Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) – Investment analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings raised their Q2 2018 earnings estimates for shares of Microsoft Corporation in a research report issued on Monday. Oppenheimer Holdings analyst T. Horan now anticipates that the software giant will post earnings per share of $0.90 for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $0.86. Oppenheimer Holdings has a “Outperform” rating and a $92.00 price target on the stock. Oppenheimer Holdings also issued estimates for Microsoft Corporation’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.79 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.94 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $3.47 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $3.77 EPS.

A number of other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on MSFT. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $73.00 target price on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a report on Sunday, July 9th. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $77.00 target price on Microsoft Corporation and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 10th. BidaskClub upgraded Microsoft Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Microsoft Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $78.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Finally, Morgan Stanley restated an “overweight” rating and issued a $80.00 target price on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a report on Thursday, July 13th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and thirty have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft Corporation presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $82.61.

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The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 16th will be given a dividend of $0.42 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 15th. This is a positive change from Microsoft Corporation’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.39. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.00%. Microsoft Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is 53.06%.

In other Microsoft Corporation news, CFO Amy Hood sold 55,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.71, for a total transaction of $3,999,050.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 510,217 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $37,097,878.07. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider Jean Philippe Courtois sold 26,763 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $74.00, for a total value of $1,980,462.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 537,519 shares in the company, valued at approximately $39,776,406. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 7,081,763 shares of company stock worth $513,899,512. 1.49% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Advantus Capital Management Inc lifted its holdings in Microsoft Corporation by 0.4% during the 3rd quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 782,319 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $58,275,000 after buying an additional 3,263 shares in the last quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Management UK Ltd. lifted its holdings in Microsoft Corporation by 224.5% during the 3rd quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Management UK Ltd. now owns 15,900 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,184,000 after buying an additional 11,000 shares in the last quarter. Swiss National Bank lifted its holdings in Microsoft Corporation by 0.8% during the 3rd quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 27,269,470 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $2,031,303,000 after buying an additional 224,300 shares in the last quarter. Sunbelt Securities Inc. lifted its holdings in Microsoft Corporation by 393.6% during the 3rd quarter. Sunbelt Securities Inc. now owns 17,638 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,314,000 after buying an additional 14,065 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Jaffetilchin Investment Partners LLC lifted its holdings in Microsoft Corporation by 65.1% during the 3rd quarter. Jaffetilchin Investment Partners LLC now owns 8,589 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $640,000 after buying an additional 3,386 shares in the last quarter. 73.35% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Microsoft Corporation 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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