Microsoft (MSFT) Rating Reiterated by Jefferies Financial Group

Jefferies Financial Group reiterated their sell rating on shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) in a report published on Monday. They currently have a $75.00 target price on the software giant’s stock.

Several other brokerages have also weighed in on MSFT. Credit Suisse Group set a $125.00 target price on Microsoft and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 19th. Oppenheimer set a $127.00 target price on Microsoft and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Monday. DZ Bank reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Thursday, October 18th. Zacks Investment Research raised Microsoft from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $121.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, July 24th. Finally, Macquarie reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a $125.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Thursday, October 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, thirty-three have given a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $121.88.

NASDAQ:MSFT opened at $103.11 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $793.93 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.57, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.87 and a beta of 1.26. Microsoft has a 1-year low of $80.70 and a 1-year high of $116.18. The company has a current ratio of 2.92, a quick ratio of 2.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88.

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

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

In related news, CEO Satya Nadella sold 203,418 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred 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 completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 1,014,247 shares in the company, valued at approximately $108,199,869.96. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CFO Amy Hood sold 118,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $110.90, for a total value of $13,086,200.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 669,327 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $74,228,364.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 479,080 shares of company stock valued at $52,100,893. 1.49% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in MSFT. Peak Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Microsoft in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $107,000. Fort L.P. acquired a new position in shares of Microsoft in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $119,000. Woodard & Co. Asset Management Group Inc. ADV raised its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 90.5% in the 3rd quarter. Woodard & Co. Asset Management Group Inc. ADV now owns 1,048 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $119,000 after buying an additional 498 shares in the last quarter. WP Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Microsoft in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $131,000. Finally, Quattro Financial Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Microsoft in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $132,000. Institutional investors own 72.12% of the company’s stock.

Microsoft Company Profile

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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