How Have Insiders Been Trading Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Stock?


Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) saw an upside of 0.98% to close Monday at $242.58 after adding $2.36 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 31,159,000 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $245.16 in the past week and touched a new high 3 times within the past 5 days. An average of 28,637,299 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 28,992,262.

MSFT’s 1-month performance is 0.32% or $3.85 on its low of $219.35 reached on 01/06/23. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $213.43 and high of $315.95, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 01/03/23. YTD, MSFT has achieved 1.15% or $2.76 and has reached a new high 1 time. However, the current price is down -23.22% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

MSFT stock investors last saw insider trading activity on Dec 01.Althoff Judson (EVP, Chief Commercial Officer) most recently sold 24,144 shares at $254.27 per share on Dec 01. This transaction cost the insider $6,139,124. EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, Capossela Christopher C, sold 5,000 shares at a price of $266.25 on Sep 12. Then, on Sep 02, EVP, Chief Financial Officer Hood Amy sold 75,351 shares at a price of $259.47 per share. This transaction amounted to $19,551,087.

Valuation Metrics

MSFT stock has a beta of 0.92. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 8.60 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 10.42, with the price to cash flow ratio at 38.98.

Microsoft Corporation’s quick ratio for the period ended September 29 was 1.80, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.80. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending September 29 was 0.34, while the total debt to equity was 0.36. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 68.30%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $135.62 billion against revenue of $198.27 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending September 29 this year, Microsoft Corporation’s cash and short-term investments amounted to $84.38 billion against total debt of $77.14 billion. Net income and sales went down compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Net income shrunk -16.8% to $17.56 billion, while revenue of $16.74 billion was 4.65% off the previous quarter. Analysts expected MSFT to announce $2.3 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $2.35, representing a 2.20% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $24.31 billion. MSFT stock balance sheet for the quarter ending September 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 186.22 billion, with total debt at $77.14 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $7.45 billion.

Let’s look briefly at Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 23 January was 59.13% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 26.28%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $238.18, reflecting a +1.40% or $3.35 change from its current price. MSFT is currently trading -0.76% above its 20-day SMA, -8.54% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 by +5.99% and SMA200 by-21.97%.

Stochastic %K and %D was 71.57% and 65.92% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 6.34. The RSI (14) points at 54.81%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 87.99% with the period’s ATR at 6.46. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 1.22 and 4.22 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), Guggenheim downgraded it to a Sell rating. They previously had a Neutral rating on the stock.


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