Microsoft Corporation’s Trend Up, Especially After This Options Activity

 Microsoft Corporation's Trend Up, Especially After This Options Activity

In today’s session Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) registered an unusually high (434) contracts volume of call trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the July, 2017 call, expecting serious MSFT increase. With 434 contracts traded and 146684 open interest for the Jul, 17 contract, it seems this is a quite bullish bet. The option with symbol: MSFT170721C00062500 closed last at: $3.35 or 9.5% down. About 8.81M shares traded hands. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 16.16% since April 25, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 10.14% the S&P500.

Analysts await Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to report earnings on January, 26. They expect $0.78 EPS, 0.00% or $0.00 from last year’s $0.78 per share. MSFT’s profit will be $6.08B for 19.50 P/E if the $0.78 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.76 actual EPS reported by Microsoft Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.63% EPS growth.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Ratings Coverage

Out of 24 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 20 rate it a “Buy”, 1 “Sell”, while 3 “Hold”. This means 83% are positive. Microsoft Corporation has been the topic of 66 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. As per Monday, May 16, the company rating was initiated by Canaccord Genuity. As per Friday, October 21, the company rating was maintained by Nomura. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Thursday, August 13 to “Buy” rating. The firm has “Strong-Buy” rating given on Wednesday, September 2 by Vetr. Jefferies maintained it with “Underperform” rating and $40 target price in Friday, January 29 report. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, October 21 by William Blair. Goldman Sachs upgraded the shares of MSFT in a report on Thursday, November 17 to “Buy” rating. The stock has “Outperform” rating given by Cowen & Co on Tuesday, May 24. As per Monday, August 29, the company rating was maintained by UBS. Oppenheimer reinitiated the stock with “Outperform” rating in Thursday, March 17 report.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “Microsoft is a technology company. Their products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; cross-device productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games; and online advertising. They also design and sell hardware including PCs, tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, phones, other intelligent devices, and related accessories. They offer cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services, platforms, and content. They also provide consulting and product and solution support services, and they train and certify computer system integrators and developers.”

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment decreased to 0.84 in 2016 Q2. Its down 0.15, from 0.99 in 2016Q1. The ratio is negative, as 100 funds sold all Microsoft Corporation shares owned while 841 reduced positions. 97 funds bought stakes while 836 increased positions. They now own 5.44 billion shares or 3.78% less from 5.66 billion shares in 2016Q1.
Retail Bank has 1.72M shares for 1.39% of their US portfolio. First Amer Bank & Trust holds 142,642 shares or 0.7% of its portfolio. Davis R M Inc reported 161,198 shares or 0.41% of all its holdings. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Mngmt, a Japan-based fund reported 691,821 shares. Kelly Lawrence W Assocs Incorporated Ca last reported 9,938 shares in the company. Fic Capital holds 1.77% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 73,130 shares. Cooke & Bieler Lp holds 4,600 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Fcg Advisors owns 17,495 shares or 0.28% of their US portfolio. Uss Invest Mngmt Limited holds 0.79% or 889,710 shares in its portfolio. The New York-based Chesapeake Asset Ltd has invested 3.96% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). The Ontario – Canada-based Ci Invests Inc has invested 1.72% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Fragasso Inc owns 55,846 shares or 1.07% of their US portfolio. Seven Eight Capital Lc holds 0.13% or 7,435 shares in its portfolio. Moreover, Aspen Investment Inc has 1.36% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 32,270 shares. Atalanta Sosnoff Lc holds 2.85% or 1.67M shares in its portfolio.

Insider Transactions: Since July 21, 2016, the stock had 0 buys, and 12 sales for $1.96 billion net activity. $199.00M worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was sold by GATES WILLIAM H III. Shares for $714,841 were sold by Capossela Christopher C. On Wednesday, August 10 Nadella Satya sold $8.29M worth of the stock or 143,000 shares. Hood Amy also sold $6.94 million worth of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares. Shares for $302,625 were sold by BROD FRANK H on Thursday, October 27. Morfit G Mason sold $1.01B worth of stock or 18.00M shares.

Microsoft Corporation is a technology company. The company has a market cap of $473.98 billion. The Firm develops, licenses and supports a range of software products, services and devices. It has a 29.09 P/E ratio. The Company’s divisions are Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud, and More Personal Computing.

MSFT Company Profile

Microsoft Corporation, incorporated on September 22, 1993, is a technology company. The Firm develops, licenses and supports a range of software products, services and devices. The Company’s divisions are Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud, and More Personal Computing. The Company’s products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers. The Firm also designs, makes and sells devices, including personal computers (PCs), tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, phones, other intelligent devices, and related accessories, which integrate with its cloud offerings. The Firm offers an array of services, including cloud solutions that provide clients with software, services, platforms, and content, and the Company provides solution support and consulting services. The Firm also delivers relevant online advertising to a global audience. As of June 30, 2016, the Company operated in 190 countries throughout the world.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Profitconfidential.com which released: “MSFT Stock: Thanksgiving Arrives Early for Microsoft Corporation” on November 24, 2016, also Nasdaq.com with their article: “Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Surface Phone Could Crush Apple, Samsung” published on November 28, 2016, Fool.com published: “Better Buy: Microsoft Corporation vs. IBM” on November 09, 2016. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Fool.com and their article: “Microsoft Corporation Launches Its “Slack Killer”” published on November 02, 2016 as well as Fool.com‘s news article titled: “Better Buy: Microsoft Corporation vs. Amazon.com, Inc.” with publication date: November 09, 2016.

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