Stock Update (NASDAQ:MSFT): Microsoft Explores The "Power Of And" — Is This The Secret Sauce That Gives Them One Up ON AWS?

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) [at Forbes] – Now here’s one that at first looks like vendor spin but which, with a deeper look, actually makes sense. Recently Gartner published its latest Magic Quadrant for cloud infrastructure, Microsoft came second to AWS in that report and, while second is certainly better than every other player that came behind […]
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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), valued at $343.55B, opened at $41.63.
During today’s session, MSFT traded between $41.42 to $41.77 and has traded between $30.84 and $41.91 over the past year.
MSFT shares are currently priced at 15.44x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 3.70x earnings multiple for the same period.
The company pays shareholders $1.12 per share in dividend income per year, for a current yield of 2.70%.
According to a consensus of 14 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.61 per share would be $0.05 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.06 sequential decrease. Furthermore, our analysis shows the full-year EPS estimate to be $2.70, which would be a $0.05 better when compared to the last year’s annual results.
The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $23.12 Billion. If reported, that would be a 16.01% increase over the year-ago quarter.
In terms of ratings, FBR Capital upgraded MSFT from Mkt Perform to Outperform (Jun 5, 2014). Previously, Deutsche Bank upgraded MSFT from Hold to Buy.
The average price target for MSFT shares by the analysts covering it is $42.10, which is 1.13% above where the stock opened.
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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