Vista Capital Partners Inc. cut its holdings in shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 1.5% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 9,272 shares of the software giant’s stock after selling 139 shares during the quarter. Microsoft Corporation accounts for 0.2% of Vista Capital Partners Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 18th largest position. Vista Capital Partners Inc.’s holdings in Microsoft Corporation were worth $639,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of MSFT. Hefty Wealth Partners increased its stake in shares of Microsoft Corporation by 65.6% during the second quarter. Hefty Wealth Partners now owns 1,648 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $113,000 after buying an additional 653 shares during the period. Asset Planning Services Ltd. raised its holdings in Microsoft Corporation by 93.0% during the first quarter. Asset Planning Services Ltd. now owns 1,737 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $114,000 after purchasing an additional 837 shares in the last quarter. Ullmann Financial Group Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Microsoft Corporation during the 1st quarter worth approximately $132,000. Arcus Capital Partners LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Microsoft Corporation during the 1st quarter worth approximately $205,000. Finally, Schneider Downs Wealth Management Advisors LP purchased a new stake in shares of Microsoft Corporation during the 1st quarter worth approximately $209,000. 73.40% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

In related news, insider G Mason Morfit sold 7,000,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.56, for a total transaction of $507,920,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider Jean Philippe Courtois sold 26,763 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $74.00, for a total value of $1,980,462.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 537,519 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $39,776,406. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 7,108,526 shares of company stock worth $515,879,974. Insiders own 2.99% of the company’s stock.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on MSFT shares. ValuEngine raised Microsoft Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. Credit Suisse Group reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a research note on Thursday, August 31st. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $77.00 price target on shares of Microsoft Corporation and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 10th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Microsoft Corporation from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $82.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a research report on Sunday, September 10th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and twenty-nine have given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $76.72.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) traded down 0.38% on Tuesday, hitting $74.33. 5,014,809 shares of the stock traded hands. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $73.86 and its 200-day moving average price is $70.42. The stock has a market cap of $572.51 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.43 and a beta of 1.01. Microsoft Corporation has a 52-week low of $56.32 and a 52-week high of $75.97.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The software giant reported $0.98 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.71 by $0.27. The business had revenue of $24.70 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $24.29 billion. Microsoft Corporation had a return on equity of 36.81% and a net margin of 23.57%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.69 EPS. On average, analysts forecast that Microsoft Corporation will post $3.20 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 16th will be issued a $0.42 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 15th. This is an increase from Microsoft Corporation’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.39. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.25%. Microsoft Corporation’s payout ratio is 57.78%.

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About Microsoft Corporation

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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