Microsoft Co. (MSFT) EVP Christopher C. Capossela Sells 3,500 Shares

Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.00, for a total transaction of $325,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 174,778 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $16,254,354. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

Microsoft Co. (MSFT) traded up $0.59 on Thursday, reaching $92.08. 7,920,000 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 34,870,000. The company has a quick ratio of 2.85, a current ratio of 2.89 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01. Microsoft Co. has a fifty-two week low of $63.62 and a fifty-two week high of $96.07. The company has a market capitalization of $708,970.00, a P/E ratio of 28.25, a PEG ratio of 2.14 and a beta of 1.06.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The software giant reported $0.96 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. The firm 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 revenue was up 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.83 EPS. research analysts expect that Microsoft Co. will post 3.64 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be given a dividend of $0.42 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.82%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is 51.53%.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Capital Research Global Investors grew its stake in shares of Microsoft by 212.3% in the 2nd quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 69,663,044 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $4,801,874,000 after buying an additional 47,353,245 shares in the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC boosted its stake in shares of Microsoft by 609.4% during the 2nd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 49,174,883 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $3,389,625,000 after purchasing an additional 42,243,011 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Microsoft by 4.6% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 564,052,011 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $38,880,105,000 after purchasing an additional 25,053,413 shares during the period. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Microsoft by 52.3% during the 4th quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. now owns 26,474,151 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $2,264,601,000 after purchasing an additional 9,092,634 shares during the period. Finally, Tiger Global Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Microsoft by 395.2% during the 2nd quarter. Tiger Global Management LLC now owns 10,487,500 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $722,903,000 after purchasing an additional 8,369,500 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 73.19% of the company’s stock.

MSFT has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Vetr cut shares of Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $94.80 price objective on the stock. in a report on Tuesday. Tigress Financial restated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft in a report on Wednesday, February 14th. Argus upped their price objective on shares of Microsoft from $95.00 to $107.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 6th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $106.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, February 5th. Finally, Nomura upped their price objective on shares of Microsoft from $102.00 to $105.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and thirty-one have issued a buy rating to the stock. Microsoft currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $99.11.

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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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