What Did This CEO Just Do with Personal Shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT)?

By Carrie Williams

Today, the CEO of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Satya Nadella, sold shares of MSFT for $35.89M.

Following Satya Nadella’s last MSFT Sell transaction on January 30, 2013, the stock climbed by 85.5%. In addition to Satya Nadella, 3 other MSFT executives reported Sell trades in the last month.

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Based on Microsoft’s latest earnings report for the quarter ending June 30, the company posted quarterly revenue of $30.04 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.87 billion. In comparison, last year the company earned revenue of $23.18 billion and had a net profit of $6.51 billion. Currently, Microsoft has an average volume of 18.18M. The Company has a Price to Book ratio of 10.1162.

Based on 25 analyst ratings, the analyst consensus is Strong Buy with an average price target of $120.56, reflecting a -9.6% downside. Seven different firms, including Merrill Lynch and Citigroup, currently also have a Sell rating on the stock. One of the top 25 analysts, according to TipRanks.com, recently recommended Buy MSFT with a $120 price target.

The insider sentiment on Microsoft has been negative according to 86 insider trades in the past three months. This sentiment is lower than the average sentiment of company insiders in this sector.

Satya Nadella’s trades have generated a -17.7% average return based on past transactions. DailyInsider proprietary algorithm detects trades by the most influential insiders and selects attractive trading opportunities daily. To subscribe to the DailyInsider visit this page.

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