Liberty Capital Management Inc. lessened its stake in shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 1.7% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 28,860 shares of the software giant’s stock after selling 506 shares during the quarter. Microsoft accounts for 1.7% of Liberty Capital Management Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 22nd biggest position. Liberty Capital Management Inc.’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $3,301,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of the company. Peak Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Microsoft during the second quarter worth about $107,000. WP Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Microsoft during the second quarter worth about $131,000. Quattro Financial Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Microsoft during the third quarter worth about $132,000. LFA Lugano Financial Advisors SA acquired a new position in shares of Microsoft during the second quarter worth about $139,000. Finally, O Brien Wealth Partners LLC lifted its stake in shares of Microsoft by 456.8% during the third quarter. O Brien Wealth Partners LLC now owns 1,726 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $197,000 after purchasing an additional 1,416 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 71.58% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Microsoft stock opened at $105.67 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82, a current ratio of 3.12 and a quick ratio of 3.08. The stock has a market capitalization of $816.41 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.23, a PEG ratio of 1.95 and a beta of 1.17. Microsoft Co. has a fifty-two week low of $83.83 and a fifty-two week high of $116.18.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 30th. The software giant reported $1.10 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.09 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $32.47 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $32.53 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 39.52% and a net margin of 28.31%. Microsoft’s quarterly revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.96 earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that Microsoft Co. will post 4.41 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 21st will be issued a $0.46 dividend. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.74%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 20th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is currently 47.42%.

In other Microsoft news, CEO Satya Nadella sold 267,466 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $106.01, for a total value of $28,354,070.66. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 1,746,854 shares in the company, valued at $185,183,992.54. The sale 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 Microsoft stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $108.00, for a total value of $432,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 173,931 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $18,784,548. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 285,466 shares of company stock valued at $30,325,771. 1.38% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of research analysts have commented on the company. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and set a $120.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $125.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Monday, October 29th. Sanford C. Bernstein reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $137.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Thursday, October 25th. Wedbush assumed coverage on Microsoft in a research report on Thursday, October 18th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $140.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Oppenheimer reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $127.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Monday, October 29th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, thirty-one have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the stock. Microsoft presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $122.11.

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Microsoft Company Profile

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. Its company's 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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