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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the twenty-six analysts that are presently covering the stock, Analyst Ratings Net reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $42.06.

In other Microsoft news, Director John Wendell Thompson bought 23,194 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 5th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $43.12 per share, for a total transaction of $1,000,125.28. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

MSFT has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Cowen and Company raised their price target on shares of Microsoft from $44.00 to $45.00 in a research note on Wednesday, July 23rd. They now have a “market perform” rating on the stock. Separately, analysts at Credit Suisse reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Wednesday, July 23rd. They now have a $50.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $47.50. Finally, analysts at Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of Microsoft from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 23rd. They now have a $47.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $35.00.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) opened at 44.63 on Friday. Microsoft has a 1-year low of $30.95 and a 1-year high of $45.71. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $43.14 and its 200-day moving average is $40.31. The company has a market cap of $367.7 billion and a P/E ratio of 16.83.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last released its earnings data on Tuesday, July 22nd. The company reported $0.52 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $23.38 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.11 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.59 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 17.5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Microsoft will post $2.72 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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