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.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for MSFT. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 83, which equates to a potential upside of 14.04 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 45, which equates to a potential downside of -38.17 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes 5.97 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. 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.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, 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.

Analysts estimate earnings of MSFT to grow at a rate of 46.7 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of MSFT is 0.69.

MSFT has traded between a high of 73.27 and a low of 52.93 over the past year. Today's price is 37.5 percent above the 52-week low, and 0.67 percent lower than its 52-week high. MSFT has a P/E 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 stock has a market capitalization of $561.9 billion. MSFT will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.