Market Analysts see Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] gaining to $265. Time to buy?

Microsoft Corporation [NASDAQ: MSFT] price surged by 2.45 percent to reach at $5.64. The company report on March 22, 2021 that Microsoft releases findings and considerations from one year of remote work in Work Trend Index.

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Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced findings from its first-annual Work Trend Index. Titled “The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work — Are We Ready?” the report uncovers seven hybrid work trends every business leader must know as we enter a new era of work.

A sum of 28683096 shares traded at recent session while its average daily volume was at 29.33M shares. Microsoft Corporation shares reached a high of $236.90 and dropped to a low of $230.14 until finishing in the latest session at $235.99.

The one-year MSFT stock forecast points to a potential upside of 13.46. The average equity rating for MSFT stock is currently 1.70, trading closer to a bullish pattern in the stock market.

Guru’s Opinion on Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for MSFT shares is $272.71 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on MSFT stock is a recommendation set at 1.70. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Credit Suisse have made an estimate for Microsoft Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on March 16, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Citigroup raised their target price to Buy. The new note on the price target was released on March 03, 2021, representing the official price target for Microsoft Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $235, while Raymond James analysts kept a Strong Buy rating on MSFT stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Microsoft Corporation is set at 5.38, with the Price to Sales ratio for MSFT stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 11.63. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 13.69, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 17.47. Price to Free Cash Flow for MSFT in the course of the last twelve months was 51.51 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 2.50.

MSFT Stock Performance Analysis:

Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 0.50. With this latest performance, MSFT shares dropped by -2.07% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 17.77% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 71.82% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for MSFT stock in for the last two-week period is set at 52.64, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 53.82, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 52.72 for Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 232.85, while it was recorded at 234.36 for the last single week of trading, and 216.08 for the last 200 days.

Insight into Microsoft Corporation Fundamentals:

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] shares currently have an operating margin of +37.03 and a Gross Margin at +67.78. Microsoft Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +30.96.

Return on Total Capital for MSFT is now 27.21, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 23.56. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 40.14, with Return on Assets sitting at 15.06. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 69.41. Additionally, MSFT Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 40.97, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 27.25. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 64.41, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 38.02.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] managed to generate an average of $271,663 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 4.65 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.49.Microsoft Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 2.50 and a Current Ratio set at 2.60.

MSFT Stock EPS

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Microsoft Corporation posted 1.4/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.26/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 11.10%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for MSFT. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Microsoft Corporation go to 16.70%.

Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] Insider Position Details

There are presently around $1,256,939 million, or 72.30% of MSFT stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MSFT stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 614,100,233, which is approximately -1.379% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 515,509,179 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $118.75 billion in MSFT stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $68.9 billion in MSFT stock with ownership of nearly -3.197% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Microsoft Corporation stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of January and at the time of the January reporting period, where 2,081 institutional holders increased their position in Microsoft Corporation [NASDAQ:MSFT] by around 157,145,646 shares. Additionally, 1,733 investors decreased positions by around 148,277,984 shares, while 209 investors held positions by with 5,020,816,028 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 5,326,239,658 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MSFT stock had 433 new institutional investments in for a total of 23,696,753 shares, while 75 institutional investors sold positions of 4,179,235 shares during the same period.

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