How to buy Microsoft shares | $148.93

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The easiest way to buy Microsoft shares is through an online share dealing platform. These platforms let you buy shares in companies and manage your portfolio online or through an app.

Compare the UK’s leading share dealing platforms below to find the best option for you. The share price shown is updated at least once a day.

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Open$148.93Previous close$148.06
High$149.99Change$1.91
Low$148.27Change %1.29%
Close$149.97Timestamp1573851600
Volume21475451GMT offset0
IndustrySoftware - InfrastructureCurrency symbol$
CodeMSFTCountry nameUSA
TypeCommon StockCountry ISOUS
NameMicrosoft CorporationISINUS5949181045
ExchangeNASDAQCUSIP594918104
Currency codeUSDSectorTechnology
Currency nameUS DollarFull-time employees144000

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How to buy shares in Microsoft

  1. Choose a share-dealing platform (sometimes called a broker or a share-trading platform). Don’t worry if you’re a beginner, our table below will help you pick the right one for you.
  2. Open your account. You’ll need a passport or ID and your bank details. Usually, you’ll be asked to enter your name, email, date of birth, address, national insurance number and employment status.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You’ll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Find the shares you want to buy. Search the platform you’ve chosen and buy your shares. It’s that simple.

Share dealing platform comparison

Updated November 17th, 2019
Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Your capital is at risk.
from £7.50 on the Frequent Dealer Option (or 1% minimum £7.50)
£24 per quarter
£2.00 for a Share Account
Your capital is at risk.
£8
0.05% (min £5)
0.12% per year & transfer-out fee
Your capital is at risk.
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Your capital is at risk.
£8
From £5
£0 - £24/quarter
Your capital is at risk.
£11.95
£5.95
Transfer out fee
Your capital is at risk.

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Microsoft share price

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What affects Microsoft’s share price?

When buying or selling shares in a company, it’s important to keep an eye on the current events related to that company. We will walk you through some of the key things to keep an eye on when trading Microsoft shares.

  • Financial reporting. It’s a good idea to know when a company will be releasing its financial reports. This will let you know how the company is performing and will have a big impact on its share price.
  • Company news. It’s important to keep up-to-date with the company news. For example, is the company planning to release anything new in the next few months? Is it looking to move into a new country or market? Is it hiring or firing staff? All of these events will have an impact on its share price.
  • Wider news. You should also be aware of other external events and news that may have an impact on the company's share price, for instance, news about the sector.
  • Does the company pay dividends? If a company pays dividends, it means that it pays some of its profits back to the shareholders.
  • Shareholder meetings. These are often held annually and invite large shareholders to attend meetings and vote on matters relating to the company. It’s a good idea to know when these are, as they may influence the direction of the company.

Buying overseas stocks

First things first, you should check if the share-trading platform you’re considering allows you to hold foreign shares. Whether you’re looking at a dealing account, a stocks and shares ISA or a SIPP (self-invested personal pension), different trading providers have different rules.

Under HMRC rules, you’re allowed to hold shares listed on a “recognised stock exchange”. Your provider, however, may not allow it. So, check what stocks you’re able to hold with the share-dealing platform you’re considering.

Checklist before you invest in any company

  • What does the company do? This might sound silly, but can you explain what the company does in a few sentences? If you can’t, then maybe you should go back to the drawing board.
  • Is it making profits? If you’re not sure whether a company is profitable, this could be a warning sign. Try reading the company’s quarterly or annual earnings reports and take a look at the figures for yourself.
  • Who are the main competitors? Every company operates alongside competitors. Before you invest, you need to know if the company is the market leader, a newcomer, a fast-growing disrupter or something else. If the company you’re considering investing in is global-facing, you need to keep an eye on foreign competition too.
  • Who is running the company? Even a cursory look at this can tell you something about the company’s stability and management style.
  • Is the company’s position sustainable? If you’re investing for the long term, you need to consider this question. If you’re looking for a short-term gain, perhaps this is less important.
  • Is there room for future growth? Linked to the question above, what is the outlook for the medium-to-long term? Has your company reached its maximum size?

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