Liberty Capital Management Inc. raised its position in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 3.1% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 26,497 shares of the software giant’s stock after purchasing an additional 797 shares during the quarter. Liberty Capital Management Inc.’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $2,088,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
A number of other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of MSFT. Appropriate Balance Financial Services Inc. lifted its holdings 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 buying 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 in 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 in the last quarter. 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 in the last quarter. Finally, Pacific Center for Financial Services lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 3.0% during the 2nd quarter. Pacific Center for Financial Services now owns 2,572 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $177,000 after buying an additional 75 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 73.16% of the company’s stock.
Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) opened at $88.19 on Friday. 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 has a market cap of $688,780.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.79, a P/E/G ratio of 2.01 and a beta of 0.99. Microsoft Co. has a 52-week low of $61.95 and a 52-week high of $88.41.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its earnings results 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 for 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 company’s revenue was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.76 EPS. research analysts predict that Microsoft Co. will post 3.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 15th will be given a $0.42 dividend. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.90%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 14th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 56.76%.
A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Argus upgraded shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their target price for the stock from $57.28 to $95.00 in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. Goldman Sachs Group set a $92.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Vetr lowered shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $78.90 target price on the stock. in a report on Monday, October 30th. Barclays reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $89.00 target price (up from $82.00) on shares of Microsoft in a report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, UBS Group set a $105.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 8th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and thirty-two have issued a buy rating to the company. Microsoft currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $85.90.
In related news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total value of $1,261,200.00. Following the transaction, 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 Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.44, for a total transaction of $333,760.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 184,278 shares in the company, valued at $15,376,156.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.
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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