For Microsoft Corporation [MSFT], Analyst sees a rise to $340. What next?


Microsoft Corporation [NASDAQ: MSFT] loss -2.41% or -6.78 points to close at $274.03 with a heavy trading volume of 29327469 shares. The company report on April 21, 2022 that Kraft Heinz and Microsoft join forces to accelerate supply chain innovation as part of broader digital transformation.

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Multiyear cloud and AI agreement will focus on joint innovations across Kraft Heinz operations and product portfolio, representing one of the company’s largest technology investments to date .

On Thursday, The Kraft Heinz Company (“Kraft Heinz” or the “company”) and Microsoft Corp. announced they are joining forces to develop solutions designed to accelerate the consumer goods giant’s transformation and enable a more resilient supply chain. The initiative is one of Kraft Heinz’s largest technology investments to date and a key driver of the company’s ambitious AGILE@SCALE approach.

It opened the trading session at $281.68, the shares rose to $283.20 and dropped to $273.38, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for MSFT points out that the company has recorded -11.82% loss over the past six months. However, it is still -15.1% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 35.68M shares, MSFT reached to a volume of 29327469 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 $366.78 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.

Oppenheimer have made an estimate for Microsoft Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on January 26, 2022. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Morgan Stanley raised their target price from $364 to $372. The new note on the price target was released on January 26, 2022, representing the official price target for Microsoft Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $376 to $386, while Citigroup kept a Buy rating on MSFT stock. On January 26, 2022, analysts decreased their price target for MSFT shares from 360 to 355.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Microsoft Corporation is set at 7.80, with the Price to Sales ratio for MSFT stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 11.61. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 12.85, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 16.00. Price to Free Cash Flow for MSFT in the course of the last twelve months was 49.47 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 2.20.

Trading performance analysis for MSFT stock

Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -2.07. With this latest performance, MSFT shares dropped by -8.50% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -11.82% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 4.93% 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 35.81, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 30.60, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 39.13 for Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 294.14, while it was recorded at 281.40 for the last single week of trading, and 305.07 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 2.20 and a Current Ratio set at 2.20.

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

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 16.04%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]

There are presently around $1,445,709 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 615,950,062, which is approximately 0.353% of the company’s market cap and around 0.06% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 519,035,634 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $142.23 billion in MSFT stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $82.91 billion in MSFT stock with ownership of nearly 2.754% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Microsoft Corporation stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of April and at the time of the April reporting period, where 2,213 institutional holders increased their position in Microsoft Corporation [NASDAQ:MSFT] by around 147,673,575 shares. Additionally, 2,009 investors decreased positions by around 147,103,020 shares, while 305 investors held positions by with 4,980,954,948 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 5,275,731,543 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MSFT stock had 435 new institutional investments in for a total of 27,308,849 shares, while 82 institutional investors sold positions of 6,046,115 shares during the same period.