Mizuho Securities USA LLC Acquires 3,199 Shares of Microsoft Co. (MSFT)

Mizuho Securities USA LLC raised its holdings in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 20.9% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 18,506 shares of the software giant’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,199 shares during the quarter. Mizuho Securities USA LLC’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $1,583,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. AlphaMark Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Microsoft by 1.1% during the second quarter. AlphaMark Advisors LLC now owns 2,677 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $185,000 after acquiring an additional 30 shares during the period. Simonbaker & Partners LLC increased its stake in shares of Microsoft by 0.4% during the second quarter. Simonbaker & Partners LLC now owns 11,364 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $783,000 after acquiring an additional 40 shares during the period. Arcus Capital Partners LLC increased its stake in shares of Microsoft by 1.4% during the second quarter. Arcus Capital Partners LLC now owns 3,159 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $218,000 after acquiring an additional 45 shares during the period. Jackson Grant Investment Advisers Inc. increased its stake in shares of Microsoft by 0.3% during the second quarter. Jackson Grant Investment Advisers Inc. now owns 19,112 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,317,000 after acquiring an additional 55 shares during the period. Finally, Affinity Wealth Management increased its stake in shares of Microsoft by 1.3% during the second quarter. Affinity Wealth Management now owns 4,902 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $338,000 after acquiring an additional 61 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 73.84% of the company’s stock.

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In related news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred 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 transaction, the chief marketing officer now owns 178,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $16,633,337.40. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred 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 transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 171,278 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,928,854. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 10,000 shares of company stock worth $930,900 in the last three months. Insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

Shares of MSFT opened at $96.44 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 2.89, a quick ratio of 2.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01. The company has a market cap of $725,089.50, a P/E ratio of 29.14, a PEG ratio of 2.18 and a beta of 1.07. Microsoft Co. has a 1 year low of $64.89 and a 1 year high of $97.24.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The software giant reported $0.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $28.92 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $28.42 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 11.72% and a return on equity of 35.41%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 11.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.83 earnings per share. equities analysts predict that Microsoft Co. will post 3.63 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, May 17th will be paid a dividend of $0.42 per share. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.74%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 16th. Microsoft’s payout ratio is 50.76%.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $115.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, April 12th. Vetr lowered shares of Microsoft from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $106.32 price target on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday. JPMorgan Chase set a $94.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Royal Bank of Canada set a $105.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, Atlantic Securities set a $97.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and thirty-one have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $100.19.

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About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company's Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network.

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