Barr E S & Co. increased its holdings in shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 4.4% in the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 4,902 shares of the software giant’s stock after purchasing an additional 206 shares during the period. Barr E S & Co.’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $338,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Grand Jean Capital Management Inc. lifted its position in Microsoft by 15.2% during the second quarter. Grand Jean Capital Management Inc. now owns 10,962 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $756,000 after acquiring an additional 1,450 shares during the last quarter. Bayesian Capital Management LP acquired a new stake in Microsoft during the second quarter worth approximately $1,612,000. Zacks Investment Management lifted its position in Microsoft by 1.5% during the second quarter. Zacks Investment Management now owns 1,257,001 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $86,645,000 after acquiring an additional 18,438 shares during the last quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC lifted its position in Microsoft by 3.9% during the second quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 16,334,816 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,125,959,000 after acquiring an additional 610,325 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Global Financial Private Capital LLC lifted its position in Microsoft by 1.3% during the second quarter. Global Financial Private Capital LLC now owns 27,039 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,864,000 after acquiring an additional 355 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 73.33% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $100.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 16th. Oppenheimer set a $80.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, September 25th. Evercore ISI reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Friday, August 18th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, twenty-nine 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 $85.29.

In other Microsoft news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 4th. The shares were 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 SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total transaction of $1,261,200.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 116,205 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,770,516.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420. Insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ MSFT) opened at $84.16 on Friday. Microsoft Corporation has a 1 year low of $61.13 and a 1 year high of $86.20. The company has a market cap of $636,376.56, a P/E ratio of 24.41, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.92 and a beta of 0.99. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a current ratio of 3.12.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings data 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 net margin of 24.56% and a return on equity of 35.23%. The business had revenue of $24.50 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.57 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.76 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Microsoft Corporation will post 3.38 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.42 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.00%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is presently 57.14%.

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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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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