Windward Capital Management Co. CA increased its holdings in shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 27.8% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 16,074 shares of the software giant’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,501 shares during the quarter. Windward Capital Management Co. CA’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $1,375,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other large investors have also modified their holdings of the company. Acrospire Investment Management LLC grew its position in Microsoft by 300.0% in the 2nd quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,600 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $110,000 after acquiring an additional 1,200 shares in the last quarter. Stelac Advisory Services LLC grew its position in Microsoft by 23.5% in the 2nd quarter. Stelac Advisory Services LLC now owns 2,033 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $140,000 after acquiring an additional 387 shares in the last quarter. Pacific Center for Financial Services grew its position in Microsoft by 3.0% in the 2nd quarter. Pacific Center for Financial Services now owns 2,572 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $177,000 after acquiring an additional 75 shares in the last quarter. AlphaMark Advisors LLC grew its position in Microsoft by 1.1% in the 2nd quarter. AlphaMark Advisors LLC now owns 2,677 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $185,000 after acquiring an additional 30 shares in the last quarter. Finally, NewSquare Capital LLC grew its position in Microsoft by 470.8% in the 3rd quarter. NewSquare Capital LLC now owns 119,729 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $193,000 after acquiring an additional 98,752 shares in the last quarter. 73.81% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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MSFT has been the subject of several research reports. KeyCorp lifted their target price on Microsoft from $106.00 to $110.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. Vetr cut Microsoft from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $93.77 price objective for the company. in a research note on Monday, December 11th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $100.00 price objective on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. Tigress Financial reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $99.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, thirty have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Microsoft has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $99.45.

Shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ MSFT) opened at $89.79 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 2.85, a current ratio of 2.89 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01. Microsoft Co. has a 52 week low of $64.35 and a 52 week high of $97.24. The firm has a market capitalization of $712,076.88, a P/E ratio of 61.50, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.13 and a beta of 1.04.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The software giant reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.41% and a net margin of 11.72%. The company had revenue of $28.92 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $28.42 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.83 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Microsoft Co. will post 3.65 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 14th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 17th will be paid a $0.42 dividend. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.87%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 16th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is currently 115.07%.

In other Microsoft news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.00, for a total value of $325,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 171,278 shares in the company, valued at $15,928,854. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.30, for a total value of $279,900.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief marketing officer now owns 178,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $16,633,337.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 10,000 shares of company stock valued at $930,900. 1.49% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Microsoft Profile

Microsoft Corporation is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices. The Company’s segments include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing. The Company’s products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers.

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