Investors bought shares of Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) on weakness during trading hours on Tuesday. $195.05 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $142.08 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $52.97 million into the stock. Of all companies tracked, Microsoft Corp. had the 4th highest net in-flow for the day. Microsoft Corp. traded down ($0.32) for the day and closed at $57.44

Several analysts have commented on MSFT shares. Nomura reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $36.00 price objective (up previously from $35.00) on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a research report on Tuesday, April 19th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lowered their price objective on shares of Microsoft Corp. from $57.00 to $54.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, April 22nd. BMO Capital Markets lowered their price objective on shares of Microsoft Corp. from $58.00 to $57.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, April 22nd. Jefferies Group reaffirmed an “underperform” rating and issued a $40.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a research report on Friday, April 22nd. Finally, Cowen and Company lowered their price objective on shares of Microsoft Corp. from $59.00 to $58.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, April 22nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and twenty-one have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $58.88.

The firm has a market cap of $447.60 billion and a PE ratio of 27.35. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $54.99 and a 200-day moving average price of $52.91.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, July 19th. The software giant reported $0.69 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.58 by $0.11. The business earned $22.60 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $22.15 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.60 earnings per share. On average, analysts anticipate that Microsoft Corp. will post $2.89 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 18th will be paid a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.51%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 16th.

In other Microsoft Corp. news, insider G Mason Morfit sold 18,000,000 shares of Microsoft Corp. stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $56.12, for a total transaction of $1,010,160,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, 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 transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 278,549 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $14,013,800.19. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of MSFT. K.J. Harrison & Partners Inc raised its position in Microsoft Corp. by 10.2% in the fourth quarter. K.J. Harrison & Partners Inc now owns 131,231 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $7,281,000 after buying an additional 12,100 shares during the last quarter. World Asset Management Inc raised its position in Microsoft Corp. by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 888,479 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $49,293,000 after buying an additional 19,195 shares during the last quarter. Hussman Strategic Advisors Inc. raised its position in Microsoft Corp. by 4,185.7% in the fourth quarter. Hussman Strategic Advisors Inc. now owns 150,000 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $8,322,000 after buying an additional 146,500 shares during the last quarter. Kanawha Capital Management LLC raised its position in Microsoft Corp. by 1.4% in the fourth quarter. Kanawha Capital Management LLC now owns 237,442 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $13,173,000 after buying an additional 3,312 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Shelton Capital Management raised its position in Microsoft Corp. by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. Shelton Capital Management now owns 523,842 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $29,063,000 after buying an additional 7,641 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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