Microsoft (MSFT) Stock Price, News & Analysis

+1.84 (+0.46%)
(As of 05:36 PM ET)
Today's Range
50-Day Range
52-Week Range
20.26 million shs
Average Volume
21.96 million shs
Market Capitalization
$2.98 trillion
P/E Ratio
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Price Target

Microsoft MarketRank™ Stock Analysis

Analyst Rating
Moderate Buy
2.92 Rating Score
8.3% Upside
$434.05 Price Target
Short Interest
0.76% of Float Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Based on Four Factors
Upright™ Environmental Score
News Sentiment
0.58mentions of Microsoft in the last 14 days
Based on 135 Articles This Week
Insider Trading
Selling Shares
$30.69 M Sold Last Quarter
Proj. Earnings Growth
From $11.61 to $13.15 Per Share

Overall MarketRank

New Rank-Based ScoringMarketRank is calculated by averaging available category scores (with extra weight given to analysis and valuation), then ranking the company's weighted average against that of other companies.

4.60 out of 5 stars

Computer And Technology Sector

84th out of 585 stocks

Prepackaged Software Industry

21st out of 200 stocks

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About Microsoft Stock (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The two quit their respective Harvard schooling and programming jobs to start a software company focused on the then-popular Altair 8800. Originally named Micro-Soft, Microsoft is a portmanteau of the words microprocessor and software. The company quickly took off and was relocated to Washington State where it is headquartered today.

Microsoft launched a game called Flight Simulator in 1982 that has since become the longest-running video game franchise. The company’s first major breakthrough came in the early 80s when it licensed MS-DOS to IBM for their personal computer and then another came in 1985 the company altered the way computers were used when it launched Windows. Windows used a graphical interface to display information that included drop-down menus, scroll bars, and other features commonly found in operating systems today.

Microsoft went public in 1986 making founder Bill Gates the world’s youngest billionaire. Other innovations that helped make the company’s name include Windows 95 which included many upgrades to the original and, when the Internet took off, Internet Explorer. Bill Gates gave up his role as CEO in 2000 and the company is now run by Satya Nadella. Mr. Nadella took over the role of CEO in 2014 and then the role of chairman in 2021.

Today the company develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. The company operates in three segments that include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud, and More Personal Computing. As of 2022, Microsoft’s Azure powered more than 20% of the Cloud putting it in second place globally.

The Productivity and Business Processes segment offers several software solutions including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Security and Compliance, Microsoft Viva, and Skype for Business. Microsoft also operates Skype,, OneDrive, and LinkedIn for business professionals as well as Dynamics 365. Dynamics 365 is a set of cloud-based and on-premises business solutions for organizations and enterprises of all sizes.

The Intelligent Cloud segment licenses SQL, Windows Servers, Visual Studio, System Center, and related Client Access Licenses. Microsoft Intelligent Cloud also operates GitHub which is a collaboration platform and code hosting service for developers. Intelligent Cloud also hosts Nuance healthcare and enterprise AI solutions, and Azure, a cloud platform, as well as associated services.

The More Personal Computing segment provides Windows original equipment manufacturer (OEM) licensing and other licensing of the Windows family of operating systems. This includes Windows Commercial, Windows cloud services, and Windows Internet of Things.

The More Personal Computing segment also offers Surface, PC accessories, PCs, tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, Xbox hardware, and Xbox content and services including video games and third-party video game royalties. The company sells its products through OEMs, distributors, and resellers; and directly through digital marketplaces, online stores, and retail stores.

MSFT Stock Price History

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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Prepackaged software
Systems Software
Current Symbol
Year Founded

Price Target and Rating

Average Stock Price Target
High Stock Price Target
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Potential Upside/Downside
Consensus Rating
Moderate Buy
Rating Score (0-4)
Research Coverage
38 Analysts


Net Income
$72.36 billion
Pretax Margin


Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales
$227.58 billion
Cash Flow
$11.79 per share
Book Value
$27.76 per share


Outstanding Shares
Free Float
Market Cap
$2.98 trillion

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Should I Buy Microsoft Stock? MSFT Pros and Cons Explained


Here are some ways that investors could benefit from investing in Microsoft:

  • Microsoft's strong presence in the cloud computing market with Azure, competing effectively against industry leaders like Amazon Web Services.
  • Ongoing innovation and success in software development, highlighted by the popularity of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams.
  • Consistent revenue growth and profitability, providing stability and potential returns for investors.
  • Recent strategic acquisitions, such as the purchase of Nuance Communications, expanding Microsoft's capabilities in AI and healthcare technology.
  • Current stock price showing resilience and growth potential, reflecting positive market sentiment towards Microsoft's future prospects.


Investors should be bearish about investing in Microsoft for these reasons:

  • Potential regulatory challenges due to Microsoft's market dominance in certain sectors, leading to increased scrutiny and legal issues.
  • Risks associated with cybersecurity threats and data privacy concerns, impacting customer trust and potentially affecting Microsoft's reputation.
  • Competition from other tech giants like Google and Apple, posing challenges in maintaining market share and innovation leadership.
  • Dependency on global economic conditions, making Microsoft vulnerable to economic downturns and fluctuations in consumer spending.
  • Uncertainties in the geopolitical landscape affecting international operations and trade policies, introducing risks to Microsoft's global business strategies.
These pros and cons were generated based on recent news and financial data from MarketBeat in order to provide readers with the fastest and most accurate insights. They were last updated on Thursday, April 11, 2024. Please send any questions or comments about these Microsoft pros and cons to

MSFT Stock Analysis - Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy or sell Microsoft stock right now?

38 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Microsoft in the last year. There are currently 3 hold ratings and 35 buy ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street analysts is that investors should "moderate buy" MSFT shares.
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What is Microsoft's stock price target for 2024?

38 analysts have issued 12-month price targets for Microsoft's stock. Their MSFT share price targets range from $232.00 to $600.00. On average, they expect the company's stock price to reach $434.05 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 8.3% from the stock's current price.
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How have MSFT shares performed in 2024?

Microsoft's stock was trading at $376.04 at the beginning of 2024. Since then, MSFT stock has increased by 6.6% and is now trading at $400.96.
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When is Microsoft's next earnings date?

The company is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, April 25th 2024.
View our MSFT earnings forecast

How can I listen to Microsoft's earnings call?

Microsoft will be holding an earnings conference call on Thursday, April 25th at 5:30 PM Eastern. Interested parties can register for or listen to the call using this link.

How were Microsoft's earnings last quarter?

Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) posted its earnings results on Tuesday, January, 30th. The software giant reported $2.93 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.76 by $0.17. The software giant had revenue of $62.02 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $61.14 billion. Microsoft had a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 38.40% and a net margin of 36.27%. Microsoft's revenue was up 17.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $2.32 earnings per share.
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How often does Microsoft pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Microsoft?

Microsoft declared a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, March 12th. Investors of record on Thursday, May 16th will be paid a dividend of $0.75 per share on Thursday, June 13th. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.75%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 15th.
Read our dividend analysis for MSFT

Is Microsoft a good dividend stock?

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 0.74%. The company has been increasing its dividend for 22 consecutive years, indicating the company has a strong committment to maintain and grow its dividend. The dividend payout ratio is 27.12%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, MSFT will have a dividend payout ratio of 22.81% next year. This indicates that the company will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
Read our dividend analysis for MSFT.

What guidance has Microsoft issued on next quarter's earnings?

Microsoft issued an update on its third quarter 2024 earnings guidance on Tuesday, January, 30th. The company provided EPS guidance of for the period. The company issued revenue guidance of $60.0 billion-$61.0 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $56.2 billion.

What is Satya Nadella's approval rating as Microsoft's CEO?

11,127 employees have rated Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella on Satya Nadella has an approval rating of 98% among the company's employees. This puts Satya Nadella in the top 20% of approval ratings compared to other CEOs of publicly-traded companies.

What other stocks do shareholders of Microsoft own?

Based on aggregate information from My MarketBeat watchlists, some companies that other Microsoft investors own include NVIDIA (NVDA), Alibaba Group (BABA), Micron Technology (MU), General Electric (GE), Tesla (TSLA), Walt Disney (DIS), Intel (INTC), Netflix (NFLX), Visa (V).

Who are Microsoft's major shareholders?

Microsoft's stock is owned by many different institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. (0.26%), Los Angeles Capital Management LLC (0.07%), Allspring Global Investments Holdings LLC (0.06%), AMF Tjanstepension AB (0.03%), State of Michigan Retirement System (0.03%) and Global Assets Advisory LLC (0.03%). Insiders that own company stock include Amy Hood, Bradford L Smith, Christopher C Capossela, Christopher C Capossela, Corp Microsoft, Emma N Walmsley, Judson Althoff, Kathleen T Hogan, Satya Nadella and Teri List.
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How do I buy shares of Microsoft?

Shares of MSFT stock can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Charles Schwab, E*TRADE, Fidelity, and Vanguard Brokerage Services.
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Does Microsoft have any subsidiaries?
The following companies are subsidiares of Microsoft: 5th Finger, 90 Degree Software, ADRM Software, AVIcode, Acompli, ActiveViews, Activision Blizzard, AdECN, Adallom, Adxstudio, Affirmed Networks, Alacris,, Altamira Software, AltspaceVR, Aorato, Apiphany, Apptimum, Aspect Software Inc, AssetMetrix Corporation, Avere Systems, Azyxxi, BigPark, Bit Stadium GmbH, Blue Ribbon SoundWorks, BlueStripe, BlueTalon, Bonsai, Bruce Artwick Organization, Bungie, Caligari Corporation, Calista Technologies, Canesta, Capptain, Chalkup, Ciao, Citus Data, Clear Software, Clickstream Technologies, Clipchamp, CloudKnox Security, Cloudyn, Code Connect, Colloquis, Colusa Software, CompareNet, Compulsion Games, Connectix, Consumers Software, Cooper & Peters, Credentica, CyberX, Cycle Computing, DATAllegro, Danger, DataSense, Datazen Software, DeepMetrix,, DesktopStandard, Digital Anvil, Dimension X, Donya Labs, Double Labs, EXOS, Echo Locker, Electric Gravity, Engyro, Entropic, Entropic Research Laboratories, Equivio, Event Zero, Express Logic, FASA Interactive, FSLogix, FantasySalesTeam, Farecast, Fast Search & Transfer, FieldOne Systems, Firefly Network, Flipgrid, FolderShare, Forethought, Fox Software, Frontbridge Technologies, GIANT Company Software, Genee, Github, Global Care Solutions, Great Plains Software, GreenButton, Greenfield Online, Groove (dba Zikera), Groove Networks, Gteko, Havok, Hexadite, HockeyApp, HotMail, InMage Systems, InRelease, Intentional Software, Interactive Supercomputing, Interse, Intrinsa, Jump Networks, Kidaro, Kinvolk, Komoku, LinkAge Software, LinkedIn, LinkedIn Corporation, LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Lionhead Studios, LiveLoop, Lobe, Lookout Software, MESA Group, MIXER, Maluuba, MarketingPilot, Massive,, Medstory, Merchant Planet, MessageCast, Metanautix, Metaswitch Networks, MetricsHub, Miburo, Microsoft Global Finance, Microsoft Ireland Operations Limited, Microsoft Ireland Research, Microsoft Online Inc., MinecraftEdu, Minit, MobiComp, Mobile Data Labs, Mojang Studios, MongoMusic, Motion Bridge, Mover, Movere, MultiMap, Musiwave, N-trig, NCompass Labs, Navic Networks, Navic Systems, Navision, NetCarta, NetGames, Netbreeze, Netwise, Network Managers, NextBase, Ninja Theory, Nokia - Devices & Services Business, Nuance Communications, Nuance Communications Inc., Numinous Technologies, Obsidian Entertainment, OmniBrowse, One Tree Software Ltd, Onfolio, Opalis Software, Open Build Service, Orions Systems, Pacific Microsonics, Pando Networks, Parature, Parlano, Peach Networks, Peer5, Pelican Security, Perceptive Pixel, PhoneFactor, PlaceWare, PlayFab, Playground Games, Powerset, ProClarity, Prodiance Corporation, PromoteIQ, R2 Studios, RAV Antivirus, Rapt, Rare, ReFirm Labs, RenderMorphics, Revolution Analytics, RiskIQ, Rosetta Biosoftware, STNC, Screen Tonic, SeaDragon Software, Secure Islands Technologies, Semantic Machines, Sendit, Sentillion, ShadowFactor Software, Skype,, SoftImage, Softomotive, Softricity, Softway Systems, Solair, StorSimple, Stratature, Sunrise, Suplari, SwiftKey, Swing Technologies, Sybari, SyntaxTree, TakeLessons, Talko, Teleo, Tellme, Tellme, The Marsden Group, Twisted Pixel Games, Two Hat Security, Undead Labs, Unveil Technologies, VXtreme, Valence Research, Valence Technology, Vermeer Technologies, Vexcel, Vicinity Corporation, VideoSurf, Visio Corporation, VoloMetrix, Wand Labs, WebFives, WebTV Networks, Whale Communications, Windows Live Hotmail, Winternals, Wunderlist, XDegrees, XOXCO, Xamarin, Xandr, YaData, Yammer, ZeniMax, Zoomit, Zoomix, aQuantive, devBiz Business Solutions, eShop, iView Multimedia, id8 Group R2 Studios, inXile Entertainment, jClarity, and linkexchange.
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