Investors sold shares of Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) on strength during trading on Thursday. $102.17 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $194.96 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $92.79 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, Microsoft Corp. had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Microsoft Corp. traded up $0.22 for the day and closed at $58.17

Several analysts have weighed in on the stock. Vetr raised shares of Microsoft Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $57.13 price target for the company in a research note on Tuesday, June 14th. Royal Bank Of Canada boosted their price target on shares of Microsoft Corp. from $57.00 to $65.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 1st. Citigroup Inc. reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $36.00 price target on shares of Microsoft Corp. in a research note on Tuesday, June 14th. Cowen and Company raised shares of Microsoft Corp. from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $58.00 price target for the company in a research note on Tuesday, May 24th. Finally, Barclays PLC boosted their price target on shares of Microsoft Corp. from $54.00 to $60.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 1st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and twenty-one have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft Corp. presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $58.88.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $56.42 and a 200-day moving average of $53.23. The stock has a market capitalization of $452.20 billion and a PE ratio of 27.63.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings data 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 had revenue of $22.60 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $22.15 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.60 earnings per share. Equities research analysts expect that Microsoft Corp. will post $2.89 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 18th will be given a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.48%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 16th.

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 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 accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director William H. Gates III sold 2,500,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.94, for a total transaction of $139,850,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other large investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Jennison Associates LLC raised its stake in Microsoft Corp. by 300.9% in the fourth quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 23,835,668 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,322,403,000 after buying an additional 17,890,575 shares during the last quarter. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP raised its stake in Microsoft Corp. by 1,766.5% in the fourth quarter. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP now owns 3,277,480 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $181,835,000 after buying an additional 3,101,887 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. raised its stake in Microsoft Corp. by 3.0% in the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 25,402,692 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,409,342,000 after buying an additional 737,147 shares during the last quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC acquired a new stake in Microsoft Corp. during the fourth quarter worth about $40,604,000. Finally, State of Tennessee Treasury Department raised its stake in Microsoft Corp. by 11.6% in the fourth quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 4,656,454 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $258,339,000 after buying an additional 482,291 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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