Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Q4 Earnings Beat On Strong Cloud Growth

Pablo Tucker
July 21, 2017

During the same quarter a year ago, the business posted $0.62 earnings per share. Microsoft Corp now has $574.75 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.04% or $0.04 during the last trading session, reaching $94.31. About 1,330 shares traded.

VNBTrust National Association decreased its position in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 15.4% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. Therefore 71% are positive. BlackRock had 61 analyst reports since August 26, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has "Buy" rating by Rodman & Renshaw on Friday, October 2. Canaccord Genuity has "Buy" rating and $43 target. The firm has "Buy" rating by Laidlaw given on Monday, January 30. In fact commercial cloud came in at a $18.9 billion revenue run rate, meaning that the figure has more than doubled in the past two years. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus on Monday, July 3 with "Buy". The stock has "Buy" rating by FBR Capital on Thursday, September 3. On Thursday, March 17 the stock rating was reinitiated by Oppenheimer with "Outperform".

Investors sentiment increased to 0.95 in 2016 Q4. Its up 0.33, from 1.25 in 2016Q3.

A number of other large investors have also recently made changes to their positions in MSFT. 86 funds opened positions while 303 raised stakes. Fuller And Thaler Asset has 51,100 shares. Microsoft stock just hit a new all-time high of $74.04 in trading yesterday. Janus Mngmt Llc accumulated 49.27 million shares.

Each of the companies has also been investing in artificial intelligence which can make services hosted in the internet cloud more intuitive and insightful when it comes to handling data or catering to needs of users. Heritage Wealth Advsrs holds 0.86% or 21,288 shares in its portfolio. Capossela Christopher C sold $338,709 worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Wednesday, May 24. Aristotle Mgmt Limited Company owns 5.05M shares. Arizona State Retirement reported 2.34 million shares stake. It also upped Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corp (Call) stake by 279,300 shares and now owns 300,000 shares. The New Jersey-based New Jersey Better Educational Savings Trust has invested 2.66% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Therefore 25% are positive. Drexel Hamilton initiated Starz Acquisition LLC (NASDAQ:STRZA) on Thursday, January 14 with "Hold" rating. The firm has "Outperform" rating given on Friday, January 27 by BMO Capital Markets. On Monday, August 3 the stock rating was downgraded by Morgan Stanley to "Equal-Weight". Alliancebernstein LP reported 0.07% of its portfolio in Premier Inc (NASDAQ:PINC). Vetr has "Strong-Buy" rating and $47.60 target. Microsoft Corporation had a return on equity of 33.75% and a net margin of 20.42%. The stock has "Outperform" rating by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, January 6. Jupiter Asset Management Ltd. now owns 464,186 shares of the software giant's stock valued at $28,845,000 after buying an additional 172,550 shares during the period. The rating was maintained by FBN Securities on Wednesday, July 20 with "Outperform".

Since January 30, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 14 sales for $2.55 billion activity.

Among 31 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 26 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 4 Hold. Insiders sold 12,060,786 shares of company stock valued at $831,893,332 in the last 90 days.

Capital International Ltd decreased Texas Instruments Inc (NASDAQ:TXN) stake by 17,900 shares to 31,930 valued at $2.33 million in 2016Q4. Tennessee-based Patten Group Inc Inc has invested 1.44% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Newell Brands Inc (NYSE:NWL) was raised too. Phones, a longtime ambition for the company that it recently abandoned, declined by $361 million. The Firm is focused primarily on the development of drugs to treat gastrointestinal disorders and diseases. For the current quarter ending in October, eBay expects its per-share earnings of 46 cents to 48 cents. Shares for $1.81M were sold by COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE. Echo Street Capital Management Llc acquired 166,901 shares as Premier Inc (PINC)'s stock rose 10.37%. It has underperformed by 68.69% the S&P500. Barnett & Co holds 0.03% or 1,040 shares. The value of the position overall is up by 4.7%. The dividend payment will be $0.390 per share for the quarter which is $1.56 annualized. Pictet And Cie (Europe) Sa invested in 36,965 shares or 0.38% of the stock. Narwhal Capital Mgmt stated it has 0.72% of its portfolio in BlackRock, Inc. Pictet North America Advisors Sa holds 0.1% in BlackRock, Inc.

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