Microsoft Co. (MSFT) Shares Bought by Vantage Investment Advisors LLC

Vantage Investment Advisors LLC raised its stake in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 14.2% in the 4th quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 15,833 shares of the software giant’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,963 shares during the period. Vantage Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $1,354,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Kohmann Bosshard Financial Services LLC bought a new stake in shares of Microsoft during the 4th quarter valued at about $103,000. Cerebellum GP LLC bought a new stake in shares of Microsoft during the 4th quarter valued at about $134,000. Acrospire Investment Management LLC grew its position in shares of Microsoft by 300.0% during the 2nd quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,600 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $110,000 after buying an additional 1,200 shares during the last quarter. Stelac Advisory Services LLC grew its position in shares of Microsoft by 23.5% during the 2nd quarter. Stelac Advisory Services LLC now owns 2,033 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $140,000 after buying an additional 387 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Family Capital Trust Co bought a new position in Microsoft in the 4th quarter worth about $188,000. 73.84% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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In related news, 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 completion of the sale, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 178,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $16,633,337.40. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the business’s 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 approximately $15,928,854. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 10,000 shares of company stock valued at $930,900. Company insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

MSFT stock opened at $95.00 on Friday. Microsoft Co. has a 12 month low of $65.45 and a 12 month high of $97.24. The company has a market cap of $742,568.06, a P/E ratio of 28.70, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.23 and a beta of 1.07. The company has a quick ratio of 2.85, a current ratio of 2.89 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01.

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

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, May 17th will be paid a dividend of $0.42 per share. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.77%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 16th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is presently 50.76%.

Several research analysts have commented on MSFT shares. Oppenheimer upped their target price on shares of Microsoft to $115.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Citigroup upped their target price on shares of Microsoft to $115.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. Goldman Sachs set a $100.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Royal Bank of Canada set a $100.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 26th. Finally, Deutsche Bank set a $120.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, March 12th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and thirty-one have assigned a buy rating to the company. Microsoft has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $100.19.

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Microsoft Profile

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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