Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been given a $105.00 price target by equities researchers at UBS in a report released on Friday, www.boersen-zeitung.de reports. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the software giant’s stock. UBS’s price objective points to a potential upside of 24.76% from the stock’s previous close.

A number of other brokerages have also recently weighed in on MSFT. Tigress Financial restated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Deutsche Bank restated a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Vetr upgraded Microsoft from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $82.07 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Argus upgraded Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $57.28 to $95.00 in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $94.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Two equities research 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 given a strong buy rating to the company. Microsoft presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $85.29.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) traded up $1.67 on Friday, hitting $84.16. The stock had a trading volume of 24,486,763 shares, compared to its average volume of 22,505,697. Microsoft has a fifty-two week low of $61.13 and a fifty-two week high of $86.20. The company has a quick ratio of 3.06, a current ratio of 3.12 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91. The company has a market cap of $636,380.00, a P/E ratio of 24.49, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.99.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share (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 business had revenue of $24.50 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.57 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.76 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Microsoft will post 3.38 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total value of $1,261,200.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 116,205 shares in the company, valued at $9,770,516.40. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.48, for a total value of $333,920.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 185,278 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,467,007.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420. Company insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Appropriate Balance Financial Services Inc. grew its stake in Microsoft by 4.7% during the 2nd quarter. Appropriate Balance Financial Services Inc. now owns 643 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $9,331,000 after purchasing an additional 29 shares in the last quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 300.0% during the 2nd quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,600 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $110,000 after buying an additional 1,200 shares during the last quarter. Hefty Wealth Partners lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 65.6% during the 2nd quarter. Hefty Wealth Partners now owns 1,648 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $113,000 after buying an additional 653 shares during the last quarter. Ullmann Financial Group Inc. purchased a new stake in Microsoft during the 1st quarter worth about $132,000. Finally, Stelac Advisory Services LLC lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 23.5% during the 2nd quarter. Stelac Advisory Services LLC now owns 2,033 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $140,000 after buying an additional 387 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 73.33% of the company’s stock.

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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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