Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. Yesterday, July 31, 2014, 62 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $688.80 to $331,041,610.43. Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders: Microsoft (MSFT) - FREE Research Report Gates William H Iii, who is Director at Microsoft, sold 7.6 million shares at $43.62 on July 31, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 298.0 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 2.48% with the 7.6 million-share transaction. The shares most recently traded at $43.15, down $0.47, or 1.09% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Microsoft go as follows:
4-Week # shares sold: 12.5 million
12-Week # shares sold: 12.5 million
24-Week # shares sold: 43.8 million
The average volume for Microsoft has been 28.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Microsoft has a market cap of $360.0 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 15.37% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices. Its Windows division offers Windows operating system; Windows Services suite of applications and Web services, including Outlook.com and SkyDrive; Surface RT and Pro devices; and PC accessories. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.57%. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6. Currently, there are 10 analysts who rate Microsoft a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold. Exclusive Offer: Get the latest Stock Analysis on MSFT - FREETheStreet Quant Ratings rates Microsoft as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Microsoft Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.