Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc. Has $650,000 Holdings in Microsoft Co. (MSFT)

Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc. trimmed its stake in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 14.3% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 6,595 shares of the software giant’s stock after selling 1,100 shares during the period. Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc.’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $650,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the company. KAMES CAPITAL plc grew its stake in shares of Microsoft by 9.2% in the 1st quarter. KAMES CAPITAL plc now owns 386,537 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $35,174,000 after buying an additional 32,655 shares in the last quarter. Pictet & Cie Europe SA boosted its position in shares of Microsoft by 15.2% in the 1st quarter. Pictet & Cie Europe SA now owns 82,083 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $7,492,000 after purchasing an additional 10,835 shares in the last quarter. KBC Group NV boosted its position in shares of Microsoft by 3.5% in the 1st quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 3,081,681 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $281,265,000 after purchasing an additional 105,036 shares in the last quarter. Findlay Park Partners LLP boosted its position in shares of Microsoft by 3.0% in the 1st quarter. Findlay Park Partners LLP now owns 7,461,728 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $681,032,000 after purchasing an additional 214,978 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Trillium Asset Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Microsoft by 0.8% in the 1st quarter. Trillium Asset Management LLC now owns 410,983 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $37,511,000 after purchasing an additional 3,416 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 71.90% of the company’s stock.

In other Microsoft news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 23,337 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $109.22, for a total transaction of $2,548,867.14. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief marketing officer now owns 190,570 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $20,814,055.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CEO Satya Nadella sold 203,418 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $106.68, for a total transaction of $21,700,632.24. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 1,014,247 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $108,199,869.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 331,080 shares of company stock valued at $35,679,993 in the last ninety days. 1.49% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.



A number of analysts have recently commented on MSFT shares. Barclays reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $117.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Friday, August 10th. Goldman Sachs Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $123.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Monday, August 20th. Oppenheimer reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $120.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Monday, August 20th. Credit Suisse Group set a $125.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, August 27th. Finally, Morgan Stanley restated a “buy” rating and issued a $130.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a report on Tuesday, August 28th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, thirty-three have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Microsoft presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $121.88.

Shares of MSFT stock opened at $108.52 on Thursday. Microsoft Co. has a 1 year low of $80.98 and a 1 year high of $116.18. The company has a quick ratio of 2.85, a current ratio of 2.92 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88. The firm has a market cap of $835.58 billion, a PE ratio of 27.97, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.96 and a beta of 1.25.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 24th. The software giant reported $1.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.96 by $0.18. Microsoft had a net margin of 16.38% and a return on equity of 39.86%. The firm had revenue of $29.08 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $27.92 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.84 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 18.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, sell-side analysts forecast that Microsoft Co. will post 4.43 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 21st will be issued a $0.46 dividend. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.70%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 20th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is currently 47.42%.

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Microsoft Company Profile

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 for businesses, 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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