James Hambro & Partners lessened its stake in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 3.3% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 377,517 shares of the software giant’s stock after selling 12,766 shares during the period. Microsoft accounts for 15.6% of James Hambro & Partners’ portfolio, making the stock its biggest holding. James Hambro & Partners’ holdings in Microsoft were worth $38,380,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
Other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Meeder Asset Management Inc. lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 2.4% in the 4th quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. now owns 277,215 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $28,157,000 after acquiring an additional 6,449 shares during the last quarter. Triangle Securities Wealth Management lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 6.6% in the 4th quarter. Triangle Securities Wealth Management now owns 41,390 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $4,204,000 after acquiring an additional 2,559 shares during the last quarter. Hudson Valley Investment Advisors Inc. ADV lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 13.1% in the 4th quarter. Hudson Valley Investment Advisors Inc. ADV now owns 158,921 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $16,142,000 after acquiring an additional 18,399 shares during the last quarter. JGP Wealth Management LLC lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 3.3% in the 4th quarter. JGP Wealth Management LLC now owns 63,261 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $6,425,000 after acquiring an additional 2,005 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BLB&B Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 0.5% in the 4th quarter. BLB&B Advisors LLC now owns 166,056 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $16,866,000 after acquiring an additional 856 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 72.89% of the company’s stock.
In other news, CEO Satya Nadella sold 267,466 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $106.01, for a total value of $28,354,070.66. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 1,746,854 shares in the company, valued at approximately $185,183,992.54. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Jean Philippe Courtois sold 28,147 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $108.14, for a total value of $3,043,816.58. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 497,162 shares in the company, valued at approximately $53,763,098.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 333,667 shares of company stock worth $35,657,016 in the last quarter. 1.38% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
A number of brokerages have weighed in on MSFT. KeyCorp reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $141.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a report on Wednesday. Barclays upped their price target on shares of Microsoft from $120.00 to $132.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday, April 12th. ValuEngine raised shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 1st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upped their price target on shares of Microsoft from $115.00 to $125.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, March 28th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada upped their price objective on shares of Microsoft to $130.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, March 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, thirty-one have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $123.85.
Shares of MSFT opened at $120.77 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $931.29 billion, a PE ratio of 31.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.22 and a beta of 1.21. Microsoft Co. has a fifty-two week low of $90.28 and a fifty-two week high of $121.65. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 3.08 and a current ratio of 3.12.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, January 30th. The software giant reported $1.10 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.09 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $32.47 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.53 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 39.52% and a net margin of 28.31%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.96 EPS. On average, sell-side analysts expect that Microsoft Co. will post 4.41 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm 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 of this dividend is Wednesday, May 15th. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.52%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is 47.42%.
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