[at Forbes] – On November 13, Microsoft decided to dump stack ranking — a people measurement system that forces managers to find and fire their “worst” people every year — as word leaked that Yahoo had adopted it. Since March 2012, Adobe Systems (I own its stock) replaced stack ranking with what it calls “Check In,” shares in the [...]
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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), currently valued at $318.47B, started the session at $37.83.
During the trading session, MSFT traded between $37.80 to $38.19 with a one year range of $26.26 to $38.22.
MSFT shares are currently priced at 14.14x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s -22.85x earnings multiple for the same period.
And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $1.12 per share annually in dividends, yielding 3.00%.
According to a consensus of 29 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.69 per share would be $0.07 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.08 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.66 is a $0.01 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results.
The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $23.67 Billion. If reported, that would be a 10.30% increase over the year-ago quarter.
In terms of ratings, Stifel downgraded MSFT from Buy to Hold (Aug 13, 2013). Previously, Standpoint Research downgraded MSFT from Buy to Hold.
When considering if the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $36.32, which is 3.99% below where the stock opened this morning.
Microsoft Corporation (NYSE:MSFT), develops, licenses and supports software, services and hardware devices worldwide. Its is most well known for it’s many Microsoft Operating System, numerous Office Programs, Bing and the various Xbox gaming systems.
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