Traders sold shares of Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) on strength during trading on Monday. $173.58 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $293.17 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $119.59 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Microsoft Corp. had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Microsoft Corp. traded up $0.26 for the day and closed at $53.96

Several analysts have commented on the company. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a report on Saturday, April 2nd. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and issued a $57.00 price target on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a report on Sunday. Nomura Holdings Inc. restated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a report on Sunday. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a report on Saturday, April 23rd. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. restated a “buy” rating and issued a $62.00 price target on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a report on Saturday, April 23rd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, twenty-two have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft Corp. currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $58.50.

The company’s 50-day moving average price is $51.51 and its 200 day moving average price is $52.22. The company has a market cap of $424.15 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 41.60.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 21st. The software giant reported $0.62 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.64 by $0.02. The company earned $20.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $22.10 billion. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.61 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Microsoft Corp. will post $2.67 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 8th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 18th will be paid a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 16th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.67%.

In related news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 6,000 shares of Microsoft Corp. stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.31, for a total transaction of $301,860.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 278,549 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $14,013,800.19. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 5,337 shares of Microsoft Corp. stock in a transaction on Friday, May 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.89, for a total value of $271,599.93. Following the sale, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 270,548 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $13,768,187.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other large investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. Quadrant Capital Group LLC boosted its stake in shares of Microsoft Corp. by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 25,922 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,430,000 after buying an additional 71 shares during the period. High Pointe Capital Management LLC raised 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 in the last quarter. Bourgeon Capital Management LLC raised 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 in the last quarter. Thompson Davis & CO. Inc. raised 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 in the last quarter. Finally, Parkside Financial Bank & Trust raised 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 in the last quarter.

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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