So Far This Year, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Reached A New High 5 times


As of Wednesday close, Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock was up $2.55, moving up 1.04 percent to $247.58. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 23,261,160 shares. 5 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a $5.85 gain in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 31,259,775, while in the previous 50 days, it was 31,054,512.

Since last month, MSFT stock retreated -1.23%. Shares of the company fell to $213.43 on 11/04/22, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $344.30 was reached on 01/03/22 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $213.43. Since the beginning of this year, MSFT’s stock price has dropped by -26.39% or -$88.74, and marked a new high 1 time. However, the stock has declined by -28.09% since its 52-week high.

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MSFT stock investors should be aware that Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) stock had its last reported insider trading activity 74 days ago on Sep 12. Capossela Christopher C, the EVP, Chief Marketing Officer of the company, disposed of 5,000 shares for $266.25 on Sep 12. It resulted in a $1,331,250 divestment by the insider. Hood Amy sold 75,351 shares at an average price of $259.47 on Sep 02. The insider now owns 445,859 shares following the transaction. On Sep 01, Chief Executive Officer Nadella Satya sold 56,999 shares at $257.71 apiece. The transaction was valued at $14,689,028.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has a P/E ratio of about 26.68. The stock’s beta is 0.92. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 9.11, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 10.63, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 41.29 may also be considered.

The latest dividend of $0.68 per share was paid out, which is 9.68% more than last year’s $0.62. On Tuesday September 20 2022, a $0.06 dividend increase was announced.

Financial Health

In the three months ended September 29, Microsoft Corporation’s quick ratio stood at 1.80, while its current ratio was 1.80, showing that the company is able to pay off its debt. According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending September 29 was 0.34, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 0.36. On the profitability front, the trailing twelve-month gross margin is 68.30% percent. In the year ended September 29, operating margins totaled 41.60%. Based on annual data, MSFT earned $135.62 billion in gross profit and brought in $198.27 billion in revenue.

A company’s management is another factor that investors consider when determining the profitability of an investment. In the past year, return on investment (ROI) was 31.30%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 42.10%.

In Microsoft Corporation’s quarter-end financial report for September 29, it reported total debt of $45.37 billion against cash and short-term investments of $84.38 billion. According to the earnings report, the company had a lower net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. MSFT’s revenue rose 9.59% to $51.87 billion during the quarter, while net income inched up to $50.12 billion. While analysts expected Microsoft Corporation to report $2.3 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $2.35 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 2.20%. During the quarter, the company generated $24.31 billion in EBITDA. The liabilities of Microsoft Corporation were 186.22 billion at the end of its most recent quarter ended September 29, and its total debt was $77.14 billion. The value of shareholders’ equity is $7.45 billion.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Microsoft Corporation’s (MSFT) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 16.97%, the RSI 9-day stood at 64.65% on 23 November.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Microsoft Corporation price is up by +2.42% percent or $5.85. At present, MSFT shares trade +7.03% above its 20-day simple moving average and -5.81% percent below its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately -1.84% below its SMA50 and -18.71% below its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 90.75% and Stochastic coefficient D was 85.76%, while ATR was 6.29. Given the Stochastic reading of 97.99% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 58.56%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at 1.56, while the 14-day reading stands at 6.63.

Analyst Ratings

Macquarie launched its rating on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) to a Neutral in a note to investors on November 02, 2022. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has been rated Buy by analysts. According to 1 brokerage firm, MSFT is a sell, and 4 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 0 analysts who say the stock is underweight. A total of 7 analysts rate Microsoft Corporation stock as buy, with 40 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $290.00, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $234.00 – $400.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) will achieve an average price target of $293.06.


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