Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) will begin trading ex-dividend on February 16, 2016. A cash dividend payment of $0.36 per share is scheduled to be paid on March 10, 2016. Shareholders who purchased MSFT prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 16.13% increase over the same period a year ago.
The previous trading day's last sale of MSFT was $49.69, representing a -12.59% decrease from the 52 week high of $56.85 and a 25.1% increase over the 52 week low of $39.72.
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 $1.49. Zacks Investment Research reports MSFT's forecasted earnings growth in 2016 as 4.16%, compared to an industry average of 9.3%.
Interested in gaining exposure to MSFT through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have MSFT as a top-10 holding:
- iShares Global Tech ETF ( IXN )
- iShares Morningstar Large-Cap ETF ( JKD )
- iShares North American Tech ETF ( IGM )
- iShares U.S. Technology ETF ( IYW )
- SPDR Select Sector Fund - Technology ( XLK ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is XLK with an decrease of -3.32% over the last 100 days. IXN has the highest percent weighting of MSFT at 9.74%.
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