Partnervest Advisory Services LLC reduced its stake in shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 4.3% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 17,044 shares of the software giant’s stock after selling 770 shares during the quarter. Partnervest Advisory Services LLC’s holdings in Microsoft Corporation were worth $1,175,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. River Wealth Advisors LLC grew its holdings in shares of Microsoft Corporation by 6.4% during the 2nd quarter. River Wealth Advisors LLC now owns 25,130 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,732,000 after purchasing an additional 1,517 shares in the last quarter. Northeast Financial Consultants Inc grew its holdings in shares of Microsoft Corporation by 17.4% during the 2nd quarter. Northeast Financial Consultants Inc now owns 10,100 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $696,000 after purchasing an additional 1,500 shares in the last quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board grew its holdings in shares of Microsoft Corporation by 7.3% during the 1st quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 7,827,220 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $515,501,000 after purchasing an additional 530,893 shares in the last quarter. JLB & Associates Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Microsoft Corporation during the 2nd quarter worth $10,873,000. Finally, Taylor Cottrill Erickson & Associates Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Microsoft Corporation by 1.4% during the 2nd quarter. Taylor Cottrill Erickson & Associates Inc. now owns 65,566 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $4,519,000 after purchasing an additional 900 shares in the last quarter. 73.14% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Several analysts recently weighed in on the company. UBS Group AG set a $105.00 price objective on Microsoft Corporation and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Tigress Financial reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $100.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Vetr raised Microsoft Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $82.07 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, Argus raised Microsoft Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price objective for the company from $57.28 to $95.00 in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and thirty have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $84.21.

In other news, insider Jean Philippe Courtois sold 26,763 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $74.00, for a total transaction of $1,980,462.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 537,519 shares in the company, valued at $39,776,406. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Amy Hood sold 55,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.71, for a total value of $3,999,050.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 510,217 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $37,097,878.07. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 108,763 shares of company stock valued at $8,242,232 over the last 90 days. 1.49% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) opened at $83.11 on Friday. Microsoft Corporation has a 1 year low of $58.80 and a 1 year high of $86.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a current ratio of 3.12. The stock has a market capitalization of $641,159.63, a PE ratio of 24.59, a PEG ratio of 1.94 and a beta of 1.01.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. Microsoft Corporation had a return on equity of 35.23% and a net margin of 24.56%. The company had revenue of $24.50 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.57 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.76 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts predict that Microsoft Corporation will post 3.38 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 16th will be given a dividend of $0.42 per share. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.02%. This is an increase from Microsoft Corporation’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.39. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 15th. Microsoft Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 57.14%.

Microsoft Corporation Profile

Microsoft Corporation is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices. The Company’s segments include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing. The Company’s products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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