WoodTrust Financial Corp Acquires Shares of 47,409 Microsoft Co. (MSFT)

WoodTrust Financial Corp acquired a new stake in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) during the fourth quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund acquired 47,409 shares of the software giant’s stock, valued at approximately $4,056,000. Microsoft makes up approximately 2.2% of WoodTrust Financial Corp’s holdings, making the stock its 14th biggest position.

Several other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in MSFT. Tompkins Financial Corp lifted its position in shares of Microsoft by 17.9% during the third quarter. Tompkins Financial Corp now owns 100,261 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $7,469,000 after purchasing an additional 15,202 shares in the last quarter. Private Wealth Partners LLC lifted its position in shares of Microsoft by 0.6% during the third quarter. Private Wealth Partners LLC now owns 270,524 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $20,151,000 after purchasing an additional 1,511 shares in the last quarter. Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. lifted its position in shares of Microsoft by 1.6% during the third quarter. Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. now owns 1,764,878 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $131,466,000 after purchasing an additional 27,962 shares in the last quarter. RNC Capital Management LLC lifted its position in shares of Microsoft by 0.6% during the fourth quarter. RNC Capital Management LLC now owns 535,705 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $45,824,000 after purchasing an additional 2,977 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Markel Corp lifted its position in shares of Microsoft by 11.4% during the third quarter. Markel Corp now owns 312,000 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $23,241,000 after purchasing an additional 32,000 shares in the last quarter. 73.84% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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MSFT has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Oppenheimer set a $100.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $100.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $96.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, December 26th. ValuEngine raised shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, Piper Jaffray reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, thirty have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $100.14.

NASDAQ MSFT opened at $94.17 on Tuesday. Microsoft Co. has a 52-week low of $64.89 and a 52-week high of $97.24. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a current ratio of 2.89 and a quick ratio of 2.85. The stock has a market cap of $716,696.75, a P/E ratio of 28.45, a P/E/G ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 1.06.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The software giant reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $28.92 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $28.42 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 11.72% and a return on equity of 35.41%. The company’s revenue was up 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.83 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that Microsoft Co. will post 3.63 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, May 17th will be paid a $0.42 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 16th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.78%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is 50.76%.

In other news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.30, for a total value of $279,900.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief marketing officer now owns 178,278 shares in the company, valued at $16,633,337.40. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.00, for a total transaction of $325,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 171,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,928,854. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 10,000 shares of company stock valued at $930,900 in the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

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About Microsoft

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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