Wafra Investment Advisory Group Has Trimmed Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Position; Viacom – Class B (VIAB) Shorts Increased By 19.46%

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Wafra Investment Advisory Group Inc decreased Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) stake by 6.01% reported in 2018Q3 SEC filing. Wafra Investment Advisory Group Inc sold 36,010 shares as Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s stock declined 1.64%. The Wafra Investment Advisory Group Inc holds 562,980 shares with $64.39M value, down from 598,990 last quarter. Microsoft Corp. now has $822.38 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.28% or $0.3 during the last trading session, reaching $107.19. About 12.79M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 30.43% since February 13, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 30.43% the S&P500. Some Historical MSFT News: 25/04/2018 – Kraken Aligned With Canada’s Key Industrial Capabilities; 07/05/2018 – FreshBooks Announces the Ability for Small Business Owners to Collect Payments Directly Within Microsoft Outlook with Microsoft Pay; 29/03/2018 – REFILE-Microsoft’s veteran Windows head Terry Myerson to leave company; 24/05/2018 – New Releases of Savvius Omnipliance, Omnipeek, and Spotlight Now Shipping; 23/04/2018 – Lincoln Financial Group Teams up to Deliver 200 Care Packages to U.S. Servicemembers; 07/05/2018 – Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are “kind of a pure ‘greater fool theory’ type of investment,” Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Monday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”; 04/04/2018 – BoomerBeat Views: Breaking: Microsoft Acquiring #Spotify In $41.8 Billion Cash, Equity Deal -; 17/04/2018 – Celgene Corporation to Webcast at Upcoming Investor Conferences; 30/04/2018 – MICROSOFT’S THOMPSON: WOULD BACK DEALS TO CONNECT CLOUD, USERS; 29/03/2018 – MICROSOFT NAMES PANOS PANAY CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER/DEVICES

Viacom Inc – Class B (NASDAQ:VIAB) had an increase of 19.46% in short interest. VIAB’s SI was 17.02M shares in February as released by FINRA. Its up 19.46% from 14.25 million shares previously. With 4.28 million avg volume, 4 days are for Viacom Inc – Class B (NASDAQ:VIAB)’s short sellers to cover VIAB’s short positions. The SI to Viacom Inc – Class B’s float is 4.69%. The stock increased 0.72% or $0.2 during the last trading session, reaching $28.59. About 2.93 million shares traded. Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) has declined 0.84% since February 13, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 0.84% the S&P500. Some Historical VIAB News: 04/04/2018 – Yahoo! UK: CBS offer for Viacom was immediately rejected; 03/04/2018 – CBS Submits Bid for Viacom at Price Below Market Valuation; 14/05/2018 – Viacom shares move towards high of the day after sources say that it had reached deal with CBS on share ratio for merger before today’s lawsuit; 09/03/2018 – silew: Viacom, CBS not in active merger discussions: sources (Reuters) – Viacom Inc and CBS Corp are no; 09/04/2018 – Viacom asked CBS to sweeten its merger bid by about $2.8 billion or almost a quarter more than CBS’s offer, people familiar with the matter said; 09/04/2018 – Viacom/CBS: Major investor sees Moonves key to merger, source says [18:57 BST09 Apr 2018] [Proprietary] []; 25/04/2018 – Viacom 2Q EPS 66c; 25/04/2018 – CMO Today: Comcast’s Sky Bid; CBS-Viacom Deal Teeters on Bob Bakish Role; Mark Read Wants WPP CEO Job; 19/04/2018 – HEDGE accordingly : Recap | Viacom asks CBS to raise its bid by $2.8 billion; 26/03/2018 – Viacom To Make Investment in Day Zero Productions

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.81 in 2018 Q3. Its down 0.03, from 0.84 in 2018Q2. It fall, as 33 investors sold MSFT shares while 981 reduced holdings. 145 funds opened positions while 681 raised stakes. 5.28 billion shares or 0.60% less from 5.31 billion shares in 2018Q2 were reported. Rowland And Investment Counsel Adv owns 64,673 shares. Pioneer Tru Bank & Trust N A Or has invested 4.94% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). The Pennsylvania-based Wedgewood Investors Pa has invested 3.5% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Banque Pictet Cie holds 1.66% or 785,254 shares in its portfolio. Stevens First Principles Inv holds 1,753 shares or 0.11% of its portfolio. Boston Common Asset Mngmt Limited Liability holds 223,488 shares or 3.17% of its portfolio. Moreover, Boothbay Fund Management Ltd has 0.72% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 64,023 shares. Meiji Yasuda Asset Mngmt Company owns 348,582 shares. Balyasny Asset Mngmt Lc invested 0.36% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Rodgers Brothers Inc owns 1.41% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 42,877 shares. Veritas Inv Management (Uk) invested in 7.45% or 236,505 shares. Amer State Bank, Texas-based fund reported 74,852 shares. Fiduciary Trust Co invested 2.98% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 92,707 were reported by Lincluden Mgmt Ltd. 308,160 are owned by Putnam Fl Management.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Microsoft Is Firing On All Cylinders – Seeking Alpha” on February 13, 2019, also Benzinga.com with their article: “Microsoft Reports Slight Q2 Earnings Beat (NASDAQ:MSFT) – Benzinga” published on January 30, 2019, Nasdaq.com published: “Technology Sector Update for 02/13/2019: DBD, QLYS, UIS, MSFT, AAPL, CSCO, IBM, GOOG – Nasdaq” on February 13, 2019. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “Technology Sector Update for 02/12/2019: VRNS, MIME, SHOP, MSFT, AAPL, CSCO, IBM, GOOG – Nasdaq” published on February 12, 2019 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “Microsoft (MSFT) stock seen as strong buy ahead of second-quarter numbers – Nasdaq” with publication date: January 26, 2019.

Wafra Investment Advisory Group Inc increased Medtronic Plc stake by 7,824 shares to 16,329 valued at $1.61 million in 2018Q3. It also upped Vanguard Developed Markets Etf (VEA) stake by 1.21M shares and now owns 14.02 million shares. Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) was raised too.

Among 7 analysts covering Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 86% are positive. Microsoft had 9 analyst reports since September 7, 2018 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, October 25 by Nomura. The firm has “Overweight” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets given on Thursday, October 25. Deutsche Bank maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, November 26 report. The firm has “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital given on Friday, September 7. The rating was upgraded by Macquarie Research on Friday, October 12 to “Outperform”. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Neutral” rating by Citigroup on Thursday, October 25. The rating was maintained by Wedbush with “Buy” on Thursday, November 29. Nomura maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Thursday, January 31. Nomura has “Buy” rating and $113 target.

Since August 31, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 11 selling transactions for $82.43 million activity. Another trade for 36,500 shares valued at $4.06M was sold by Hogan Kathleen T. Capossela Christopher C sold $432,000 worth of stock. BROD FRANK H sold $214,363 worth of stock. $28.35 million worth of stock was sold by Nadella Satya on Wednesday, February 6. Hood Amy sold $13.09M worth of stock.

More notable recent Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “Viacom (VIAB) Q1 Earnings Surpass Estimates – Nasdaq” on February 05, 2019, also Nasdaq.com with their article: “Viacom (VIAB) Q1 Earnings Beat, “Bumblebee” Aids Top-Line Growth – Nasdaq” published on February 05, 2019, Nasdaq.com published: “Viacom (VIAB) to Post Q1 Earnings: Disappointment in Store? – Nasdaq” on January 31, 2019. More interesting news about Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “Why Viacom Is Buying Pluto TV – Nasdaq” published on February 09, 2019 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “Earnings Preview: Viacom (VIAB) Q1 Earnings Expected to Decline – Nasdaq” with publication date: January 29, 2019.

Among 7 analysts covering Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 43% are positive. Viacom had 9 analyst reports since September 20, 2018 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Hold” rating by Goldman Sachs on Thursday, November 29. On Thursday, September 20 the stock rating was upgraded by Macquarie Research to “Outperform”. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Monday, November 5 by UBS. Pivotal Research upgraded the shares of VIAB in report on Tuesday, January 15 to “Buy” rating. The stock of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) earned “Equal-Weight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Monday, October 15. Imperial Capital upgraded Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) rating on Tuesday, October 23. Imperial Capital has “In-Line” rating and $29 target. The stock of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) earned “Outperform” rating by Imperial Capital on Friday, January 11. Citigroup maintained the shares of VIAB in report on Wednesday, November 21 with “Neutral” rating.

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