Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Stock Up Slightly Amid Acquisition of Talko

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) surely isn’t afraid to continue acquiring other companies just for their technology and resources. Today it has been confirmed by Talko, that they have been acquired by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

This news, at least partially, is responsible for Microsoft’s slight increase in value today, even though the company will be shutting down the service in 2016. The technology and team members, however, will live on as they will be rolled into Microsoft’s Skype messenger.

“As part of the Skype team, we’ll leverage Talko’s technology and the many things we’ve learned during its design and development,” representatives from the company explained. “We’ll strive to deliver the best of our product’s innovations far more broadly than on our current path.”

Skype has really grown as a service as of late and has become one of the preferred desktop and mobile chat/voice chat apps over the years.
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) stock is up 0.83% or $0.45 following the news, hitting $54.58 per share. About 24.88 million shares traded hands. MSFT has risen 12.75% since May 18, 2015 and is uptrending. It has outperformed the S&P500 by 15.01%.

From a total of 16 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock, 12 rate it a “Buy”, 2 a “Sell”, and 2 a “Hold”. This means that 75% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $65 while the lowest target price is $20. The mean of all analyst targets is $52.86 which is -3.15% below today’s ($54.58) stock price. Microsoft Corporation was the topic of 31 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Deutsche Bank maintained shares on December 16 with a “Buy” rating. Vetr upgraded shares to a”Strong-Buy” rating and a $47.60 target share price in their report from a September 2. UBS maintained MSFT stock in a recent report from November 23 with a “Buy” rating. Global Equities Research maintained the rating on August 28. Global Equities Research has a “Overweight” rating and a $50 price target on shares. Finally, Barclays Capital maintained the stock with a “Overweight” rating in a report they issued on an October 23.

The institutional sentiment increased to 1.08 in Q2 2015. It’s up 0.32, from 0.76 in 2015Q2. The ratio is positive, as 69 funds sold all their Microsoft Corporation shares they owned while 801 reduced their positions. 93 funds bought stakes while 843 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 5.20 billion shares which is 8.27% less than the previous share count of 5.67 billion in 2015Q2.

Cook & Bynum Capital Management Llc holds 25.5% of its total portfolio in Microsoft Corporation, equating to 717,081 shares. Rwwm Inc. owns 895,414 shares representing 19.69% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Valueact Holdings L.P. has 19.37% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 75.27 million shares. The California-based Smithwood Advisers L.P. has a total of 17.28% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Deccan Value Investors L.P., a Connecticut-based fund reported 2.26 million shares owned.

Since April 28, 2015, the stock had 0 buys, and 4 insider sales for a total of $370.34 million in net activity. Gates William H Iii sold 4.00M shares worth $185.75 million. Turner Brian Kevin sold 69,158 shares worth $3.16 million. Capossela Christopher C sold 4,485 shares worth $218,464. Brod Frank H sold 4,500 shares worth $215,294.

Microsoft Corporation is engaged in developing, licensing and supporting a range of software services and products. The company has a market cap of $432.11 billion. The Firm also creates and sells hardware, and delivers online advertising to the customers. It has 36.67 P/E ratio. The Firm operates in five divisions: Devices and Consumer Licensing, D&C Hardware, D&C Other, Commercial Licensing, and Commercial Other.

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