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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been given an average rating of “Hold” by the thirty-two analysts that are currently covering the company, Analyst Ratings Net reports. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, fifteen have issued a hold recommendation and ten have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $38.45.

MSFT has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Citigroup Inc. downgraded shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, May 23rd. Separately, analysts at Benchmark Co. reiterated an “average” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Wednesday, May 14th. Finally, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Friday, April 25th. They now have a $42.00 price target on the stock.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) traded down 0.67% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $39.92. The stock had a trading volume of 8,604,879 shares. Microsoft has a 52-week low of $30.84 and a 52-week high of $41.66. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $39.89 and its 200-day moving average is $38.23. The company has a market cap of $329.8 billion and a P/E ratio of 15.06.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 24th. The company reported $0.68 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $20.40 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $20.38 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.72 earnings per share. Microsoft’s revenue was down .4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that Microsoft will post $2.70 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Microsoft Corporation is engaged in developing, licensing and supporting a range of software products and services.

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