Investors bought shares of Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) on weakness during trading on Tuesday. $443.55 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $369.87 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $73.68 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Microsoft Corp. had the highest net in-flow for the day. Microsoft Corp. traded down ($0.87) for the day and closed at $53.09

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on MSFT. Morgan Stanley restated an “overweight” rating and issued a $64.00 price objective (down previously from $66.00) on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a report on Monday, April 18th. Nomura Holdings Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 price target (up previously from $35.00) on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a report on Tuesday, April 19th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lowered their price target on shares of Microsoft Corp. from $57.00 to $54.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Friday, April 22nd. BMO Capital Markets lowered their price target on shares of Microsoft Corp. from $58.00 to $57.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, April 22nd. Finally, Jefferies Group reiterated an “underperform” rating and set a $40.00 price target on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a report on Friday, April 22nd. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating, twenty-two have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft Corp. presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $58.50.

The stock has a market cap of $417.31 billion and a P/E ratio of 40.93. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $51.56 and its 200-day moving average price is $52.22.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 19th. The software giant reported $0.69 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.58 by $0.11. The company earned $22.60 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $22.15 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.60 EPS. Equities research analysts forecast that Microsoft Corp. will post $2.67 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 8th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 18th will be paid a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 16th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.71%.

In other Microsoft Corp. news, EVP Kathleen T. Hogan sold 17,500 shares of Microsoft Corp. stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.04, for a total transaction of $875,700.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 181,146 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,064,545.84. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director William H. Gates III sold 2,700,000 shares of Microsoft Corp. stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, April 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.87, for a total value of $137,349,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 204,292,934 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,392,381,552.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of institutional investors have added to or reduced their stakes in MSFT. Quadrant Capital Group LLC boosted its position in Microsoft Corp. by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 25,922 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $1,430,000 after buying an additional 71 shares during the period. High Pointe Capital Management LLC boosted its position in Microsoft Corp. by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. High Pointe Capital Management LLC now owns 43,621 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $2,420,000 after buying an additional 120 shares during the period. Bourgeon Capital Management LLC boosted its position in Microsoft Corp. by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. Bourgeon Capital Management LLC now owns 24,010 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $1,332,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the period. Thompson Davis & CO. Inc. boosted its position in Microsoft Corp. by 1.3% in the fourth quarter. Thompson Davis & CO. Inc. now owns 20,358 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $1,129,000 after buying an additional 259 shares during the period. Finally, Parkside Financial Bank & Trust boosted its position in Microsoft Corp. by 1.3% in the fourth quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 20,901 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $1,159,000 after buying an additional 264 shares during the period.

Microsoft Corporation is engaged in developing, licensing and supporting a range of software products and services. The Company also designs and sells hardware, and delivers online advertising to the customers. The Company operates in five segments: Devices and Consumer (D&C) Licensing, D&C Hardware, D&C Other, Commercial Licensing, and Commercial Other.

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