Waldron LP raised its holdings in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 24.4% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 24,928 shares of the software giant’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,891 shares during the period. Microsoft comprises approximately 0.5% of Waldron LP’s holdings, making the stock its 23rd largest holding. Waldron LP’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $1,856,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in MSFT. Acrospire Investment Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 300.0% in the 2nd quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,600 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $110,000 after acquiring an additional 1,200 shares during the last quarter. Stelac Advisory Services LLC increased its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 23.5% in the 2nd quarter. Stelac Advisory Services LLC now owns 2,033 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $140,000 after acquiring an additional 387 shares during the last quarter. Pacific Center for Financial Services increased its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 3.0% in the 2nd quarter. Pacific Center for Financial Services now owns 2,572 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $177,000 after acquiring an additional 75 shares during the last quarter. AlphaMark Advisors LLC increased its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 1.1% in the 2nd quarter. AlphaMark Advisors LLC now owns 2,677 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $185,000 after acquiring an additional 30 shares during the last quarter. Finally, NewSquare Capital LLC increased its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 470.8% in the 3rd quarter. NewSquare Capital LLC now owns 119,729 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $193,000 after acquiring an additional 98,752 shares during the last quarter. 73.19% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
In other news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.30, for a total value of $279,900.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief marketing officer now owns 178,278 shares in the company, valued at $16,633,337.40. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.00, for a total value of $325,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 174,778 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $16,254,354. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 24,500 shares of company stock valued at $2,102,100. Insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.
A number of research analysts recently commented on the company. Oppenheimer upped their price objective on Microsoft to $115.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Citigroup upped their price objective on Microsoft to $115.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Evercore ISI upped their price objective on Microsoft from $93.00 to $106.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, December 8th. UBS Group set a $105.00 price objective on Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada restated an “outperform” rating and set a $88.00 price objective (up from $85.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Friday, October 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and thirty-one have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $99.11.
Shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ MSFT) opened at $94.06 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 2.85, a current ratio of 2.89 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01. The firm has a market capitalization of $742,640.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.85, a PEG ratio of 2.12 and a beta of 1.06. Microsoft Co. has a twelve month low of $63.62 and a twelve month high of $96.07.
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, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $28.92 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $28.42 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.41% and a net margin of 11.72%. The company’s revenue was up 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.83 earnings per share. analysts forecast that Microsoft Co. will post 3.64 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be issued a $0.42 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.79%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 51.53%.
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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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