[PR Newswire] – REDMOND, Wash., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest school district in Texas — seventh largest in the U.S. — has purchased Microsoft solutions to help prepare students for the digital world. With a large majority of students from low-income families, HISD is making strides in improving the broader community by transforming each student’s learning experience and providing technology to students who otherwise couldn’t afford it. Microsoft technology helps HISD improve student outcomes, solve privacy concerns and amend manageability worries that plague many other education technology implementations.
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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), valued at $333.84B, began trading this morning at $40.60.
During the trading session, MSFT traded between $40.29 to $40.68 with a trailing 52-week range being $30.84 to $41.66.
MSFT shares are currently priced at 15.16x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 8.03x earnings multiple.
And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $1.12 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.70%.
Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 12 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. The full-year EPS estimate is $2.69 which would be a $0.04 better than last year’s full-year earnings.
The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $23.16 Billion. If reported, that would be a 16.21% increase 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 perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $41.60, which is 2.46% 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 Outlook.com and SkyDrive; Surface RT and Pro devices; and PC accessories. The companys 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 companys 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 companys 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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