Investors Sell Microsoft (MSFT) on Strength (MSFT)

Investors sold shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) on strength during trading on Thursday. $458.76 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $528.53 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $69.77 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Microsoft had the 11th highest net out-flow for the day. Microsoft traded up $1.40 for the day and closed at $103.11

MSFT has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Jefferies Financial Group reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $75.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a report on Monday. Barclays increased their price objective on shares of Microsoft from $117.00 to $120.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 7th. Oppenheimer set a $127.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 1st. Credit Suisse Group set a $125.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 2nd. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $130.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a report on Thursday, September 27th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, thirty-three have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $121.88.

The company has a current ratio of 2.92, a quick ratio of 2.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88. The company has a market capitalization of $783.15 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.57, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.84 and a beta of 1.26.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 24th. The software giant reported $1.14 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.18. The company had revenue of $29.08 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $27.92 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 16.38% and a return on equity of 39.86%. Microsoft’s quarterly revenue was up 18.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.84 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that Microsoft Co. will post 4.43 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 13th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.46 per share. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.78%. This is a positive change from Microsoft’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.42. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 14th. Microsoft’s payout ratio is presently 47.42%.

In other Microsoft news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 20,000 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction on Wednesday, October 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $107.70, for a total transaction of $2,154,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 66,676 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,181,005.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Satya Nadella sold 203,418 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction on Friday, October 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $106.68, for a total transaction of $21,700,632.24. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 1,014,247 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $108,199,869.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 479,080 shares of company stock valued at $52,100,893 over the last ninety days. 1.49% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. WealthPLAN Partners LLC raised its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 7.6% in the third quarter. WealthPLAN Partners LLC now owns 27,827 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $2,830,000 after acquiring an additional 1,969 shares in the last quarter. Morgan Stanley raised its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 4.8% in the third quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 60,865,803 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $6,961,221,000 after acquiring an additional 2,796,779 shares in the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc raised its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 1.1% in the third quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 33,422,395 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $3,822,534,000 after acquiring an additional 355,063 shares in the last quarter. Waldron Private Wealth LLC raised its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 2.0% in the third quarter. Waldron Private Wealth LLC now owns 31,383 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $3,589,000 after acquiring an additional 628 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Marquette Asset Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 26.3% in the third quarter. Marquette Asset Management LLC now owns 3,114 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $356,000 after acquiring an additional 648 shares in the last quarter. 72.12% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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Microsoft Company Profile (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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

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