Bridges Investment Counsel Has Decreased Its Lowes Companies Com (LOW) Position; Optimum Investment Advisors Upped Its Microsoft (MSFT) Holding

Bridges Investment Counsel Inc decreased Lowes Companies Com (LOW) stake by 64.35% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Bridges Investment Counsel Inc sold 17,885 shares as Lowes Companies Com (LOW)’s stock rose 10.23%. The Bridges Investment Counsel Inc holds 9,910 shares with $792,000 value, down from 27,795 last quarter. Lowes Companies Com now has $88.55B valuation. The stock decreased 0.36% or $0.39 during the last trading session, reaching $106.72. About 4.13 million shares traded. Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has risen 5.92% since January 25, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 10.78% the S&P500.

Optimum Investment Advisors increased Microsoft Corp (MSFT) stake by 9.66% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Optimum Investment Advisors acquired 4,220 shares as Microsoft Corp (MSFT)’s stock rose 4.75%. The Optimum Investment Advisors holds 47,904 shares with $3.57 million value, up from 43,684 last quarter. Microsoft Corp now has $708.35 billion valuation. The stock decreased 0.09% or $0.08 during the last trading session, reaching $91.82. About 33.28 million shares traded or 40.40% up from the average. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 34.52% since January 25, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Analysts await Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) to report earnings on March, 7. They expect $0.86 earnings per share, 0.00% or $0.00 from last year’s $0.86 per share. LOW’s profit will be $713.59 million for 31.02 P/E if the $0.86 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.05 actual earnings per share reported by Lowe's Companies, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -18.10% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.04 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.01, from 1.03 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 76 investors sold LOW shares while 406 reduced holdings. 115 funds opened positions while 384 raised stakes. 589.78 million shares or 2.68% less from 606.01 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. The New York-based D E Shaw & has invested 0.12% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). The British Columbia – Canada-based Pacad Limited has invested 0.6% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). 2.28M were accumulated by Brown Advisory. Oregon Employees Retirement Fund reported 0.27% of its portfolio in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Scotia holds 0.02% or 17,719 shares in its portfolio. Amer National Insur Tx holds 0.96% or 227,870 shares in its portfolio. Natl Bank Of Nova Scotia invested in 1,855 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Moreover, Jaffetilchin Investment Prtnrs Ltd Limited Liability Company has 0.28% invested in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) for 14,795 shares. Citigroup Inc has invested 0.06% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Boston Family Office Lc holds 0.41% in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) or 45,244 shares. Moreover, Hancock has 0.01% invested in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) for 3,722 shares. Cim Inv Mangement Incorporated invested in 7,642 shares. Court Place Advisors Ltd Company accumulated 13,998 shares. Scopus Asset Mgmt LP has invested 1.36% of its portfolio in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Hall Laurie J Trustee has 0.05% invested in Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW).

Among 33 analysts covering Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE:LOW), 20 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 13 Hold. Therefore 61% are positive. Lowe’s Companies Inc. has $127 highest and $66 lowest target. $94.69’s average target is -11.27% below currents $106.72 stock price. Lowe’s Companies Inc. had 80 analyst reports since August 19, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Hold” rating by Piper Jaffray given on Wednesday, November 22. Raymond James upgraded Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) on Monday, November 27 to “Outperform” rating. As per Thursday, November 17, the company rating was downgraded by Telsey Advisory Group. RBC Capital Markets maintained Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) on Monday, October 30 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, November 19 with “Outperform”. Goldman Sachs maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, April 6 report. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Wednesday, November 22 by SunTrust. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, January 2 by Robert W. Baird. The rating was downgraded by Piper Jaffray to “Neutral” on Monday, October 31. Piper Jaffray maintained the shares of LOW in report on Friday, September 29 with “Hold” rating.

Since September 19, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 sales for $778,532 activity. $163,675 worth of Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) was sold by Ramsay Paul D on Tuesday, September 19. $614,857 worth of stock was sold by Hollifield Matthew V on Friday, September 22.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.83 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.01, from 0.82 in 2017Q2. It improved, 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. Bkd Wealth Advsr Ltd Limited Liability Company has 0.66% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 80,792 shares. Ogorek Anthony Joseph Ny Adv reported 0.01% stake. Deutsche Natl Bank Ag reported 1.08% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Bernzott Capital Advsrs reported 1.24% stake. Schaller Grp Inc reported 0.15% stake. 14.50M are owned by Century Cos. San Francisco Sentry Gp (Ca) holds 46,898 shares. Strategic Wealth Advsrs Grp Ltd Com has 179,198 shares for 2.17% of their portfolio. New Jersey Better Educational Savings Tru invested in 50,000 shares or 3.14% of the stock. 99,499 are owned by Boyar Asset Management. Old Dominion Capital Management has 0.63% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 8,282 shares. Ruggie Capital Grp Incorporated reported 2,823 shares stake. Benchmark Capital holds 2.51% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 43,365 shares. First Tru owns 228,176 shares or 1.97% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Wealthtrust Fairport Ltd Limited Liability Company has 1.01% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 128,259 shares.

Among 35 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 147 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, January 29 by Wunderlich. The company was maintained on Friday, April 1 by Cowen & Co. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, December 12 by Bernstein. Credit Suisse maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Monday, July 17 report. Wells Fargo initiated the stock with “Outperform” rating in Wednesday, January 11 report. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Outperform” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Friday, January 8. The rating was upgraded by Bank of America to “Buy” on Friday, October 23. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Tuesday, January 23. Canaccord Genuity maintained it with “Hold” rating and $67 target in Friday, January 27 report. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, November 23 by UBS.

Since August 4, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 insider sales for $513.86 million activity. COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE sold $1.98M worth of stock. 7.00 million shares were sold by Morfit G Mason, worth $507.89 million. Shares for $4.00 million were sold by Hood Amy on Tuesday, August 29.