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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), valued at $372.19B, started the session at $45.38.
A quick look at the market, the company’s stock traded between $45.04 and $45.44 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $30.95 to $45.71 over the last 52 weeks.
MSFT shares are currently priced at 16.60x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 1.44x earnings multiple for the same period.
The company pays shareholders $1.12 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.60%.
In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 19 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.49 per share, which would be $0.13 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.15 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.72 is a $0.09 improvement when compared to the previous year’s annual results.
The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.01 Billion. If reported, that would be a 18.78% increase over the year-ago quarter.
More recently, FBR Capital upgraded MSFT from Mkt Perform to Outperform (Jun 5, 2014). Previously, Deutsche Bank upgraded MSFT from Hold to Buy.
When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $47.00, which is 3.57% above where the stock opened this morning.
Summary (NASDAQ:MSFT) : Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, markets, and supports software, services, and devices worldwide. The companys Devices and Consumer (D&C) Licensing segment licenses Windows operating system and related software; Microsoft Office for consumers; and Windows Phone operating system. Its Computing and Gaming Hardware segment provides Xbox gaming and entertainment consoles and accessories, second-party and third-party video games, and Xbox Live subscriptions; surface devices and accessories; and Microsoft PC accessories. The companys Phone Hardware segment offers Lumia Smartphones and other non-Lumia phones. Its D&C Other segment provides Windows Store, Xbox Live transactions, and Windows Phone Store; search advertising; display advertising; Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal; first-party video games; and other consumer products and services, as well as operates retail stores. The companys Commercial Licensing segments licenses server products, including Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Windows Embedded; Windows operating system; Microsoft Office for business, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and related CALs; Microsoft Dynamics business solutions; and Skype. Its Commercial Other segment offers enterprise services, including premier support services and Microsoft consulting services; commercial cloud comprising Office 365 Commercial, other Microsoft Office online offerings, Dynamics CRM Online, and Microsoft Azure; and other commercial products and online services. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and resellers, as well as online. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is based in Redmond, Washington.
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