Traders bought shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on weakness during trading on Thursday. $290.86 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $146.04 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $144.82 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Microsoft Corporation had the 3rd highest net in-flow for the day. Microsoft Corporation traded down ($0.61) for the day and closed at $83.11

Several research firms have recently commented on MSFT. Argus upgraded Microsoft Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $57.28 to $95.00 in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) set a $92.00 price objective on Microsoft Corporation and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Credit Suisse Group restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a report on Thursday, August 31st. Vetr downgraded Microsoft Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $78.90 price objective for the company. in a report on Monday, October 30th. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. set a $80.00 price objective on Microsoft Corporation and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and thirty have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft Corporation currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $84.21.

The company has a market cap of $645,865.50, a PE ratio of 24.77, a PEG ratio of 1.95 and a beta of 1.01. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a current ratio of 3.12.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.72 by $0.12. Microsoft Corporation had a return on equity of 35.23% and a net margin of 24.56%. The firm had revenue of $24.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $23.57 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.76 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts forecast that Microsoft Corporation will post 3.38 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 16th will be given a dividend of $0.42 per share. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.02%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 15th. This is a boost from Microsoft Corporation’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.39. Microsoft Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 57.14%.

In other news, CFO Amy Hood sold 55,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.71, for a total transaction of $3,999,050.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 510,217 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $37,097,878.07. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.44, for a total value of $333,760.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 184,278 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,376,156.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 108,763 shares of company stock worth $8,242,232 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Acrospire Investment Management LLC increased its stake in Microsoft Corporation by 300.0% in the 2nd quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,600 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $110,000 after acquiring an additional 1,200 shares during the last quarter. Hefty Wealth Partners increased its stake in Microsoft Corporation by 65.6% in the 2nd quarter. Hefty Wealth Partners now owns 1,648 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $113,000 after acquiring an additional 653 shares during the last quarter. Ullmann Financial Group Inc. bought a new position in Microsoft Corporation in the 1st quarter worth about $132,000. Stelac Advisory Services LLC increased its stake in Microsoft Corporation by 23.5% in the 2nd quarter. Stelac Advisory Services LLC now owns 2,033 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $140,000 after acquiring an additional 387 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Opera Trading Capital increased its stake in Microsoft Corporation by 1,522.0% in the 2nd quarter. Opera Trading Capital now owns 2,433 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $168,000 after acquiring an additional 2,283 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 73.14% of the company’s stock.

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Microsoft Corporation Company Profile

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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