MSFT has been the topic of several other research reports. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Microsoft from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Vetr lowered shares of Microsoft from a buy rating to a hold rating and set a $93.54 price target on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, January 17th. Instinet assumed coverage on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. They issued a buy rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Microsoft from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 6th. Finally, UBS set a $105.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Friday, January 19th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, thirty have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Microsoft currently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $99.45.
MSFT stock opened at $87.18 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a current ratio of 2.89 and a quick ratio of 2.85. The stock has a market cap of $691,364.44, a P/E ratio of 59.71, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.07 and a beta of 1.04. Microsoft has a 12-month low of $64.35 and a 12-month high of $97.24.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The software giant reported $0.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $28.92 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $28.42 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 11.72% and a return on equity of 35.41%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 11.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.83 earnings per share. equities analysts forecast that Microsoft will post 3.65 EPS for the current year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 14th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 17th will be paid a dividend of $0.42 per share. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.93%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 16th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 115.07%.
In other Microsoft news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction on Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.30, for a total transaction of $279,900.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief marketing officer now owns 178,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $16,633,337.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction on Friday, February 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.00, for a total transaction of $325,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 171,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,928,854. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 10,000 shares of company stock valued at $930,900 in the last three months. Company insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.
Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Kohmann Bosshard Financial Services LLC acquired a new position in Microsoft during the 4th quarter worth $103,000. Acrospire Investment Management LLC lifted its position in 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 acquiring an additional 1,200 shares during the last quarter. First Dallas Securities Inc. acquired a new position in Microsoft during the 4th quarter worth $123,000. Cerebellum GP LLC acquired a new position in Microsoft during the 4th quarter worth $134,000. Finally, Stelac Advisory Services LLC lifted its position in 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 acquiring an additional 387 shares during the last quarter. 73.81% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
Microsoft Company Profile
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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