Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s stock hinders -0.49%, but it may be a worthy investment

The trading price of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) closed lower on Tuesday, Apr 06, closing at $249.07, -0.49% lower than its previous close.

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Traders who pay close attention to intraday price movement should know that it fluctuated between $246.88 and $249.40. The company’s P/E ratio in the trailing 12-month period was 36.92, while its 5Y monthly beta was 0.79. In examining the 52-week price action we see that the stock hit a 52-week high of $249.96 and a 52-week low of $157.58. Over the past month, the stock has gained 7.02% in value.

Microsoft Corporation, whose market valuation is $1.82 Trillion at the time of this writing, is expected to release its quarterly earnings report Apr 27, 2021- May 03, 2021. The dividend yield on the company stock is 0.9, while its Forward Dividend ratio is 2.24. Investors’ optimism about the company’s current quarter earnings report is understandable. Analysts have predicted the quarterly earnings per share to grow by $1.77 per share this quarter, however they have predicted annual earnings per share of $7.4 for 2021 and $8.08 for 2022. It means analysts are expecting annual earnings per share growth of 0.28% this year and 0.09% next year.

Analysts have forecast the company to bring in revenue of $41.03 Billion for the quarter, with the likely lows of $40.54 Billion and highs of $41.89 Billion. The average estimate suggests sales will likely up by 17.2% this quarter compared to what was recorded in the comparable quarter last year. From the analysts’ viewpoint, the consensus estimate for the company’s annual revenue in 2021 is $164.19 Billion. The company’s revenue is forecast to grow by +14.8% over what it did in 2020.

On the technical side, indicators suggest MSFT has a 50% Buy on average for the short term. According to the data of the stock’s medium term indicators, the stock is currently averaging as a 100% Buy, while an average of long term indicators suggests that the stock is currently 100% Buy.

Here is the average analyst rating on the stock as represented by 1.00 to 5.00, with the extremes of 1.00 and 5.00 suggesting the stock should be considered as either strong buy or strong sell respectively. The number of analysts that have assigned MSFT a recommendation rating is 34. Out of them, 3 rate it a Hold, while 29 recommend Buy, whereas 2 assign an Outperform rating. None analyst(s) have tagged Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) as Underperform, while not any of them advise Sell. Analysts have rated the stock Buy, likely urging investors to take advantage of the opportunity to add to their holdings of the company’s shares.

If we dig deeper into the stock’s outlook, we see that the stock’s PEG is 2.21, which symbolizes a positive outlook. A quick review shows that MSFT’s price is currently 5.27% off the SMA20 and 4.86% off the SMA50. The RSI metric on the 14-day chart is currently showing 62.9, and weekly volatility stands at 2.02%. When measured over the past 30 days, the indicator reaches 1.94%. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s beta value is currently sitting at 0.79, while the Average True Range indicator is currently displaying 5.52. With analysts defining $245-$315 as the low and high price targets, we arrive at a consensus price target of $281.53 for the trailing 12-month period. The current price is about -1.15% off the estimated low and 27.09% off the forecast high, based on this estimate. Investors will be thrilled if MSFT’s share price rises to $280, which is the median consensus price. At that level, MSFT’s share price would be +12.97% above current price.

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To see how Microsoft Corporation stock has been performing in comparison to its peers in the industry, here are the numbers: MSFT stock’s performance was -0.49% in the latest trading, and +61.13% in the past year, while Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE) has traded -0.06% on the day and positioned +67.34% higher than it was a year ago. Another comparable company Oracle Corp (ORCL) saw its stock close 0.16% higher in the most recent trading session but was up +50.36% in a year. Furthermore, Inc (CRM) showed a decline of -0.49% on the day while its price kept rising at 61.13% over the past year. Microsoft Corporation has a P/E ratio of 36.92, compared to Adobe Systems Inc’s 42.67 and Oracle Corp’s 17.74. Also in last trading session, the S&P 500 Index has soared -0.1%, while the Dow Jones Industrial also saw a negative seesion, down -0.29% on the day.

An evaluation of the daily trading volume of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) indicates that the 3-month average is 30.54 Million. However, this figure has increased over the past 10 days to an average of 30.99 Million.

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Currently, records show that 7.56 Billion of the company’s shares remain outstanding. According to Thomson Reuters data, insiders hold 0.07% of outstanding shares, whereas institutions hold 72.17%. The stats also highlight that short interest as of March 14, 2021, stood at 49.57 Million shares, resulting in a short ratio of 1.63 at that time. From this, we can conclude that short interest is 0.66% of the company’s total outstanding shares. It is noteworthy that short shares in March were up slightly from the previous month’s figure, which was 40.6 Million. However, since the stock’s price has seen +11.44% year-to-date, investors’ interest is likely to be reignited due to its potential to move even higher.

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