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Microsoft - MSFT Competitors

$248.16
+0.16 (+0.06%)
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Today's Range
$246.83
$249.83
50-Day Range
$222.31
$257.22
52-Week Range
$213.43
$315.95
Volume
26.50 million shs
Average Volume
34.08 million shs
Market Capitalization
$1.85 trillion
P/E Ratio
27.57
Dividend Yield
1.10%
Price Target
$283.09

MSFT vs. AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL, NVDA, TSM, ORCL, NOW, VMW, QLYS, and CVLT

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), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM), Oracle (ORCL), ServiceNow (NOW), VMware (VMW), Qualys (QLYS), and Commvault Systems (CVLT). These companies are all part of the "computer and technology" sector.

Microsoft vs.

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

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
Microsoft$198.27 billion9.32$72.74 billion$9.0027.57
Apple$394.33 billion5.86$99.80 billion$6.1123.88

69.2% of Microsoft shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.6% of Apple shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Microsoft shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Apple shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Microsoft pays an annual dividend of $2.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Apple pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Microsoft pays out 30.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Apple pays out 15.1% 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 received 4096 more outperform votes than Microsoft when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 82.89% of users gave Apple an outperform vote while only 73.48% of users gave Microsoft an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
MicrosoftOutperform Votes
3065
73.48%
Underperform Votes
1106
26.52%
AppleOutperform Votes
7161
82.89%
Underperform Votes
1478
17.11%

Microsoft has a net margin of 33.05% compared to Apple's net margin of 25.31%. Apple's return on equity of 160.90% beat Microsoft's return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Microsoft 33.05% 39.87% 19.08%
Apple 25.31% 160.90% 28.09%

Microsoft currently has a consensus price target of $283.09, suggesting a potential upside of 14.08%. Apple has a consensus price target of $163.15, suggesting a potential upside of 11.80%. Given Microsoft's stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Microsoft is more favorable than Apple.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Microsoft
1 Sell rating(s)
4 Hold rating(s)
28 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.82
Apple
2 Sell rating(s)
5 Hold rating(s)
20 Buy rating(s)
1 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.71

In the previous week, Microsoft had 124 more articles in the media than Apple. MarketBeat recorded 214 mentions for Microsoft and 90 mentions for Apple. Apple's average media sentiment score of 0.50 beat Microsoft's score of -0.01 indicating that Apple is being referred to more favorably in the news media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
Microsoft
35 Very Positive mention(s)
28 Positive mention(s)
45 Neutral mention(s)
30 Negative mention(s)
14 Very Negative mention(s)
Neutral
Apple
42 Very Positive mention(s)
7 Positive mention(s)
17 Neutral mention(s)
16 Negative mention(s)
3 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive

Microsoft has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Apple has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Apple beats Microsoft on 11 of the 21 factors compared between the two stocks.


New MarketBeat Followers Over Time

This chart shows the number of new MarketBeat users adding MSFT and its top 5 competitors to their watchlist. Each company is represented with a line over a 90 day period.
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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$1.85T$14.24B$12.44B$5.73B
Dividend Yield1.10%2.26%4.56%4.03%
P/E Ratio27.5738.44360.4413.14
Price / Sales9.329.44780.9079.58
Price / Cash22.0673.7354.12106.38
Price / Book10.096.836.635.77
Net Income$72.74B$329.11M$817.39M$241.01M
7 Day Performance2.30%14.79%10.96%6.42%
1 Month Performance3.48%31.51%24.11%23.48%
1 Year Performance-19.50%-24.08%-8.14%-8.50%

Microsoft Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
AAPL
Apple
2.9491 of 5 stars
$145.93
+1.4%
$166.16
+13.9%
-14.3%$2.31T$394.33B23.88164,000Upcoming Earnings
Analyst Report
GOOG
Alphabet
2.8799 of 5 stars
$100.71
+1.6%
$140.90
+39.9%
-24.4%$1.30T$257.64B20.00156,500Upcoming Earnings
Short Interest ↓
GOOGL
Alphabet
3.2091 of 5 stars
$99.37
+1.9%
$132.20
+33.0%
-25.5%$1.29T$257.64B19.73156,500Upcoming Earnings
NVDA
NVIDIA
2.7422 of 5 stars
$203.65
+2.8%
$209.23
+2.7%
-10.8%$507.09B$26.91B86.6622,473Insider Selling
TSM
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
2.4716 of 5 stars
$93.30
-0.2%
$94.00
+0.8%
-20.7%$483.89B$75.88B14.2265,152
ORCL
Oracle
2.6081 of 5 stars
$88.99
-0.9%
$92.54
+4.0%
+10.6%$239.94B$42.44B27.90143,000
NOW
ServiceNow
2.8221 of 5 stars
$458.86
-0.9%
$517.47
+12.8%
-18.2%$92.69B$7.25B286.7916,881Analyst Report
Short Interest ↓
Analyst Revision
VMW
VMware
2.3521 of 5 stars
$124.40
-1.6%
$137.56
+10.6%
-3.7%$52.92B$12.85B37.4737,500
QLYS
Qualys
2.0636 of 5 stars
$114.16
+0.5%
$141.29
+23.8%
-7.6%$4.34B$468.65M44.421,823
CVLT
Commvault Systems
2.5243 of 5 stars
$63.19
+3.8%
$70.20
+11.1%
-6.3%$2.81B$794.37M112.842,848Upcoming Earnings
This page (NASDAQ:MSFT) was last updated on 1/30/2023 by MarketBeat.com Staff