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.

Several price targets were given for MSFT by the analysts covering the stock. The most optimistic price target was 83, implying potential capital gains of 14.04 percent. The minimum price target given was 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.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 5.97 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 2.02 percent.

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, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

MSFT has an estimated earnings growth rate of 46.7 percent as forecasted by analysts. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. The PEG ratio of MSFT is 0.69.

In the last 52-weeks, MSFT has achieved a high of 73.27 and a low of 52.93. Currently the stock is 37.5 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 0.67 percent. 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 will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.