How to buy Microsoft shares

Microsoft shares have fallen 0.50% from their previous closing price ($446.34). Learn how to easily invest in Microsoft shares in the UK.

Microsoft is a technology company which produces computer software and electronics. Microsoft is known for its operating systems, Xbox consoles and LinkedIn. Microsoft is one of the "Big 5" information technology companies, including Google, Apple, Amazon and Meta. Here's how to invest in Microsoft.

How to buy shares in Microsoft

  1. Open a brokerage account. Choose from our top broker picks or compare brokers in depth. Then, complete an application.
  2. Fund your account. Add money to your account via bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  3. Search the platform by ticker symbol. MSFT in this case.
  4. Choose an order type. Place a market order or limit order with your preferred number of shares or dollar amount.
  5. Submit the order. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

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Alternative ways to invest in Microsoft

Buying shares in just one company is generally considered a riskier bet than investing in a range of investments - AKA a "diversified portfolio". Experts generally recommend holding a mix of investments in specific assets and funds. Funds are ready-made portfolios of multiple companies' shares (potentially including Microsoft), and the idea is that drops in the value of one constituent company's share price might be offset by rises in others.

Microsoft is a major part of the NASDAQ, so it's included in many global funds and investment trusts, as well as tracker-style exchange traded funds (ETFs).

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Latest updates for Microsoft

June 19, 2024: Nvidia overtook Microsoft on Tuesday as the most valuable company in the world just two weeks after it took the No. 2 spot from Apple, according to Yahoo Finance.

June 14, 2024: Apple briefly surpassed Microsoft on Wednesday to become the most valuable company in the world, after it announced its push into artificial intelligence during its developers conference keynote on Monday, according to CNBC.

June 7, 2024: The Federal Trade Commission is investigating a recent Microsoft deal with artificial intelligence startup Inflection, according to a person familiar with the matter, as US antitrust regulators ramp up scrutiny of the red-hot AI industry, as reported by CNN.

May 31, 2024: Shares of Microsoft Corp. shed 3.38% to $414.67 Thursday, on what proved to be an all-around rough trading session for the stock market, according to Market Watch.

Is it a good time to buy Microsoft stock?

Review technicals and fundamentals to help you determine if now's a good time for you to invest.

Technical analysis

View Microsoft's price performance, share price volatility, historical data and technicals.

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

Historical closes compared with the last close of $444.1144

1 week (2024-06-12)0.57%
1 month (2024-05-19)4.41%
3 months (2024-03-19)4.44%
6 months (2023-12-19)19.83%
1 year (2023-06-19)31.38%
2 years (2022-06-16)79.33%
3 years (2021-06-17)71.19%
5 years (2019-06-19)224.29%

The gauge below shows real-time ratings that are based on 26 popular indicators such as moving averages, for specific time periods. It's not a recommendation but is simply technical analysis that can form part of your research.

Finder might not agree with the analysis and we take no responsibility. We also give no representations or warranty on the accuracy or completeness of the information provided on this page.

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Is Microsoft under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value. Check out the Microsoft P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA.

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 38x. In other words, Microsoft's shares trade at around 38x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the United States stock markets on average as of November 09, 2023 (20.44). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

However, Microsoft's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the industry or those of similar companies.

Microsoft's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.1103. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

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.

However, it's sensible to consider Microsoft's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

Microsoft's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $126 billion (£99.5 billion).

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

To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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