Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total transaction of $1,496,700.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) traded up $1.19 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $82.78. The stock had a trading volume of 26,047,869 shares, compared to its average volume of 22,490,900. Microsoft Corporation has a twelve month low of $59.80 and a twelve month high of $86.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a current ratio of 3.12 and a quick ratio of 3.06. The stock has a market capitalization of $625,499.00, a PE ratio of 23.99, a PEG ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 0.99.

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

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.42 per share. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.03%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is presently 57.14%.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in MSFT. Capital Research Global Investors lifted its position in shares of Microsoft by 212.3% in the second quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 69,663,044 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $4,801,874,000 after acquiring an additional 47,353,245 shares in the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC lifted its position in shares of Microsoft by 609.4% in the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 49,174,883 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $3,389,625,000 after acquiring an additional 42,243,011 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its position in shares of Microsoft by 4.6% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 564,052,011 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $38,880,105,000 after acquiring an additional 25,053,413 shares in the last quarter. Tiger Global Management LLC lifted its position in shares of Microsoft by 395.2% in the second quarter. Tiger Global Management LLC now owns 10,487,500 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $722,903,000 after acquiring an additional 8,369,500 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Polen Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Microsoft in the third quarter valued at $527,480,000. 73.33% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on MSFT shares. ValuEngine raised shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $94.00 price target (up previously from $86.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research note 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 note 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 note on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Barclays reissued an “overweight” rating and issued a $89.00 price target (up previously from $82.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating, twenty-nine have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $84.59.

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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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