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How to buy Microsoft shares in Ireland | $225.95

6 steps guide to buying and managing Microsoft share in just a few minutes.

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Microsoft Corporation is a software-infrastructure business based in the US. Microsoft shares (MSFT) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Microsoft employs 163,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$147.1 billion.

How to buy shares in Microsoft from Ireland

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Microsoft Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MSFT. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Microsoft reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$225.95, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Microsoft, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Microsoft. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

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Microsoft share price

Use our graph to track the performance of MSFT stocks over time.

Microsoft shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-24.
Latest market closeUSD$225.95
52-week rangeUSD$131.489 - USD$232.2519
50-day moving average USD$218.2197
200-day moving average USD$213.1937
Wall St. target priceUSD$243.33
PE ratio 36.4494
Dividend yield USD$2.24 (0.99%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$6.199

Is it a good time to buy Microsoft stock?

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Microsoft price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $225.95

1 week (2021-01-20) 0.72%
1 month (2020-12-24) 1.44%
3 months (2020-10-27) 5.96%
6 months (2020-07-27) 10.84%
1 year (2020-01-27) 39.23%
2 years (2019-01-25) 110.83%
3 years (2018-01-26) 140.22%
5 years (2016-01-27) 341.14%

Is Microsoft under- or over-valued?

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 36x. In other words, Microsoft shares 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 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 2.4578. 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

Microsoft's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$68.1 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Microsoft's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Microsoft financials

Revenue TTM USD$147.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 38.17%
Gross profit TTM USD$96.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 12.1%
Return on equity TTM 41.4%
Profit margin 32.29%
Book value $16.313
Market capitalisation USD$1.7 trillion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Microsoft shares

There are currently 39.2 million Microsoft shares held short by investors – that's known as Microsoft's "short interest". This figure is 1.8% down from 39.9 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Microsoft shares can be evaluated.

Microsoft's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Microsoft's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Microsoft shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Microsoft shares traded daily (recently around 27.2 million). Microsoft's SIR currently stands at 1.44. In other words for every 100,000 Microsoft shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1440 shares are currently held short.

However Microsoft's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Microsoft shares, or, against the total number of tradable Microsoft shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Microsoft's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Microsoft shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0052% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Microsoft shares, roughly 5 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Microsoft.

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