Shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the thirty-seven brokerages that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have given a hold recommendation, thirty have given a buy recommendation and two have issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $125.23.
Several analysts recently commented on the stock. Credit Suisse Group set a $125.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, January 27th. Goldman Sachs Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $131.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Thursday. UBS Group set a $125.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 31st. Nomura dropped their target price on shares of Microsoft from $115.00 to $113.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, January 31st. Finally, Citigroup reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $110.00 target price (down previously from $114.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Thursday, January 31st.
MSFT stock traded up $1.60 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $123.37. 27,990,998 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 20,665,014. The firm has a market cap of $949.92 billion, a PE ratio of 31.80, a P/E/G ratio of 2.26 and a beta of 1.22. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 3.08 and a current ratio of 3.12. Microsoft has a 1-year low of $90.28 and a 1-year high of $123.52.
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 given a dividend of $0.46 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 15th. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.49%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is presently 47.42%.
In related news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 10,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $111.48, for a total transaction of $1,170,540.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 156,866 shares in the company, valued at $17,487,421.68. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Jean Philippe Courtois sold 28,147 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $108.14, for a total transaction of $3,043,816.58. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 497,162 shares in the company, valued at $53,763,098.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 333,667 shares of company stock worth $35,657,016 over the last 90 days. 1.38% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. United Capital Management of KS Inc. raised its stake in shares of Microsoft by 5.8% in the 4th quarter. United Capital Management of KS Inc. now owns 17,834 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $1,811,000 after acquiring an additional 984 shares during the period. Polen Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Microsoft by 0.8% in the 3rd quarter. Polen Capital Management LLC now owns 13,818,601 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $1,580,433,000 after acquiring an additional 114,047 shares during the period. Abner Herrman & Brock LLC raised its stake in shares of Microsoft by 1.3% in the 4th quarter. Abner Herrman & Brock LLC now owns 259,088 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $26,316,000 after acquiring an additional 3,234 shares during the period. Nan Shan Life Insurance Co. Ltd. purchased a new stake in shares of Microsoft in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $129,830,000. Finally, Ronna Sue Cohen raised its stake in shares of Microsoft by 3.2% in the 3rd quarter. Ronna Sue Cohen now owns 17,497 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $2,001,000 after acquiring an additional 537 shares during the period. 72.89% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
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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