Howard Capital Management Cut Its Microsoft (MSFT) Stake; Shorts at Monroe Capital (MRCC) Raised By 93.33%

May 21, 2018 - By Migdalia James

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Howard Capital Management decreased Microsoft Corp (MSFT) stake by 1.19% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. Howard Capital Management sold 3,895 shares as Microsoft Corp (MSFT)’s stock rose 4.63%. The Howard Capital Management holds 324,745 shares with $27.78M value, down from 328,640 last quarter. Microsoft Corp now has $740.35 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.19% or $0.18 during the last trading session, reaching $96.36. About 13.92M shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 37.43% since May 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.88% the S&P500.

Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC) had an increase of 93.33% in short interest. MRCC’s SI was 240,500 shares in May as released by FINRA. Its up 93.33% from 124,400 shares previously. With 170,200 avg volume, 1 days are for Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC)’s short sellers to cover MRCC’s short positions. The stock decreased 0.07% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $13.69. About 41,477 shares traded. Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC) has declined 19.89% since May 21, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 31.44% the S&P500.

More important recent Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC) news were published by: which released: “Monroe Capital Corporation BDC Announces Strong First Quarter Results” on May 08, 2018, also published article titled: “Monroe’s (MRCC) CEO Ted Koenig on Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript”, published: “Monroe Capital Corporation Schedules First Quarter 2018 Earnings Release and Conference Call” on April 30, 2018. More interesting news about Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC) was released by: and their article: “Growth capital options expand beyond traditional bank lending” with publication date: April 22, 2018.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.74, from 1.74 in 2017Q3. It is negative, as 3 investors sold Monroe Capital Corporation shares while 19 reduced holdings. 7 funds opened positions while 15 raised stakes. 4.85 million shares or 5.38% less from 5.12 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Opus Group Ltd Liability Com stated it has 0.04% in Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC). Clear Harbor Asset Management Limited Liability stated it has 31,944 shares. Mackenzie has invested 0% in Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC). Blair William Il owns 938,644 shares or 0.09% of their US portfolio. Palo stated it has 11,600 shares. Janney Montgomery Scott Ltd Liability Company reported 193,039 shares stake. Bard Associates Incorporated accumulated 117,607 shares. Silver Cap Limited Liability Corporation invested in 37,044 shares. Salzhauer Michael owns 52,438 shares or 0.28% of their US portfolio. Northern Trust holds 0% or 15,664 shares in its portfolio. Liberty Capital Mgmt Incorporated accumulated 6,800 shares or 0.05% of the stock. 39,116 were reported by West Family Invs. Raymond James owns 0% invested in Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC) for 110,848 shares. North Star Corporation accumulated 7,500 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Raymond James Services Inc holds 0% or 17,926 shares in its portfolio.

Among 9 analysts covering Monroe Capital (NASDAQ:MRCC), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 67% are positive. Monroe Capital had 10 analyst reports since April 27, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. Ladenburg Thalmann upgraded Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC) on Thursday, August 10 to “Buy” rating. As per Monday, January 9, the company rating was downgraded by Robert W. Baird. Ladenburg Thalmann downgraded Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC) on Wednesday, August 10 to “Neutral” rating. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Raymond James given on Tuesday, August 16. The stock has “Hold” rating by FBR Capital on Tuesday, March 27. The rating was maintained by Wunderlich with “Buy” on Thursday, July 21. On Monday, November 13 the stock rating was maintained by JMP Securities with “Market Outperform”. The rating was reinitiated by Janney Capital on Wednesday, April 27 with “Buy”. Oppenheimer maintained Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MRCC) rating on Wednesday, August 9. Oppenheimer has “Buy” rating and $1700 target.

Monroe Capital Corporation is a business development firm specializing in senior, unitranche and junior secured debt and to a lesser extent, unsecured debt and equity investments, and buyouts in middle-market companies. The company has market cap of $277.09 million. The fund prefers to invest in casinos and gaming, broadcasting, publishing, alcoholic beverage and tobacco distribution, gas and oil, insurance, pharmaceuticals and bio sciences, aerospace and defense, commercial printing, natural rubber, glass, container and packaging, metals and mining, and real estate. It has a 13.9 P/E ratio. It focuses to invest in the United States and Canada.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on July, 19. They expect $1.08 earnings per share, up 10.20% or $0.10 from last year’s $0.98 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $8.30B for 22.31 P/E if the $1.08 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.95 actual earnings per share reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 13.68% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q3. It is negative, 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. Moreover, Budros Ruhlin & Roe Incorporated has 1.04% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 44,384 shares. Modera Wealth Management Ltd owns 34,741 shares. State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins Commerce owns 5.09M shares for 0.55% of their portfolio. Novare Management Limited Liability Corporation reported 171,495 shares stake. Reliance reported 2,457 shares stake. 42,815 are held by Cambridge Advsr. Blue Financial reported 61,492 shares or 3.06% of all its holdings. The New Jersey-based Ksa Cap Limited Liability Company has invested 5.49% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Aspiriant Limited Liability Company holds 0.17% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or 6,683 shares. M Kraus & Com owns 90,828 shares for 4.71% of their portfolio. Moreover, Swiss Financial Bank has 2.52% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Wms Prns Limited Liability stated it has 4.94% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). First Citizens State Bank accumulated 1.52% or 131,895 shares. Busey holds 3.37% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 308,149 shares. Stack Management Incorporated invested in 4.81% or 558,949 shares.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: which released: “3 Stocks to Watch on Thursday: Booking Holdings Inc (BKNG), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) and Qualcomm, Inc …” on May 10, 2018, also with their article: “Microsoft Corporation Replacing Surface Pro 4s in “Flickergate” Resolution” published on May 14, 2018, published: “Microsoft Catches Amazon as Second Most Valuable Company” on April 25, 2018. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: and their article: “Will Microsoft’s Q1 Earnings Boost Its Valuation?” published on April 26, 2018 as well as‘s news article titled: “Microsoft Building Trust Along With IoT And AI” with publication date: May 10, 2018.

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