Several brokerages have updated their recommendations and price targets on shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) in the last few weeks:

  • 12/4/2017 – Microsoft was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating. They now have a $94.25 price target on the stock.
  • 11/27/2017 – Microsoft had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They now have a $100.00 price target on the stock.
  • 11/16/2017 – Microsoft was given a new $92.00 price target on by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 11/15/2017 – Microsoft had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein. They now have a $100.00 price target on the stock.
  • 11/13/2017 – Microsoft was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $90.36 price target on the stock.
  • 11/10/2017 – Microsoft was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Microsoft reported impressive first-quarter fiscal 2018 results driven by rapid adoption of Azure and Office 365. We expect these to remain the key catalysts in the near future. This along with lower spending will drive operating margin expansion in fiscal 2018. We believe that collaborations with the likes of Amazon.com, Red Hat, Symantec, Cray and PAREXEL are positive for the company's growth prospects. Microsoft recently launched Xbox One X with a strong game line-up. Considering the record pre-orders, we believe that the latest console has significant growth potential. However, intense competition from Sony’s PS4 is a major headwind. Additionally, declining PC shipments doesn't bode well for the company. Microsoft has underperformed the industry it belongs to on a year-to-date basis.”
  • 11/9/2017 – Microsoft was given a new $105.00 price target on by analysts at UBS AG. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 11/7/2017 – Microsoft had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Tigress Financial.
  • 11/3/2017 – Microsoft had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. They now have a $100.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/31/2017 – Microsoft had its price target raised by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. from $80.00 to $92.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 10/31/2017 – Microsoft was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $94.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Microsoft reported impressive first-quarter fiscal 2018 results driven by rapid adoption of Azure and Office 365. We expect these to be the key catalysts in the near future, which along with lower spending is anticipated to drive operating margin expansion in fiscal 2018. We believe that collaborations with the likes of Amazon.com, Red Hat, Symantec, Cray and PAREXEL are positive for the company's growth prospects. Microsoft’s upcoming console -Xbox One X- has significant growth potential, as evident from the record pre-orders. However, lack of exclusive games on the platform as compared with Sony's PS4 is a concern. We also believe that stabilizing PC shipments bodes well for the company. However, Microsoft has underperformed the industry it belongs to on a year-to-date basis.”
  • 10/31/2017 – Microsoft was upgraded by analysts at Argus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $95.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $57.28.
  • 10/31/2017 – Microsoft was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. They now have a $82.07 price target on the stock.
  • 10/30/2017 – Microsoft had its price target raised by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from $85.00 to $90.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 10/30/2017 – Microsoft was downgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. They now have a $78.90 price target on the stock.
  • 10/27/2017 – Microsoft was given a new $83.00 price target on by analysts at Atlantic Securities. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock.
  • 10/27/2017 – Microsoft was given a new $85.00 price target on by analysts at Macquarie. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock.
  • 10/27/2017 – Microsoft was given a new $92.00 price target on by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 10/27/2017 – Microsoft was given a new $88.00 price target on by analysts at Morgan Stanley. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 10/27/2017 – Microsoft was given a new $78.00 price target on by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock.
  • 10/27/2017 – Microsoft had its price target raised by analysts at Citigroup Inc. from $74.00 to $79.00. They now have a “sell” rating on the stock.
  • 10/27/2017 – Microsoft was given a new $57.00 price target on by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They now have a “sell” rating on the stock.
  • 10/27/2017 – Microsoft had its price target raised by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $86.00 to $94.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 10/27/2017 – Microsoft had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They now have a $88.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $85.00.
  • 10/27/2017 – Microsoft had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. They now have a $94.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $86.00.
  • 10/27/2017 – Microsoft had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a $95.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/27/2017 – Microsoft had its “overweight” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Barclays PLC. They now have a $89.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $82.00.
  • 10/27/2017 – Microsoft had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at KeyCorp. They now have a $94.00 price target on the stock. They wrote, “We are raising our estimates and increasing our price target to $94 from $82 applying an EV/FCF multiple of 17.5x our new F2019 FCF estimate of $5.01.””
  • 10/24/2017 – Microsoft had its price target raised by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from $80.00 to $85.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 10/19/2017 – Microsoft was given a new $88.00 price target on by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 10/18/2017 – Microsoft was given a new $85.00 price target on by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 10/16/2017 – Microsoft had its “neutral” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Morningstar, Inc..
  • 10/12/2017 – Microsoft had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) traded down $3.18 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $81.08. The stock had a trading volume of 39,090,699 shares, compared to its average volume of 22,464,875. The firm has a market cap of $650,031.38, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.93, a P/E/G ratio of 1.96 and a beta of 0.99. Microsoft Corporation has a fifty-two week low of $59.56 and a fifty-two week high of $86.20. The company has a quick ratio of 3.06, a current ratio of 3.12 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. The business had revenue of $24.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $23.57 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.23% and a net margin of 24.56%. The company’s revenue was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.76 EPS. equities analysts expect that Microsoft Corporation will post 3.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 15th will be given a dividend of $0.42 per share. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.07%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 57.14%.

In related news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total transaction of $1,261,200.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 116,205 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,770,516.40. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.44, for a total value of $333,760.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 184,278 shares in the company, valued at $15,376,156.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 27,000 shares of company stock worth $2,262,720 over the last three months. 1.49% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Microsoft Corporation is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices. The Company’s segments include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing. The Company’s products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers.

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