Fruth Investment Management Lowers stake in Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) : Fruth Investment Management reduced its stake in Microsoft Corporation by 2.17% during the most recent quarter end. The investment management company now holds a total of 31,590 shares of Microsoft Corporation which is valued at $1,806,632 after selling 700 shares in Microsoft Corporation , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Oct 12, 2016.Microsoft Corporation makes up approximately 0.91% of Fruth Investment Management’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Waverton Investment Management Ltd boosted its stake in MSFT in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 39,986 additional shares and now holds a total of 868,114 shares of Microsoft Corporation which is valued at $49,647,440. Microsoft Corporation makes up approx 3.36% of Waverton Investment Management Ltd’s portfolio.Naples Global Advisors boosted its stake in MSFT in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 1,973 additional shares and now holds a total of 63,159 shares of Microsoft Corporation which is valued at $3,665,748. Microsoft Corporation makes up approx 1.44% of Naples Global Advisors’s portfolio.Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund reduced its stake in MSFT by selling 146,963 shares or 9.42% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 1,412,699 shares of MSFT which is valued at $81,993,050. Microsoft Corporation makes up approx 1.77% of Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund’s portfolio.Stokes Hubbell Capital Management boosted its stake in MSFT in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 38 additional shares and now holds a total of 36,868 shares of Microsoft Corporation which is valued at $2,130,970. Microsoft Corporation makes up approx 0.89% of Stokes Hubbell Capital Management’s portfolio.First American Trust Fsb reduced its stake in MSFT by selling 2,705 shares or 2.29% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 115,388 shares of MSFT which is valued at $6,650,964. Microsoft Corporation makes up approx 2.09% of First American Trust Fsb’s portfolio.

Microsoft Corporation closed down -0.85 points or -1.46% at $57.19 with 2,64,97,418 shares getting traded on Tuesday. Post opening the session at $57.89, the shares hit an intraday low of $56.89 and an intraday high of $58.02 and the price fluctuated in this range throughout the day.Shares ended Tuesday session in Red.

On the company’s financial health, Microsoft Corporation reported $0.69 EPS for the quarter, beating the analyst consensus estimate by $ 0.11 according to the earnings call on Jul 19, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $0.58. The company had revenue of $22642.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $22137.35 million. The company’s revenue was up 2.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.62 EPS.

Investors should note that on Sep 20, 2016, Microsoft Corporation announced a cash dividend of $0.3900. The company’s management has announced Nov 15, 2016 as the ex-dividend date and fixed the record date on Nov 17, 2016. The payable date has been fixed on Dec 8, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Microsoft Corporation. Company shares were Reiterated by FBN Securities on Jul 20, 2016 to “Outperform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 65 from a previous price target of $55 .Company shares were Reiterated by UBS on Jul 20, 2016 to “Buy”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 62 from a previous price target of $59 .Company shares were Reiterated by BMO Capital Markets on Jul 20, 2016 to “Outperform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 62 from a previous price target of $57 .

Microsoft Corporation is engaged in developing licensing and supporting a range of software products and services. The Company also designs and sells hardware and delivers online advertising to the customers. The Company operates in five segments: Devices and Consumer (D&C) Licensing D&C Hardware D&C Other Commercial Licensing and Commercial Other. The Company’s products include operating systems for computing devices servers phones and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games; and online advertising. It also offers cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software services and content over the Internet by way of shared computing resources located in centralized data centers. It provides consulting and product and solution support services.

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