DeDora Capital Inc. cut its holdings in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 3.2% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 22,576 shares of the software giant’s stock after selling 748 shares during the quarter. Microsoft comprises approximately 2.0% of DeDora Capital Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 10th largest holding. DeDora Capital Inc.’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $2,293,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the business. Vanguard Group Inc boosted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 1.6% in the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 577,877,949 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $66,091,902,000 after acquiring an additional 8,820,439 shares in the last quarter. Morgan Stanley boosted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 4.8% in the third quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 60,865,803 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $6,961,221,000 after acquiring an additional 2,796,779 shares in the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. boosted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 19.6% in the third quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 9,248,352 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $1,057,849,000 after acquiring an additional 1,517,947 shares in the last quarter. ADAMCAPITAL Gestao de Recursos Ltda. boosted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 342.8% in the third quarter. ADAMCAPITAL Gestao de Recursos Ltda. now owns 1,866,026 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $213,417,000 after acquiring an additional 1,444,650 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Nan Shan Life Insurance Co. Ltd. purchased a new stake in shares of Microsoft in the third quarter valued at about $129,830,000. Institutional investors own 72.89% of the company’s stock.

In other Microsoft news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $110.46, for a total value of $552,300.00. Following the sale, the chief marketing officer now owns 156,866 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $17,327,418.36. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 10,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $111.48, for a total transaction of $1,170,540.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 156,866 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,487,421.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 333,667 shares of company stock worth $35,657,016 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 1.38% of the company’s stock.

MSFT has been the topic of several analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their target price on shares of Microsoft from $115.00 to $125.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, March 28th. Credit Suisse Group set a $125.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, December 23rd. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $141.00 target price (up previously from $125.00) on shares of Microsoft in a report on Wednesday, April 17th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, March 1st. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada lifted their target price on shares of Microsoft to $130.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, March 25th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, thirty have assigned a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $125.00.

MSFT stock opened at $123.37 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $949.92 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.80, a P/E/G ratio of 2.26 and a beta of 1.22. Microsoft Co. has a 52 week low of $90.28 and a 52 week high of $123.52. The company has a current ratio of 3.12, a quick ratio of 3.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 30th. The software giant reported $1.10 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.09 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $32.47 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.53 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 28.31% and a return on equity of 39.52%. The firm’s revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.96 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts predict that Microsoft Co. will post 4.42 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 13th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, May 15th will be issued a $0.46 dividend. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.49%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 15th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 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, 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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