Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Holdings Raised by Colony Group LLC

Colony Group LLC raised its holdings in shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 12.4% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 411,675 shares of the software giant’s stock after purchasing an additional 45,402 shares during the quarter. Microsoft accounts for 2.0% of Colony Group LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 4th largest position. Colony Group LLC’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $28,377,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the business. Acrospire Investment Management LLC lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 300.0% during the 2nd quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,600 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $110,000 after buying an additional 1,200 shares during the last quarter. Hefty Wealth Partners lifted its holdings in Microsoft by 65.6% during the 2nd quarter. Hefty Wealth Partners now owns 1,648 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $113,000 after buying an additional 653 shares during the last quarter. Ullmann Financial Group Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Microsoft in the 1st quarter worth approximately $132,000. Stelac Advisory Services LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 23.5% in the 2nd quarter. Stelac Advisory Services LLC now owns 2,033 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $140,000 after purchasing an additional 387 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Opera Trading Capital lifted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 1,522.0% in the 2nd quarter. Opera Trading Capital now owns 2,433 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $168,000 after purchasing an additional 2,283 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 73.33% of the company’s stock.

In other news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.48, for a total transaction of $333,920.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 185,278 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,467,007.44. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total value of $1,261,200.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 116,205 shares in the company, valued at $9,770,516.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420. 1.49% of the stock is owned by insiders.

MSFT has been the topic of several recent research reports. Evercore ISI reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a report on Friday, August 18th. BidaskClub raised Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 16th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $90.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a report on Sunday, August 27th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $86.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a report on Friday, August 25th. Finally, KeyCorp reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $82.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a report on Sunday, September 10th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and thirty have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $85.28.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) opened at $85.58 on Wednesday. Microsoft Corporation has a 1 year low of $61.95 and a 1 year high of $86.20. The stock has a market capitalization of $649,259.94, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.90, a PEG ratio of 1.96 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 issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share (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 company 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 for the quarter was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that Microsoft Corporation will post 3.38 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be given a dividend of $0.42 per share. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.96%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 57.14%.

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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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