Cheviot Value Management Cut Its Microsoft (MSFT) Stake as Shares Declined; As Hanover Ins Group (THG) Share Price Declined, Shareholder Hallmark Capital Management Decreased Its Position by $726,807

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Cheviot Value Management Llc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 3.41% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Cheviot Value Management Llc sold 4,356 shares as the company’s stock declined 1.64% with the market. The institutional investor held 123,338 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $14.11 million, down from 127,694 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Cheviot Value Management Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $789.25B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.77% or $0.8 during the last trading session, reaching $102.8. About 28.31M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 30.43% since January 12, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 30.43% the S&P500. Some Historical MSFT News: 29/03/2018 – CNBC Now: BREAKING: Microsoft announces reorganization, splits company into 2 divisions; 29/03/2018 – MICROSOFT – TERRY MYERSON WILL LEAVE CO; 07/05/2018 – Recode Daily: Expect AI-in-everything at this week’s Microsoft and Google developer conferences Plus, a new $36 million VC fund exclusively for black female founders; will the Supreme Court legalize U.S; 14/03/2018 – Bravatek/AmbiCom JV to unveil field-tested Consumer Optimization Software Product; 21/03/2018 – JLL makes Linkedln’s Top Companies list again; 17/05/2018 – Vizient Again Recognized in Forbes Survey as One of ‘; 07/05/2018 – Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates backed Warren Buffett’s decision to up Berkshire’s stake in Apple, calling it an “amazing” company; 07/05/2018 – Microsoft, Amazon Show Alexa and Cortana Cozying Up Together; 29/03/2018 – Microsoft To Reorganize, Establishing Divisions Focused On Device And Cloud: CNBC — MarketWatch; 10/03/2018 – Former Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell could be Trump’s next top economic adviser

Hallmark Capital Management Inc decreased its stake in Hanover Ins Group Inc (THG) by 3.78% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Hallmark Capital Management Inc sold 5,909 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.25% with the market. The institutional investor held 150,413 shares of the finance company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $18.56M, down from 156,322 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Hallmark Capital Management Inc who had been investing in Hanover Ins Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $4.67B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.13% or $0.14 during the last trading session, reaching $110.3. About 209,604 shares traded. The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG) has risen 5.70% since January 12, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 5.70% the S&P500. Some Historical THG News: 28/03/2018 – HANOVER INSURANCE GROUP INC – RETAINED GOLDMAN SACHS & CO., LLC. TO SERVE AS ITS ADVISER THROUGH PROCESS; 28/03/2018 – The Hanover Insurance Group is Exploring Strategic Alternatives for its International Specialty Business; 07/03/2018 The Hanover Introduces Online Tool, Allowing Agents to Quote, Bind and Issue Contractor’s Equipment Policies; 02/05/2018 – Hanover Insurance 1Q EPS $1.05; 04/04/2018 – Factors of Influence in 2018, Key Indicators and Opportunity within The Hanover Insurance Group, Liberty Media, 8point3 Energy; 24/04/2018 – FITCH AFFIRMS HANOVER INSURANCE GROUP’S RATINGS; OUTLOOK STA; 02/05/2018 – HANOVER 1Q NET PREMIUMS WRITTEN $671.9M; 16/04/2018 – HANOVER INSURANCE GROUP INC – LOSSES PRIMARILY STEMMED FROM WINTER STORMS IN MIDWEST AND NORTHEAST IN JANUARY AND MARCH; 28/03/2018 – HANOVER INSURANCE GROUP IS EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR INTL SPECIALTY; 03/04/2018 – The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. to Issue First Quarter Financial Results on May 2

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on January, 30. They expect $1.09 earnings per share, up 13.54% or $0.13 from last year’s $0.96 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $8.37B for 23.58 P/E if the $1.09 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.14 actual earnings per share reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -4.39% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.81 in 2018 Q3. Its down 0.03, from 0.84 in 2018Q2. It worsened, 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. Baltimore reported 156,821 shares stake. Rwwm accumulated 453,246 shares or 15.73% of the stock. Maplelane Cap Limited Liability Corporation holds 0.51% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 134,000 shares. Palladium Partners Ltd Co reported 456,660 shares stake. Sumitomo Mitsui Holdg owns 23.89 million shares for 2.94% of their portfolio. 9.21M were reported by Nordea Investment Ab. Asset Strategies Inc owns 35,919 shares. Connecticut-based Ellington Gru Limited Com has invested 0.14% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Hyman Charles D accumulated 2.55% or 215,040 shares. 87,716 were reported by Marietta Prns Ltd Liability Com. Moreover, First Interstate Natl Bank has 3.02% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 130,132 are owned by Pittenger And Anderson Incorporated. Marshwinds Advisory owns 74,486 shares or 3.89% of their US portfolio. 248,000 were reported by Payden Rygel. 11,170 are held by Hilton Capital Mgmt Limited Liability Co.

Among 38 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 34 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 89% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 216 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Hold” rating by Canaccord Genuity on Monday, May 16. Piper Jaffray maintained it with “Buy” rating and $100.0 target in Friday, October 27 report. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with “Buy” rating and $8000 target in Friday, July 21 report. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, January 3 by Piper Jaffray. The company was initiated on Tuesday, July 19 by William Blair. The firm has “Sell” rating given on Friday, July 21 by Citigroup. The company was maintained on Monday, August 7 by Credit Suisse. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, February 2 by Nomura. Barclays Capital maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Friday, October 27. Barclays Capital has “Buy” rating and $89.0 target. Jefferies maintained the stock with “Sell” rating in Friday, July 14 report.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “Technology Sector Update for 01/11/2019: ATVI, HIMX, MSFT, AAPL, CSCO, IBM, GOOG – Nasdaq” on January 11, 2019, also Nasdaq.com with their article: “After Hours Most Active for Dec 31, 2018 : FRC, T, QQQ, MSFT, PFE, SNV, D, GOV, CPB, CSCO, AAPL, MDLZ – Nasdaq” published on December 31, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “BlackRock and Microsoft collab on retirement platform – Seeking Alpha” on December 13, 2018. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Investorplace.com and their article: “AMD Stock Just Keeps Giving Us More to Look Forward To – Investorplace.com” published on January 11, 2019 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “After Hours Most Active for Jan 2, 2019 : IMGN, MSFT, FOLD, QQQ, EBAY, XOG – Nasdaq” with publication date: January 02, 2019.

Since August 31, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 10 insider sales for $54.07 million activity. 203,418 shares were sold by Nadella Satya, worth $21.70M on Friday, October 26. 4,000 shares valued at $432,000 were sold by Capossela Christopher C on Thursday, December 6. BROD FRANK H also sold $214,363 worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares. The insider Hood Amy sold 118,000 shares worth $13.09M.

More notable recent The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG) news were published by: Benzinga.com which released: “Insurance Stocks Shaken Amid Report Amazon Could Enter Home Insurance Market – Benzinga” on June 06, 2018, also Zacks.com with their article: “Is The Hanover Insurance Group (THG) Stock Outpacing Its Finance Peers This Year? – Zacks.com” published on August 09, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “The Hanover Insurance Group 2018 Q3 – Results – Earnings Call Slides – Seeking Alpha” on November 01, 2018. More interesting news about The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “The Hanover Insurance Group’s (THG) CEO John Roche on Q2 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript – Seeking Alpha” published on August 02, 2018 as well as Benzinga.com‘s news article titled: “Earnings Scheduled For October 31, 2018 – Benzinga” with publication date: October 31, 2018.

Hallmark Capital Management Inc, which manages about $816.74M and $846.31 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Morgan J P Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) by 3,511 shares to 33,359 shares, valued at $3.76 million in 2018Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Fedex Corporation (NYSE:FDX) by 1,520 shares in the quarter, for a total of 4,760 shares, and has risen its stake in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC).

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