Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Cortana Picks the New England Patriots Over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50


Robots are becoming an everyday part of our lives. For me, I have robots that control some of my more tedious computer tasks, and another robot that vacuums my house on a weekly basis (Roomba). For Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), their robot, or perhaps I should say “electronic personal assistant” is quite good at predicting the results of NFL football games.

In fact, Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Cortana closed out the regular season with a 161-95 record, which is good enough for a 63% winning percentage. Last season Cortana predicted accurately that the New England Patriots would win the Super Bowl, so surely there were plenty of football fans and sports bettors, anxious to see what the robot’s 2016 prediction would be.

Well, they are in. For the Wild Card games, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Cortana picks the Chiefs over the Texans, the Bengals over the Steelers, the Seahawks over the Vikings, and surprisingly the Redskins over the Packers. For Super Bowl 50, it predicts that the New England Patriots will defeat the Carolina Panthers to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.

What else might be in store for Cortana in the future? Certainly we’d love to see more, and so would investors of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). The stock is down 2.76% or $1.49 today, hitting $52.56 per share. Approximately 32.54M shares traded hands. MSFT shares have risen 15.37% since June 3, 2015 and are currently uptrending. It has outperformed the S&P500 by 21.22%.

From a total of 16 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock, 12 rate it a “Buy”, 1 a “Sell”, and 3 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 $53.68 which is 2.13% above today’s ($52.56) stock price. Microsoft Corporation was the topic of 34 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Barclays Capital maintained shares on January 6 with a “Overweight” rating. Vetr upgraded shares to a”Strong-Buy” rating and a $47.60 target share price in their report from a September 2. Goldman Sachs upgraded MSFT stock in a recent report from December 18 to a “Neutral” 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, Raymond James upgraded the stock to a “Strong Buy” rating in a report they issued on a November 30.

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 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 $3.16M. 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 $429.46 billion. The Firm also creates and sells hardware, and delivers online advertising to the customers. It has 35.31 P/E ratio. The Firm operates in five divisions: Devices and Consumer Licensing, D&C Hardware, D&C Other, Commercial Licensing, and Commercial Other.