why Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] is a Good Choice for Investors After New Price Target of $360.03


Microsoft Corporation [NASDAQ: MSFT] gained 0.54% or 1.84 points to close at $343.11 with a heavy trading volume of 21860716 shares. The company report on November 12, 2021 that Kyndryl and Microsoft Establish Global Strategic Partnership to Accelerate Digital Transformation Across Industries.

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It opened the trading session at $342.64, the shares rose to $345.10 and dropped to $342.20, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for MSFT points out that the company has recorded 36.82% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -64.83% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 23.74M shares, MSFT reached to a volume of 21860716 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about 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 $360.03 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 1.60. 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 November 16, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Deutsche Bank raised their target price to Buy. The new note on the price target was released on November 02, 2021, representing the official price target for Microsoft Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $325 to $380, while Stifel kept a Buy rating on MSFT stock. On October 27, 2021, analysts increased their price target for MSFT shares from 360 to 380.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Microsoft Corporation is set at 4.79, with the Price to Sales ratio for MSFT stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 14.54. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 16.96, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 17.49. Price to Free Cash Flow for MSFT in the course of the last twelve months was 58.84 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 2.10.

Trading performance analysis for MSFT stock

Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 1.90. With this latest performance, MSFT shares gained by 10.41% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 36.82% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 61.52% 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 75.18, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 77.57, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 72.66 for Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 311.05, while it was recorded at 339.82 for the last single week of trading, and 273.90 for the last 200 days.

Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] shares currently have an operating margin of +41.59 and a Gross Margin at +68.93. Microsoft Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +36.45.

Return on Total Capital for MSFT is now 32.93, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 30.04. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 47.08, with Return on Assets sitting at 19.30. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 57.95. Additionally, MSFT Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 36.69, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 24.65. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 50.32, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 31.86.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] managed to generate an average of $338,514 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 4.80 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.53.Microsoft Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 2.10 and a Current Ratio set at 2.20.

Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Microsoft Corporation posted 2.03/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.64/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 23.80%. 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 16.53%.

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An analysis of insider ownership at Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]

There are presently around $1,830,949 million, or 71.90% of MSFT stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MSFT stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 613,781,686, which is approximately 0.459% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 507,117,032 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $174.0 billion in MSFT stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $101.02 billion in MSFT stock with ownership of nearly -0.133% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Microsoft Corporation stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of October and at the time of the October reporting period, where 1,777 institutional holders increased their position in Microsoft Corporation [NASDAQ:MSFT] by around 120,341,434 shares. Additionally, 1,958 investors decreased positions by around 103,143,991 shares, while 346 investors held positions by with 5,112,847,571 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 5,336,332,996 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MSFT stock had 143 new institutional investments in for a total of 15,213,401 shares, while 74 institutional investors sold positions of 3,573,322 shares during the same period.