Stock Update: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) – Microsoft mobility solutions transform electronic medical record pains into productivity and patient care gains

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) [PR Newswire] – ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The ability for clinicians to seamlessly collaborate and have mobile, instant and fully functional access to everything from electronic medical records (EMRs) to EKGs is critical in today’s changing world of healthcare. Monday, at the HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Microsoft Corp. showcased how a wide range of health organizations, including prominent partners like Epic and AirStrip, have improved care team collaboration and productivity, expanded mobility, and enhanced patient care through new Windows 8.1 devices and apps and Windows Embedded solutions. With the Windows 8.1 platform of clinical-grade devices, apps and services, including Microsoft Surface, mobile care teams can easily communicate with each other via a variety of methods, gain access to full-function EMRs from anywhere at any time, and use FDA-cleared clinician apps to deliver mobile-based care and guidance. Finding mobile solutions that can improve clinician productivity, empower patients to improve their health, and address the need to complement existing EMR systems is critical,” said Michael Robinson, vice president, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft.
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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), currently valued at $314.02B, began trading this morning at $37.66.
 
A quick look at the market, the company’s traded between $37.54 to $37.94 with a trailing 52-week range being $27.33 to $38.98.
 
MSFT shares are currently priced at 14.01x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s -8.83x earnings multiple.
 
The company pays shareholders $1.12 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.90%.
 
According to a consensus of 26 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.63 per share would be $0.09 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.03 sequential decrease. Furthermore, our analysis shows the full-year EPS estimate to be $2.71, which would be a $0.06 improvement when compared to the last year’s annual results.
 
The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $20.39 Billion. If realized, that would be a 0.49% decrease over the year-ago quarter.
 
In terms of ratings, Deutsche Bank upgraded MSFT from Hold to Buy (Jan 23, 2014). Previously, Barclays upgraded MSFT from Equal Weight to Overweight.
 
When considering if the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $38.42, which is 2.02% above where the stock opened this morning.
 
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: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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