Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Shares Tick 0.79% For the Week

If you are accessing this article on another website, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of U.S. and global trademark and copyright laws. $63.36's average target is -7.92% below currents $68.81 stock price. Analysts predict that Microsoft Co. will post $3.03 earnings per share for the current year. The software giant reported $0.73 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.69 by $0.04. State Street Corp now owns 316,129,357 shares of the software giant's stock worth $19,644,277,000 after buying an additional 8,757,128 shares during the last quarter. AMF Pensionsforsakring AB raised its stake in Microsoft by 10.1% in the fourth quarter. Viking Global Investors LP now owns 21,950,056 shares of the software giant's stock worth $1,363,976,000 after buying an additional 8,282,782 shares during the last quarter. 28928417 shares were traded on Microsoft Corporation's last session. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 72.29% of the company's stock. Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in Microsoft during the fourth quarter worth about $205,000. (NASDAQ:MSFT) during the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. AMF Pensionsforsakring AB now owns 6,579,698 shares of the software giant's stock valued at $408,862,000 after buying an additional 606,188 shares during the period. Microsoft accounts for about 6.5% of Cheviot Value Management LLC's investment portfolio, making the stock its 3rd largest position. Future earnings predictions are perhaps the most essential input when trying to value a company. Microsoft Corporation has a 52-week low of 48.03 and a 52-week high of 69.71.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) lost -0.14% to $68.71 in the current trading session. The 20 day simple moving average is 3.85% and the 200 day simple moving average is 13.67%. The company has a market cap of $527.56 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.13 and a beta of 1.08.

Denver Investment Advisors LLC lowered its position in Microsoft Co. The stock gained a consensus recommendation of 1.54 on Zacks Investment Research where the scale runs from 1 to 5, 1 representing Strong buy and 5 showing Strong Sell. This is an increase of approximately 132% compared to the typical volume of 2,269 put options.

Earnings per share (EPS) breaks down the profitability of the company on a single share basis, and for Microsoft Corporation the EPS stands at 0.73 for the previous quarter, while the analysts predicted the EPS of the stock to be 0.7, suggesting the stock exceeded the analysts' expectations. (X) reported its EPS in the last quarter as $-0.83/Share lagging the analyst estimate of $0.34/Share by the difference of $-1.17.

Return on equity reveals how much profit a company earned in comparison to the total amount of shareholder equity found on the balance sheet. This showed the surprise of -344.1% in the last quarter earnings. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, May 16th. The stock's Dividend Yield stands at 2.08%. Microsoft's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is now 73.59%.

ILLEGAL ACTIVITY WARNING: "Microsoft Co". They set an "outperform" rating for the company. Wunderlich lifted their target price on shares of Microsoft from $70.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a research report on Friday, January 27th. The Stock opened today's session at $69.03 and now the price is hovering at $68.82 by showing decrease of -0.37 percent. Raymond James Financial, Inc. reaffirmed a "strong-buy" rating on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Friday, March 17th.

Microsoft Corporation has 1 year price target of $73.68. Microsoft has a consensus rating of "Buy" and an average price target of $67.65. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.40, for a total value of $173,500,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 607,688 shares in the company, valued at $41,930,472. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. FMR LLC now owns 177,344,854 shares of the software giant's stock worth $11,020,210,000 after buying an additional 17,606,133 shares during the period. Insiders have sold 16,642,694 shares of company stock worth $1,126,812,286 over the last ninety days.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) belongs to the "Technology" sector with an industry focus on "Business Software & Services", with Mr. Satya Nadella as Chief Exec. Officer and Non-Independent Director.

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