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: $67.83
  • 50 Day Moving Average: $65.43
  • 200 Day Moving Average: $62.74
  • 52-Week Range: $48.03 - $68.31
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 31.92
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 20.74
  • P/E Growth: 2.40
  • Market Cap: $524.16B
  • 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, 9 Hold Ratings, 22 Buy Ratings, 1 Strong Buy Rating
Consensus Rating:Buy (Score: 2.65)
Consensus Price Target: $67.18 (0.96% downside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
4/25/2017MKM PartnersReiterated RatingNeutral$60.00LowView Rating Details
4/20/2017Morgan StanleyReiterated RatingBuy$72.00MediumView Rating Details
4/20/2017Pacific CrestReiterated RatingBuy$70.00LowView Rating Details
4/19/2017Piper Jaffray CompaniesReiterated RatingOverweight$80.00LowView Rating Details
4/6/2017Deutsche Bank AGReiterated RatingBuy$75.00LowView Rating Details
3/20/2017William BlairReiterated RatingOutperformLowView Rating Details
3/17/2017Raymond James Financial, Inc.Reiterated RatingStrong-BuyLowView 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
1/11/2017Wells Fargo & CoInitiated CoverageOutperformN/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
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
(Data available from 4/27/2015 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$0.83$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$0.62$21.14 million$21.73 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/26/2015Q215$0.71$0.77$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$0.60$0.58$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)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.81
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $3.20
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
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:2.30%
Dividend Growth:14.90% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:73.59% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
52.35% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
47.71% (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 logo3 Key Predictions for Microsoft's Q3 Report - April 26 at 11:38 PM logo(OFFICIAL)-Microsoft says no increase in U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance requests - April 26 at 11:38 PM logoAmazon Q1 Earnings Preview: How Much Will AWS Grow? - April 26 at 11:38 PM logoMicrosoft (MSFT) Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Analysis Finds - April 26 at 8:30 PM logoMicrosoft touts cloud as UBS moves risk platform to Azure - April 26 at 6:37 PM logoNasdaq Moves Above 6000: 4 Great Top-Ranked Tech Choices - April 26 at 6:37 PM logoThese are the 5 U.S. companies with the biggest overseas cash piles - April 26 at 6:37 PM logoBig test for big tech - April 26 at 6:37 PM logoMicrosoft Says UBS Moves Key Platform to Azure Cloud - April 26 at 6:37 PM logoWhy you should continue betting on tech: Technician - April 26 at 6:37 PM logoNasdaq Breaks Through 6,000 Barrier But Should We Party Like It's 1999? - April 26 at 6:37 PM logoHackers exploited Word flaw for months while Microsoft investigated - April 26 at 6:37 PM logoMicrosoft Corporation (MSFT) to Battle Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) for Class Crown - April 26 at 4:40 PM logoMicrosoft Corporation (MSFT) Stock: Ride the Raucous Earnings Reaction - April 26 at 11:21 AM logoEconomic Outlook: Microsoft earnings: Strength in Office expected to lead to a meet or beat - April 26 at 11:16 AM logoWhy Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Stock Is a Likely Short After Earnings - April 26 at 8:48 AM logoShould I Buy Microsoft Stock? - April 25 at 8:52 PM logoLook at Them Go! Nasdaq 6,000 as Microsoft, Facebook Hit New Highs - April 25 at 5:58 PM logoKaspersky tones down threat of antitrust complaint against Microsoft - April 25 at 5:58 PM logoMicrosoft adds another option to its complex Windows 10 patching story - April 25 at 5:58 PM logoSoftware Companies Rush to Create New Data-Driven Discipline for Sales - April 25 at 5:58 PM logoIt's time for a reality check on Microsoft's grand turnaround vision - April 25 at 5:58 PM logoMicrosoft Stock: 3 Different Bear Cases You Haven't Thought Of - April 25 at 5:58 PM logoMicrosoft Stock: 3 Different Bear Cases You Haven't Thought Of - April 25 at 4:48 PM logoTraders Purchase Large Volume of Microsoft Put Options (MSFT) - April 25 at 3:07 PM logoMKM Partners Reiterates Neutral Rating for Microsoft Co. (MSFT) - April 25 at 2:00 PM logoMicrosoft Co. (MSFT) Receives Overweight Rating from Piper Jaffray Companies - April 25 at 1:10 PM logoWhy Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Stock Can Make It Back to the Top - April 25 at 11:03 AM logoMicrosoft Monday: Two Major Windows Update Per Year, LinkedIn Hits 500M And New To-Do App Launches - April 25 at 10:25 AM logoMicrosoft Corp.: I Was Wrong - April 25 at 10:25 AM logoMicrosoft Takes on Salesforce by Integrating LinkedIn Into Sales Software - April 25 at 10:25 AM logoThe Morning Download: Microsoft, Chasing Salesforce, Adds Prized LinkedIn Data to Its Sales Software - April 25 at 10:25 AM logoUsers tell Microsoft to scrap 'pain in butt' Security Update Guide, bring back old bulletins - April 25 at 10:25 AM logoWhy Windows 10 rollout is happening faster than shift from XP to Windows 7 - April 25 at 10:25 AM logoNasdaq Composite Ain't What It Used to Be - April 25 at 10:25 AM logoVetr Inc. Downgrades Microsoft Co. (MSFT) to Hold - April 25 at 12:31 AM logoMicrosoft: An Office Education - April 24 at 5:49 PM logoNasdaq 6,000 is in sight, thanks to tech stocks like Apple and Microsoft - April 24 at 5:49 PM logoMicrosoft acquires Intentional Software to simplify future Office 365 collaboration - April 24 at 5:49 PM logoStocks ended Monday's session sharply higher - April 24 at 5:49 PM logoMicrosoft Is Helping LinkedIn Realize Its Untapped Potential - April 24 at 5:49 PM logoMicrosoft Announces First Official LinkedIn Integrations - April 24 at 5:49 PM logoAs the Nasdaq closes in on 6K, it has Apple, Microsoft and the 'big five' tech stocks to thank - April 24 at 3:05 PM logoWill Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Stock Disappoint in Q3 Earnings? - April 24 at 2:03 PM logoDoes anyone actually use (or even know about) Microsoft's Edge browser? - April 24 at 12:46 PM logoA watch running Windows 10 is coming from Microsoft partner Trekstor - April 24 at 12:46 PM logoDoes Microsoft have what it takes to take on the Chromebook and the iPad? - April 24 at 12:46 PM logoMicrosoft is expanding its IoT offerings - April 24 at 12:46 PM logoMicrosoft CEO says these 2 qualities help a company succeed - April 24 at 12:46 PM logoMicrosoft Upgrades Business Software, Takes Aim at Salesforce - April 24 at 12:45 PM


Frequently Asked Questions for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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. Shareholders 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 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.30%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 16th.

How were Microsoft's earnings last quarter?

Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced its earnings results on Tuesday, July, 19th. The company reported $0.69 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.58 by $0.11. The firm earned $22.60 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $22.15 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 32.12% and a net margin of 19.57%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.60 earnings per share.

When will Microsoft make its next earnings announcement?

Microsoft is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, July, 18th 2017.

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

34 analysts have issued 12 month target prices for Microsoft's stock. Their predictions range from $45.00 to $80.00. On average, they anticipate Microsoft's share price to reach $67.18 in the next year.

What are analysts saying about Microsoft stock?

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

  • 1. Pacific Crest analysts commented, "We expect another solid earnings report on April 24. Tailwinds should position Microsoft for the highest revenue growth in two years (7% y/y) and the fourth straight quarter of double-digit growth in FCF. We expect Microsoft’s cloud strategy to come into full bloom at the Build user conference in Seattle on May 10. We remain confident in MSFT as a core Overweight holding. MSFT poised to deliver the highest revenue growth in two years. Several tailwinds should position Microsoft for an acceleration in revenue growth during FQ3 (March). These include (1) robust commercial cloud growth in excess of 40% y/y, (2) the second consecutive quarter of growth in Windows OEM driven by the Win10 commercial refresh cycle, and (3) a full-quarter benefit of LinkedIn that could boost overall revenue growth by ~400 basis points from last year. Commercial cloud remains the key growth engine. Commercial cloud should increase by at least 40% this quarter, exceeding a $14.3 billion annual run-rate. The cloud gross margin will be more dependent on the mix of large deals but could remain in the high-40% range despite Azure price cuts. Microsoft appears comfortably on track to reach its goal of growing its cloud segment to a $20 billion run-rate in 2018." (4/20/2017)
  • 2. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Microsoft has underperformed the Zacks categorized Computer Software industry on a year-to-date basis. We note that estimates have been going down lately ahead of the company’s fiscal Q3 earnings release. The company has mixed record of earnings surprises in recent quarters. Microsoft is benefiting from continuing enterprise strength, strong Office 365 adoption, robust penetration of Azure and promising new products. Further, the addition of LinkedIn will boost the company's presence in the social media market. The recently announced Dies acquisition and investment in Flipkart is also positive. However, strong U.S. dollar is expected to remain a concern. Moreover, competition is stiff and the company’s dominant position in the PC market continues to be challenged which are headwinds." (4/11/2017)
  • 3. 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)
  • 4. 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 increase in short interest in April. As of April 13th, there was short interest totalling 45,192,672 shares, an increase of 8.8% from the March 31st total of 41,539,297 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 17,655,497 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 2.6 days. Currently, 0.6% of the shares of the company are sold short.

Who owns Microsoft stock?

Microsoft's stock is owned by a number of of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include Fisher Asset Management LLC (0.24%), Russell Investments Group Ltd. (0.15%), State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D (0.12%), Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. (0.10%), First Manhattan Co. (0.10%) and Strs Ohio (0.09%). 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 Columbus Circle Investors, Korea Investment CORP, Manning & Napier Advisors LLC, CWM LLC, Mondrian Investment Partners LTD, River Road Asset Management LLC, Cornerstone Investment Partners LLC and Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt. 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 Russell Investments Group Ltd., DnB Asset Management AS, Hermes Investment Management Ltd., Waverton Investment Management Ltd, Doyle Wealth Management, Fisher Asset Management LLC, Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. and Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc..

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 $67.83.

Microsoft (MSFT) Chart for Thursday, April, 27, 2017

This page was last updated on 4/27/2017 by Staff