Analyst Ratings for Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)

Updated: 2017-07-15

Analysts covering Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) have given it a consensus rating of Overweight. MSFT had previously received a consensus rating of Overweight a month ago.

35 analysts issued ratings on the stock, where 24 gave MSFT a buy rating, 1 issued an overweight rating, 9 issued a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 1 issued a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Over the same time period, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

MSFT was given price targets by several analysts. The maximum price target given was 83, implying potential capital gains of 14.04 percent. The lowest price target was 45, implying a possible loss of -38.17 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is 5.97 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 2.02 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 2 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

MSFT has an estimated earnings growth rate of 46.7 percent as forecasted by analysts. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. MSFT has a PEG ratio of 0.69.

MSFT has traded between a high of 73.27 and a low of 52.93 over the past year. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 37.5 percent, and 0.67 percent below the high. MSFT has a price/earnings ratio of 32.2. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The MSFT value stock report compares MSFT to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of MSFT is $561.9 billion. MSFT's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.