Microsoft (MSFT) Given a $105.00 Price Target by UBS Group Analysts

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been given a $105.00 price target by analysts at UBS Group in a research note issued to investors on Friday, www.tipranks.com reports. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the software giant’s stock. UBS Group’s target price suggests a potential upside of 16.67% from the stock’s current price.

A number of other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on MSFT. Oppenheimer set a $80.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, September 25th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Canaccord Genuity upgraded shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $76.00 to $86.00 in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, Morningstar reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Monday, October 16th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and thirty have issued a buy rating to the stock. Microsoft has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $88.32.

Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) traded down $0.10 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $90.00. 35,612,532 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 22,670,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a current ratio of 3.12. The firm has a market capitalization of $693,540.00, a P/E ratio of 30.41, a P/E/G ratio of 2.11 and a beta of 0.99. Microsoft has a 1 year low of $62.37 and a 1 year high of $90.79.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. The firm had revenue of $24.50 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.57 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 24.56% and a return on equity of 35.23%. The firm’s revenue was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.76 earnings per share. analysts predict that Microsoft will post 3.39 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Microsoft news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.46, for a total value 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 transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of Microsoft 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 disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 45,000 shares of company stock valued at $3,759,420. Corporate insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. V Wealth Management LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 66.4% in the 4th quarter. V Wealth Management LLC now owns 27,583 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $2,428,000 after purchasing an additional 11,002 shares during the last quarter. Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 10.7% in the 4th quarter. Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services LLC now owns 43,406 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $3,889,000 after purchasing an additional 4,183 shares during the last quarter. Ingalls & Snyder LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 2.2% in the 4th quarter. Ingalls & Snyder LLC now owns 369,166 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $31,578,000 after purchasing an additional 7,960 shares during the last quarter. TRUE Private Wealth Advisors boosted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 63.9% in the 4th quarter. TRUE Private Wealth Advisors now owns 39,442 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $3,373,000 after purchasing an additional 15,376 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Personal Capital Advisors Corp boosted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 7.5% in the 4th quarter. Personal Capital Advisors Corp now owns 415,997 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $35,584,000 after purchasing an additional 28,844 shares during the last quarter. 73.19% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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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