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Monster insider trade alert for Microsoft stock

Monster insider trade alert for Microsoft stock
Elmaz Sabovic

Despite members of ‘Magnificent Seven’ experiencing numerous insider sales, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) was one of the stocks that hasn’t seen much insider trading activity, with the executives being happy to keep their holdings.

However, on May 23, Chief Communications Officer Judson Althoff decided to sell 25,000 MSFT shares at an average price of $425.67 for a total profit of $10.6 million.

CFO Judson Althoff sale of MSFT stock. Source: Barchart
CFO Judson Althoff sale of MSFT stock. Source: Barchart

This marks only Althoff’s third sale of MSFT stock in the previous 12 months and only the second in 2024. The previous sale took place on March 11 and yielded a profit of $4 million.

Insiders generally hold onto MSFT stock

Despite the trend heavily favoring selling MSFT stock by insiders, with 12 sales to 0 buys, when compared to other members of the ‘Magnificent Seven,’ MSFT shares are actually among the more trusted ones, second only to Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) shares.

Insider trading activity for MSFT stock in the last 12 months. Source: Barchart
Insider trading activity for MSFT stock in the last 12 months. Source: Barchart

Half of these trades took place in the previous six months, coinciding with the surge of MSFT stock, which increased by 13.26% over this period.

The biggest sale of MSFT stock came from the president

Looking back at the insider sales, Althoff’s sale of MSFT shares are surpassed only by the sale of Microsoft’s president Brad Smith, who on February 5 sold 48,303 shares at a price of $403 per share (MSFT’s shares all-time high at the moment) for a profit of almost $20 million.

Considering the timing and the performance of Microsoft stock over this period, it is plausible to say that these insider sales were purely profit-taking without concerns over their future performance.

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