Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) – Suitable For Long Term Buy?

Currently, there are 7.43B common shares owned by the public and among those 7.32B shares have been available to trade.

Insiders at the company have transacted a total of 78 times over the past 12 months, according to data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 24 of these insider trades were purchases, accounting for 393,711 shares. Insider sales of the common stock occurred on 54 occasions, with total insider shares sold totaling 387,143 shares.

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However, the script later moved the day high at 420.82, up 1.56%. The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of 2.27% and 15.79% over the past three months. MSFT shares are trading 11.84% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance up to 57.67% higher. It has a 12-month low price of $245.61 and touched a high of $415.56 over the same period. MSFT has an average intraday trading volume of 0.84 shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by 4.84%, 9.38%, and 21.89% respectively.

Institutional ownership of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) shares accounts for 72.20% of the company’s 7.43B shares outstanding.

It has a market capitalization of $3124.87B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 0.90. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 38.04, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $11.06. The company has a PEG of 2.33 and a Quick Ratio of 1.20 with the debt-to-equity ratio at 0.47. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 1.37% over the week and 1.61% over the month.

Analysts forecast that Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) will achieve an EPS of $2.82 for the current quarter, $2.88 for the next quarter and $13.35 for 2025. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is $2.78 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $3.06. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $2.45 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to increase by 18.57%, and 14.89% over the next financial year. EPS should shrink at an annualized rate of 16.30% over the next five years, compared to 35.37% over the past 5-year period.

Looking at the support for the MSFT, a number of firms have released research notes about the stock. Exane BNP Paribas stated their Outperform rating for the stock in a research note on January 18, 2024, with the firm’s price target at $471.

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