As Microsoft (MSFT) Share Price Rose, Shareholder Peregrine Asset Advisers Has Increased Its Stake; Union Pac (UNP) Shareholder Greystone Investment Management Has Decreased Its Stake by $2.57 Million as Shares Declined

February 22, 2018 - By John Mackenzie

Peregrine Asset Advisers Inc increased its stake in Microsoft (MSFT) by 277.27% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Peregrine Asset Advisers Inc bought 53,768 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.75% with the market. The institutional investor held 73,160 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $5.45 million, up from 19,392 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Peregrine Asset Advisers Inc who had been investing in Microsoft for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $706.30B market cap company. The stock increased 0.26% or $0.24 during the last trading session, reaching $91.73. About 22.73 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since February 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Greystone Investment Management Llc decreased its stake in Union Pac Corp (UNP) by 72.67% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Greystone Investment Management Llc sold 22,364 shares as the company’s stock declined 2.52% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 8,410 shares of the railroads company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $975,000, down from 30,774 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Greystone Investment Management Llc who had been investing in Union Pac Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $105.16 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.82% or $1.09 during the last trading session, reaching $133.59. About 2.58M shares traded. Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) has risen 31.45% since February 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 14.75% the S&P500.

Analysts await Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) to report earnings on April, 26. They expect $1.66 EPS, up 25.76% or $0.34 from last year’s $1.32 per share. UNP’s profit will be $1.31B for 20.12 P/E if the $1.66 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.53 actual EPS reported by Union Pacific Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 8.50% EPS growth.

Among 29 analysts covering Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP), 13 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 45% are positive. Union Pacific Corporation had 104 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Deutsche Bank maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, October 12 report. On Tuesday, January 16 the stock rating was maintained by Susquehanna with “Buy”. As per Friday, January 22, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. RBC Capital Markets downgraded Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) on Friday, October 21 to “Sector Perform” rating. The stock of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, December 4 by Bank of America. The company was maintained on Thursday, January 25 by Robert W. Baird. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, September 28 by Cowen & Co. Robert W. Baird maintained the shares of UNP in report on Wednesday, August 23 with “Hold” rating. The stock has “Hold” rating by Loop Capital on Thursday, August 4. The stock of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, September 2 by RBC Capital Markets.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.9 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.02, from 0.92 in 2017Q2. It dived, as 67 investors sold UNP shares while 490 reduced holdings. 95 funds opened positions while 408 raised stakes. 601.66 million shares or 1.15% less from 608.67 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Segall Bryant Hamill Ltd Liability Corporation stated it has 103,608 shares. Highstreet Asset Inc holds 0% of its portfolio in Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) for 176 shares. Oakbrook Llc accumulated 0.46% or 60,835 shares. Overbrook Mngmt Corporation owns 17,066 shares. First Interstate Bancorp reported 64,271 shares. Fayez Sarofim, a Texas-based fund reported 1.99 million shares. 9,680 are owned by Mairs Pwr Incorporated. Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Pub School Empls Retrmt Sys holds 0.11% of its portfolio in Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) for 65,093 shares. 85,655 were accumulated by Stevens Cap Mgmt L P. Trillium Asset Limited Com accumulated 1,760 shares. First Quadrant Limited Partnership Ca has 139,504 shares. Co Of Oklahoma stated it has 0.65% in Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP). National Registered Advisor invested in 0.51% or 8,802 shares. Fort Point Ptnrs Limited Liability Corp reported 0.18% in Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP). Boston Private Wealth Lc holds 1.29% of its portfolio in Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) for 288,714 shares.

Peregrine Asset Advisers Inc, which manages about $266.46M and $190.11M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Boeing (NYSE:BA) by 2,719 shares to 7,257 shares, valued at $1.85M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Essex Pptys Tr (NYSE:CMI) by 20,665 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 809 shares, and cut its stake in Johnson&Johnson (NYSE:JNJ).

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. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Piper Jaffray on Sunday, August 27. The company was maintained on Friday, July 21 by Raymond James. The stock has “Buy” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Thursday, January 25. FBR Capital maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, September 3 report. BMO Capital Markets maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Wednesday, August 23 with “Buy” rating. UBS maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, August 29 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, January 31 by BMO Capital Markets. The stock has “Buy” rating by Cowen & Co on Friday, January 26. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, July 21 by UBS. The firm has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Thursday, February 1.

Since August 29, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 insider sales for $6.26 million activity. COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE sold $1.98M worth of stock. Shares for $279,912 were sold by Capossela Christopher C on Friday, February 16.

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