Traders Sell Microsoft (MSFT) on Strength (MSFT)

Traders sold shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) on strength during trading hours on Wednesday. $300.22 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $614.76 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $314.54 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, Microsoft had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Microsoft traded up $1.79 for the day and closed at $90.14

A number of brokerages have commented on MSFT. UBS Group set a $105.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday. Barclays set a $95.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday, January 12th. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $100.00 price objective (up previously from $90.00) on shares of Microsoft in a report on Friday, January 12th. Vetr lowered shares of Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $93.54 price objective on the stock. in a report on Wednesday. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $115.00 price objective (up previously from $95.00) on shares of Microsoft in a report on Thursday. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and thirty-one have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $87.88.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a current ratio of 3.12 and a quick ratio of 3.06. The company has a market capitalization of $696,240.00, a PE ratio of 30.48, a PEG ratio of 2.11 and a beta of 0.99.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.72 by $0.12. Microsoft had a net margin of 24.56% and a return on equity of 35.23%. The company had revenue of $24.50 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.57 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.76 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts anticipate that Microsoft Co. will post 3.39 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.42 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.86%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 56.76%.

In other news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total transaction of $1,261,200.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 116,205 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,770,516.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, November 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.46, for a total transaction of $333,840.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 189,278 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,797,141.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420. 1.49% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 4.6% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 564,052,011 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $38,880,105,000 after acquiring an additional 25,053,413 shares during the period. Capital Research Global Investors lifted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 212.3% during the 2nd quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 69,663,044 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $4,801,874,000 after acquiring an additional 47,353,245 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC lifted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 609.4% during the 2nd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 49,174,883 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $3,389,625,000 after acquiring an additional 42,243,011 shares during the period. Legal & General Group Plc lifted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 2.1% during the 3rd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 38,463,571 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $2,864,881,000 after acquiring an additional 774,549 shares during the period. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 3.8% during the 4th quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 31,523,813 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $2,696,444,000 after acquiring an additional 1,148,178 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 73.19% of the company’s stock.

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About Microsoft

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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