S&P 500   5,057.00 (+1.51%)
DOW   38,866.42 (+0.66%)
QQQ   435.71 (+2.37%)
AAPL   183.15 (+0.46%)
MSFT   411.53 (+2.32%)
META   486.42 (+3.93%)
GOOGL   144.03 (+1.04%)
AMZN   172.77 (+2.48%)
TSLA   192.24 (-1.30%)
NVDA   779.33 (+15.50%)
NIO   5.75 (-3.69%)
AMD   180.72 (+10.00%)
BABA   75.65 (+0.09%)
T   16.61 (-2.29%)
F   12.18 (+0.33%)
MU   85.52 (+4.95%)
CGC   3.43 (-0.29%)
GE   151.10 (+1.36%)
DIS   108.05 (+0.35%)
AMC   4.48 (-1.97%)
PFE   27.27 (-1.45%)
PYPL   57.70 (+0.38%)
XOM   104.69 (-0.15%)
S&P 500   5,057.00 (+1.51%)
DOW   38,866.42 (+0.66%)
QQQ   435.71 (+2.37%)
AAPL   183.15 (+0.46%)
MSFT   411.53 (+2.32%)
META   486.42 (+3.93%)
GOOGL   144.03 (+1.04%)
AMZN   172.77 (+2.48%)
TSLA   192.24 (-1.30%)
NVDA   779.33 (+15.50%)
NIO   5.75 (-3.69%)
AMD   180.72 (+10.00%)
BABA   75.65 (+0.09%)
T   16.61 (-2.29%)
F   12.18 (+0.33%)
MU   85.52 (+4.95%)
CGC   3.43 (-0.29%)
GE   151.10 (+1.36%)
DIS   108.05 (+0.35%)
AMC   4.48 (-1.97%)
PFE   27.27 (-1.45%)
PYPL   57.70 (+0.38%)
XOM   104.69 (-0.15%)
S&P 500   5,057.00 (+1.51%)
DOW   38,866.42 (+0.66%)
QQQ   435.71 (+2.37%)
AAPL   183.15 (+0.46%)
MSFT   411.53 (+2.32%)
META   486.42 (+3.93%)
GOOGL   144.03 (+1.04%)
AMZN   172.77 (+2.48%)
TSLA   192.24 (-1.30%)
NVDA   779.33 (+15.50%)
NIO   5.75 (-3.69%)
AMD   180.72 (+10.00%)
BABA   75.65 (+0.09%)
T   16.61 (-2.29%)
F   12.18 (+0.33%)
MU   85.52 (+4.95%)
CGC   3.43 (-0.29%)
GE   151.10 (+1.36%)
DIS   108.05 (+0.35%)
AMC   4.48 (-1.97%)
PFE   27.27 (-1.45%)
PYPL   57.70 (+0.38%)
XOM   104.69 (-0.15%)
S&P 500   5,057.00 (+1.51%)
DOW   38,866.42 (+0.66%)
QQQ   435.71 (+2.37%)
AAPL   183.15 (+0.46%)
MSFT   411.53 (+2.32%)
META   486.42 (+3.93%)
GOOGL   144.03 (+1.04%)
AMZN   172.77 (+2.48%)
TSLA   192.24 (-1.30%)
NVDA   779.33 (+15.50%)
NIO   5.75 (-3.69%)
AMD   180.72 (+10.00%)
BABA   75.65 (+0.09%)
T   16.61 (-2.29%)
F   12.18 (+0.33%)
MU   85.52 (+4.95%)
CGC   3.43 (-0.29%)
GE   151.10 (+1.36%)
DIS   108.05 (+0.35%)
AMC   4.48 (-1.97%)
PFE   27.27 (-1.45%)
PYPL   57.70 (+0.38%)
XOM   104.69 (-0.15%)

Microsoft (MSFT) Competitors

$411.53
+9.35 (+2.32%)
(As of 10:40 AM ET)

MSFT vs. AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL, NVDA, AMZN, META, ORCL, CSCO, IBM, and NOW

Should you be buying Microsoft stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of Microsoft include Apple (AAPL), Alphabet (GOOG), Alphabet (GOOGL), NVIDIA (NVDA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Meta Platforms (META), Oracle (ORCL), Cisco Systems (CSCO), International Business Machines (IBM), and ServiceNow (NOW).

Microsoft vs.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, community ranking, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, media sentiment and profitability.

Apple has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Microsoft has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

In the previous week, Apple had 24 more articles in the media than Microsoft. MarketBeat recorded 130 mentions for Apple and 106 mentions for Microsoft. Apple's average media sentiment score of 0.67 beat Microsoft's score of 0.51 indicating that Microsoft is being referred to more favorably in the news media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
Apple
39 Very Positive mention(s)
25 Positive mention(s)
34 Neutral mention(s)
28 Negative mention(s)
3 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive
Microsoft
58 Very Positive mention(s)
18 Positive mention(s)
22 Neutral mention(s)
7 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive

Apple presently has a consensus target price of $205.27, indicating a potential upside of 12.59%. Microsoft has a consensus target price of $411.06, indicating a potential upside of 2.21%. Given Microsoft's higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Apple is more favorable than Microsoft.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apple
1 Sell rating(s)
10 Hold rating(s)
21 Buy rating(s)
1 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.67
Microsoft
0 Sell rating(s)
3 Hold rating(s)
36 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.92

Apple received 4093 more outperform votes than Microsoft when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 82.28% of users gave Apple an outperform vote while only 72.43% of users gave Microsoft an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
AppleOutperform Votes
7230
82.28%
Underperform Votes
1557
17.72%
MicrosoftOutperform Votes
3137
72.43%
Underperform Votes
1194
27.57%

Microsoft has a net margin of 36.27% compared to Microsoft's net margin of 26.16%. Microsoft's return on equity of 156.04% beat Apple's return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apple26.16% 156.04% 29.39%
Microsoft 36.27%38.40%19.33%

Apple has higher revenue and earnings than Microsoft. Apple is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Microsoft, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Apple$383.29B7.35$97.00B$6.4228.40
Microsoft$211.92B14.10$72.36B$11.0636.36

58.5% of Apple shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.2% of Microsoft shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Apple shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of Microsoft shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Apple pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Microsoft pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Apple pays out 15.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Microsoft pays out 27.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Apple has raised its dividend for 12 consecutive years and Microsoft has raised its dividend for 22 consecutive years. Microsoft is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Apple beats Microsoft on 12 of the 22 factors compared between the two stocks.


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New MarketBeat Followers Over Time

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Media Sentiment Over Time

This chart shows the average media sentiment of NASDAQ and its competitors over the past 90 days as caculated by MarketBeat. The averaged score is equivalent to the following: Very Negative Sentiment <= -1.5, Negative Sentiment > -1.5 and <= -0.5, Neutral Sentiment > -0.5 and < 0.5, Positive Sentiment >= 0.5 and < 1.5, and Very Positive Sentiment >= 1.5.
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MSFT vs. The Competition

MetricMicrosoftPrepackaged software IndustryComputer SectorNASDAQ Exchange
Market Cap$2.99T$21.72B$17.46B$7.34B
Dividend Yield0.74%1.95%2.77%3.85%
P/E Ratio36.36143.87257.6218.18
Price / Sales14.108.06540.0957.77
Price / Cash34.4486.3332.3554.06
Price / Book12.5413.367.534.56
Net Income$72.36B$335.05M$532.54M$207.35M
7 Day Performance-1.79%-1.24%-0.31%0.64%
1 Month Performance0.88%6.00%3.52%4.52%
1 Year Performance59.17%9.03%15.43%3.76%

Microsoft Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
AAPL
Apple
4.9061 of 5 stars
$184.15
-0.5%
$205.72
+11.7%
+22.8%$2.84T$383.29B28.68161,000Analyst Revision
GOOG
Alphabet
3.7697 of 5 stars
$147.14
+0.5%
$146.33
-0.5%
+56.3%$1.84T$307.39B25.37182,381Analyst Revision
GOOGL
Alphabet
2.5895 of 5 stars
$145.94
+0.6%
$153.65
+5.3%
+55.3%$1.83T$307.39B25.16182,502Analyst Revision
NVDA
NVIDIA
4.7979 of 5 stars
$739.00
+2.5%
$633.73
-14.2%
+226.7%$1.83T$44.87B97.4926,196Earnings Report
Dividend Announcement
Analyst Report
Gap Down
AMZN
Amazon.com
4.8671 of 5 stars
$170.98
+1.4%
$197.95
+15.8%
+78.3%$1.78T$574.79B58.961,525,000Insider Selling
META
Meta Platforms
3.6213 of 5 stars
$473.28
+2.9%
$494.53
+4.5%
+172.0%$1.21T$134.90B31.7667,317Insider Selling
Analyst Revision
Gap Up
ORCL
Oracle
4.9722 of 5 stars
$114.24
+0.5%
$127.00
+11.2%
+25.5%$314.04B$51.63B31.56164,000Gap Up
CSCO
Cisco Systems
4.9212 of 5 stars
$50.28
+1.3%
$58.26
+15.9%
-2.4%$204.31B$58.03B15.1984,900
IBM
International Business Machines
4.6617 of 5 stars
$183.57
-0.1%
$171.92
-6.3%
+36.5%$167.62B$61.86B22.58345,000
NOW
ServiceNow
4.5376 of 5 stars
$792.00
+2.4%
$750.93
-5.2%
+73.2%$162.36B$8.97B94.1722,668Insider Selling
Gap Up

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This page (NASDAQ:MSFT) was last updated on 2/22/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff