Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Offers ‘The Witcher 2’ For Free and Announces List of Backward Compatible Games


Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has announced a new list of games that are now backward compatible with the Xbox One. On top of this, the company has announced that they will make “The Witcher 2” free for everyone from now until February 5, 2016.

The list of games that have been added include Aegis Wing, Age of Booty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad, Sam & Max Save the World, Skullgirls, Small Arms, SoulCalibur, Space Giraffe, and the aforementioned The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

This latest update brings even more benefit to those gamers who currently own an Xbox One or plan on buying it soon. There are now over 120 legacy Xbox 360 games and Live Arcade releases available on the Xbox One. Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock are up slightly in after-hours trading. The stock increased 3.59% or $1.81 on January 22, hitting $52.29. About 37.56 million shares traded hands. MSFT has risen 11.92% since June 18, 2015 and is uptrending. It has outperformed the S&P500 by 22.94%.

From a total of 18 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock, 14 rate it a “Buy”, 1 a “Sell”, and 3 a “Hold”. This means that 78% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $66 while the lowest target price is $20. The mean of all analyst targets is $54.87 which is 4.93% above today’s ($52.29) stock price. Microsoft Corporation was the topic of 36 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Morgan Stanley upgraded shares on January 13 to 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. Barclays Capital maintained MSFT stock in a recent report from January 6 with a “Overweight” 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, Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to a “Neutral” rating in a report they issued on a December 18.

The institutional sentiment increased to 1.08 in Q2 2015. It’s up 0.32, from 0.76 in 2015Q2. The ratio improved, 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 insider purchases, and 4 selling transactions for a total of $370.34 million in net activity. Gates William H Iii sold 4.00 million 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 $403.23 billion. The Firm also creates and sells hardware, and delivers online advertising to the customers. It has 35.13 P/E ratio. The Firm operates in five divisions: Devices and Consumer Licensing, D&C Hardware, D&C Other, Commercial Licensing, and Commercial Other.