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Microsoft - MSFT Stock Forecast, Price & News

$258.35
-6.25 (-2.36%)
(As of 02/3/2023 05:18 PM ET)
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Today's Range
$257.10
$264.20
50-Day Range
$222.31
$264.60
52-Week Range
$213.43
$315.95
Volume
29.05 million shs
Average Volume
33.31 million shs
Market Capitalization
$1.92 trillion
P/E Ratio
28.71
Dividend Yield
1.08%
Price Target
$283.09

Microsoft MarketRank™ Forecast

Analyst Rating
Moderate Buy
2.82 Rating Score
Upside/​Downside
9.5% Upside
$282.77 Price Target
Short Interest
Healthy
0.49% of Float Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Strong
Based on Four Factors
Sustainability
-0.75
Upright™ Environmental Score
News Sentiment
0.11mentions of Microsoft in the last 14 days
Based on 107 Articles This Week
Insider Trading
Selling Shares
$6.14 M Sold Last Quarter
Proj. Earnings Growth
12.71%
From $9.36 to $10.55 Per Share

Overall MarketRank

MarketRank is calculated as an average of available category scores, with extra weight given to analysis and valuation.

2.87 out of 5 stars

Computer And Technology Sector

33rd out of 610 stocks

Prepackaged Software Industry

6th out of 215 stocks

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About Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Stock

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, Outlook.com, 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.

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MSFT Stock News Headlines

A surprising burst of US hiring in January: 517,000 jobs
For nearly a year, the Federal Reserve has been on a mission to cool down the job market to help curb the nation’s worst inflation bout in four decades
Microsoft: Iran unit behind Charlie Hebdo hack-and-leak op
After the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s launched a cartoon contest to mock Iran’s ruling cleric, a state-backed Iranian cyber unit struck back in early January with a hack-and-leak campaign intent on striking fear with the claimed pilfering of a big subscriber database
“Future Fuel” will unleash $11 trillion wave of wealth
The next major energy revolution is unfolding right now. And it could hand early investors as much as 46,700% gains…
US adds a surprisingly strong 517,000 jobs despite Fed hikes
America’s employers added a robust 517,000 jobs in January, a surprisingly strong gain in the face of the Federal Reserve’s aggressive drive to slow growth and tame inflation with higher interest rates
Nvidia Rallies As Investors Bullish On Chipmaker's AI Business (MSFT)
Nvidia made a name for itself with graphics chips for video games, but lately, the company has been carving a niche in the growing field of AI.
Microsoft Fast Integrating AI Into Enterprise & Healthcare Suites
Microsoft is making investments in AI technologies for applications including search, enterprise and productivity, and healthcare.
Apple suffers 1st quarterly sales decline in nearly 4 years
Apple has posted its first quarterly revenue drop in nearly four years
Cathie Woods' Ark Innovation ETF Set To Rebound in 2023? (MSFT)
Can gains in Tesla, Zoom, Exact Sciences, and other growth stocks set the stage for Cathie Woods' Ark Innovation Fund to stage a comeback in 2023?
“Future Fuel” will unleash $11 trillion wave of wealth
The next major energy revolution is unfolding right now. And it could hand early investors as much as 46,700% gains…
Google has the next move as Microsoft embraces OpenAI buzz
Startup OpenAI released its ChatGPT artificial intelligence tool into the wild late last year with great fanfare
Has The Salesforce Turnaround Begun? (MSFT)
Salesforce’s shares are up 30% from the multi-year lows they hit at the end of December and it’s clear the bulls have the upper hand for now.
These AI, Cloud Stocks are Down Significantly, Not For Long (MSFT)
These three AI/Cloud stocks are near historic lows but the industry is growing. As such, any of these could rebound; though it may take longer for some.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Price Target Cut to $259.47
Microsoft rolls out ChatGPT-powered Teams Premium
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MSFT Company Calendar

Ex-Dividend for 12/8 Dividend
11/16/2022
Dividend Payable
12/08/2022
Last Earnings
1/24/2023
Today
2/03/2023
Ex-Dividend for 3/9 Dividend
2/15/2023
Dividend Payable
3/09/2023
Next Earnings (Estimated)
4/25/2023
Fiscal Year End
6/30/2023

Industry, Sector and Symbol

Industry
Prepackaged software
Sub-Industry
Systems Software
Current Symbol
NASDAQ:MSFT
CUSIP
59491810
Employees
221,000
Year Founded
1975

Price Target and Rating

Average Stock Price Forecast
$282.77
High Stock Price Forecast
$411.00
Low Stock Price Forecast
$212.00
Forecasted Upside/Downside
+9.6%
Consensus Rating
Moderate Buy
Rating Score (0-4)
2.82
Research Coverage
33 Analysts

Profitability

Net Income
$72.74 billion
Pretax Margin
40.47%

Debt

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales
$198.27 billion
Cash Flow
$11.50 per share
Book Value
$24.60 per share

Miscellaneous

Outstanding Shares
7,443,800,000
Free Float
7,441,571,000
Market Cap
$1.92 trillion
Optionable
Optionable
Beta
0.92

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Key Executives

  • Satya NadellaSatya Nadella
    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
  • Bradford L. SmithBradford L. Smith
    President & Chief Legal Officer
  • Kirk Koenigsbauer
    COO & VP-Experiences & Devices Group
  • Amy E. HoodAmy E. Hood
    Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President
  • James Kevin Scott
    Chief Technology Officer & Executive VP













MSFT Stock - Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy or sell Microsoft stock right now?

33 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Microsoft in the last twelve months. There are currently 1 sell rating, 4 hold ratings and 28 buy ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street analysts is that investors should "buy" MSFT shares.
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What is Microsoft's stock price forecast for 2023?

33 analysts have issued 1-year price targets for Microsoft's stock. Their MSFT share price forecasts range from $212.00 to $411.00. On average, they anticipate the company's stock price to reach $282.77 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 7.9% from the stock's current price.
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How have MSFT shares performed in 2023?

Microsoft's stock was trading at $239.82 at the beginning of the year. Since then, MSFT stock has increased by 9.3% and is now trading at $262.15.
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When is Microsoft's next earnings date?

The company is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, April 25th 2023.
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How were Microsoft's earnings last quarter?

Microsoft Co. (NASDAQ:MSFT) posted its earnings results on Tuesday, January, 24th. The software giant reported $2.32 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.27 by $0.05. The software giant had revenue of $52.75 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $53.17 billion. Microsoft had a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 39.87% and a net margin of 33.05%. The business's revenue was up 2.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $2.48 EPS.
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How often does Microsoft pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Microsoft?

Microsoft announced a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, November 29th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 16th will be paid a dividend of $0.68 per share on Thursday, March 9th. This represents a $2.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.04%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 15th.
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Is Microsoft a good dividend stock?

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) pays an annual dividend of $2.72 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 1.08%. The company has been increasing its dividend for 20 consecutive years, indicating the company has a strong committment to maintain and grow its dividend. The dividend payout ratio is 30.22%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, MSFT will have a dividend payout ratio of 25.78% next year. This indicates that the company will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
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How will Microsoft's stock buyback program work?

Microsoft declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a share buyback program on Tuesday, September 14th 2021, which permits the company to repurchase $60,000,000,000.00 in shares, according to EventVestor. This repurchase authorization permits the company to repurchase up to 2.7% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are usually an indication that the company's board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

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

Microsoft issued an update on its third quarter 2023 earnings guidance on Wednesday, January, 25th. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of for the period. The company issued revenue guidance of $50.50 billion-$51.50 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $52.45 billion.

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

11,127 employees have rated Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella on Glassdoor.com. 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).

What is Microsoft's stock symbol?

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

Who are Microsoft's major shareholders?

Microsoft's stock is owned by many different retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. (0.30%), New York State Common Retirement Fund (0.19%), Bank of Montreal Can (0.18%), New York State Teachers Retirement System (0.12%), Parnassus Investments LLC (0.11%) and Allspring Global Investments Holdings LLC (0.08%). Insiders that own company stock include Amy Hood, Bradford L Smith, Christopher C Capossela, Christopher C Capossela, Emma N Walmsley, Frank H Brod, Jean Philippe Courtois, Judson Althoff, Kathleen T Hogan, Margaret L Johnson, 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 WeBull, Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Robinhood, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab.
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What is Microsoft's stock price today?

One share of MSFT stock can currently be purchased for approximately $262.15.

How much money does Microsoft make?

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has a market capitalization of $1.95 trillion and generates $198.27 billion in revenue each year. The software giant earns $72.74 billion in net income (profit) each year or $9.00 on an earnings per share basis.

How many employees does Microsoft have?

The company employs 221,000 workers across the globe.

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, Ally.io, 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, Deis.com, 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, Media-Streams.com, 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, Smash.gg, 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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How can I contact Microsoft?

Microsoft's mailing address is ONE MICROSOFT WAY, REDMOND WA, 98052. The official website for the company is www.microsoft.com. The software giant can be reached via phone at (425) 882-8080, via email at msft@microsoft.com, or via fax at 425-706-7329.

This page (NASDAQ:MSFT) was last updated on 2/3/2023 by MarketBeat.com Staff