Diversified Trust Co Increases Position in Microsoft Co. (MSFT)

Diversified Trust Co boosted its holdings in shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 22.8% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 15,920 shares of the software giant’s stock after acquiring an additional 2,955 shares during the period. Diversified Trust Co’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $1,362,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. Tompkins Financial Corp grew its stake in shares of Microsoft by 17.9% in the 3rd quarter. Tompkins Financial Corp now owns 100,261 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $7,469,000 after buying an additional 15,202 shares during the period. Private Wealth Partners LLC grew its stake in shares of Microsoft by 0.6% in the 3rd quarter. Private Wealth Partners LLC now owns 270,524 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $20,151,000 after buying an additional 1,511 shares during the period. Zacks Investment Management grew its stake in shares of Microsoft by 1.5% in the 2nd quarter. Zacks Investment Management now owns 1,257,001 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $86,645,000 after buying an additional 18,438 shares during the period. Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. grew its stake in shares of Microsoft by 1.6% in the 3rd quarter. Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. now owns 1,764,878 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $131,466,000 after buying an additional 27,962 shares during the period. Finally, RNC Capital Management LLC grew its stake in shares of Microsoft by 3.4% in the 2nd quarter. RNC Capital Management LLC now owns 530,320 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $36,555,000 after buying an additional 17,659 shares during the period. 73.85% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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MSFT has been the subject of several analyst reports. Oppenheimer set a $100.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, January 1st. ValuEngine raised shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $96.00 price target for the company in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $100.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. Finally, Vetr cut shares of Microsoft from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $93.77 price target for the company. in a research note on Monday, December 11th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, thirty have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $100.14.

In other Microsoft news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the 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 directly owns 171,278 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,928,854. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.30, for a total transaction of $279,900.00. Following the sale, the chief marketing officer now owns 178,278 shares in the company, valued at $16,633,337.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 10,000 shares of company stock worth $930,900. 1.49% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Microsoft stock opened at $90.23 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $711,306.88, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.26, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.14 and a beta of 1.07. Microsoft Co. has a 52-week low of $64.85 and a 52-week high of $97.24. The company has a current ratio of 2.89, a quick ratio of 2.85 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 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $28.92 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $28.42 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 11.72% and a return on equity of 35.41%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.83 EPS. equities analysts expect 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. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 17th will be issued a dividend of $0.42 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 16th. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.86%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 50.76%.

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About Microsoft

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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