Moody Lynn & Lieberson LLC lessened its position in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 18.1% during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 266,111 shares of the software giant’s stock after selling 58,880 shares during the quarter. Microsoft comprises approximately 2.4% of Moody Lynn & Lieberson LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 7th largest holding. Moody Lynn & Lieberson LLC’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $19,823,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently made changes to their positions in MSFT. Capital Research Global Investors grew its stake in Microsoft by 212.3% in the second quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 69,663,044 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $4,801,874,000 after purchasing an additional 47,353,245 shares in the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC grew its stake in Microsoft by 609.4% in the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 49,174,883 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $3,389,625,000 after purchasing an additional 42,243,011 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its stake in Microsoft by 4.6% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 564,052,011 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $38,880,105,000 after purchasing an additional 25,053,413 shares in the last quarter. Tiger Global Management LLC grew its stake in Microsoft by 395.2% in the second quarter. Tiger Global Management LLC now owns 10,487,500 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $722,903,000 after purchasing an additional 8,369,500 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC grew its stake in Microsoft by 32.5% in the second quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 19,139,433 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $1,319,271,000 after purchasing an additional 4,699,588 shares in the last quarter. 73.07% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ MSFT) opened at $89.13 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $687,600.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 60.63, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 1.06. 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 fifty-two week low of $63.62 and a fifty-two week high of $96.07.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The software giant reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $28.92 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $28.42 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.41% and a net margin of 11.72%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 11.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.83 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that Microsoft Co. will post 3.62 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be issued a $0.42 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.88%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is presently 114.29%.

In other news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total transaction of $1,496,700.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.44, for a total value of $333,760.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 184,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,376,156.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.49% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on MSFT shares. KeyCorp raised their price target on Microsoft from $106.00 to $110.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Royal Bank of Canada restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $88.00 price target (up from $85.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Friday, October 27th. UBS Group set a $105.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Vetr downgraded Microsoft from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $93.77 price target for the company. in a research note on Monday, December 11th. Finally, Citigroup lifted their target price on Microsoft from $74.00 to $79.00 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, October 27th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, thirty-one have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $99.14.

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Microsoft Company 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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