Wolfe Research slashes price target on Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] – find out why.


Microsoft Corporation [NASDAQ: MSFT] slipped around -11.8 points on Friday, while shares priced at $252.99 at the close of the session, down -4.46%. The company report on June 8, 2022 that P&G and Microsoft co-innovate to build the future of digital manufacturing.

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Microsoft technology empowers scalability for consumer products leader.

On Wednesday, The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) (P&G) and Microsoft Corp. announced a new multiyear collaboration that will leverage the Microsoft Cloud to help create the future of digital manufacturing at P&G.

Microsoft Corporation stock is now -24.78% down from its year-to-date (YTD) trading value. MSFT Stock saw the intraday high of $260.58 and lowest of $252.53 per share. The company’s 52-week high price is 349.67, which means current price is +2.66% above from all time high which was touched on 01/03/22.

Compared to the average trading volume of 31.90M shares, MSFT reached a trading volume of 31332864 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 $360.65 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.

Wolfe Research have made an estimate for Microsoft Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on April 27, 2022. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Wedbush dropped their target price from $375 to $340. The new note on the price target was released on April 27, 2022, representing the official price target for Microsoft Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another drop from $380 to $350, while Stifel kept a Buy rating on MSFT stock. On April 27, 2022, analysts decreased their price target for MSFT shares from 370 to 330.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Microsoft Corporation is set at 8.61, with the Price to Sales ratio for MSFT stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 10.28. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 11.64, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 13.37. Price to Free Cash Flow for MSFT in the course of the last twelve months was 43.12 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.90.

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 -6.31. With this latest performance, MSFT shares dropped by -2.90% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -24.05% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -1.90% 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 37.30, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 31.68, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 39.91 for Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 276.65, while it was recorded at 265.89 for the last single week of trading, and 301.83 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 1.90 and a Current Ratio set at 2.00.

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 16.11%.

Insider trade positions for Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]

There are presently around $1,330,697 million, or 71.80% of MSFT stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MSFT stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 621,598,157, which is approximately 0.917% of the company’s market cap and around 0.07% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 523,749,870 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $132.5 billion in MSFT stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $75.92 billion in MSFT stock with ownership of nearly -0.808% 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 2,311 institutional holders increased their position in Microsoft Corporation [NASDAQ:MSFT] by around 141,699,534 shares. Additionally, 2,017 investors decreased positions by around 164,575,706 shares, while 298 investors held positions by with 4,953,603,764 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 5,259,879,004 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MSFT stock had 143 new institutional investments in for a total of 10,433,917 shares, while 103 institutional investors sold positions of 9,455,036 shares during the same period.