Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) will begin trading ex-dividend on February 14, 2018. A cash dividend payment of $0.42 per share is scheduled to be paid on March 08, 2018. Shareholders who purchased MSFT prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 7.69% increase over prior dividend payment.
The previous trading day's last sale of MSFT was $89.13, representing a -7.22% decrease from the 52 week high of $96.07 and a 40.1% increase over the 52 week low of $63.62.
MSFT is a part of the Technology sector, which includes companies such as Oracle Corporation ( ORCL ) and SAP SE ( SAP ). MSFT's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $1.46. Zacks Investment Research reports MSFT's forecasted earnings growth in 2018 as 9.37%, compared to an industry average of 9.8%.