Farmers & Merchants Investments Inc. Decreases Stake in Microsoft Co. (MSFT)

Farmers & Merchants Investments Inc. reduced its holdings in shares of Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 0.2% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 333,356 shares of the software giant’s stock after selling 609 shares during the quarter. Microsoft makes up approximately 2.1% of Farmers & Merchants Investments Inc.’s holdings, making the stock its 5th biggest position. Farmers & Merchants Investments Inc.’s holdings in Microsoft were worth $28,515,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also modified their holdings of MSFT. Kohmann Bosshard Financial Services LLC bought a new position in Microsoft during the fourth quarter worth $103,000. Acrospire Investment Management LLC boosted its position in Microsoft by 300.0% during the second quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,600 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $110,000 after purchasing an additional 1,200 shares during the period. Cerebellum GP LLC bought a new position in Microsoft during the fourth quarter worth $134,000. Stelac Advisory Services LLC boosted its position in Microsoft by 23.5% during the second 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 period. Finally, Pacific Center for Financial Services boosted its position in Microsoft by 3.0% during the second quarter. Pacific Center for Financial Services now owns 2,572 shares of the software giant’s stock worth $177,000 after purchasing an additional 75 shares during the period. 73.81% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Microsoft from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday. Credit Suisse Group set a $115.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $105.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Monday. Goldman Sachs set a $103.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, April 20th. Finally, Vetr cut shares of Microsoft from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $106.32 price objective for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, April 18th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and thirty-one have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $100.19.

In related news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.30, for a total value of $279,900.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief marketing officer now owns 178,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $16,633,337.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.00, for a total value of $325,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 171,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,928,854. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 10,000 shares of company stock valued at $930,900. 1.49% of the stock is owned by insiders.

MSFT opened at $94.26 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $717,004.75, a PE ratio of 28.48, a PEG ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 1.07. Microsoft Co. has a fifty-two week low of $67.14 and a fifty-two week high of $97.24. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a current ratio of 2.89 and a quick ratio of 2.85.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 26th. The software giant reported $0.95 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.85 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $26.82 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $25.78 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.41% and a net margin of 11.72%. Microsoft’s revenue for the quarter was up 15.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.73 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Microsoft Co. will post 3.64 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, May 17th will be paid a $0.42 dividend. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.78%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 16th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 50.76%.

Microsoft Company Profile

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company's Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network.

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