Focused Investors LLC decreased its holdings in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 4.0% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 1,222,200 shares of the software giant’s stock after selling 51,500 shares during the period. Microsoft comprises about 5.7% of Focused Investors LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 5th biggest holding. Focused Investors LLC’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $124,139,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
Several other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the business. Shine Investment Advisory Services Inc. lifted its position in Microsoft by 1.0% during the fourth quarter. Shine Investment Advisory Services Inc. now owns 10,004 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $1,016,000 after purchasing an additional 99 shares in the last quarter. Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management LLC lifted its position in Microsoft by 2.7% during the third quarter. Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management LLC now owns 3,847 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $430,000 after purchasing an additional 102 shares in the last quarter. Conservest Capital Advisors Inc. lifted its position in Microsoft by 5.2% during the fourth quarter. Conservest Capital Advisors Inc. now owns 2,082 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $211,000 after purchasing an additional 102 shares in the last quarter. Brand Asset Management Group Inc. lifted its position in Microsoft by 2.7% during the fourth quarter. Brand Asset Management Group Inc. now owns 4,084 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $415,000 after purchasing an additional 107 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Arvest Bank Trust Division lifted its position in Microsoft by 1.0% during the fourth quarter. Arvest Bank Trust Division now owns 11,176 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $1,135,000 after purchasing an additional 111 shares in the last quarter. 73.00% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
In other news, insider Jean Philippe Courtois sold 28,147 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $108.14, for a total value of $3,043,816.58. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 497,162 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $53,763,098.68. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, President Bradford L. Smith sold 192,300 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, April 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $130.34, for a total value of $25,064,382.00. Following the completion of the sale, the president now directly owns 754,442 shares in the company, valued at $98,333,970.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 261,501 shares of company stock worth $32,753,937 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 1.38% of the company’s stock.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, April 24th. The software giant reported $1.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.00 by $0.14. Microsoft had a return on equity of 39.34% and a net margin of 28.58%. The firm had revenue of $30.57 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $29.86 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.95 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 14.0% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, analysts predict that Microsoft Co. will post 4.58 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 13th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, May 15th will be issued a $0.46 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 15th. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.48%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 47.42%.
Several equities analysts recently weighed in on the company. UBS Group lifted their target price on Microsoft from $125.00 to $150.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 25th. Bank of America lifted their target price on Microsoft from $150.00 to $155.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 25th. Argus raised their price target on Microsoft to $145.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 29th. Morgan Stanley raised their price target on Microsoft from $140.00 to $145.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, April 25th. Finally, Barclays raised their price target on Microsoft from $132.00 to $152.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, April 25th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, twenty-six have issued a buy rating and three have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $135.14.
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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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