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 minimum price target given was 45, implying potential capital losses 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. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 5.97 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0 percent, compared to last month. 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 made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Also over the last month, 2 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

MSFT has an estimated earnings growth rate of 46.7 percent as forecasted by analysts. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. 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. 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 market cap of MSFT is $561.9 billion. MSFT is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.