Microsoft Corporation is a software-infrastructure business based in the US. Microsoft Corporation stocks (MSFT.US) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $286.5 – an increase of 0.44% over the previous week. Microsoft Corporation employs 163,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $168.1 billion.
How to buy Microsoft Corporation stock in Canada
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- Can I buy shares in Microsoft Corporation?
- Has coronavirus impacted Microsoft Corporation shares?
- Microsoft Corporation shares summary
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- Is Microsoft Corporation stock a buy or sell?
- Microsoft Corporation performance over time
- Can I short Microsoft Corporation shares?
- Is Microsoft Corporation suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Microsoft Corporation shares over-valued?
- Microsoft Corporation's financials
- How volatile are Microsoft Corporation shares?
- Does Microsoft Corporation pay a dividend?
- Have Microsoft Corporation shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has Coronavirus impacted Microsoft Corporation's stock price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Microsoft Corporation's stock price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $250.79, which is 28.79% up on its pre-crash value of $178.59 and 89.25% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $132.52.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Microsoft Corporation stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $779.17 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,437.03.
Microsoft Corporation stock priceUse our graph to track the performance of MSFT stocks over time.
Microsoft Corporation stocks at a glance
|Latest market close||$250.79|
|52-week range||$194.8379 - $290.15|
|50-day moving average||$272.5989|
|200-day moving average||$249.4289|
|Wall St. target price||$298.92|
|Dividend yield||$2.19 (0.77%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$8.05|
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Is it a good time to buy Microsoft Corporation stock?
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Microsoft Corporation price performance over time
|1 month (2021-07-02)||-9.67%|
|3 months (2021-04-30)||-0.55%|
Is Microsoft Corporation under- or over-valued?
Valuing Microsoft Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Microsoft Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Microsoft Corporation's P/E ratio
Microsoft Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 36x. In other words, Microsoft Corporation stocks trade at around 36x 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 stocks or simply that they're over-valued.
Microsoft Corporation's PEG ratio
Microsoft Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.7597. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Microsoft Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the stock prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Microsoft Corporation's EBITDA
Microsoft Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$81.6 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Microsoft Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Microsoft Corporation financials
|Revenue TTM||USD$168.1 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||41.6%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$115.9 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||13.76%|
|Return on equity TTM||47.08%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$2.2 trillion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
How to short and sell Microsoft Corporation stocks
- Create a CFD or spread betting account.
- Search for the stock code. E.g. "MSFT.US"
- Choose your position size.
- Select "sell" rather than "buy".
- Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.
There are currently 56.4 million Microsoft Corporation stocks held short by investors – that's known as Microsoft Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 11% up from 50.8 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Microsoft Corporation stocks can be evaluated.
Microsoft Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Microsoft Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Microsoft Corporation stocks currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Microsoft Corporation stocks traded daily (recently around 23.9 million). Microsoft Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.36. In other words for every 100,000 Microsoft Corporation stocks traded daily on the market, roughly 2360 stocks are currently held short.
However Microsoft Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Microsoft Corporation stocks, or, against the total number of tradable Microsoft Corporation stocks (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Microsoft Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding stocks (for every 100,000 Microsoft Corporation stocks in existence, roughly 10 stocks are currently held short) or 0.0075% of the tradable stocks (for every 100,000 tradable Microsoft Corporation stocks, roughly 8 stocks are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the stock price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Microsoft Corporation.
Find out more about how you can short Microsoft Corporation stock.
Microsoft Corporation'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 Corporation.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Microsoft Corporation'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 Corporation's overall score of 18.94 (as at 01/01/2019) 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 Corporation 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 Corporation's environmental score
Environmental score: 2.97/100
Microsoft Corporation'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 Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Microsoft Corporation's social score
Social score: 11.87/100
Microsoft Corporation'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 Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Microsoft Corporation's governance score
Governance score: 6.59/100
Microsoft Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Microsoft Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Microsoft Corporation's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Microsoft Corporation scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Microsoft Corporation 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 Corporation stock dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 30.85% of net profits
Recently Microsoft Corporation has paid out, on average, around 30.85% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.78% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Microsoft Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 0.78% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Microsoft Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2.19 per share.
While Microsoft Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Microsoft Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Microsoft Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 9 September 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their stocks by 18 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Microsoft Corporation stocks ever split?
Microsoft Corporation stocks were split on a 2:1 basis on 18 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 Corporation stocks – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower stock price could have impacted the market appetite for Microsoft Corporation stocks which in turn could have impacted Microsoft Corporation's stock price.
Microsoft Corporation stock price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Microsoft Corporation's stocks have ranged in value from as little as $194.8379 up to $290.15. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a stocks volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Microsoft Corporation's is 0.7878. This would suggest that Microsoft Corporation's stocks are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Microsoft Corporation overview
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 small and medium businesses, organizations, and enterprise divisions. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses SQL and 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 to developers and IT professionals 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. It sells its products through OEMs, distributors, and resellers; and directly through digital marketplaces, online stores, and retail stores. It has a collaboration with DXC Technology, Dynatrace, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Micro Focus, WPP plc, and iCIMS, Inc. The company was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.
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