Focused Investors LLC cut its stake in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 2.4% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 1,618,500 shares of the software giant’s stock after selling 40,100 shares during the period. Microsoft comprises approximately 5.6% of Focused Investors LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 6th largest position. Focused Investors LLC’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $138,446,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.
A number of other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the stock. AlphaMark Advisors LLC lifted its stake in Microsoft by 1.1% in the second quarter. AlphaMark Advisors LLC now owns 2,677 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $185,000 after purchasing an additional 30 shares during the last quarter. Simonbaker & Partners LLC lifted its stake in Microsoft by 0.4% in the second quarter. Simonbaker & Partners LLC now owns 11,364 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $783,000 after purchasing an additional 40 shares during the last quarter. Arcus Capital Partners LLC lifted its stake in Microsoft by 1.4% in the second quarter. Arcus Capital Partners LLC now owns 3,159 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $218,000 after purchasing an additional 45 shares during the last quarter. Jackson Grant Investment Advisers Inc. lifted its stake in Microsoft by 0.3% in the second quarter. Jackson Grant Investment Advisers Inc. now owns 19,112 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,317,000 after purchasing an additional 55 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Affinity Wealth Management lifted its stake in Microsoft by 1.3% in the second quarter. Affinity Wealth Management now owns 4,902 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $338,000 after purchasing an additional 61 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 73.84% of the company’s stock.
In other news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.00, for a total transaction of $325,500.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 171,278 shares in the company, valued at $15,928,854. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.30, for a total transaction of $279,900.00. Following the sale, the chief marketing officer now owns 178,278 shares in the company, valued at approximately $16,633,337.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 10,000 shares of company stock worth $930,900. Corporate insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.
Shares of MSFT opened at $94.17 on Tuesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $716,696.75, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.45, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 1.06. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 2.85 and a current ratio of 2.89. Microsoft Co. has a fifty-two week low of $64.89 and a fifty-two week high of $97.24.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The software giant reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $28.92 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $28.42 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 11.72% and a return on equity of 35.41%. The business’s revenue was up 11.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.83 earnings per share. equities analysts predict that Microsoft Co. will post 3.63 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 14th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 17th will be issued a $0.42 dividend. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.78%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 16th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 50.76%.
MSFT has been the subject of several recent research reports. Barclays set a $95.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, January 12th. ValuEngine raised shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Oppenheimer boosted their price target on shares of Microsoft to $115.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $115.00 price objective (up from $95.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets upped their price objective on shares of Microsoft to $100.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, thirty have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Microsoft currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $100.14.
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Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company's Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network.
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