Atalanta Sosnoff Capital Decreased Its Microsoft (MSFT) Stake; 5 Analysts Bullish Vodafone Group Plc (VOD)

Among 9 analysts covering Vodafone Group PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD), 5 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 56% are positive. Vodafone Group PLC (ADR) had 15 analyst reports since October 19, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Argus Research initiated the stock with “Hold” rating in Tuesday, September 20 report. Goldman Sachs upgraded the shares of VOD in report on Tuesday, January 10 to “Buy” rating. The firm has “Overweight” rating given on Friday, December 8 by Barclays Capital. The company was upgraded on Wednesday, August 9 by Bank of America. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, April 20 by Bank of America. The stock of Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) has “Neutral” rating given on Monday, June 13 by Macquarie Research. The stock of Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) earned “Buy” rating by Argus Research on Monday, June 12. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, January 17 by Raymond James. Standpoint Research downgraded the stock to “Reduce” rating in Thursday, June 1 report. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Bank of America given on Wednesday, January 25. See Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) latest ratings:

05/02/2018 Broker: Bank of America Rating: Buy New Target: $37.26
17/01/2018 Broker: Raymond James Rating: Buy Upgrade
08/12/2017 Broker: Barclays Capital Old Rating: Equal-Weight New Rating: Overweight Upgrade

Atalanta Sosnoff Capital Llc decreased Microsoft Corp (MSFT) stake by 2.43% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Atalanta Sosnoff Capital Llc sold 42,282 shares as Microsoft Corp (MSFT)’s stock rose 4.75%. The Atalanta Sosnoff Capital Llc holds 1.70M shares with $126.50 million value, down from 1.74M last quarter. Microsoft Corp now has $722.70 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.58% or $0.54 during the last trading session, reaching $93.86. About 26.72 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since March 8, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% 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 has $118.0 highest and $20 lowest target. $88.96’s average target is -5.22% below currents $93.86 stock price. Microsoft Corporation had 167 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, December 20. UBS maintained it with “Buy” rating and $105.0 target in Friday, January 19 report. Nomura maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Friday, February 2. Nomura has “Buy” rating and $105 target. On Thursday, January 25 the stock rating was maintained by JP Morgan with “Neutral”. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Friday, July 14 by Jefferies. Cowen & Co upgraded the stock to “Outperform” rating in Tuesday, May 24 report. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Outperform” rating by William Blair on Friday, October 21. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Wednesday, July 20 by BMO Capital Markets. Atlantic Securities upgraded the shares of MSFT in report on Thursday, November 10 to “Neutral” rating. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, February 14 by Tigress Financial.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on April, 26. They expect $0.85 earnings per share, up 16.44% or $0.12 from last year’s $0.73 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $6.54B for 27.61 P/E if the $0.85 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.96 actual earnings per share reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -11.46% negative EPS growth.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 3 sales for $930,912 activity. On Friday, February 16 Capossela Christopher C sold $279,912 worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 3,000 shares.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q2. It dived, 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. Sigma Counselors holds 91,069 shares. New England Private Wealth Advsr Lc owns 7,234 shares. First Bank & Trust Of Mount Dora Investment Svcs has invested 2.09% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Violich Cap holds 4.88% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 240,025 shares. Alkeon Limited Liability Company owns 3.66 million shares. Motco accumulated 75,297 shares. Timessquare Cap Mgmt Ltd Liability Com, a New York-based fund reported 110,510 shares. Wedgewood Invsts Incorporated Pa reported 19,495 shares. Parametrica Management Limited accumulated 3,000 shares. Bbr Partners Ltd Liability Com stated it has 5,925 shares. Pettyjohn Wood White owns 2.71% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 98,214 shares. Troy Asset Management Ltd invested in 11.64% or 3.45 million shares. Moreover, Rwc Asset Ltd Liability Partnership has 3.37% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Kornitzer Capital Inc Ks holds 1.66% or 1.27 million shares in its portfolio. Evercore Wealth Mgmt Limited Liability Com has 978,479 shares for 2.84% of their portfolio.

Atalanta Sosnoff Capital Llc increased Visa Inc Cl A (NYSE:V) stake by 84,202 shares to 610,602 valued at $64.26 million in 2017Q3. It also upped Aetna Inc (NYSE:AET) stake by 43,358 shares and now owns 357,920 shares. Fedex Corp (NYSE:FDX) was raised too.

Vodafone Group Plc operates as a telecommunications firm worldwide. The company has market cap of $76.21 billion. The firm offers voice, messaging, and data services across mobile and fixed networks; broadband and TV services; cloud and hosting for storing data and applications in the cloud, as well as Internet protocol-virtual private network services; roaming services; and converged communication services to small businesses and large multinational companies. It currently has negative earnings. It also provides M-Pesa, a mobile money service; GigaKombi; GigaTV, an advanced digital TV service; and Vodafone One, an integrated fixed, mobile, and TV service.