Traders sold shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on strength during trading on Wednesday following insider selling activity. $219.73 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $548.17 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $328.44 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Microsoft had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Microsoft traded up $1.19 for the day and closed at $82.78Specifically, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.46, for a total value of $333,840.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 189,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $15,797,141.88. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total transaction of $1,261,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 116,205 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,770,516.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 45,000 shares of company stock valued at $3,759,420 in the last ninety days. 1.49% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on MSFT. ValuEngine raised shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. Morningstar reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Monday, October 16th. Credit Suisse Group reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Thursday, August 31st. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $88.00 price target (up previously from $85.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, KeyCorp reissued a “buy” rating and set a $82.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Sunday, September 10th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating, twenty-nine have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $84.59.

The company has a current ratio of 3.12, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91. The company has a market capitalization of $625,499.00, a P/E ratio of 23.99, a PEG ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 0.99.

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

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be paid a $0.42 dividend. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.03%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. Microsoft’s payout ratio is 57.14%.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of MSFT. New Capital Management LP raised its stake 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 valued at $284,000 after purchasing an additional 22 shares in the last quarter. Nottingham Advisors Inc. raised its stake 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 valued at $372,000 after purchasing an additional 22 shares in the last quarter. American Economic Planning Group Inc. ADV raised its stake 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 valued at $340,000 after purchasing an additional 23 shares in the last quarter. Carderock Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Microsoft by 0.7% during the second quarter. Carderock Capital Management Inc. now owns 3,981 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $274,000 after purchasing an additional 26 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Appropriate Balance Financial Services Inc. raised its stake 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 valued at $9,331,000 after purchasing an additional 29 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 73.33% of the company’s stock.

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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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