Investors sold shares of Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) on strength during trading hours on Monday. $108.87 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $151.78 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $42.91 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Microsoft Corp. had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Microsoft Corp. traded up $0.10 for the day and closed at $58.06

MSFT has been the topic of several analyst reports. Morgan Stanley reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a research report on Tuesday, April 12th. Nomura reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $36.00 price target (up from $35.00) on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a research report on Tuesday, April 19th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $65.00 price target on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a research report on Friday, April 22nd. Sanford C. Bernstein reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $68.00 price target on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a research report on Friday, April 22nd. Finally, Raymond James Financial Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a research report on Saturday, April 23rd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and twenty-one have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft Corp. currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $58.88.

The firm has a market capitalization of $452.43 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.65. The company’s 50 day moving average is $53.69 and its 200 day moving average is $52.67.

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, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.58 by $0.11. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.60 earnings per share. The firm earned $22.60 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $22.15 billion. On average, equities analysts predict that Microsoft Corp. will post $2.89 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 yield of 2.48%.

In other news, insider G Mason Morfit sold 18,000,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $56.12, for a total transaction of $1,010,160,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 5,337 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 20th. The shares were 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.

A number of large investors have made changes to their positions in the company. Cullen Frost Bankers Inc. raised its position in shares of Microsoft Corp. by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. Cullen Frost Bankers Inc. now owns 403,033 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $22,360,000 after buying an additional 6,334 shares during the last quarter. WealthTrust Fairport LLC raised its position in shares of Microsoft Corp. by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. WealthTrust Fairport LLC now owns 110,056 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $6,106,000 after buying an additional 659 shares during the last quarter. YHB Investment Advisors Inc. raised its position in shares of Microsoft Corp. by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. YHB Investment Advisors Inc. now owns 212,081 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $11,766,000 after buying an additional 3,207 shares during the last quarter. Hanseatic Management Services Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Microsoft Corp. during the fourth quarter valued at $4,063,000. Finally, Simmons First Trust Co. NA raised its position in shares of Microsoft Corp. by 311.7% in the fourth quarter. Simmons First Trust Co. NA now owns 101,689 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $5,641,000 after buying an additional 76,987 shares during 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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