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How to buy Microsoft stock
Microsoft stock has moved -1.85% from yesterday's closing price. Learn how to easily invest in Microsoft stock.
Tuesday, Jan. 18: Microsoft (MSFT) will acquire Activision Blizzard (ATVI) for $68.7 billion in one of the largest tech acquisitions ever. The deal is set to be completed in 2023, pending approval by regulators and Activision shareholders. Activision shares shot up on the news, while Microsoft shares slipped on the day.
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) is a leading software-infrastructure business based in the US. It opened the day at $302.69 after a previous close of $301.60. During the day the price has varied from a low of $295.61 to a high of $304.08. The latest price was $296.03 (25 minute delay). Microsoft is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 181,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Microsoft
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- Open your brokerage account. Complete an application with your details.
- Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
- Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – MSFT – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
- Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
- Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.
What's in this guide?
- MSFT shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is MSFT stock a buy or sell?
- Stock performance over time
- Is MSFT suitable for ethical investing?
- Are MSFT shares over-valued?
- Microsoft's financials
- How volatile are MSFT shares?
- Does Microsoft pay a dividend?
- Have MSFT shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Microsoft stock price (NASDAQ: MSFT)Use our graph to track the performance of MSFT stocks over time.
Microsoft shares at a glance
|52-week range||$222.36 - $349.67|
|50-day moving average||$328.15|
|200-day moving average||$292.58|
|Wall St. target price||$370.28|
|Dividend yield||$2.3 (0.84%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$8.94|
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Microsoft price performance over time
|1 week (2022-01-13)||-2.88%|
|1 month (2021-12-23)||-11.55%|
|3 months (2021-10-19)||N/A|
|6 months (2021-07-23)||2.20%|
|1 year (2021-01-22)||31.02%|
|2 years (2020-01-23)||77.56%|
|3 years (2019-01-23)||177.42%|
|5 years (2017-01-23)||370.19%|
Is Microsoft stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing Microsoft stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Microsoft's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Microsoft's P/E ratio
Microsoft's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 33x. In other words, Microsoft shares trade at around 33x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
Microsoft's PEG ratio
Microsoft's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.9113. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Microsoft's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Microsoft's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $85.7 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Microsoft's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$176.3 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||42.14%|
|Gross profit TTM||$115.9 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||14.59%|
|Return on equity TTM||49.3%|
|Market capitalisation||$2.2 trillion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Microsoft's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Microsoft.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Microsoft's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 18.94
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Microsoft's overall score of 18.94 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 11st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Microsoft is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Microsoft's environmental score
Environmental score: 2.97/100
Microsoft's environmental score of 2.97 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Microsoft is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Microsoft's social score
Social score: 11.87/100
Microsoft's social score of 11.87 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Microsoft is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Microsoft's governance score
Governance score: 6.59/100
Microsoft's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Microsoft is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Microsoft's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Microsoft scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Microsoft hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||18.94|
|Total ESG percentile||11.18|
|Environmental score percentile||6|
|Social score percentile||6|
|Governance score percentile||6|
|Level of controversy||3|
Microsoft share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 28.03% of net profits
Recently Microsoft has paid out, on average, around 28.03% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.84% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Microsoft shareholders could enjoy a 0.84% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Microsoft's case, that would currently equate to about $2.3 per share.
While Microsoft's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Microsoft may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Microsoft's most recent dividend payout was on 9 March 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 15 February 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Microsoft's shares ever split?
Microsoft's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 17 February 2003. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Microsoft shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Microsoft shares which in turn could have impacted Microsoft's share price.
Microsoft share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Microsoft's shares have ranged in value from as little as $222.3561 up to $349.67. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Microsoft's is 0.8621. This would suggest that Microsoft's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. Its Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Security and Compliance, and Skype for Business, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CAL); Skype, Outlook. com, OneDrive, and LinkedIn; and Dynamics 365, a set of cloud-based and on-premises business solutions for organizations and enterprise divisions. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses SQL, Windows Servers, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs; GitHub that provides a collaboration platform and code hosting service for developers; and Azure, a cloud platform. It also offers support services and Microsoft consulting services to assist customers in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions; and training and certification on Microsoft products. Its More Personal Computing segment provides Windows original equipment manufacturer (OEM) licensing and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system; Windows Commercial, such as volume licensing of the Windows operating system, Windows cloud services, and other Windows commercial offerings; patent licensing; Windows Internet of Things; and MSN advertising. It also offers Surface, PC accessories, PCs, tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, and other devices; Gaming, including Xbox hardware, and Xbox content and services; video games and third-party video game royalties; and Search, including Bing and Microsoft advertising.
Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of Microsoft is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.062% of Microsoft shares are held by insiders and 71.808% by institutions. How many people work for Microsoft?
Latest data suggests 181,000 work at Microsoft. When does the fiscal year end for Microsoft?
Microsoft's fiscal year ends in June. Where is Microsoft based?
Microsoft's address is: One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, United States, 98052-6399 What is Microsoft's ISIN number?
Microsoft's international securities identification number is: US5949181045 What is Microsoft's CUSIP number?
Microsoft's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 594918104
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