Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been given a $100.00 target price by investment analysts at Morgan Stanley in a research report issued on Thursday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the software giant’s stock. Morgan Stanley’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 10.99% from the company’s previous close.
Other research analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. Oppenheimer set a $80.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, September 25th. KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $94.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price target on shares of Microsoft from $80.00 to $85.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Goldman Sachs Group set a $88.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada set a $85.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and thirty-one have issued a buy rating to the stock. Microsoft presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $87.88.
Shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) traded down $0.04 on Thursday, reaching $90.10. 24,138,198 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 23,170,000. Microsoft has a twelve month low of $62.12 and a twelve month high of $90.79. The firm has a market cap of $695,080.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.44, a P/E/G ratio of 2.06 and a beta of 0.99. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a current ratio of 3.12.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. Microsoft had a net margin of 24.56% and a return on equity of 35.23%. The business had revenue of $24.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $23.57 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.76 EPS. Microsoft’s quarterly revenue was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Microsoft will post 3.39 earnings per share for the current year.
In related news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total transaction of $1,496,700.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.46, for a total transaction of $333,840.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 189,278 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,797,141.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420 in the last quarter. 1.49% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of MSFT. River Wealth Advisors LLC lifted its stake in Microsoft by 6.4% in the 2nd quarter. River Wealth Advisors LLC now owns 25,130 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $1,732,000 after purchasing an additional 1,517 shares during the last quarter. Northeast Financial Consultants Inc lifted its stake in Microsoft by 17.4% in the 2nd quarter. Northeast Financial Consultants Inc now owns 10,100 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $696,000 after purchasing an additional 1,500 shares during the last quarter. One Capital Management LLC lifted its stake in Microsoft by 5.0% in the 2nd quarter. One Capital Management LLC now owns 56,671 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $3,906,000 after purchasing an additional 2,675 shares during the last quarter. JLB & Associates Inc. bought a new position in Microsoft in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $10,873,000. Finally, First National Bank Sioux Falls lifted its stake in Microsoft by 9.6% in the 2nd quarter. First National Bank Sioux Falls now owns 15,629 shares of the software giant’s stock valued at $1,078,000 after purchasing an additional 1,365 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 73.19% of the company’s stock.
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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.