Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was the recipient of a large decline in short interest in November. As of November 30th, there was short interest totalling 46,472,712 shares, a decline of 8.1% from the November 15th total of 50,550,238 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 20,923,949 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.2 days. Approximately 0.6% of the company’s shares are short sold.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) opened at $85.35 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 3.12, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91. Microsoft has a twelve month low of $61.95 and a twelve month high of $86.20. The firm has a market cap of $659,790.00, a P/E ratio of 25.22, a PEG ratio of 1.99 and a beta of 0.99.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. Microsoft had a net margin of 24.56% and a return on equity of 35.23%. The firm had revenue of $24.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $23.57 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.76 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Microsoft will post 3.38 EPS 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 issued a dividend of $0.42 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.97%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is 56.76%.

In other news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.48, for a total transaction of $333,920.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 185,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,467,007.44. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction dated 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 in the company, valued at approximately $9,770,516.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MSFT. Acrospire Investment Management LLC grew its position in Microsoft by 300.0% during the second quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,600 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $110,000 after buying an additional 1,200 shares during the period. Hefty Wealth Partners grew its position in Microsoft by 65.6% during the second quarter. Hefty Wealth Partners now owns 1,648 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $113,000 after buying an additional 653 shares during the period. Ullmann Financial Group Inc. bought a new stake in Microsoft during the first quarter valued at approximately $132,000. Stelac Advisory Services LLC grew its position in Microsoft by 23.5% during the second quarter. Stelac Advisory Services LLC now owns 2,033 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $140,000 after buying an additional 387 shares during the period. Finally, Opera Trading Capital grew its position in Microsoft by 1,522.0% during the second quarter. Opera Trading Capital now owns 2,433 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $168,000 after buying an additional 2,283 shares during the period. 73.33% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on MSFT shares. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $100.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 7th. Vetr lowered shares of Microsoft from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $93.77 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Monday. BidaskClub raised shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Oppenheimer set a $80.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, September 25th. Finally, Evercore ISI reissued a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Friday, August 18th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and thirty have given a buy rating to the company. Microsoft currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $85.28.

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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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