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.

A number of analysts gave price targets for MSFT. The maximum price target given was 83, implying a possible profit of 14.04 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 45, which equates to a potential downside of -38.17 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which 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. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 2.02 percent.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 2 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

Analysts estimate earnings of MSFT to grow at a rate of 46.7 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, 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, 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.

In the trailing 52-weeks, MSFT hit 73.27 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 52.93. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 37.5 percent, 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.