Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the forty-two analysts that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and thirty have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $84.22.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on MSFT shares. ValuEngine upgraded Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and issued a $94.00 price objective (up previously from $86.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Atlantic Securities set a $83.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. UBS set a $105.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Barclays reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $89.00 price target (up from $82.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Friday, October 27th.

In other news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.46, for a total transaction of $333,840.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 189,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,797,141.88. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total transaction of $1,261,200.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 116,205 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,770,516.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 27,000 shares of company stock valued at $2,262,720 over the last three months. Corporate insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of MSFT. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 4.6% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 564,052,011 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $38,880,105,000 after buying an additional 25,053,413 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 0.8% in the 1st quarter. State Street Corp now owns 318,681,830 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $20,988,383,000 after buying an additional 2,552,473 shares in the last quarter. Capital Research Global Investors lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 212.3% in the 2nd quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 69,663,044 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $4,801,874,000 after buying an additional 47,353,245 shares in the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 609.4% in the 2nd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 49,174,883 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $3,389,625,000 after buying an additional 42,243,011 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 2.1% in the 3rd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 38,463,571 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $2,864,881,000 after buying an additional 774,549 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 73.35% of the company’s stock.

Microsoft (MSFT) traded up $0.09 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $84.26. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 29,522,906 shares, compared to its average volume of 22,392,590. The company has a quick ratio of 3.06, a current ratio of 3.12 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91. Microsoft has a one year low of $58.80 and a one year high of $86.20. The firm has a market capitalization of $650,030.00, a PE ratio of 25.11, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 1.01.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.72 by $0.12. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.23% and a net margin of 24.56%. The company had revenue of $24.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $23.57 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.76 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Microsoft will post 3.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.42 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.99%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is presently 56.76%.

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About Microsoft

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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