Analysts Weigh In on Two Stock Giants: Twitter Inc (TWTR), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)


Analysts are weighing in on the micro-blogging giant Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) and software giant Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), with mixed ratings.

Twitter Inc

In a research report released today, Brean Capital analyst Sarah Hindlian reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Twitterwith a price target of $40, after the company launched “Moments”, a new tab that compiles popular and high-profile tweets. Twitter states that Moments, “helps you find the best of Twitter as easily as tapping an icon – regardless of who you follow.”

Hindlian wrote, “In our view, this is the first major product innovation since Twitter’s IPO. Twitter’s Moments is a curated gallery of content organized around events that integrates content from across Twitter’s platform (e.g. tweets, pictures, videos, Vines, etc.) into a seamless, intuitive, and engaging experience. Moments has something for everyone, from up to the minute sports, news, celebrity gossip, fashion coverage and more, and simplifies how users can view, favorite, and share Twitter content. Moments further defines Twitter as an advertiser friendly media platform for live events. This highly appealing product, when combined with a dedicated media campaign in Q4’15, should help to reinvigorate the user case, though patience will be required as it is rolled out globally. We continue to view the risk-reward in Twitter shares as attractive.”

According to TipRanks.com, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform, analyst Sarah Hindlian has a total average return of 2.5% and a 69.0% success rate. Hindlian has a -29% average return when recommending TWTR, and is ranked #1611 out of 3769 analysts.

Out of the 43 analysts polled by TipRanks, 19 rate Twitter Inc stock a Buy, 23 rate the stock a Hold and 1 recommends Sell. With a return potential of 43.1%, the stock’s consensus target price stands at $42.20.

Microsoft Corporation

Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz weighed in today with a few insights on Microsoft, following the company’s Windows 10 hardware launch event in NYC.

Moskowitz noted, “Earlier today, we attended the Windows 10 Device Event in NY. The most important announcement was its entry into the hybrid laptop market, with the Surface Book. The hardware looks very polished, although its presence will likely further strain MSFT’s relationships with OEM partners. Nonetheless, this was a better than expected event for MSFT, a reflection of improved leadership at the co.”

Moskowitz reiterated a Market Perform rating on Microsoft, with a price target of $49, which implies an upside of 5% from current levels.

According to TipRanks.com, analyst Gregg Moskowitz has a total average return of 4.6% and a 48.0% success rate. Moskowitz has a -2.8% average return when recommending MSFT, and is ranked #1157 out of 3769 analysts.

Out of the 28 analysts polled by TipRanks, 16 rate Microsoft stock a Buy, 9 rate the stock a Hold and 3 recommend a Sell. With a return potential of 8%, the stock’s consensus target price stands at $50.36.