Handle With Care: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)

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

The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of -2.01% and 12.47% over the past three months. MSFT shares are trading 11.88% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance up to 52.86% higher. It has a 12-month low price of $272.05 and touched a high of $430.82 over the same period. MSFT has an average intraday trading volume of 22.75 million shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by 1.03%, 2.62%, and 16.49% respectively.

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Institutional ownership of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) shares accounts for 72.94% of the company’s 7.43B shares outstanding.

It has a market capitalization of $3126.13B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 0.89. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 38.05, 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 1.06% over the week and 1.58% 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 $13.37 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 18.85%, and 14.84% 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. KeyBanc Capital Markets stated their Overweight rating for the stock in a research note on March 21, 2024, with the firm’s price target at $490. Exane BNP Paribas coverage for the Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) stock in a research note released on January 18, 2024 offered a Outperform rating with a price target of $471. Truist was of a view on December 13, 2023 that the stock is Buy, while China Renaissance gave the stock Buy rating on December 05, 2023, issuing a price target of $466. HSBC Securities on their part issued Buy rating on October 26, 2023.

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