Deutsche Bank Analysts Give Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) a $155.00 Price Target

Deutsche Bank set a $155.00 price objective on Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) in a research note released on Wednesday, Borsen Zeitung reports. The firm currently has a buy rating on the software giant’s stock.

Several other brokerages also recently issued reports on MSFT. Jefferies Financial Group upgraded shares of SALVATORE FERRA/ADR from an underperform rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 25th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Zynerba Pharmaceuticals from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, April 1st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a hold rating and set a $7.00 price target on shares of Deutsche Bank in a research report on Thursday, April 25th. Bank of America raised Air Products & Chemicals from an underperform rating to a neutral rating and boosted their price objective for the stock from $170.00 to $215.00 in a report on Thursday, April 25th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group set a $5.00 price objective on Maxar Technologies and gave the stock a sell rating in a report on Monday, July 15th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, twenty-seven have given a buy rating and three have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $146.41.

Shares of NASDAQ MSFT opened at $136.62 on Wednesday. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $133.73. The firm has a market cap of $1,046.89 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.76, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.46 and a beta of 1.21. The company has a current ratio of 2.97, a quick ratio of 2.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70. Microsoft has a 12-month low of $93.96 and a 12-month high of $140.67.



Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 18th. The software giant reported $1.37 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.21 by $0.16. The business had revenue of $33.72 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.80 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 31.18% and a return on equity of 40.48%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 12.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.13 EPS. On average, research analysts predict that Microsoft will post 5.15 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 12th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 15th will be paid a $0.46 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 14th. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.35%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 38.74%.

In other news, EVP Kathleen T. Hogan sold 15,947 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $133.17, for a total value of $2,123,661.99. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 202,518 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $26,969,322.06. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, President Bradford L. Smith sold 192,300 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, April 30th. The shares were 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 of the company’s stock, valued at $98,333,970.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 216,247 shares of company stock valued at $28,204,754. 1.38% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in MSFT. Vanguard Group Inc grew its position in Microsoft by 1.6% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 577,877,949 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $66,091,902,000 after purchasing an additional 8,820,439 shares during the period. Belpointe Asset Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Microsoft by 46.8% during the 3rd quarter. Belpointe Asset Management LLC now owns 50,474 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $5,773,000 after acquiring an additional 16,087 shares in the last quarter. Avitas Wealth Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Microsoft by 8.7% during the 3rd quarter. Avitas Wealth Management LLC now owns 11,979 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,370,000 after acquiring an additional 963 shares in the last quarter. Polaris Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Microsoft by 3.3% during the 3rd quarter. Polaris Capital Management LLC now owns 489,152 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $55,944,000 after acquiring an additional 15,850 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Blue Fin Capital Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Microsoft by 3.1% during the 3rd quarter. Blue Fin Capital Inc. now owns 67,911 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $7,767,000 after acquiring an additional 2,068 shares in the last quarter. 72.05% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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