Waldron Private Wealth LLC lessened its holdings in shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 1.8% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 30,755 shares of the software giant’s stock after selling 557 shares during the period. Microsoft accounts for about 0.7% of Waldron Private Wealth LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 20th largest position. Waldron Private Wealth LLC’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $3,032,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the company. KAMES CAPITAL plc increased its position in shares of Microsoft by 9.2% during the first quarter. KAMES CAPITAL plc now owns 386,537 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $35,174,000 after acquiring an additional 32,655 shares during the period. Pictet & Cie Europe SA increased its position in shares of Microsoft by 15.2% during the first quarter. Pictet & Cie Europe SA now owns 82,083 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $7,492,000 after acquiring an additional 10,835 shares during the period. KBC Group NV increased its position in shares of Microsoft by 3.5% during the first quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 3,081,681 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $281,265,000 after acquiring an additional 105,036 shares during the period. Findlay Park Partners LLP increased its position in shares of Microsoft by 3.0% during the first quarter. Findlay Park Partners LLP now owns 7,461,728 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $681,032,000 after acquiring an additional 214,978 shares during the period. Finally, Trillium Asset Management LLC increased its position in shares of Microsoft by 0.8% during the first quarter. Trillium Asset Management LLC now owns 410,983 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $37,511,000 after acquiring an additional 3,416 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 71.90% of the company’s stock.

In other news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 35,825 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction on Friday, September 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $108.38, for a total transaction of $3,882,713.50. Following the completion of the sale, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 190,570 shares in the company, valued at $20,653,976.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Satya Nadella sold 203,418 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction on Friday, October 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $106.68, for a total transaction of $21,700,632.24. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 1,014,247 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $108,199,869.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 331,080 shares of company stock valued at $35,679,993. 1.49% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Shares of MSFT opened at $108.52 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $835.58 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.97, a PEG ratio of 1.96 and a beta of 1.25. Microsoft Co. has a twelve month low of $80.98 and a twelve month high of $116.18. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88, a current ratio of 2.92 and a quick ratio of 2.85.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, October 24th. The software giant reported $1.14 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.18. The company had revenue of $29.08 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $27.92 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 16.38% and a return on equity of 39.86%. Microsoft’s revenue was up 18.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.84 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts predict that Microsoft Co. will post 4.43 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 14th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 21st will be paid a $0.46 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 20th. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.70%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 47.42%.

MSFT has been the topic of a number of research reports. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $130.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Tuesday, August 28th. Credit Suisse Group set a $125.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, August 27th. Oppenheimer reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $120.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Monday, August 20th. Goldman Sachs Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $123.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Monday, August 20th. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $117.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Friday, August 10th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, thirty-three have issued a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $121.88.

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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 for businesses, 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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