The 10 Biggest Institutional Investors in Microsoft Shares

Institutional money managers required to file Form 13F with the SEC held roughly 5.2 billion shares of Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) in the quarter ended 6/30/11.  Institutional holdings for the quarter ended 9/30/11 are around 2.5 billion shares (though some stragglers are still filing their Q3 reports with the SEC).  This represents a net change in shares of approximately (2.7 billion).

The market value of shares held by institutional money managers at 6/30/11 was $137.4 billion, given a closing price of $26 per share.  The market value of shares held by institutional money managers at 9/30/11 was $62.4 billion, given a closing price of $24.89 per share.  Clearly, institutional managers have been disappointed in Microsoft’s performance over the past two quarters and have shifted their money elsewhere.

Following is some information about the ten institutional money managers with the largest holdings in Microsoft stock for the quarter ended 9/30/11.

  • Vanguard Group, Inc. held 291,291,017 shares on 6/30/11, which were worth $7,573,566,442. On 9/30/11, the firm held 301,111,558 shares worth $7,494,666,679. This represents a change of 9,820,541 shares or ($78,899,763).
  • State Street Corp. held 301,646,254 shares on 6/30/11, which were worth $7,842,802,604. On 9/30/11, the firm held 285,878,781 shares worth $7,115,522,859. This represents a change of -15,767,473 shares or ($727,279,745).
  • Blackrock Institutional Trust Company, NA held 179,179,038 shares on 6/30/11, which were worth $4,658,654,988. On 9/30/11, the firm held 185,305,765 shares worth $4,612,260,491. This represents a change of 6,126,727 shares or ($46,394,497).
  • Bank of New York Mellon Corp. held 116,026,480 shares on 6/30/11, which were worth $3,016,688,480. On 9/30/11, the firm held 111,028,088 shares worth $2,763,489,110. This represents a change of -4,998,392 shares or ($253,199,370).
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. held 88,731,981 shares on 6/30/11, which were worth $2,307,031,506. On 9/30/11, the firm held 107,903,012 shares worth $2,685,705,969. This represents a change of 19,171,031 shares or $378,674,463.
  • Northern Trust Corp. held 183,675,374 shares on 6/30/11, which were worth $4,775,559,724. On 9/30/11, the firm held 94,173,251 shares worth $2,343,972,217. This represents a change of -89,502,123 shares or ($2,431,587,507).
  • Blackrock Fund Advisors held 63,984,793 shares on 6/30/11, which were worth $1,663,604,618. On 9/30/11, the firm held 66,819,193 shares worth $1,663,129,714. This represents a change of 2,834,400 shares or ($474,904).
  • Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC held 62,173,632 shares on 6/30/11, which were worth $1,616,514,432. On 9/30/11, the firm held 63,423,610 shares worth $1,578,613,653. This represents a change of 1,249,978 shares or ($37,900,779).
  • Blackrock Group, Ltd. held 60,947,617 shares on 6/30/11, which were worth $1,584,638,042. On 9/30/11, the firm held 60,703,943 shares worth $1,510,921,141. This represents a change of -243,674 shares or ($73,716,901).
  • Barrow Hanley MeWhinney & Strauss LLC held 42,818,395 shares on 6/30/11, which were worth $1,113,278,270. On 9/30/11, the firm held 43,173,361 shares worth $1,074,584,955. This represents a change of 354,966 shares or ($38,693,315).
  • Blackrock Advisors LLC held 39,944,938 shares on 6/30/11, which were worth $1,038,568,388. On 9/30/11, the firm held 41,877,978 shares worth $1,042,342,872. This represents a change of 1,933,040 shares or $3,774,484.

About the company: Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses, sells, and supports software products. The Company offers operating system software, server application software, business and consumer applications software, software development tools, and Internet and intranet software. Microsoft also develops video game consoles and digital music entertainment devices.

Competitors to Watch: Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), and Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE).

(Note: Data regarding institutional money managers’ holdings are sourced from whalewisdom.com.  Historical stock quotes are sourced from Google Finance. All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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