Microsoft (MSFT) Given Buy Rating at William Blair

William Blair reaffirmed their buy rating on shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) in a research note published on Wednesday.

A number of other research firms have also recently commented on MSFT. KeyCorp lifted their price objective on Microsoft from $106.00 to $110.00 and gave the stock an overweight rating in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. Vetr cut Microsoft from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating and set a $93.77 price objective for the company. in a research report on Monday, December 11th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $100.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. Tigress Financial reissued a buy rating on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Microsoft from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $99.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, thirty have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $99.45.

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Shares of MSFT stock opened at $87.18 on Wednesday. The company has a market capitalization of $671,267.94, a PE ratio of 24.84, a P/E/G ratio of 2.01 and a beta of 1.04. Microsoft has a 52-week low of $64.35 and a 52-week high of $97.24. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 2.85 and a current ratio of 2.89.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The software giant reported $0.96 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.87 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $28.92 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $28.42 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.41% and a net margin of 11.72%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 11.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.83 EPS. analysts expect that Microsoft will post 3.65 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, May 17th will be given a dividend of $0.42 per share. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.93%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 16th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 115.07%.

In related news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.00, for a total transaction of $325,500.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 171,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,928,854. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred 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 transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 178,278 shares in the company, valued at $16,633,337.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 10,000 shares of company stock worth $930,900 over the last three months. 1.49% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of MSFT. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 4.6% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 564,052,011 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $38,880,105,000 after acquiring an additional 25,053,413 shares during the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 2.7% in the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 85,277,661 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $7,280,205,000 after acquiring an additional 2,232,693 shares during the last quarter. Capital Research Global Investors increased its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 212.3% in the 2nd quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 69,663,044 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $4,801,874,000 after acquiring an additional 47,353,245 shares during the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 609.4% in the 2nd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 49,174,883 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $3,389,625,000 after acquiring an additional 42,243,011 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc increased its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 2.1% in the 3rd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 38,463,571 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $2,864,881,000 after acquiring an additional 774,549 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 73.81% of the company’s stock.

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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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