WINTON GROUP Ltd raised its holdings in shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 2.5% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 469,536 shares of the software giant’s stock after purchasing an additional 11,522 shares during the quarter. Microsoft accounts for 1.0% of WINTON GROUP Ltd’s portfolio, making the stock its 16th largest position. WINTON GROUP Ltd’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $32,365,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of MSFT. River Wealth Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 6.4% during the 2nd quarter. River Wealth Advisors LLC now owns 25,130 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,732,000 after buying an additional 1,517 shares during the last quarter. Northeast Financial Consultants Inc lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 17.4% during the 2nd quarter. Northeast Financial Consultants Inc now owns 10,100 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $696,000 after buying an additional 1,500 shares during the last quarter. One Capital Management LLC lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 5.0% during the 2nd quarter. One Capital Management LLC now owns 56,671 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $3,906,000 after buying an additional 2,675 shares during the last quarter. JLB & Associates Inc. bought a new position in Microsoft during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $10,873,000. Finally, State of Wisconsin Investment Board lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 7.3% during the 1st quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 7,827,220 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $515,501,000 after buying an additional 530,893 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 73.33% of the company’s stock.

In related news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred 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 sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 184,278 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,376,156.32. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total value of $1,496,700.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420. 1.49% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of research analysts have commented on the company. BidaskClub raised Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 16th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a report on Friday, October 27th. Morgan Stanley set a $88.00 target price on Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Tigress Financial reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, Vetr raised Microsoft from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $82.07 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and thirty have given a buy rating to the company. Microsoft has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $85.28.

Shares of Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) opened at $85.35 on Thursday. Microsoft Corporation has a 1 year low of $61.95 and a 1 year high of $86.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a current ratio of 3.12 and a quick ratio of 3.06. The company has a market capitalization of $659,790.00, a P/E ratio of 25.22, a P/E/G ratio of 1.99 and a beta of 0.99.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.23% and a net margin of 24.56%. The firm had revenue of $24.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $23.57 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.76 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts anticipate that Microsoft Corporation will post 3.38 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 15th will be given a $0.42 dividend. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.97%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is currently 56.76%.

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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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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