Intrinsic Value Partners LLC increased its position in shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT – Get Rating) by 4.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 10,531 shares of the software giant’s stock after acquiring an additional 403 shares during the quarter. Microsoft comprises approximately 3.4% of Intrinsic Value Partners LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 9th biggest holding. Intrinsic Value Partners LLC’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $3,247,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
Other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Shore Point Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Microsoft in the 4th quarter valued at $40,000. Tobam raised its stake in Microsoft by 15,400.0% during the 1st quarter. Tobam now owns 155 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $48,000 after buying an additional 154 shares during the period. Artemis Wealth Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in Microsoft during the 1st quarter worth $68,000. Castle Financial & Retirement Planning Associates Inc. acquired a new stake in Microsoft during the 4th quarter worth $80,000. Finally, Evolution Advisers Inc. acquired a new stake in Microsoft during the 4th quarter worth $84,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 69.99% of the company’s stock.
Wall Street Analyst Weigh In
Several analysts recently commented on MSFT shares. Credit Suisse Group set a $400.00 price objective on Microsoft in a research note on Tuesday, July 26th. Itau BBA Securities assumed coverage on shares of Microsoft in a report on Tuesday, July 26th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $287.00 price objective on the stock. Wolfe Research reduced their target price on shares of Microsoft from $320.00 to $275.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, July 29th. The Goldman Sachs Group set a $365.00 price target on Microsoft in a research note on Wednesday, April 27th. Finally, Fundamental Research reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $280.50 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Wednesday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and thirty-one have given a buy rating to the stock. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, Microsoft currently has a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus target price of $335.72.
Microsoft Stock Performance
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT – Get Rating) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 26th. The software giant reported $2.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $2.29 by ($0.06). Microsoft had a net margin of 36.69% and a return on equity of 43.31%. During the same period last year, the company posted $2.17 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that Microsoft Co. will post 10.14 earnings per share for the current year.
Microsoft Announces Dividend
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 18th will be given a dividend of $0.62 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 17th. This represents a $2.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.88%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 25.73%.
Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. Its Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Security and Compliance, and Skype for Business, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CAL); Skype, Outlook.com, OneDrive, and LinkedIn; and Dynamics 365, a set of cloud-based and on-premises business solutions for organizations and enterprise divisions.
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