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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Shares Decline Despite Market Challenges

The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) has decreased by -1.72 when compared to last closing price of 338.70.Despite this, the company has seen a loss of -0.42% in its stock price over the last five trading days. Proactive Investors reported 2023-09-15 that Analysts at Jefferies are “increasingly bullish” on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s artificial intelligence (AI) potential after attending the tech giant’s Envision event in New York. The analysts said they came away from the event incrementally positive on the ability of Microsoft Copilot, Microsoft’s AI assist feature for Microsoft apps and services, to drive revenue uplift in the 2024 calendar year.

Is It Worth Investing in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) Right Now?

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) has a higher price-to-earnings ratio of 34.37x compared to its average ratio, and the 36-month beta value for MSFT is at 0.90. Analysts have varying views on the stock, with 39 analysts rating it as a “buy,” 5 rating it as “overweight,” 7 as “hold,” and 1 as “sell.”

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The average price suggested by analysts for MSFT is $391.72, which is $54.29 above the current market price. The public float for MSFT is 7.42B, and currently, shorts hold a 0.52% of that float. The average trading volume for MSFT on September 15, 2023 was 25.40M shares.

MSFT’s Market Performance

MSFT’s stock has seen a -0.42% decrease for the week, with a 3.90% rise in the past month and a -4.37% fall in the past quarter. The volatility ratio for the week is 1.50%, and the volatility levels for the past 30 days are at 1.71% for Microsoft Corporation The simple moving average for the past 20 days is 1.49% for MSFT’s stock, with a 13.92% simple moving average for the past 200 days.

MSFT Trading at 0.12% 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 -9.24% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 1.71%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 1.50%, as shares surge +5.23% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading -2.29% lower at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, MSFT fell by -0.24%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +37.93% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $328.83. In addition, Microsoft Corporation saw 38.80% 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 38,234 shares at the price of $328.43 back on Sep 01. After this action, Nadella Satya now owns 800,668 shares of Microsoft Corporation, valued at $12,557,161 using the latest closing price.

Hogan Kathleen T, the EVP, Human Resources of Microsoft Corporation, sale 26,815 shares at $327.37 during a trade that took place back on Sep 01, which means that Hogan Kathleen T is holding 198,373 shares at $8,778,350 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for MSFT

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • +41.77 for the present operating margin
  • +68.92 for the gross margin

The net margin for Microsoft Corporation stands at +34.15. The total capital return value is set at 33.37, while invested capital returns managed to touch 28.06. Equity return is now at value 38.20, with 19.10 for asset returns.

Based on Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), the company’s capital structure generated 38.52 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 27.81. Total debt to assets is 19.28, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 34.23. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 24.71.

When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 11.72, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.03. The receivables turnover for the company is 4.56 and the total asset turnover is 0.55. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 1.77.


In conclusion, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has had a mixed performance lately. Opinion on the stock among analysts is mixed, with some giving it a “buy” rating and others a “hold”. It is worth mentioning that the stock is currently trading in close proximity to its 50-day moving average and its 52-week high.

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