After Credit Suisse and Piper Sandler gave Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) a Buy rating last month, the company received another Buy, this time from Morgan Stanley. Analyst Keith Weiss maintained a Buy rating on Microsoft today and set a price target of $180.00. The company’s shares closed last Monday at $151.32.
According to TipRanks.com, Weiss is a 5-star analyst with an average return of 13.1% and a 58.7% success rate. Weiss covers the Technology sector, focusing on stocks such as Slack Technologies, Citrix Systems, and NortonLifeLock.
Currently, the analyst consensus on Microsoft is a Strong Buy with an average price target of $195.70, implying a 31.4% upside from current levels. In a report issued on March 10, Wedbush also maintained a Buy rating on the stock with a $210.00 price target.
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Based on Microsoft’s latest earnings release for the quarter ending December 31, the company reported a quarterly revenue of $36.91 billion and net profit of $11.65 billion. In comparison, last year the company earned revenue of $32.47 billion and had a net profit of $8.42 billion.
Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 101 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is negative on the stock. This means that over the past quarter there has been an increase of insiders selling their shares of MSFT in relation to earlier this year.
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Microsoft Corp. engages in the development and support of software, services, devices, and solutions. It operates through the following business segments: Productivity and Business Processes; Intelligent Cloud; and More Personal Computing. The Productivity and Business Processes segment comprises products and services in the portfolio of productivity, communication, and information services of the company spanning a variety of devices and platform. The Intelligent Cloud segment refers to the public, private, and hybrid serve products and cloud services of the company which can power modern business. The More Personal Computing segment encompasses products and services geared towards the interests of end users, developers, and IT professionals across all devices. The firm also offers operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games; personal computers, tablets; gaming and entertainment consoles; other intelligent devices; and related accessories. The company was founded by Paul Gardner Allen and William Henry Gates III in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, WA.
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