Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. decreased its position in shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 11.6% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 9,970 shares of the software giant’s stock after selling 1,310 shares during the quarter. Microsoft makes up about 3.7% of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd.’s holdings, making the stock its 6th largest position. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $687,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of the business. New Capital Management LP grew its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 0.5% during the first quarter. New Capital Management LP now owns 4,305 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $284,000 after buying an additional 22 shares during the last quarter. Nottingham Advisors Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 0.4% during the second quarter. Nottingham Advisors Inc. now owns 5,399 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $372,000 after buying an additional 22 shares during the last quarter. American Economic Planning Group Inc. ADV grew its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 0.5% during the second quarter. American Economic Planning Group Inc. ADV now owns 4,939 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $340,000 after buying an additional 23 shares during the last quarter. Appropriate Balance Financial Services Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 4.7% during the second quarter. Appropriate Balance Financial Services Inc. now owns 643 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $9,331,000 after buying an additional 29 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bank of Stockton grew its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 0.3% during the second quarter. Bank of Stockton now owns 13,396 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $922,000 after buying an additional 36 shares during the last quarter. 73.33% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) opened at $81.08 on Tuesday. Microsoft Corporation has a 12-month low of $59.56 and a 12-month high of $86.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a current ratio of 3.12. The stock has a market cap of $650,031.38, a P/E ratio of 24.93, a PEG ratio of 1.96 and a beta of 0.99.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. Microsoft had a net margin of 24.56% and a return on equity of 35.23%. The company had revenue of $24.50 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.57 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.76 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts anticipate that Microsoft Corporation will post 3.38 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared 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 is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.07%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is 57.14%.

In related news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total transaction of $1,261,200.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 116,205 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,770,516.40. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.48, for a total value of $333,920.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 185,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $15,467,007.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 27,000 shares of company stock valued at $2,262,720. Insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

MSFT has been the topic of a number of research reports. Evercore ISI reissued a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a report on Friday, August 18th. BidaskClub raised Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 16th. Credit Suisse Group set a $84.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 11th. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $87.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 11th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “buy” rating and issued a $90.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Sunday, August 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, twenty-nine have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $84.59.

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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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