Stock Update (NASDAQ:MSFT): Microsoft announces 2014 Partner of the Year winners and finalists

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) [PR Newswire] – REDMOND, Wash., May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On Tuesday, Microsoft Corp. announced the winners and finalists of the 2014 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. The annual awards celebrate top Microsoft …
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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), valued at $330.09B, began trading this morning at $40.22.
Looking at the stock, its one day range is $39.81 to $40.26 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $30.84 to $41.66 over the last 52 weeks.
MSFT shares are currently priced at 14.86x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 8.52x forward p/e ratio.
The company pays shareholders $1.12 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.80%.
Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 13 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.61 per share, which would be $0.05 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.06 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.70 is a $0.05 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results.
The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.96 Billion. If reported, that would be a 15.20% increase over the year-ago quarter.
Recently, Deutsche Bank upgraded MSFT from Hold to Buy (Jan 23, 2014). Previously, Barclays upgraded MSFT from Equal Weight to Overweight.
When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $41.60, which is 3.43% above where the stock opened this morning.
Summary (NASDAQ:MSFT) :  Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices. Its Windows division offers Windows operating system; Windows Services suite of applications and Web services, including and SkyDrive; Surface RT and Pro devices; and PC accessories. The company’s Server and Tools division provides server software, cloud-based services, and solutions; and training and certification to developers and information technology professionals, as well as builds standalone and software development lifecycle tools for software architects, developers, testers, and project managers. Its products include Windows Server operating systems, Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Intune, Windows Embedded, Visual Studio, System Center products, Microsoft consulting services, and Premier product support services. The company’s Online Services division offers online information and content, including Bing, Bing Ads, and MSN. Its Microsoft Business division provides software and online services, such as Microsoft Office system consisting of Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, Yammer, and Microsoft Office project and office Visio; and Microsoft Dynamics business solutions, including Microsoft Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM, as well as Microsoft Office Web Apps and Microsoft Office 365, which are online service offerings. The company’s Entertainment and Devices division offers products and services designed to entertain and connect people. Its products include Xbox entertainment platform, including Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment console, Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 video games, and Xbox 360 accessories; Xbox LIVE; Skype; and Windows Phone. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and resellers, as well as online. It has a strategic partnership with DocuSign, Inc. and Ooyala. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.
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