SMBC Nikko lifts Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] price estimate. Who else is bullish?


Microsoft Corporation [NASDAQ: MSFT] jumped around 0.16 points on Friday, while shares priced at $314.04 at the close of the session, up 0.05%. The company report on January 4, 2022 that OPI Partners with Xbox to Announce Gaming-Inspired Spring 2022 Collection.


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Microsoft Corporation stock is now -6.62% down from its year-to-date (YTD) trading value. MSFT Stock saw the intraday high of $316.50 and lowest of $310.09 per share. The company’s 52-week high price is 349.67, which means current price is +1.27% above from all time high which was touched on 01/03/22.

Compared to the average trading volume of 26.24M shares, MSFT reached a trading volume of 32609473 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say 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 $371.11 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.

SMBC Nikko have made an estimate for Microsoft Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on December 22, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Wells Fargo raised their target price to Overweight. The new note on the price target was released on November 22, 2021, representing the official price target for Microsoft Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $400, while Credit Suisse analysts kept a Outperform rating on MSFT stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Microsoft Corporation is set at 7.70, with the Price to Sales ratio for MSFT stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 13.37. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 15.52, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 17.41. Price to Free Cash Flow for MSFT in the course of the last twelve months was 54.11 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 2.10.

How has MSFT stock performed recently?

Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -6.62. With this latest performance, MSFT shares dropped by -6.25% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 13.24% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 42.99% 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 35.70, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 28.23, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 40.49 for Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 332.78, while it was recorded at 321.61 for the last single week of trading, and 289.66 for the last 200 days.

Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

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.

Earnings analysis for Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]

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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Insider trade positions for Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]

There are presently around $1,642,249 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 0.06% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 507,117,032 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $159.26 billion in MSFT stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $92.46 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 January and at the time of the January reporting period, where 1,759 institutional holders increased their position in Microsoft Corporation [NASDAQ:MSFT] by around 110,996,409 shares. Additionally, 1,950 investors decreased positions by around 102,814,526 shares, while 347 investors held positions by with 5,015,614,044 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 5,229,424,979 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MSFT stock had 143 new institutional investments in for a total of 15,145,257 shares, while 72 institutional investors sold positions of 3,501,395 shares during the same period.