Microsoft Company Profile (NASDAQ:MSFT)

About Microsoft (MSFT)

Microsoft logoMicrosoft Corporation is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices. The Company's segments include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing. The Company's products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers. It also designs, manufactures, and sells devices, including personal computers (PCs), tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, phones, other intelligent devices, and related accessories, that integrate with its cloud-based offerings. It offers an array of services, including cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services, platforms, and content, and it provides solution support and consulting services.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Computer and Technology
  • Industry: Business Software & Services
  • Sub-Industry: Systems Software
  • Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Symbol: MSFT
  • CUSIP: 59491810
Key Metrics:
  • Previous Close: $64.21
  • 50 Day Moving Average: $64.35
  • 200 Day Moving Average: $61.26
  • 52-Week Range: $48.03 - $65.91
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 30.60
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 19.95
  • P/E Growth: 2.32
  • Market Cap: $502.52B
  • Outstanding Shares: 7,727,529,000
  • Beta: 1.08
  • Net Margins: 19.57%
  • Return on Equity: 32.12%
  • Return on Assets: 11.30%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.86%
  • Current Ratio: 2.05%
  • Quick Ratio: 2.02%

Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) (?)
Ratings Breakdown: 2 Sell Ratings, 8 Hold Ratings, 22 Buy Ratings, 1 Strong Buy Rating
Consensus Rating:Buy (Score: 2.67)
Consensus Price Target: $67.43 (3.69% upside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
3/20/2017William BlairReiterated RatingOutperformLowView Rating Details
3/17/2017Raymond James Financial, Inc.Reiterated RatingStrong-BuyLowView Rating Details
3/17/2017Pacific CrestReiterated RatingBuy$70.00LowView Rating Details
3/16/2017Cowen and CompanyReiterated RatingOutperform$70.00LowView Rating Details
3/9/2017Sanford C. BernsteinSet Price TargetBuy$76.00LowView Rating Details
2/15/2017Goldman Sachs Group IncSet Price TargetBuy$72.00N/AView Rating Details
1/31/2017Atlantic SecuritiesUpgradeUnderweight -> NeutralN/AView Rating Details
1/31/2017Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.Reiterated RatingOutperform$70.00N/AView Rating Details
1/30/2017Hilliard LyonsBoost Price TargetNeutral$59.00 -> $64.00N/AView Rating Details
1/27/2017NomuraSet Price TargetBuy$70.00N/AView Rating Details
1/27/2017Royal Bank of CanadaSet Price TargetOutperform$65.00 -> $71.00N/AView Rating Details
1/27/2017Stifel NicolausBoost Price TargetBuy$66.00 -> $68.00N/AView Rating Details
1/27/2017Citigroup IncUpgradeSell -> Neutral$41.00 -> $65.00N/AView Rating Details
1/27/2017Canaccord GenuityBoost Price TargetHold$65.00 -> $67.00N/AView Rating Details
1/27/2017Jefferies Group LLCBoost Price TargetUnderperform$43.00 -> $45.00N/AView Rating Details
1/27/2017BMO Capital MarketsBoost Price TargetOutperform$69.00 -> $71.00N/AView Rating Details
1/27/2017WunderlichBoost Price TargetBuy$70.00 -> $75.00N/AView Rating Details
1/27/2017Barclays PLCBoost Price TargetOverweight$70.00 -> $71.00N/AView Rating Details
1/25/2017JPMorgan Chase & Co.Set Price TargetNeutral$59.00N/AView Rating Details
1/25/2017MacquarieSet Price TargetNeutral$61.00N/AView Rating Details
1/25/2017BGC FinancialBoost Price TargetNeutral$65.00N/AView Rating Details
1/23/2017Tigress FinancialUpgradeNeutral -> BuyN/AView Rating Details
1/19/2017CLSAReiterated RatingOutperform$65.00 -> $72.00N/AView Rating Details
1/18/2017Morgan StanleySet Price TargetBuy$72.00N/AView Rating Details
1/11/2017Wells Fargo & CoInitiated CoverageOutperformN/AView Rating Details
12/21/2016Piper Jaffray CompaniesInitiated CoverageOverweight$80.00N/AView Rating Details
12/16/2016Deutsche Bank AGReiterated RatingBuy$75.00N/AView Rating Details
10/23/2016Bank of America CorpReiterated RatingBuy$65.00 -> $68.00N/AView Rating Details
7/25/2016ArgusReiterated RatingHoldN/AView Rating Details
7/21/2016Independent Research GmbHSet Price TargetSell$50.00N/AView Rating Details
7/20/2016FBN SecuritiesBoost Price TargetOutperform$55.00 -> $65.00N/AView Rating Details
6/25/2016Credit Suisse Group AGReiterated RatingOutperform$62.50N/AView Rating Details
6/13/2016Evercore ISIReiterated RatingBuyN/AView Rating Details
1/31/2016FBR & CoReiterated RatingBuyN/AView Rating Details
1/29/2016MKM PartnersReiterated RatingHoldN/AView Rating Details
9/24/2015Summit ResearchReiterated RatingPositiveN/AView Rating Details
8/27/2015Global Equities ResearchReiterated RatingOverweight$50.00N/AView Rating Details
7/9/2015KeyCorpReiterated RatingBuy$55.00N/AView Rating Details
6/4/2015S&P Equity ResearchReiterated RatingHold$48.00N/AView Rating Details
4/15/2015WedbushUpgradeBuyN/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 3/23/2015 forward)


Earnings History for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
Earnings by Quarter for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
Earnings History by Quarter for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
1/26/2017Q217$0.79$0.84$25.13 billion$26.07 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/20/2016Q117$0.68$0.76$21.71 billion$22.30 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/19/2016Q416$0.58$0.69$22.15 billion$22.60 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/21/2016Q316$0.64$0.62$22.10 billion$20.50 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
1/28/2016Q216$0.71$0.78$25.24 billion$25.70 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/22/2015Q116$0.58$0.67$21.00 billion$21.66 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/21/2015Q415$0.56$0.62$22.08 billion$22.20 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/23/2015Q315$0.51$0.61$21.14 million$21.73 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/26/2015Q215$0.71$0.71$26.33 billion$26.47 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/23/2014Q215$0.49$0.54$22.00 billion$23.20 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/22/2014Q414$0.61$0.52$23.11 billion$23.38 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/24/2014Q314$0.63$0.68$20.38 billion$20.40 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/22/2014Q214$0.68$0.76$23.67 billion$24.50 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/24/2013Q114$0.55$0.62$17.83 billion$18.53 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/18/2013Q4 2013$0.75$0.59$20.73 billion$19.90 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/18/2013Q3 2013$0.67$0.72$20.56 billion$20.49 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/24/2013Q2 2013$0.75$0.76$21.53 billion$21.46 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/18/2012$0.63$0.65ViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/19/2012$0.62$0.73ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/19/2012$0.58$0.60ViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/19/2012$0.76$0.78ViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/20/2011$0.68$0.68ViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/21/2011$0.58$0.69ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/28/2011$0.56$0.61ViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/27/2011$0.68$0.77ViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)


Earnings Estimates for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
Current Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.98 EPS
Next Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $3.26 EPS
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20164$0.61$0.65$0.63
Q2 20164$0.62$0.68$0.65
Q3 20164$0.67$0.73$0.70
Q4 20165$0.56$0.79$0.63
Q1 20176$0.66$0.71$0.68
Q2 20177$0.76$0.83$0.78
Q3 20176$0.62$0.70$0.67
Q4 20176$0.64$0.72$0.68
Q1 20185$0.69$0.78$0.75
Q2 20185$0.81$0.91$0.86
Q3 20185$0.75$0.80$0.77
Q4 20185$0.75$0.86$0.81
Q1 20191$0.80$0.80$0.80
Q2 20191$0.94$0.94$0.94
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
Next Dividend:6/8/2017
Annual Dividend:$1.56
Dividend Yield:2.40%
Dividend Growth:14.90% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:73.59% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
52.35% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
47.85% (Based on Next Year's Estimates)
Track Record:13 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Dividend Payments by Quarter for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Dividend History by Quarter for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 2.99%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 72.29%
Insider Trades by Quarter for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
Insider Trades by Quarter for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
2/23/2017G Mason MorfitInsiderSell4,616,000$64.40$297,270,400.00View SEC Filing  
2/3/2017G Mason MorfitInsiderSell11,000,000$63.32$696,520,000.00View SEC Filing  
1/31/2017William H. Gates IIIDirectorSell2,000,000$64.55$129,100,000.00View SEC Filing  
1/30/2017Frank H BrodInsiderSell7,500$65.35$490,125.00View SEC Filing  
1/30/2017William H. Gates IIIDirectorSell2,000,000$65.11$130,220,000.00View SEC Filing  
11/14/2016Christopher C CaposselaEVPSell18,583$58.58$1,088,592.14View SEC Filing  
11/8/2016Christopher C CaposselaCMOSell12,000$60.51$726,120.00View SEC Filing  
11/2/2016Christopher C CaposselaEVPSell12,000$59.57$714,840.00View SEC Filing  
10/28/2016William H. Gates IIIDirectorSell3,300,000$60.30$198,990,000.00View SEC Filing  
10/27/2016Frank H BrodInsiderSell5,000$60.53$302,650.00View SEC Filing  
10/26/2016William H. Gates IIIDirectorSell2,000,000$60.78$121,560,000.00View SEC Filing  
10/25/2016William H. Gates IIIDirectorSell2,700,000$60.99$164,673,000.00View SEC Filing  
8/10/2016Satya NadellaCEOSell143,000$57.97$8,289,710.00View SEC Filing  
8/8/2016Amy HoodCFOSell120,000$57.86$6,943,200.00View SEC Filing  
7/28/2016G Mason MorfitInsiderSell18,000,000$56.12$1,010,160,000.00View SEC Filing  
7/21/2016William H. Gates IIIDirectorSell2,500,000$55.94$139,850,000.00View SEC Filing  
5/20/2016Christopher C CaposselaCMOSell5,337$50.89$271,599.93View SEC Filing  
5/19/2016Christopher C CaposselaCMOSell6,000$50.31$301,860.00View SEC Filing  
5/5/2016Kathleen T HoganEVPSell17,500$50.04$875,700.00View SEC Filing  
4/29/2016William H Gates IIIDirectorSell5,300,000$50.04$265,212,000.00View SEC Filing  
4/27/2016William H Gates IIIDirectorSell2,700,000$50.87$137,349,000.00View SEC Filing  
2/12/2016Christopher C. CaposselaCMOSell10,000$50.24$502,400.00View SEC Filing  
2/9/2016Christopher C CaposselaCMOSell5,000$50.00$250,000.00View SEC Filing  
2/5/2016William H. Gates IIIDirectorSell3,000,000$51.50$154,500,000.00View SEC Filing  
2/3/2016William H. Gates IIIDirectorSell2,000,000$52.17$104,340,000.00View SEC Filing  
2/2/2016William H. Gates IIIDirectorSell2,000,000$53.35$106,700,000.00View SEC Filing  
2/1/2016Frank H BrodCAOSell4,000$54.85$219,400.00View SEC Filing  
2/1/2016William H. Gates IIIDirectorSell1,000,000$54.76$54,760,000.00View SEC Filing  
11/11/2015G Mason MorfitInsiderSell18,650,000$53.53$998,334,500.00View SEC Filing  
10/28/2015Christopher C CaposselaCMOSell29,000$53.59$1,554,110.00View SEC Filing  
10/27/2015Frank H BrodCAOSell20,000$53.51$1,070,200.00View SEC Filing  
10/27/2015William H Gates IIIDirectorSell2,000,000$53.92$107,840,000.00View SEC Filing  
10/26/2015Brian Kevin TurnerCOOSell154,499$52.99$8,186,902.01View SEC Filing  
10/26/2015William H Gates IIIDirectorSell2,000,000$53.80$107,600,000.00View SEC Filing  
5/19/2015William H Gates IIIDirectorSell4,000,000$47.68$190,720,000.00View SEC Filing  
5/15/2015Maria KlaweDirectorSell1,000$48.25$48,250.00View SEC Filing  
5/1/2015Christopher C CaposselaCMOSell4,485$48.71$218,464.35View SEC Filing  
4/27/2015Frank H BrodCAOSell4,500$47.84$215,280.00View SEC Filing  
2/6/2015William H Gates IIIDirectorSell2,000,000$42.42$84,840,000.00View SEC Filing  
2/4/2015Frank H BrodCAOSell6,000$41.83$250,980.00View SEC Filing  
2/4/2015G Mason MorfitInsiderBuy1,032,258$41.15$42,477,416.70View SEC Filing  
2/4/2015William H Gates IIIDirectorSell1,000,000$41.76$41,760,000.00View SEC Filing  
2/3/2015William H Gates IIIDirectorSell1,000,000$41.32$41,320,000.00View SEC Filing  
2/2/2015G Mason MorfitDirectorBuy526,000$40.84$21,481,840.00View SEC Filing  
1/29/2015William H Gates IIIDirectorSell1,000,000$41.55$41,550,000.00View SEC Filing  
1/28/2015Charles W ScharfDirectorBuy23,612$42.34$999,732.08View SEC Filing  
12/4/2014Christopher C CaposselaCMOSell20,000$48.98$979,600.00View SEC Filing  
10/28/2014Maria KlaweDirectorSell3,000$45.97$137,910.00View SEC Filing  
10/27/2014Frank H BrodCAOSell22,000$45.81$1,007,820.00View SEC Filing  
10/27/2014William H Gates IIIDirectorSell4,500,000$45.92$206,640,000.00View SEC Filing  
9/28/2014Lisa E BrummelSVPSell25,000$44.26$1,106,500.00View SEC Filing  
9/4/2014Lisa E BrummelSVPSell57,618$45.05$2,595,690.90View SEC Filing  
9/2/2014Brian Kevin TurnerCOOSell166,163$45.15$7,502,259.45View SEC Filing  
8/5/2014John Wendell ThompsonDirectorBuy23,194$43.12$1,000,125.28View SEC Filing  
7/28/2014Frank H BrodCAOSell1,500$44.04$66,060.00View SEC Filing  
7/28/2014William H Gates IIIDirectorSell3,360,000$44.17$148,411,200.00View SEC Filing  
7/25/2014Brian Kevin TurnerCOOSell64,323$44.51$2,863,016.73View SEC Filing  
7/25/2014William H Gates IIIDirectorSell4,905,836$44.50$218,309,702.00View SEC Filing  
7/24/2014William H Gates IIIDirectorSell4,145,000$44.54$184,618,300.00View SEC Filing  
5/9/2014G Mason MorfitInsiderBuy2,950,501$39.55$116,692,314.55View SEC Filing  
5/6/2014William Gates IIIDirectorSell4,650,000$39.40$183,210,000.00View SEC Filing  
5/5/2014Heung-Yeung ShumEVPSell50,000$39.44$1,972,000.00View SEC Filing  
5/2/2014William Gates IIIDirectorSell4,030,000$39.86$160,635,800.00View SEC Filing  
5/1/2014William Gates IIIDirectorSell3,470,000$40.04$138,938,800.00View SEC Filing  
4/29/2014William Gates IIIDirectorSell3,250,000$40.59$131,917,500.00View SEC Filing  
4/28/2014Frank BrodCAOSell6,000$40.12$240,720.00View SEC Filing  
3/3/2014Tami RellerEVPSell5,800$37.89$219,762.00View SEC Filing  
2/18/2014Anthony John BatesEVPSell14,000$37.52$525,280.00View SEC Filing  
2/5/2014Anthony John BatesEVPSell14,000$36.03$504,420.00View SEC Filing  
2/3/2014Tami RellerEVPSell5,800$37.77$219,066.00View SEC Filing  
1/28/2014Frank BrodCAOSell10,000$36.10$361,000.00View SEC Filing  
1/21/2014Anthony John BatesEVPSell14,000$36.29$508,060.00View SEC Filing  
1/10/2014Anthony John BatesEVPSell14,000$35.94$503,160.00View SEC Filing  
1/2/2014Tami RellerEVPSell5,800$37.35$216,630.00View SEC Filing  
12/26/2013Anthony John BatesEVPSell14,000$37.41$523,740.00View SEC Filing  
12/10/2013Anthony John BatesEVPSell14,000$38.23$535,220.00View SEC Filing  
12/2/2013Tami RellerEVPSell5,800$38.09$220,922.00View SEC Filing  
11/29/2013Anthony John BatesEVPSell14,000$38.18$534,520.00View SEC Filing  
11/15/2013Tami RellerEVPSell60,000$37.81$2,268,600.00View SEC Filing  
11/14/2013Anthony John BatesEVPSell14,000$37.91$530,740.00View SEC Filing  
11/6/2013Bradford SmithEVPSell200,000$37.97$7,594,000.00View SEC Filing  
11/1/2013Tami RellerEVPSell5,800$35.67$206,886.00View SEC Filing  
10/31/2013Anthony John BatesEVPSell43,985$35.56$1,564,106.60View SEC Filing  
10/30/2013William H Gates IIIDirectorSell4,000,000$35.63$142,520,000.00View SEC Filing  
10/29/2013William H Gates IIIDirectorSell3,108,100$35.51$110,368,631.00View SEC Filing  
10/28/2013Frank H BrodCAOSell20,000$35.45$709,000.00View SEC Filing  
10/17/2013Anthony John BatesEVPSell43,984$34.88$1,534,161.92View SEC Filing  
9/10/2013Lisa E BrummelSVPSell64,238$32.32$2,076,172.16View SEC Filing  
9/5/2013William H Gates IIIDirectorSell5,000,000$31.25$156,250,000.00View SEC Filing  
9/4/2013Brian Kevin TurnerCOOSell177,742$31.36$5,573,989.12View SEC Filing  
9/4/2013William H Gates IIIDirectorSell5,000,000$31.25$156,250,000.00View SEC Filing  
9/3/2013Tami RellerEVPSell5,800$31.76$184,208.00View SEC Filing  
8/1/2013Tami RellerEVPSell5,800$32.09$186,122.00View SEC Filing  
2/4/2013William H Gates IIIDirectorSell3,000,000$27.64$82,920,000.00View SEC Filing  
10/31/2012Lisa E BrummelSVPSell71,313$28.54$2,035,273.02View SEC Filing  
9/4/2012Brian Kevin TurnerCOOSell126,913$30.52$3,873,384.76View SEC Filing  
9/4/2012Frank H BrodCAOSell15,000$30.41$456,150.00View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)


Headline Trends for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
Latest Headlines for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
DateHeadline logo[$$] Microsoft Licenses Patents to Toyota In Bid For Bigger Car-Tech Role (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 23 at 8:50 AM logo[$$] LinkedIn Wants to Hook Users With ‘Trending Storylines’ (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 23 at 8:50 AM logoMicrosoft Corp. Showcases One Horizon Group's Global Growth Strategy that Utilizes the Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing Platform (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 23 at 8:50 AM logoMicrosoft modifies Windows 10 for China (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 23 at 4:01 AM logoHere’s How Microsoft Is Learning from Facebook in India (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 22 at 6:44 PM logoBill Gates, trillionaire? Warren Buffett shows how it will happen (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 22 at 6:44 PM logoPublicis and Microsoft Link Up Products for Data Push (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 22 at 6:44 PM logoMicrosoft Web Services Hit With Another Outage (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 22 at 6:44 PM logo5:00 pm Microsoft announces patent license agreement with Toyota (TM (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 22 at 6:44 PM logoMicrosoft announces patent license agreement with Toyota, enhancing connected car experience for consumers (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 22 at 6:44 PM
News IconAnalysts Offer Predictions for Microsoft Co.'s Q1 2018 Earnings (MSFT) (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 22 at 10:23 AM logoResearch and Markets Has Announced the Launch of Their Microsoft Corporation Market Research Portal (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 22 at 9:25 AM logoA new tool for monitoring energy usage (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 22 at 9:25 AM logoLinkedIn is a getting a Facebook-like feature (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 22 at 9:25 AM logo[$$] LinkedIn Wants to Hook Users With 'Trending Storylines' (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 22 at 9:25 AM logoMicrosoft Completes Windows 10 Version for China (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 11:34 PM logo[$$] Microsoft Modifies Windows 10 for China’s Government (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 11:34 PM logo[$$] The Not-So-Creepy Reason More Bosses Are Tracking Employees (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 11:34 PM logoHow to Play Microsoft Through a Covered Call (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 6:34 PM logoAdobe, Microsoft Join Forces In Sales, Marketing Software (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 6:34 PM logoGE's Digital Replicas, Which Monitor Machines, Gain a Voice (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 6:34 PM logoWhy the Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Stock Comeback Is Just Beginning (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 2:22 PM logoMicrosoft, Adobe make some progress on their joint cloud commitments (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 11:41 AM logoWindows 10: Microsoft pushes out new build ahead of the Creators Update (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 11:41 AM logo[$$] The Not-So-Creepy Reason Bosses Are Tracking Employees (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 11:40 AM logoWatch out for these tax-themed phishing and malware scams (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 11:40 AM logoApple unveils (RED) iPhone, Walmart's new startup, Adobe and Microsoft join forces (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 11:40 AM logoTen Things I Wish I Knew When I Started 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 11:40 AM logoMicrosoft Collaborates with Adobe to Gain CRM Dominance (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 11:40 AM logo[$$] Microsoft Modifies Windows 10 for China's Government (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 11:40 AM logoAdobe, Microsoft team up to share sales and marketing data (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 6:36 AM logoMicrosoft just showed off exactly what Salesforce was worried about (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 6:36 AM logoAdobe, Microsoft to integrate offerings (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 2:54 AM logoGemalto's HSM enables Microsoft Azure Information Protection customers to maintain full control of encryption keys (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 21 at 2:34 AM
News IconMicrosoft Co. (MSFT) Receives Outperform Rating from William Blair (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 20 at 7:55 PM logoMore Upside Ahead For Microsoft Based On A DCF Analysis (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 20 at 4:50 PM logoIs Facebook Trying Way Too Hard to Be Like Snapchat? (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 20 at 4:50 PM logoSighthound Cloud brings accuracy to emotion and gender detection (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 20 at 4:50 PM logo[$$] Samsung speaks of Bixby, its voice AI for Galaxy S8 (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 20 at 4:50 PM logoSamsung voice-assistant Bixby to debut with new phone (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 20 at 4:50 PM logoBill Gates again world's richest man, Trump slips (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 20 at 10:07 AM logoThe World's 20 Richest Sports Team Owners 2017 (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 20 at 10:07 AM logoMeet your new office assistants: Alexa, Cortana, and Eva (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 20 at 10:07 AM
News IconWeekly Analysts’ Ratings Updates for Microsoft (MSFT) (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 20 at 9:54 AM logoGorsuch to Face Capitol Heat (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 18 at 5:52 PM logoTime for Twitter to Tweet: We're Not in It for the Money (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 18 at 5:52 PM
News IconPacific Crest Reiterates “Buy” Rating for Microsoft Co. (MSFT) (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 18 at 1:42 PM logoMicrosoft and Alphabet Are Catching Up to Amazon in the Cloud (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 17 at 10:43 PM logoNotable Friday Option Activity: MSFT, NLNK, SAGE (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 17 at 6:49 PM logoMicrosoft Turning Azure Cloud Service Skeptics Into Believers (NASDAQ:MSFT) - March 17 at 6:49 PM


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What is Microsoft's stock symbol?

Microsoft trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "MSFT."

How often does Microsoft pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Microsoft?

Microsoft announced a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, March 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, May 18th will be paid a dividend of $0.39 per share on Thursday, June 8th. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.40%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, May 16th.

How were Microsoft's earnings last quarter?

Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January, 26th. The company reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.79 by $0.05. The business earned $26.07 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $25.13 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 32.12% and a net margin of 19.57%. The company's revenue was up 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.78 earnings per share.

When will Microsoft make its next earnings announcement?

Microsoft is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, April, 20th 2017.

Where is Microsoft's stock going? Where will Microsoft's stock price be in 2017?

33 brokerages have issued 12-month price targets for Microsoft's shares. Their predictions range from $45.00 to $80.00. On average, they anticipate Microsoft's share price to reach $67.43 in the next year.

What are analysts saying about Microsoft stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Microsoft stock:

  • 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Microsoft's second-quarter fiscal 2017 results were impressive. Both earnings and revenues beat the respective Zacks Consensus Estimates. The company is benefitting from continuing enterprise strength, strong Office 365 adoption, robust penetration of Azure and promising new products. Further, the addition of LinkedIn is expected to boost Microsoft's presence in the social media market. The recent acquisition of artificial intelligence (AI) startup Maluuba is a big positive for the company given the growing demand for AI techniques throughout the world. We note that the company has outperfomed the broader market over the last six months.  However, strong U.S. dollar is expected to remain a concern, which will impact top-line in the near term. Moreover, competition is stiff and the company’s dominant position in the PC market continues to be challenged, which are headwinds." (1/31/2017)
  • 2. Jefferies Group LLC analysts commented, "Microsoft's modus operandi is intact as it exceeded estimates established by its lowered guidance, only to report results that were about in line with previous consensus numbers. Also true to form, its guidance for next quarter was lower than consensus expectations adjusting for LinkedIn. Regardless, the results were stable with 1% revenue growth, though operating cash flow grew 12% with several asterisks." (1/27/2017)
  • 3. BGC Financial analysts commented, "Share of Microsoft are trading near a lifetime high of $64.10 reached on 12/22/16 as the company prepares to report its December quarter results post-market on Thursday January 26th. Investors are warming up to the growth in the more valuable assets embedded inside Microsoft including its Intelligent Cloud segment that has a revenue run rate exceeding $13 billion, its data center footprint that spans 38 geographic regions, and a focus on layering artificial intelligence across its products. That said, these more desirable elements are still buried in a company that is producing low-single digit revenue growth and is underperforming in its consumer segments in our opinion. The December quarter result is particularly sensitive to consumer demand given the historical pattern of PCs and game consoles being a desired holiday gift." (1/25/2017)

Are investors shorting Microsoft?

Microsoft saw a decrease in short interest during the month of February. As of February 28th, there was short interest totalling 39,671,271 shares, a decrease of 13.6% from the February 15th total of 45,908,871 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 20,365,948 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 1.9 days.

Who owns Microsoft stock?

Microsoft's stock is owned by a number of of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include State Street Corp (4.09%), FMR LLC (2.29%), Franklin Resources Inc. (1.14%), Norges Bank (0.90%), Janus Capital Management LLC (0.64%) and Dodge & Cox (0.55%). Company insiders that own Microsoft stock include Amy Hood, Brian Kevin Turner, Christopher C Capossela, Frank H Brod, G Mason Morfit, Kathleen T Hogan, Maria Klawe, Satya Nadella and William H Gates III.

Who sold Microsoft stock? Who is selling Microsoft stock?

Microsoft's stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Franklin Resources Inc., Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC, Renaissance Technologies LLC, Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership, Eton Park Capital Management L.P., Fiduciary Management Inc. WI, Ruffer LLP and I.G. Investment Management LTD.. Company insiders that have sold Microsoft stock in the last year include Amy Hood, Christopher C Capossela, Frank H Brod, G Mason Morfit, Kathleen T Hogan, Satya Nadella and William H Gates III.

Who bought Microsoft stock? Who is buying Microsoft stock?

Microsoft's stock was purchased by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Norges Bank, Dodge & Cox, FMR LLC, Asset Management One Co. Ltd., Russell Investments Group Ltd., State Street Corp, Viking Global Investors LP and DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral Genossenschafts Bank Frankfurt am Main.

How do I buy Microsoft stock?

Shares of Microsoft can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

How much does a share of Microsoft stock cost?

One share of Microsoft stock can currently be purchased for approximately $65.03.

Microsoft (MSFT) Chart for Thursday, March, 23, 2017

This page was last updated on 3/23/2017 by Staff