Investors Purchase Microsoft (MSFT) on Weakness After Insider Traded:

Investors Purchase Microsoft (MSFT) on Weakness After Insider Traded:

Traders purchased shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) on weakness during trading on Tuesday following insider selling activity. $1,386.89 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $698.11 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $688.78 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Microsoft had the highest net in-flow for the day. Microsoft traded down ($3.57) for the day and closed at $108.52Specifically, CEO Satya Nadella sold 203,418 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $106.68, for a total value of $21,700,632.24. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 1,014,247 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $108,199,869.96. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 23,337 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $109.22, for a total value of $2,548,867.14. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 190,570 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $20,814,055.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 331,080 shares of company stock valued at $35,679,993 in the last three months. Corporate insiders own 1.38% of the company’s stock.

Several analysts recently weighed in on MSFT shares. Credit Suisse Group set a $125.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 19th. Oppenheimer set a $127.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, November 19th. DZ Bank restated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, October 18th. Macquarie restated a “buy” rating and issued a $125.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $120.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, thirty-three have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $121.88.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88, a current ratio of 2.92 and a quick ratio of 2.85. The company has a market cap of $853.83 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.97, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.01 and a beta of 1.25.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 24th. The software giant reported $1.14 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.18. Microsoft had a return on equity of 39.86% and a net margin of 16.38%. The business had revenue of $29.08 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $27.92 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.84 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 18.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Microsoft Co. will post 4.43 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 14th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 21st will be paid a dividend of $0.46 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 20th. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.70%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is 47.42%.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Gould Asset Management LLC CA raised its holdings in Microsoft by 4.2% in the 3rd quarter. Gould Asset Management LLC CA now owns 11,421 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,306,000 after purchasing an additional 463 shares during the period. Watch Point Trust Co raised its holdings in Microsoft by 1.0% in the 3rd quarter. Watch Point Trust Co now owns 46,701 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $5,341,000 after purchasing an additional 466 shares during the period. Progressive Investment Management Corp raised its holdings in Microsoft by 0.7% in the 2nd quarter. Progressive Investment Management Corp now owns 71,588 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $7,022,000 after purchasing an additional 468 shares during the period. Green Square Capital LLC raised its holdings in Microsoft by 3.1% in the 2nd quarter. Green Square Capital LLC now owns 15,502 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,529,000 after purchasing an additional 470 shares during the period. Finally, Middleton & Co Inc MA raised its holdings in Microsoft by 0.9% in the 3rd quarter. Middleton & Co Inc MA now owns 55,821 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $6,384,000 after purchasing an additional 472 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 71.90% of the company’s stock.

About Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. Its company's Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, such as Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, including Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; LinkedIn online professional network; and Dynamics business solutions comprising financial management, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and medium businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises.

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