Analysts' Recommendations Stocks Buzz: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) & Conduent Inc (NYSE:CNDT)

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has earned an average rating of "Buy" from the thirty-seven ratings firms that are presently covering the firm. As of February 15th, there was short interest totalling 45,908,871 shares, an increase of 12.6% from the January 31st total of 40,786,225 shares. The fund owned 12,545 shares of the software giant's stock after buying an additional 1,814 shares during the period.

In related news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 7,500 shares of Microsoft Corporation stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 30th. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.40, for a total value of $297,270,400.00. The company's shares were closed at $41.82. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 2.99% of the company's stock.

Microsoft Corporation is a technology company.

The company's quick ratio for most recent quarter is 2.00. Beacon Investment Advisory Services Inc. raised its stake in Microsoft Corporation by 0.4% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 504,208,409 shares of the software giant's stock valued at $25,800,344,000 after buying an additional 8,371,988 shares during the last quarter. Cortland Associates Inc. MO increased its position in Microsoft Corporation by 0.4% in the third quarter. BGC Financial upped their target price on shares of Microsoft Corporation to $65.00 and gave the stock a "neutral" rating in a report on Wednesday, January 25th. Microsoft Corporation's payout ratio is 73.59%. The volume of the company in the last trading session was 1.86 Million. Windsor Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in Microsoft Corporation during the third quarter valued at approximately $206,000. Gemmer Asset Management LLC now owns 7,309 shares of the software giant's stock worth $421,000 after buying an additional 20 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 72.29% of the company's stock.

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MSFT has been the topic of several analyst reports. Cowen and Company reiterated an "outperform" rating on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a research note on Tuesday, December 13th. The lowest target is $20 while the high is $80. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

According to the Recommendation Trends of the stock polled by Zacks Investment Research for this month, the company has a consensus recommendation of 1.56 out of the scale from 1 to 5 where 1 stands for Strong Buy and 5 means Strong Sell. Wunderlich boosted their price target on Microsoft Corporation from $70.00 to $75.00 and gave the company a "buy" rating in a report on Friday, January 27th.

The share price of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was down -0.33% during the last day of trading, with a day high of 64.20. Microsoft Corporation has a 52 week low of $48.03 and a 52 week high of $65.91. The stock has a market capitalization of $494.41 billion, a PE ratio of 30.11 and a beta of 1.08. According to the Analysts, the Low Earnings estimate for the current quarter is $0.68, while the High earnings estimate is $0.83.Comparatively, EPS for the same quarter a year ago was $0.83. Looking ahead to earnings forecasts, for the running fiscal period, Wall Street analysts have anticipated that the company will report 0.75 earnings per share.

The firm price to earnings ratio calculated as 21.80. The firm's revenue for the quarter was up 3.1% compared to the same quarter a year ago. This showed the surprise of 5.1% in the last quarter earnings. If you are accessing this article on another website, it was stolen and republished in violation of USA and global trademark & copyright laws. The correct version of this article can be viewed at https://www.thecerbatgem.com/2017/03/01/short-interest-in-microsoft-corporation-msft-grows-by-12-6.html. Average true range (ATR-14) of the company is at 0.67. The Company's divisions include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing.