Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was upgraded by stock analysts at Vetr from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report issued on Monday. The brokerage currently has a $95.92 price target on the software giant’s stock. Vetr‘s price objective points to a potential upside of 6.78% from the stock’s previous close.

Several other equities research analysts have also commented on MSFT. Morningstar reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Microsoft in a report on Monday, October 16th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $85.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Goldman Sachs Group set a $88.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their price target on shares of Microsoft from $80.00 to $85.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, KeyCorp reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $94.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a report on Friday, October 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, thirty-one have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Microsoft presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $99.14.

Shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) opened at $89.83 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $693,000.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 61.11, a P/E/G ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 1.06. 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 has a 1-year low of $63.62 and a 1-year high of $96.07.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The software giant reported $0.96 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $28.92 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $28.42 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 11.72% and a return on equity of 35.41%. The firm’s revenue was up 11.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.83 EPS. analysts expect that Microsoft will post 3.62 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Microsoft news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total value of $1,496,700.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.44, for a total transaction of $333,760.00. Following the completion of 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. Corporate insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Kohmann Bosshard Financial Services LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Microsoft during the fourth quarter worth about $103,000. Acrospire Investment Management LLC lifted its position in shares of Microsoft by 300.0% during the second quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,600 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $110,000 after purchasing an additional 1,200 shares in the last quarter. First Dallas Securities Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Microsoft during the fourth quarter worth about $123,000. Cerebellum GP LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Microsoft during the fourth quarter worth about $134,000. Finally, Stelac Advisory Services LLC increased its stake in shares of Microsoft by 23.5% during the second quarter. Stelac Advisory Services LLC now owns 2,033 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $140,000 after buying an additional 387 shares during the period. 73.07% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Microsoft 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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