Analysts predict that Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) will report earnings of $0.86 per share for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Ten analysts have provided estimates for Microsoft’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $0.84 and the highest estimate coming in at $0.91. Microsoft reported earnings of $0.83 per share during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 3.6%. The firm is scheduled to report its next earnings report after the market closes on Wednesday, January 31st.

On average, analysts expect that Microsoft will report full year earnings of $3.39 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.22 to $3.55. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the business will post earnings of $3.79 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.40 to $4.15. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are an average based on a survey of research firms that that provide coverage for Microsoft.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. The company had revenue of $24.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $23.57 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.23% and a net margin of 24.56%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.76 EPS.

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. Argus upgraded Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $57.28 to $95.00 in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Goldman Sachs Group set a $92.00 price objective on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Vetr lowered Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $78.90 price objective for the company. in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $100.00 price objective (up from $90.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Finally, Barclays reiterated an “overweight” rating and issued a $89.00 price objective (up from $82.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and thirty-two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $87.02.

Microsoft (MSFT) traded up $1.79 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $90.14. The stock had a trading volume of 25,618,014 shares, compared to its average volume of 23,300,000. The firm has a market cap of $695,390.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.45, a P/E/G ratio of 2.09 and a beta of 0.99. Microsoft has a 52 week low of $62.03 and a 52 week high of $90.79. 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 company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be issued a $0.42 dividend. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.86%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is 56.76%.

In other news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 2nd. The stock was 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 approximately $9,770,516.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, November 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.46, for a total value of $333,840.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 189,278 shares in the company, valued at $15,797,141.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420. Insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in Microsoft by 3.8% in the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 31,523,813 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $2,696,444,000 after buying an additional 1,148,178 shares in the last quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. boosted its stake in Microsoft by 6.0% in the fourth quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 57,683 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $4,934,000 after buying an additional 3,267 shares in the last quarter. Coastline Trust Co boosted its stake in Microsoft by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. Coastline Trust Co now owns 99,183 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $8,485,000 after buying an additional 1,490 shares in the last quarter. Somerset Trust Co boosted its stake in Microsoft by 4.5% in the fourth quarter. Somerset Trust Co now owns 85,987 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $7,355,000 after buying an additional 3,740 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Sicart Associates LLC boosted its stake in Microsoft by 26.5% in the fourth quarter. Sicart Associates LLC now owns 71,536 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $6,119,000 after buying an additional 15,000 shares in the last quarter. 73.19% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Microsoft Company Profile

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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