Traders sold shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) on strength during trading on Tuesday. $293.90 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $615.95 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $322.05 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, Microsoft had the 2nd highest net out-flow for the day. Microsoft traded up $1.07 for the day and closed at $113.21

A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on MSFT shares. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “$104.40” rating and set a $115.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, July 19th. Credit Suisse Group restated a “$105.12” rating and set a $115.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Wednesday, July 18th. Deutsche Bank restated a “$105.12” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Wednesday, July 18th. Argus boosted their price target on Microsoft from $116.00 to $128.00 and gave the company a “$107.97” rating in a research note on Monday, July 23rd. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein restated a “buy” rating and set a $123.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Tuesday, July 3rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, thirty have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $119.74.

The company has a quick ratio of 2.86, a current ratio of 2.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94. The firm has a market capitalization of $872.93 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.27, a P/E/G ratio of 2.17 and a beta of 1.26.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 19th. The software giant reported $1.13 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.08 by $0.05. Microsoft had a return on equity of 36.69% and a net margin of 15.02%. The company had revenue of $30.09 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $29.23 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.75 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 17.5% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Microsoft Co. will post 4.25 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 13th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 15th will be issued a $0.46 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 14th. This is a boost from Microsoft’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.42. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.63%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is currently 43.30%.

In related news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 23,337 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $109.22, for a total value of $2,548,867.14. Following the transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 190,570 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $20,814,055.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Kathleen T. Hogan sold 40,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $111.31, for a total value of $4,452,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 339,972 shares in the company, valued at $37,842,283.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 650,042 shares of company stock worth $71,264,850. 1.49% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Peak Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in Microsoft in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $107,000. Fort L.P. bought a new position in shares of Microsoft during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $119,000. WP Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Microsoft during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $131,000. Live Your Vision LLC increased its position in shares of Microsoft by 58.7% during the 2nd quarter. Live Your Vision LLC now owns 1,376 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $140,000 after purchasing an additional 509 shares during the last quarter. Finally, LFA Lugano Financial Advisors SA bought a new position in shares of Microsoft during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $139,000. 71.75% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. The company operates through Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud, and More Personal Computing segments. The Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, such as Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, including Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; LinkedIn online professional network; and Dynamics business solutions comprising financial management, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and medium businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises.

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