Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) has earned an average rating of “Buy” from the thirty-two research firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, twenty-five have assigned a buy rating and three have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $136.41.

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on MSFT shares. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price target on Microsoft from $115.00 to $125.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 28th. BMO Capital Markets raised their price objective on Microsoft from $125.00 to $147.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 25th. Barclays raised their price objective on Microsoft from $132.00 to $152.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 25th. KeyCorp reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $143.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Tuesday. Finally, Argus raised their price objective on Microsoft to $145.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 29th.

In other Microsoft news, EVP Kathleen T. Hogan sold 15,947 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $133.17, for a total value of $2,123,661.99. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 202,518 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $26,969,322.06. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $126.02, for a total value of $630,100.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 144,934 shares in the company, valued at approximately $18,264,582.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 216,247 shares of company stock worth $28,204,754 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 1.38% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MSFT. Highwater Wealth Management LLC acquired a new stake in Microsoft in the 4th quarter valued at $27,000. Quantamental Technologies LLC bought a new position in Microsoft in the 4th quarter valued at $26,000. Sageworth Trust Co raised its position in Microsoft by 1,525.0% in the 1st quarter. Sageworth Trust Co now owns 260 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $31,000 after purchasing an additional 244 shares during the last quarter. Mackey Komara & Dankovich LLC bought a new position in Microsoft in the 4th quarter valued at $30,000. Finally, Pearl River Capital LLC bought a new position in Microsoft in the 4th quarter valued at $38,000. 72.10% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of MSFT traded down $0.61 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $131.49. 14,767,388 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 26,498,498. Microsoft has a 12-month low of $93.96 and a 12-month high of $134.24. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70, a current ratio of 2.97 and a quick ratio of 2.93. The company has a market capitalization of $1,006.89 billion, a PE ratio of 33.89, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.31 and a beta of 1.22.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 24th. The software giant reported $1.14 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.00 by $0.14. Microsoft had a return on equity of 39.34% and a net margin of 28.58%. The company had revenue of $30.57 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $29.86 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.95 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 14.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Microsoft will post 4.58 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

About Microsoft

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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