Insider Selling: Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) CMO Sells 3,500 Shares of Stock

Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $138.00, for a total value of $483,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief marketing officer now owns 129,817 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $17,914,746. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

NASDAQ MSFT traded down $1.92 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $135.79. The company had a trading volume of 15,615,546 shares, compared to its average volume of 25,953,088. Microsoft Co. has a 52 week low of $93.96 and a 52 week high of $141.68. The company’s 50 day moving average is $137.26. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.71, a current ratio of 2.53 and a quick ratio of 2.50. The company has a market capitalization of $1,060.48 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.59, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.42 and a beta of 1.23.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, July 18th. The software giant reported $1.37 EPS for the quarter, topping the 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 business had revenue of $33.72 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.80 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.13 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 12.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Sell-side analysts forecast that Microsoft Co. will post 5.22 earnings per share for the current year.



The firm 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 $0.46 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 14th. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.36%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is currently 38.74%.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MSFT. LFA Lugano Financial Advisors SA lifted its position in shares of Microsoft by 274.5% in the second quarter. LFA Lugano Financial Advisors SA now owns 191 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $26,000 after buying an additional 140 shares in the last quarter. Quantamental Technologies LLC purchased a new stake in Microsoft during the 4th quarter worth $26,000. Ayalon Holdings Ltd. purchased a new stake in Microsoft during the 4th quarter worth $41,000. Gavea Investimentos Ltda purchased a new stake in Microsoft during the 2nd quarter worth $70,000. Finally, Avondale Wealth Management increased its stake in Microsoft by 50.5% during the 4th quarter. Avondale Wealth Management now owns 557 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $57,000 after buying an additional 187 shares during the period. 72.09% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on MSFT shares. Macquarie upped their price objective on Microsoft from $150.00 to $160.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, July 19th. Deutsche Bank set a $155.00 price objective on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 17th. Mizuho set a $152.00 price objective on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, July 19th. Jefferies Financial Group set a $93.00 price objective on Microsoft and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 19th. Finally, Citigroup upped their price objective on Microsoft from $147.00 to $152.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, July 19th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, twenty-eight have issued a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price 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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