Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) has recently received a number of price target changes and ratings updates:

  • 10/5/2017 – Microsoft Corporation was upgraded by analysts at Canaccord Genuity from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $86.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $76.00.
  • 10/2/2017 – Microsoft Corporation was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 9/25/2017 – Microsoft Corporation was given a new $80.00 price target on by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 9/18/2017 – Microsoft Corporation was given a new $77.00 price target on by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 9/18/2017 – Microsoft Corporation had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They now have a $80.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/15/2017 – Microsoft Corporation had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. They now have a $76.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/12/2017 – Microsoft Corporation was downgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. They now have a $74.32 price target on the stock.
  • 9/10/2017 – Microsoft Corporation had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at KeyCorp. They now have a $82.00 price target on the stock. They wrote, “We have rebuilt our detailed segment model drivers for Microsoft, incorporating new ASC 606 reclassifications that have no impact on cash flow, higher Azure revenue growth assumptions, and new device product cycle benefits (Xbox One, Surface Laptop, etc.).””
  • 9/8/2017 – Microsoft Corporation had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada.
  • 9/7/2017 – Microsoft Corporation had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.. They now have a $80.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/6/2017 – Microsoft Corporation was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 9/6/2017 – Microsoft Corporation was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $77.30 price target on the stock.
  • 9/6/2017 – Microsoft Corporation is now covered by analysts at Moffett Nathanson. They set a “neutral” rating and a $81.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/31/2017 – Microsoft Corporation had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG.
  • 8/30/2017 – Microsoft Corporation was downgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. They now have a $76.10 price target on the stock.
  • 8/27/2017 – Microsoft Corporation had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They now have a $90.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/25/2017 – Microsoft Corporation had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They now have a $86.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/24/2017 – Microsoft Corporation had its “overweight” rating reaffirmed by analysts at UBS AG.
  • 8/18/2017 – Microsoft Corporation had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Evercore ISI. They now have a $80.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/16/2017 – Microsoft Corporation was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 8/11/2017 – Microsoft Corporation was given a new $84.00 price target on by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 8/11/2017 – Microsoft Corporation was given a new $87.00 price target on by analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.

Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ MSFT) traded up 0.04% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $76.00. The company had a trading volume of 13,953,930 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $585.37 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.04 and a beta of 1.01. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $73.99 and a 200-day moving average price of $70.56. Microsoft Corporation has a 1-year low of $56.32 and a 1-year high of $76.12. Microsoft Corporation also saw unusually large options trading on Thursday. Investors acquired 46,917 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 117% compared to the typical daily volume of 21,578 call options.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The software giant reported $0.98 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.71 by $0.27. The company had revenue of $24.70 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $24.29 billion. Microsoft Corporation had a return on equity of 36.81% and a net margin of 23.57%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.69 EPS. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Microsoft Corporation will post $3.20 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 16th will be given a dividend of $0.42 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 15th. This is a boost from Microsoft Corporation’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.39. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.21%. Microsoft Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 57.78%.

In other news, CFO Amy Hood sold 55,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.71, for a total transaction of $3,999,050.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 510,217 shares in the company, valued at approximately $37,097,878.07. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Jean Philippe Courtois sold 26,763 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $74.00, for a total value of $1,980,462.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 537,519 shares in the company, valued at $39,776,406. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 7,108,526 shares of company stock worth $515,879,974 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 2.99% of the company’s stock.

Microsoft Corporation is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices. The Company’s segments include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing. The Company’s products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers.

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