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Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) EVP Tami Reller sold 5,800 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction dated Monday, February 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $37.77, for a total transaction of $219,066.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 455,974 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $17,222,138. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

A number of research firms have recently commented on MSFT. Analysts at Sterne Agee initiated coverage on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a research note to investors on Tuesday. They set a “neutral” rating and a $40.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at TheStreet reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a research note to investors on Wednesday, January 29th. Finally, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a research note to investors on Friday, January 24th. They now have a $38.00 price target on the stock. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have issued a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $36.07.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) traded down 0.36% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $36.35. 55,526,924 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Microsoft Corp. has a one year low of $27.10 and a one year high of $38.98. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $36.5 and a 200-day moving average of $34.87. The company has a market cap of $301.7 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.51.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 22nd. The company reported $0.76 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $24.50 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.67 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.76 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 14.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Microsoft Corp. will post $2.70 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Microsoft Corporation is engaged in developing, licensing and supporting a range of software products and services.

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