Several analysts have recently updated their ratings and price targets for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT):

  • 4/18/2019 – Microsoft had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Wedbush. They now have a $150.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $140.00.
  • 4/18/2019 – Microsoft had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. They now have a $131.00 price target on the stock.
  • 4/17/2019 – Microsoft had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at KeyCorp. They now have a $141.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $125.00. They wrote, “We see the March quarter as another positive milestone and part of a broader multi-year cloud and digital journey that has structurally improved the business model drivers and prospects of sustaining double-digit annual growth. O365 subscription ARR could top $20B for the first time, while Azure could top $12B. Robust commercial cloud growth of 43% could push the cloud mix to 33% vs. 5% in FY15. We are raising our estimates and PT to $141 on increasing confidence in Microsoft’s cloud and digital strategy.””
  • 4/12/2019 – Microsoft had its price target raised by analysts at Barclays PLC from $120.00 to $132.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 4/1/2019 – Microsoft was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 3/28/2019 – Microsoft had its price target raised by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from $115.00 to $125.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 3/25/2019 – Microsoft had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada to $130.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 3/22/2019 – Microsoft had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a $125.00 price target on the stock.
  • 3/13/2019 – Microsoft is now covered by analysts at Mizuho. They set a “buy” rating and a $135.00 price target on the stock.
  • 3/4/2019 – Microsoft was given a new $125.00 price target on by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 3/1/2019 – Microsoft was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.

MSFT stock opened at $123.37 on Monday. The firm has a market capitalization of $949.92 billion, a PE ratio of 31.80, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.26 and a beta of 1.22. The company has a current ratio of 3.12, a quick ratio of 3.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82. Microsoft Co. has a 12 month low of $90.28 and a 12 month high of $123.52.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 30th. The software giant reported $1.10 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.09 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $32.47 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.53 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 28.31% and a return on equity of 39.52%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.96 EPS. On average, research analysts expect that Microsoft Co. will post 4.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 13th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, May 15th will be issued a $0.46 dividend. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.49%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 15th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 47.42%.

In other news, CEO Satya Nadella sold 267,466 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $106.01, for a total value of $28,354,070.66. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 1,746,854 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $185,183,992.54. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Jean Philippe Courtois sold 28,147 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $108.14, for a total transaction of $3,043,816.58. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 497,162 shares in the company, valued at $53,763,098.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 333,667 shares of company stock worth $35,657,016 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 1.38% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MSFT. CHURCHILL MANAGEMENT Corp grew its position in Microsoft by 9.7% during the third quarter. CHURCHILL MANAGEMENT Corp now owns 45,161 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $5,165,000 after buying an additional 4,007 shares in the last quarter. Rockland Trust Co. grew its position in Microsoft by 6.2% during the third quarter. Rockland Trust Co. now owns 45,116 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $5,160,000 after buying an additional 2,636 shares in the last quarter. Visionary Asset Management Inc. acquired a new stake in Microsoft during the third quarter worth approximately $555,000. ELM Advisors LLC grew its position in Microsoft by 38.8% during the third quarter. ELM Advisors LLC now owns 5,030 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $575,000 after buying an additional 1,405 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Ibex Wealth Advisors grew its position in Microsoft by 1.0% during the third quarter. Ibex Wealth Advisors now owns 107,393 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $12,415,000 after buying an additional 1,105 shares in the last quarter. 72.89% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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, 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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