Seeking Alpha

Benefits of activism: Sherlund again rates MSFT a Buy

  • Original bull Rick Sherlund (formerly Goldman, now Nomura) puts Microsoft (MSFT) back on his Buy list due to the "anticipated benefits of shareholder activism." ValueAct owns less than a 1% stake in the company, but is likely to have plenty of support as it presses its case for change says Sherlund. A proxy contest could be a catalyst (the company must be notified by August 30), but the board may just capitulate before that and offer a seat to someone amenable to the activist agenda.
  • He's cutting his EPS estimate as he thinks margins will be talked lower at the September 19 Financial Analyst Meeting, but "We do not think fundamentals matter so much over the next six months."
  • Shares +1.6% premarket.
Comments (1)
  • badass1
    , contributor
    Comments (77) | Send Message
     
    Sherlund is the axe in this stock pay attention to what he says.
    23 Aug 2013, 04:24 AM Reply Like
DJIA (DIA) S&P 500 (SPY)