Shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) have earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the thirty-seven analysts that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have given a hold recommendation, thirty have assigned a buy recommendation and two have issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $125.23.

MSFT has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Bank of America upgraded shares of Microsoft to a “buy” rating and cut their price target for the company from $150.00 to $140.00 in a report on Monday, January 28th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Credit Suisse Group reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Wednesday, January 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $124.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Monday, January 21st. Nomura lowered their price objective on shares of Microsoft from $115.00 to $113.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, January 31st. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $123.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Wednesday, January 23rd.

In related news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 10,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $111.48, for a total value of $1,170,540.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 156,866 shares in the company, valued at $17,487,421.68. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Satya Nadella sold 267,466 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $106.01, for a total transaction of $28,354,070.66. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 1,746,854 shares in the company, valued at approximately $185,183,992.54. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 333,667 shares of company stock worth $35,657,016 in the last 90 days. 1.38% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Quantamental Technologies LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Microsoft during the fourth quarter worth approximately $26,000. Highwater Wealth Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Microsoft during the fourth quarter worth approximately $27,000. Mackey Komara & Dankovich LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Microsoft during the fourth quarter worth approximately $30,000. Sageworth Trust Co grew its position in shares of Microsoft by 1,525.0% during the first quarter. Sageworth Trust Co now owns 260 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $31,000 after buying an additional 244 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Pearl River Capital LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Microsoft during the fourth quarter worth approximately $38,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 72.89% of the company’s stock.

Shares of MSFT traded up $1.60 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $123.37. The company had a trading volume of 27,990,998 shares, compared to its average volume of 20,665,014. The company has a quick ratio of 3.08, a current ratio of 3.12 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82. The company has a market capitalization of $949.92 billion, a PE ratio of 31.80, a P/E/G ratio of 2.26 and a beta of 1.22. Microsoft has a 12-month low of $90.28 and a 12-month high of $123.52.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 30th. The software giant reported $1.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.09 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $32.47 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.53 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 28.31% and a return on equity of 39.52%. The business’s revenue was up 12.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.96 EPS. On average, research analysts anticipate that Microsoft will post 4.42 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 13th. Investors of record on Wednesday, May 15th will be issued a $0.46 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 15th. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.49%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is 47.42%.

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, 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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