Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $108.00, for a total value of $432,000.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 173,931 shares in the company, valued at approximately $18,784,548. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

NASDAQ:MSFT traded down $4.37 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $104.82. The stock had a trading volume of 44,390,231 shares, compared to its average volume of 33,119,478. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88, a current ratio of 2.92 and a quick ratio of 2.85. Microsoft Co. has a 52 week low of $83.33 and a 52 week high of $116.18. The company has a market cap of $840.74 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.02, a PEG ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 1.25.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 24th. The software giant reported $1.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.18. Microsoft had a return on equity of 39.86% and a net margin of 16.38%. The business had revenue of $29.08 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $27.92 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.84 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 18.5% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, analysts anticipate that Microsoft Co. will post 4.43 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 21st will be issued a $0.46 dividend. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.76%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 20th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 47.42%.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Peak Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in Microsoft during the 2nd quarter valued at $107,000. Woodard & Co. Asset Management Group Inc. ADV boosted its holdings in Microsoft by 90.5% during the 3rd quarter. Woodard & Co. Asset Management Group Inc. ADV now owns 1,048 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $119,000 after acquiring an additional 498 shares during the period. WP Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Microsoft during the 2nd quarter valued at $131,000. Quattro Financial Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Microsoft during the 3rd quarter valued at $132,000. Finally, LFA Lugano Financial Advisors SA purchased a new position in Microsoft during the 2nd quarter valued at $139,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 71.90% of the company’s stock.

MSFT has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Morgan Stanley reissued a “buy” rating and set a $130.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Tuesday, August 28th. Credit Suisse Group set a $125.00 target price on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, August 27th. Oppenheimer reissued a “buy” rating and set a $120.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Monday, August 20th. Goldman Sachs Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $123.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Monday, August 20th. Finally, Barclays reissued a “buy” rating and set a $117.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Friday, August 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, thirty-three have issued a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Microsoft presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $121.88.

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Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. Its company's 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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