Microsoft Co. (MSFT) Shares Bought by Virtu Financial LLC

Virtu Financial LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 11.7% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 50,761 shares of the software giant’s stock after acquiring an additional 5,334 shares during the period. Virtu Financial LLC’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $5,156,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Rockland Trust Co. lifted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 241.3% during the 4th quarter. Rockland Trust Co. now owns 153,959 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $15,637,000 after acquiring an additional 108,843 shares during the period. Hedeker Wealth LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 0.7% during the 4th quarter. Hedeker Wealth LLC now owns 48,668 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $4,943,000 after acquiring an additional 337 shares during the period. TrimTabs Asset Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Microsoft during the 4th quarter worth about $1,295,000. Prentiss Smith & Co. Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 1.3% during the 4th quarter. Prentiss Smith & Co. Inc. now owns 11,693 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,188,000 after acquiring an additional 150 shares during the period. Finally, Windsor Group LTD lifted its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 6.8% during the 4th quarter. Windsor Group LTD now owns 25,198 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $2,559,000 after acquiring an additional 1,604 shares during the period. 72.89% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

In other Microsoft news, CEO Satya Nadella sold 267,466 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated 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 completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 1,746,854 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $185,183,992.54. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Jean Philippe Courtois sold 28,147 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $108.14, for a total transaction of $3,043,816.58. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 497,162 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $53,763,098.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 333,667 shares of company stock valued at $35,657,016. Insiders own 1.38% of the company’s stock.

A number of research firms have recently commented on MSFT. ValuEngine raised shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 1st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their price target on shares of Microsoft from $115.00 to $125.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, March 28th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, December 31st. Citigroup reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $110.00 price target (down from $114.00) on shares of Microsoft in a report on Thursday, January 31st. Finally, Mizuho started coverage on shares of Microsoft in a report on Wednesday, March 13th. They set a “buy” rating and a $135.00 price target for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, thirty-one have issued a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $123.01.

Shares of NASDAQ MSFT opened at $120.19 on Thursday. Microsoft Co. has a 1-year low of $90.28 and a 1-year high of $120.82. The stock has a market capitalization of $918.43 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.61, a P/E/G ratio of 2.19 and a beta of 1.22. The company has a quick ratio of 3.08, a current ratio of 3.12 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, January 30th. The software giant reported $1.10 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.09 by $0.01. Microsoft had a net margin of 28.31% and a return on equity of 39.52%. The company had revenue of $32.47 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.53 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.96 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Microsoft Co. will post 4.41 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 13th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, May 15th will be paid a $0.46 dividend. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.53%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 15th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is presently 47.42%.

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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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