Vantage Investment Advisors Has Trimmed Its Holding in General Electric (GE) by $3.25 Million; Bingham Osborn & Scarborough Has Upped Microsoft (MSFT) Holding

February 15, 2018 - By Marguerite Chambers

Vantage Investment Advisors Llc decreased its stake in General Electric (GE) by 46.29% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Vantage Investment Advisors Llc sold 135,575 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.64% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 157,289 shares of the consumer electronics and appliances company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $3.80M, down from 292,864 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Vantage Investment Advisors Llc who had been investing in General Electric for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $129.95 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.57% or $0.0849 during the last trading session, reaching $14.9849. About 10.55M shares traded. General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) has declined 4.46% since February 15, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 21.16% the S&P500.

Bingham Osborn & Scarborough Llc increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 40.4% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Bingham Osborn & Scarborough Llc bought 4,567 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 15,872 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.18 million, up from 11,305 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Bingham Osborn & Scarborough Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $706.61B market cap company. The stock increased 1.06% or $0.96 during the last trading session, reaching $91.77. About 3.95 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.69 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.10, from 0.79 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 112 investors sold GE shares while 818 reduced holdings. 118 funds opened positions while 525 raised stakes. 4.70 billion shares or 1.82% more from 4.61 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Provise Management Grp Lc invested 1.29% of its portfolio in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). Qcm Cayman Ltd holds 1.73% or 27,910 shares. Linscomb & Williams invested in 0.59% or 282,438 shares. Moreover, Roberts Glore & Communication Il has 0.83% invested in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) for 52,848 shares. Schroder Invest holds 5.03 million shares or 0.21% of its portfolio. Aviva Public Limited Co holds 0.93% in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) or 7.17M shares. 1832 Asset Mgmt Lp owns 1.31M shares or 0.11% of their US portfolio. The Massachusetts-based Reynders Mcveigh Ltd Limited Liability Company has invested 0.3% in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). Willis Investment Counsel has invested 1.48% in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). Bb&T Securities Llc reported 0.85% of its portfolio in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). Guardian Life Of America accumulated 19,704 shares. The New Hampshire-based Lumbard And Kellner Ltd has invested 0.22% in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). 876,018 were accumulated by Advantus Mngmt. Jpmorgan Chase & Commerce reported 0.3% of its portfolio in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). Main Street Rech has 13,037 shares for 0.05% of their portfolio.

Since August 22, 2017, it had 2 insider purchases, and 0 selling transactions for $2.50 million activity. Another trade for 2,689 shares valued at $43,446 was bought by DIMITRIEF ALEXANDER.

Vantage Investment Advisors Llc, which manages about $916.05M and $388.84M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) by 388 shares to 2,228 shares, valued at $2.14 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Home Depot (NYSE:HD) by 3,008 shares in the quarter, for a total of 36,237 shares, and has risen its stake in Mcdonalds Corp. (NYSE:MCD).

Among 28 analysts covering General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), 9 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 32% are positive. General Electric Company had 89 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was downgraded by Stifel Nicolaus to “Hold” on Tuesday, October 24. The firm has “Sell” rating by Deutsche Bank given on Friday, May 12. The rating was downgraded by Bernstein to “Market Perform” on Monday, April 4. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of GE in report on Monday, April 24 with “Outperform” rating. The firm has “Underperform” rating given on Tuesday, October 24 by Oppenheimer. The stock of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) earned “Buy” rating by Vetr on Wednesday, August 26. The stock of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) has “Neutral” rating given on Monday, October 23 by UBS. As per Monday, October 23, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) has “Hold” rating given on Monday, June 12 by Oppenheimer. The rating was initiated by Standpoint Research on Friday, July 22 with “Sell”.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.83 in Q3 2017. 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. Lafayette Investments holds 2.81% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 101,283 shares. Partner Fund Management LP reported 1.53% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Sandler Mgmt accumulated 1.03% or 110,600 shares. M Kraus And holds 92,793 shares or 4.32% of its portfolio. Aull And Monroe Invest Mngmt Corporation accumulated 17,792 shares. Troy Asset Mngmt Ltd invested in 11.64% or 3.45M shares. 27,897 are owned by Fairview Capital Mgmt Limited Co. 381,612 were reported by Veritable L P. Gamco Et Al holds 156,742 shares or 0.07% of its portfolio. Cue Fincl Gru invested 1.24% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Hm Capital Mgmt Ltd Liability reported 21,746 shares. Kistler reported 14,713 shares. 751,033 were reported by Tdam Usa Incorporated. Lvm Capital Mi holds 219,953 shares. Segall Bryant & Hamill Ltd Liability Corp holds 0.39% or 223,848 shares in its portfolio.

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

Bingham Osborn & Scarborough Llc, which manages about $2.87 billion and $1.07 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Ishares Tr (EFA) by 5,268 shares to 223,629 shares, valued at $15.31 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Spdr S&P 500 Etf Tr (SPY) by 75,117 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 1.22M shares, and cut its stake in Vanguard World Fds (VGT).

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. On Wednesday, December 20 the stock rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Buy”. Goldman Sachs maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Tuesday, July 18. Goldman Sachs has “Buy” rating and $8800 target. Barclays Capital maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Friday, October 27. Barclays Capital has “Buy” rating and $89.0 target. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital on Thursday, January 25. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, October 23 by RBC Capital Markets. Credit Suisse maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Monday, July 17. Credit Suisse has “Outperform” rating and $84 target. On Friday, October 27 the stock rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Buy”. As per Wednesday, November 15, the company rating was maintained by Bernstein. UBS maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, December 8 report. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Friday, October 27. Stifel Nicolaus has “Buy” rating and $90 target.

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