Shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) have received an average recommendation of “Buy” from the thirty-nine brokerages that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have issued a hold recommendation, thirty-one have assigned a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $99.12.

Several research firms have weighed in on MSFT. UBS Group set a $110.00 target price on Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Wells Fargo & Co set a $105.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Royal Bank of Canada set a $105.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Macquarie set a $95.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $94.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st.

In related news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.44, for a total value of $333,760.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 184,278 shares in the company, valued at $15,376,156.32. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total value of $1,496,700.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.49% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Kohmann Bosshard Financial Services LLC bought a new position in shares of Microsoft in the 4th quarter valued at $103,000. Acrospire Investment Management LLC lifted its stake 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. First Dallas Securities Inc. bought a new position in shares of Microsoft in the 4th quarter valued at $123,000. Cerebellum GP LLC bought a new position in shares of Microsoft in the 4th quarter valued at $134,000. Finally, Stelac Advisory Services LLC lifted its stake 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. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 73.07% of the company’s stock.

Microsoft (NASDAQ MSFT) traded up $0.70 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $89.83. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 26,405,498 shares, compared to its average volume of 33,353,988. The company has a current ratio of 2.89, a quick ratio of 2.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01. The company has a market capitalization of $699,250.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 61.24, a PEG ratio of 2.07 and a beta of 1.06. Microsoft has a 52-week low of $63.62 and a 52-week high of $96.07.

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 Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $28.92 billion for 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 for the quarter was up 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.83 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Microsoft will post 3.62 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be given a $0.42 dividend. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.87%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. Microsoft’s payout ratio is 113.51%.

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Microsoft Company Profile

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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