As Microsoft (MSFT) Stock Rose, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust Lowered by $680.00 Million Its Position; As Lkq Com (LKQ) Market Value Declined, Thompson Investment Management Lowered Its Holding by $840,400

April 24, 2018 - By Winifred Garcia

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Thompson Investment Management Inc decreased its stake in Lkq Corp Com (LKQ) by 13.63% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Thompson Investment Management Inc sold 21,010 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.91% with the market. The institutional investor held 133,107 shares of the motor vehicles company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $5.41M, down from 154,117 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Thompson Investment Management Inc who had been investing in Lkq Corp Com for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $11.70B market cap company. The stock decreased 1.43% or $0.55 during the last trading session, reaching $37.79. About 792,018 shares traded. LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) has risen 27.90% since April 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.35% the S&P500.

Michael Larson decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 14.29% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust sold 8.00M shares as the company’s stock rose 4.63% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund run by Michael Larson held 48.00M shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $4.11B, down from 56.00M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $721.86B market cap company. The stock decreased 1.68% or $1.6 during the last trading session, reaching $93.75. About 12.88M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 37.43% since April 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.88% the S&P500.

Since October 26, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 4 sales for $5.81 million activity. 100,000 shares were sold by WEBSTER WILLIAM M IV, worth $4.00M. On Thursday, October 26 CASINI VICTOR M sold $920,500 worth of LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) or 25,000 shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.16 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.24, from 0.92 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 27 investors sold LKQ shares while 166 reduced holdings. 77 funds opened positions while 147 raised stakes. 275.57 million shares or 0.71% more from 273.62 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale invested 0.02% in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ). Westpac Corp has invested 0.02% in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ). Cap Invest Of America Inc reported 2.28% of its portfolio in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ). Moreover, Thompson has 0.96% invested in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) for 133,107 shares. Quantitative Systematic Strategies Ltd Llc invested 0.15% in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ). Bbva Compass Bancorporation stated it has 0.03% of its portfolio in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ). invested in 0.02% or 114,919 shares. Prudential holds 0.11% of its portfolio in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) for 1.95 million shares. Fir Tree Capital Mngmt Limited Partnership holds 4.22 million shares or 4.62% of its portfolio. Stephens Group Limited Liability holds 701,261 shares or 0.65% of its portfolio. Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) holds 0.02% in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) or 57,361 shares. Segall Bryant & Hamill Llc has invested 1.52% in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ). 360,501 are owned by Manufacturers Life The. Moreover, Boston Family Office Limited Liability Corp has 0.75% invested in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) for 167,602 shares. Ivory Inv Management Ltd Limited Liability Company owns 384,018 shares or 0.89% of their US portfolio.

Among 13 analysts covering LKQ (NASDAQ:LKQ), 12 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 92% are positive. LKQ had 29 analyst reports since January 15, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Tuesday, March 22 by Robert W. Baird. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, February 22 by FBR Capital. Stifel Nicolaus maintained LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) rating on Monday, September 25. Stifel Nicolaus has “Buy” rating and $37.0 target. The stock of LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) earned “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, January 4. Jefferies maintained LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) rating on Wednesday, August 9. Jefferies has “Buy” rating and $3700 target. Stephens maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, January 16 report. On Friday, December 22 the stock rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird with “Buy”. The firm has “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Tuesday, November 29. On Tuesday, February 21 the stock rating was initiated by JP Morgan with “Overweight”. FBR Capital maintained the shares of LKQ in report on Tuesday, December 12 with “Buy” rating.

Thompson Investment Management Inc, which manages about $2.99B and $566.73 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in General Elec Co (NYSE:GE) by 107,352 shares to 695,605 shares, valued at $12.14M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Brunswick Corp Com (NYSE:BC) by 5,506 shares in the quarter, for a total of 91,753 shares, and has risen its stake in Envision Healthcare Corp.

Analysts await LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) to report earnings on April, 26 before the open. They expect $0.59 earnings per share, up 20.41% or $0.10 from last year’s $0.49 per share. LKQ’s profit will be $182.68M for 16.01 P/E if the $0.59 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.41 actual earnings per share reported by LKQ Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 43.90% EPS growth.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 78% are positive. Microsoft Corporation had 173 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Bernstein maintained it with “Buy” rating and $118.0 target in Thursday, February 1 report. On Monday, November 23 the stock rating was maintained by UBS with “Buy”. Nomura maintained Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Friday, October 21. Nomura has “Buy” rating and $68 target. Canaccord Genuity maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Wednesday, January 31 with “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, October 10 by Stifel Nicolaus. Citigroup maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Friday, October 27 with “Sell” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by UBS on Friday, July 21. The company was upgraded on Thursday, October 1 by Bank of America. Piper Jaffray maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, July 21 report. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, January 29 by Wunderlich.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on April, 26 after the close. 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 $6.54 billion for 27.57 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 buys, and 3 selling transactions for $930,912 activity.

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