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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Stock: A Closer Look at the Analyst Ratings

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) has a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.51x that is above its average ratio. Additionally, the 36-month beta value for MSFT is 0.91. There are mixed opinions on the stock, with 34 analysts rating it as a “buy,” 7 rating it as “overweight,” 7 rating it as “hold,” and 1 rating it as “sell.”

The average price predicted by analysts for MSFT is $284.04, which is $19.63 above the current price. The public float for MSFT is 7.44B and currently, short sellers hold a 0.46% ratio of that float. The average trading volume of MSFT on March 16, 2023 was 31.44M shares.

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MSFT) stock’s latest price update

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)’s stock price has increased by 0.31 compared to its previous closing price of 265.44. but the company has seen a 5.53% gain in its stock price over the last five trading sessions. The Wall Street Journal reported 20 min ago that Microsoft Blends the Tech Behind ChatGPT Into Its Business Software

MSFT’s Market Performance

MSFT’s stock has risen by 5.53% in the past week, with a monthly drop of -2.17% and a quarterly rise of 3.64%. The volatility ratio for the week is 3.01% while the volatility levels for the last 30 days are 2.03% for Microsoft Corporation The simple moving average for the last 20 days is 4.50% for MSFT stock, with a simple moving average of 5.47% for the last 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of MSFT

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for MSFT stocks, with BMO Capital Markets repeating the rating for MSFT by listing it as a “Market Perform.” The predicted price for MSFT in the upcoming period, according to BMO Capital Markets is $265 based on the research report published on January 25th of the current year 2023.

Guggenheim, on the other hand, stated in their research note that they expect to see MSFT reach a price target of $212. The rating they have provided for MSFT stocks is “Sell” according to the report published on January 17th, 2023.

DA Davidson gave a rating of “Buy” to MSFT, setting the target price at $270 in the report published on January 05th of the current year.

MSFT Trading at 6.69% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought MSFT to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -15.73% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 2.03%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 3.01%, as shares sank -1.51% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +10.72% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, MSFT rose by +5.13%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by -2.92% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $254.58. In addition, Microsoft Corporation saw 11.03% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further gains.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at MSFT starting from Nadella Satya, who sale 4,767 shares at the price of $248.88 back on Feb 28. After this action, Nadella Satya now owns 788,625 shares of Microsoft Corporation, valued at $1,186,411 using the latest closing price.

Capossela Christopher C, the EVP, Chief Marketing Officer of Microsoft Corporation, sale 1,000 shares at $272.32 during a trade that took place back on Feb 13, which means that Capossela Christopher C is holding 116,362 shares at $272,323 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for MSFT

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • +42.06 for the present operating margin
  • +68.40 for the gross margin

The net margin for Microsoft Corporation stands at +36.69. Equity return is now at value 39.30, with 18.80 for asset returns.

The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 1.78.


In conclusion, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has seen mixed performance in recent times. Analysts have a mixed opinion on the stock, with some rating it as a “buy” and others rating it as a “hold”. It’s important to note that the stock is currently trading at a significant distance from its 50-day moving average and its 52-week high.