Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Shares Bought by Risk Paradigm Group LLC

Risk Paradigm Group LLC grew its holdings in shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 60.9% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 4,655 shares of the software giant’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,761 shares during the quarter. Risk Paradigm Group LLC’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $321,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of MSFT. New Capital Management LP increased its stake in shares of Microsoft by 0.5% in the first quarter. New Capital Management LP now owns 4,305 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $284,000 after buying an additional 22 shares during the period. Nottingham Advisors Inc. increased its stake in shares of Microsoft by 0.4% in the second quarter. Nottingham Advisors Inc. now owns 5,399 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $372,000 after buying an additional 22 shares during the period. American Economic Planning Group Inc. ADV increased its stake in shares of Microsoft by 0.5% in the second quarter. American Economic Planning Group Inc. ADV now owns 4,939 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $340,000 after buying an additional 23 shares during the period. Carderock Capital Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Microsoft by 0.7% in the second quarter. Carderock Capital Management Inc. now owns 3,981 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $274,000 after buying an additional 26 shares during the period. Finally, Appropriate Balance Financial Services Inc. increased its stake in shares of Microsoft by 4.7% in the second quarter. Appropriate Balance Financial Services Inc. now owns 643 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $9,331,000 after buying an additional 29 shares during the period. 73.33% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) opened at $84.16 on Monday. The stock has a market capitalization of $649,259.94, a P/E ratio of 24.90, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.96 and a beta of 0.99. Microsoft Corporation has a twelve month low of $61.13 and a twelve month high of $86.20. The company has a current ratio of 3.12, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly 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. The firm had revenue of $24.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $23.57 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.23% and a net margin of 24.56%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.76 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Microsoft Corporation will post 3.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th 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 2.00%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. Microsoft’s payout ratio is 57.14%.

In other news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total transaction of $1,261,200.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 116,205 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,770,516.40. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total value of $1,496,700.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420 over the last ninety days. 1.49% of the stock is owned by insiders.

MSFT has been the subject of several recent research reports. ValuEngine raised Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $94.00 target price (up from $86.00) on shares of Microsoft in a report on Friday, October 27th. Atlantic Securities set a $83.00 target price on Microsoft and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. UBS set a $105.00 target price on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Barclays reiterated an “overweight” rating and issued a $89.00 target price (up from $82.00) on shares of Microsoft in a report on Friday, October 27th. Two 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 company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $85.28.

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Microsoft Company 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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