Shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) have received an average rating of “Buy” from the thirty-seven ratings firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, thirty have assigned a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $119.49.

MSFT has been the topic of several analyst reports. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “$104.40” rating and set a $115.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a report on Thursday, July 19th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “$105.12” rating and set a $115.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a report on Wednesday, July 18th. Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a “$105.12” rating on shares of Microsoft in a report on Wednesday, July 18th. Argus raised their target price on Microsoft from $116.00 to $128.00 and gave the stock a “$107.97” rating in a report on Monday, July 23rd. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $108.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a report on Thursday, June 14th.

In other news, EVP Kathleen T. Hogan sold 40,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $111.31, for a total value of $4,452,400.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 339,972 shares in the company, valued at $37,842,283.32. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Jean Philippe Courtois sold 28,939 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $110.00, for a total value of $3,183,290.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 500,782 shares in the company, valued at approximately $55,086,020. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 590,880 shares of company stock worth $64,833,269. Company insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Congress Asset Management Co. MA raised its position in Microsoft by 153.9% in the fourth quarter. Congress Asset Management Co. MA now owns 769,190 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $65,797,000 after purchasing an additional 466,245 shares during the period. Private Advisory Group LLC grew its stake in shares of Microsoft by 3.7% in the fourth quarter. Private Advisory Group LLC now owns 64,214 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $5,493,000 after buying an additional 2,307 shares in the last quarter. Deroy & Devereaux Private Investment Counsel Inc. grew its stake in shares of Microsoft by 13.2% in the fourth quarter. Deroy & Devereaux Private Investment Counsel Inc. now owns 6,712 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $574,000 after buying an additional 784 shares in the last quarter. Iron Financial LLC grew its stake in shares of Microsoft by 8.3% in the fourth quarter. Iron Financial LLC now owns 9,697 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $830,000 after buying an additional 746 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Oxbow Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Microsoft by 2.1% in the fourth quarter. Oxbow Advisors LLC now owns 100,643 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $8,609,000 after buying an additional 2,112 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 71.84% of the company’s stock.

Microsoft stock traded down $0.53 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $108.21. 22,273,051 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 20,085,586. The firm has a market cap of $837.28 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.89, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.08 and a beta of 1.26. Microsoft has a fifty-two week low of $72.92 and a fifty-two week high of $112.78. The company has a quick ratio of 2.86, a current ratio of 2.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, July 19th. The software giant reported $1.13 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.08 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $30.09 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $29.23 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 36.69% and a net margin of 15.02%. Microsoft’s revenue for the quarter was up 17.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.75 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Microsoft will post 4.25 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 13th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 16th will be given a $0.42 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 15th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.55%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 43.30%.

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. The company operates through Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud, and More Personal Computing segments. The Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, such as Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, including Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; LinkedIn online professional network; and Dynamics business solutions comprising financial management, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and medium businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises.

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