Central Garden & Pet Co (CENT) Holder Diker Management Has Decreased Stake by $1.00 Million as Shares Rose; Btr Capital Management Lowered Holding in Microsoft (MSFT) by $508,640

May 22, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

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Btr Capital Management Inc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 2.6% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Btr Capital Management Inc sold 5,984 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.63% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 223,915 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $19.15 million, down from 229,899 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Btr Capital Management Inc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $749.15B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.10% or $0.095 during the last trading session, reaching $97.505. About 4.02 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 37.43% since May 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.88% the S&P500.

Mark N. Diker decreased its stake in Central Garden & Pet Co (CENT) by 39.71% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Diker Management Llc sold 26,350 shares as the company’s stock rose 6.99% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund run by Mark N. Diker held 40,000 shares of the consumer specialties company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $1.56 million, down from 66,350 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Diker Management Llc who had been investing in Central Garden & Pet Co for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $2.02B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.33% or $0.135 during the last trading session, reaching $40.875. About 14,730 shares traded. Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) has risen 13.84% since May 22, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 2.29% the S&P500.

Btr Capital Management Inc, which manages about $543.26 million and $510.95 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Dj Us Regional Banks (IAT) by 26,468 shares to 180,373 shares, valued at $8.89M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) by 3,666 shares in the quarter, for a total of 3,821 shares, and has risen its stake in Pepsico Incorporated (NYSE:PEP).

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on July, 19. They expect $1.08 EPS, up 10.20% or $0.10 from last year’s $0.98 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $8.30 billion for 22.57 P/E if the $1.08 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.95 actual EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 13.68% EPS growth.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Baidu’s AI Drive Hits Speed Bump With COO Departure” on May 21, 2018, also 247Wallst.com with their article: “Microsoft Catches Amazon as Second Most Valuable Company” published on April 25, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “Microsoft Building Trust Along With IoT And AI” on May 10, 2018. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Microsoft Does It Again” published on May 01, 2018 as well as 247Wallst.com‘s news article titled: “Will Microsoft’s Q1 Earnings Boost Its Valuation?” with publication date: April 26, 2018.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q3. It dropped, as 39 investors sold MSFT shares while 1012 reduced holdings. 134 funds opened positions while 676 raised stakes. 5.46 billion shares or 0.90% less from 5.51 billion shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Trustmark Natl Bank Trust Department reported 43,133 shares. Sather Financial Grp Inc invested in 164,075 shares. American Securities Incorporated (D B A Uas Asset Management) has invested 2.12% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Laffer Invests owns 3.08% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 143,521 shares. Crestpoint Mngmt Limited Liability Company owns 48,400 shares for 2.3% of their portfolio. 124,315 are held by Girard Prtnrs Ltd. 15,566 are owned by Hap Trading. Findlay Park Ptnrs Llp holds 7.25M shares or 5.9% of its portfolio. Aspiriant Limited Liability Corporation invested in 6,683 shares. American Trust Investment Advsrs Ltd Llc holds 36,910 shares or 2.47% of its portfolio. Inv Mgmt Of Virginia Limited Liability Company owns 61,077 shares. Ardevora Asset Management Limited Liability Partnership holds 354,800 shares. Berson Corrado Invest Advsrs Limited Liability Co has 34,429 shares. The Colorado-based Obermeyer Wood Invest Counsel Lllp has invested 0.04% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Castleark Limited Com holds 729,426 shares or 1.87% of its portfolio.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 3 sales for $930,912 activity.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 31 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 84% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 185 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Thursday, June 1 by Canaccord Genuity. Nomura maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, February 2 report. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Barclays Capital on Friday, January 12. Oppenheimer maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Tuesday, October 31. Oppenheimer has “Outperform” rating and $92 target. On Friday, April 27 the stock rating was maintained by UBS with “Buy”. The company was maintained on Wednesday, December 20 by Oppenheimer. On Monday, July 17 the stock rating was maintained by Bank of America with “Buy”. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, August 7 by Oppenheimer. The rating was maintained by Credit Suisse on Wednesday, January 31 with “Buy”. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Sell” rating given on Friday, October 27 by Citigroup.

More news for Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) were recently published by: Globenewswire.com, which released: “Detailed Research: Economic Perspectives on NewMarket, MSG Networks, Iridium Communications, ACI Worldwide …” on May 02, 2018. Benzinga.com‘s article titled: “Earnings Scheduled For May 7, 2018” and published on May 07, 2018 is yet another important article.

Analysts await Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) to report earnings on August, 1. They expect $0.80 earnings per share, up 29.03% or $0.18 from last year’s $0.62 per share. CENT’s profit will be $39.57 million for 12.77 P/E if the $0.80 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.86 actual earnings per share reported by Central Garden & Pet Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -6.98% negative EPS growth.

Diker Management Llc, which manages about $674.54M and $278.14 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Zillow Group Inc by 38,500 shares to 76,500 shares, valued at $3.13 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Vail Resorts Inc (NYSE:MTN) by 8,000 shares in the quarter, for a total of 19,000 shares, and has risen its stake in Live Nation Entertainment In (NYSE:LYV).

Since December 11, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 15 selling transactions for $5.48 million activity. LAHANAS NICHOLAS sold 7,119 shares worth $276,050. 3,000 shares valued at $111,750 were sold by Colligan Thomas J on Thursday, February 15. BALOUSEK JOHN sold $189,412 worth of stock or 5,010 shares. 10,000 shares were sold by PENNINGTON BROOKS III, worth $354,744. Reed Michael A sold $597,323 worth of stock. 6,000 shares were sold by Machek Howard, worth $228,060 on Thursday, February 22.

Among 8 analysts covering Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT), 5 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 63% are positive. Central Garden & Pet Company had 15 analyst reports since December 8, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained the shares of CENT in report on Monday, September 4 with “Hold” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by CL King on Friday, December 8. The company was initiated on Friday, July 7 by C.L. King. Sidoti downgraded Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) rating on Monday, October 16. Sidoti has “Hold” rating and $41.0 target. The rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets with “Buy” on Monday, March 26. Sidoti upgraded Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) on Monday, October 31 to “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Tuesday, January 23 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The stock of Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) earned “Hold” rating by Oppenheimer on Thursday, March 22. The stock of Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) earned “Sector Weight” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets on Monday, February 22. The company was maintained on Monday, October 16 by KeyBanc Capital Markets.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.98 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.25, from 1.23 in 2017Q3. It dived, as 9 investors sold CENT shares while 44 reduced holdings. 18 funds opened positions while 34 raised stakes. 9.92 million shares or 0.42% less from 9.96 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Michigan-based Ls Inv Advisors Limited Liability Co has invested 0% in Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT). Fmr Lc accumulated 462,951 shares. Georgia-based Voya Investment Mgmt Ltd has invested 0% in Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT). 3,520 were accumulated by Howe Rusling. Renaissance Technology Ltd Liability has invested 0.03% in Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT). Assetmark Inc reported 3 shares. Invesco invested 0% in Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT). Geode Cap Lc has invested 0% in Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT). Swiss Savings Bank stated it has 0% in Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT). Camelot Portfolios Ltd Liability has 0.1% invested in Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) for 5,830 shares. 24,593 are owned by Rhumbline Advisers. 74,278 were reported by Putnam Investments Ltd Liability. Vanguard has invested 0% in Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT). State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue holds 2,025 shares. Macquarie reported 553 shares.

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