Traders Sell Microsoft (MSFT) on Strength (MSFT)

Investors sold shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on strength during trading on Tuesday. $221.52 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $594.48 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $372.96 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, Microsoft had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Microsoft traded up $0.35 for the day and closed at $85.58

Several research firms recently weighed in on MSFT. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $100.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 7th. Vetr downgraded shares of Microsoft from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $93.77 price target for the company. in a research report on Monday. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 16th. Oppenheimer set a $80.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, September 25th. Finally, Evercore ISI restated a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Friday, August 18th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and thirty have given a buy rating to the stock. Microsoft presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $85.28.

The firm has a market capitalization of $660,214.63, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.32, a P/E/G ratio of 1.99 and a beta of 0.99. The company has a current ratio of 3.12, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. Microsoft had a net margin of 24.56% and a return on equity of 35.23%. The business had revenue of $24.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $23.57 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.76 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts anticipate that Microsoft Corporation will post 3.38 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be paid a $0.42 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.97%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 57.14%.

In other news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total value of $1,496,700.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.46, for a total transaction of $333,840.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 189,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,797,141.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 45,000 shares of company stock valued at $3,759,420. Corporate insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of MSFT. Acrospire Investment Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Microsoft by 300.0% during the 2nd quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,600 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $110,000 after purchasing an additional 1,200 shares during the period. Hefty Wealth Partners boosted its position in shares of Microsoft by 65.6% during the 2nd quarter. Hefty Wealth Partners now owns 1,648 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $113,000 after purchasing an additional 653 shares during the period. Ullmann Financial Group Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Microsoft during the 1st quarter worth approximately $132,000. Stelac Advisory Services LLC boosted its position in shares of Microsoft by 23.5% during the 2nd quarter. Stelac Advisory Services LLC now owns 2,033 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $140,000 after purchasing an additional 387 shares during the period. Finally, Opera Trading Capital boosted its position in shares of Microsoft by 1,522.0% during the 2nd quarter. Opera Trading Capital now owns 2,433 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $168,000 after purchasing an additional 2,283 shares during the period. 73.33% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices. The Company’s segments include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing. The Company’s products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers.

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