Robecosam AG Boosts Stock Position in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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Robecosam AG grew its holdings in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 4.9% in the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 230,164 shares of the software giant’s stock after buying an additional 10,740 shares during the quarter. Microsoft accounts for 1.3% of Robecosam AG’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 21st largest position. Robecosam AG’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $30,877,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of MSFT. Quantamental Technologies LLC acquired a new position in shares of Microsoft in the 4th quarter valued at $26,000. Centaurus Financial Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Microsoft by 21.1% in the 1st quarter. Centaurus Financial Inc. now owns 3,222 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $27,000 after purchasing an additional 561 shares during the last quarter. Avondale Wealth Management lifted its stake in shares of Microsoft by 50.5% in the 4th quarter. Avondale Wealth Management now owns 557 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $57,000 after purchasing an additional 187 shares during the last quarter. Mackey Komara & Dankovich LLC lifted its stake in shares of Microsoft by 335.8% in the 2nd quarter. Mackey Komara & Dankovich LLC now owns 3,595 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $113,000 after purchasing an additional 2,770 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Asset Planning Services Ltd. acquired a new position in shares of Microsoft in the 2nd quarter valued at $116,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 72.49% of the company’s stock.

MSFT opened at $134.22 on Wednesday. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $137.32 and its 200 day moving average price is $126.25. Microsoft Co. has a 12-month low of $93.96 and a 12-month high of $141.68. The company has a current ratio of 2.53, a quick ratio of 2.50 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.71. The firm has a market cap of $1,018.49 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.26, a PEG ratio of 2.32 and a beta of 1.23.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 18th. The software giant reported $1.37 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.21 by $0.16. Microsoft had a return on equity of 39.26% and a net margin of 31.18%. The company had revenue of $33.72 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.80 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.13 EPS. Microsoft’s revenue was up 12.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, research analysts forecast that Microsoft Co. will post 5.22 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 12th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.46 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 14th. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.37%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 38.74%.

In other Microsoft news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $138.00, for a total transaction of $483,000.00. Following the sale, the chief marketing officer now owns 129,817 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,914,746. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,372 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $138.06, for a total value of $465,538.32. Following the sale, the chief marketing officer now owns 136,623 shares in the company, valued at approximately $18,862,171.38. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 33,819 shares of company stock worth $4,603,450. 1.38% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on the company. Argus upped their price target on Microsoft to $158.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 25th. Goldman Sachs Group set a $151.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, July 19th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $155.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Friday, July 19th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $160.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, July 19th. Finally, Cowen assumed coverage on Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, July 11th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $150.00 price target on the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, twenty-eight have given a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $149.21.

About Microsoft

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, 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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