Wealth Architects LLC Has $3.47 Million Holdings in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Wealth Architects LLC grew its position in Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFTGet Rating) by 1.4% in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 14,910 shares of the software giant’s stock after buying an additional 210 shares during the quarter. Microsoft makes up approximately 0.7% of Wealth Architects LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 26th largest position. Wealth Architects LLC’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $3,473,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. Busey Wealth Management increased its stake in Microsoft by 1.2% in the 3rd quarter. Busey Wealth Management now owns 474,393 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $110,487,000 after buying an additional 5,729 shares during the period. Investment Advisory Group LLC grew its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 0.8% during the 3rd quarter. Investment Advisory Group LLC now owns 9,368 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $2,182,000 after acquiring an additional 73 shares in the last quarter. BerganKDV Wealth Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Microsoft by 2.6% in the third quarter. BerganKDV Wealth Management LLC now owns 38,872 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $9,053,000 after acquiring an additional 1,000 shares during the last quarter. Cherrydale Wealth Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Microsoft by 2.6% during the third quarter. Cherrydale Wealth Management LLC now owns 4,618 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $1,076,000 after acquiring an additional 116 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Madison Wealth Partners Inc boosted its position in Microsoft by 2.0% during the third quarter. Madison Wealth Partners Inc now owns 10,123 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $2,358,000 after purchasing an additional 202 shares during the last quarter. 69.15% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Microsoft Price Performance

Microsoft stock opened at $231.93 on Friday. The business has a 50 day simple moving average of $241.84 and a 200 day simple moving average of $250.23. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a current ratio of 1.84 and a quick ratio of 1.79. The company has a market capitalization of $1.73 trillion, a PE ratio of 24.99, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.35 and a beta of 0.94. Microsoft Co. has a one year low of $213.43 and a one year high of $315.95.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFTGet Rating) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 25th. The software giant reported $2.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.29 by $0.06. Microsoft had a return on equity of 42.10% and a net margin of 34.37%. The company had revenue of $50.12 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $49.70 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $2.27 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 10.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, sell-side analysts forecast that Microsoft Co. will post 9.52 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Microsoft Announces Dividend

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 9th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.68 per share. This represents a $2.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.17%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 15th. Microsoft’s payout ratio is 29.31%.

Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on MSFT shares. Wedbush cut their price target on Microsoft from $320.00 to $290.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, October 26th. StockNews.com cut shares of Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. Citigroup dropped their price target on shares of Microsoft from $282.00 to $280.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday. Cowen reduced their price objective on shares of Microsoft from $285.00 to $280.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus lowered their target price on shares of Microsoft from $300.00 to $290.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, October 26th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and twenty-nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, Microsoft presently has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus price target of $288.33.

Insider Activity

In related news, EVP Judson Althoff sold 24,144 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $254.27, for a total transaction of $6,139,094.88. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 150,047 shares in the company, valued at approximately $38,152,450.69. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 0.03% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Microsoft Company Profile

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Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud, and More Personal Computing. The Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Security and Compliance, Microsoft Viva, and Skype for Business; 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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