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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, with a current market cap of $393.08B, opened at $49.87. During the trading session, MSFT traded between $49.73 to $50.05 and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past 12 months.

**Microsoft (MSFT)** shares are currently priced at 18.75x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 13.35x earnings multiple for the same period. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.89%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 28 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.58 per share, which would be $0.02 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.09 sequential decrease. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.66 is a $0.20 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.17 Billion. If reported, that would be a 0.05% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. The average price target for MSFT shares by the analysts covering it is $57.73, which is 15.76% above where the stock opened.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $391.88B, began trading this morning at $49.84. During today’s session, MSFT traded between $49.46 to $50.06 with a trailing 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

Priced at 19.03x this year’s forecasted earnings, **MSFT** shares are relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 13.35x forward p/e ratio. And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.89%.

According to a consensus of 28 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.58 per share would be $0.02 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.09 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $2.66 which would be a $0.20 improvement than last year’s full-year earnings. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.17 Billion. If reported, that would be a 0.05% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. When considering if the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $57.73, which is 15.83% above where the stock opened this morning.

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Ten days ago, *Barron’s* published its latest Big Money poll, where money managers shared their top stocks for the next 12 months. Three “digital utilities” were particularly popular, and why not? All three had reasonable valuations, strong cash flows and of course healthy dividends.

Last week, two reported earnings – and both got clobbered. Here’s how they’ve performed since their *Barron’s* love letter:

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, currently valued at $391.29B, opened this morning at $50.34. Looking at today’s market, MSFT one day range is $49.60 to $50.41 and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past year.

**Microsoft (MSFT)** shares are currently priced at 19.03x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 13.35x earnings multiple for the same period. And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.89%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 28 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.58 per share, which would be $0.02 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.10 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.66 is a $0.20 improvement when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.17 Billion. If realized, that would be a 0.05% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Investors should keep in mind is that the average price target is $57.73, which is 14.68% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $398.13B, opened this morning at $50.00. During today’s session, MSFT traded between $49.78 to $50.75 with its 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

**Microsoft (MSFT)** shares are currently priced at 18.75x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 13.35x earnings multiple for the same period. And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.89%.

According to a consensus of 28 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.58 per share would be $0.02 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.09 sequential decrease. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.66 is a $0.20 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.16 Billion. If reported, that would be a 0.09% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Investors should keep in mind is that the average price target is $57.86, which is 15.72% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, with a current value of $392.00B, began trading this morning at $49.40. A quick look at the market, the company’s stock traded between $49.35 and $50.25 and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past 12 months.

**Microsoft (MSFT)** shares are currently priced at 18.76x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 13.35x earnings multiple for the same period. And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.80%.

According to a consensus of 29 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.59 per share would be $0.01 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.08 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $2.66, which would be a $0.20 better than last year. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.21 Billion. If reported, that would be a 0.14% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. When considering if the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $57.86, which is 17.13% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, with a current market cap of $395.11B, started trading this morning at $50.62. Looking at today’s trading action, the company’s one day range from $50.26 to $50.77 with a trailing 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

**Microsoft (MSFT)** shares are currently priced at 19.08x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.73x earnings multiple for the same period. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.78%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 30 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.59 per share, which would be $0.01 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.08 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.67 is a $0.21 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.23 Billion. If realized, that would be a 0.23% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. When considering if the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $57.86, which is 14.30% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, currently valued at $400.41B, opened this morning at $51.49. Looking at the equity, the company’s one day range is $50.55 to $51.50 and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past 12 months.

Priced at 19.19x this year’s forecasted earnings, **MSFT** shares are relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.73x forward p/e ratio. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.78%.

According to a consensus of 30 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.59 per share would be $0.01 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.11 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.68 is a $0.22 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.23 Billion. If reported, that would be a 0.23% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Investors should keep in mind is that the average price target is $57.86, which is 12.37% above where the stock opened this morning.

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Oil is climbing on speculation that inventory levels will finally start to drop – but is this something that is more of a pipe dream? Plenty of news and commentary on markets and other business news of interest.

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Oil continues to defy logic as it rises to $44.60 after hours today. Even with record production out of Iraq and news that inventories are expected to rise. The weak economic numbers today helped as the U.S. Dollar continues to lag.

Earnings shows that Tech may have come up a bit too far in the recent rally. Google (GOOG) missed and the stock slid from $750 to $708. Netflix also missed – now at $91.50. Microsoft (MSFT) off by 12% after its earnings outlook was rather disappointing. Apple (AAPL) down 9% as it missed both top and bottom line, guides revenues and margin below estimates – BUT raises dividend and raises buyback to $175 billion (this looks like a $50 billion increase)

– Total buyback of 30% of the company!!!!!

—– Is Apple turning into IBM?

Apple metrics:

Q2 iPhones 51.2 mln vs 51.5 mln ests vs 61.2 mln last year. (First ever iPhone sales drop) Q2 iPads 10.2 mln vs 9.9 mln ests vs 12.6 mln last year. Q2 Macs 4.0 mln vs 4.6 mln ests vs 4.5 mln last year. China revenue fell 26% compared to a year agoApple suppliers **seeing weakness** following earnings include: **SWKS** -4.0%, **QRVO** -3.9%. **CRUS** -3.0% (also reported its own earnings), **AVGO** -2.2%, **NXPI** -2.0%, **QCOM** -1.1%, **INVN** -0.9%, **TXN** -0.6%.

**EVEN WITH ALL OF THIS NEWS – S&P 500 FUTURES HOLDING UP (So far)**

Twitter (TWTR) beat by $0.05 on bottom line but missed on top and outlook was weak. However they did add 5 million users and MAU was up for the quarter (stock down 12% after hours)

This is big news: Exxon Mobil (XOM): S&P lowers credit rating to ‘AA+’ from ‘AAA’, Outlook ‘Stable

– There are only 2 companies left in the U.S. that are AAA rated (MSFT and JNJ)

Baby boomers’ long reign over the kingdom of American demographics has finally come to an end: Millennials have officially surpassed them as the largest living generation in the U.S. That’s according to new population estimates released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau and analyzed by the Pew Research Center. (Millennials, defined by those born between 1981 and 1997, now number 75.4 million)

See this chart – What is **Silent**?

Guess what is coming tomorrow – Yes, Fed rate decision – what will they do? Stick save for failing earnings or more confusion?

DHUnplugged Closest to the Pin Contest for GoPro (GPRO)

Currently week CTP = *Domino’s Pizza (DPZ)*

*Will announce new longer CTP next week…
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**Winners will be getting great stuff like the new DHUnplugged Shirts (Designed by Jimbo)***DHU’s Official Model – Vivi Jugo*

**How stupid is this? **Snapchat has a filter that lets people share how fast they’re traveling while they take selfies.

— A car accident victim is blaming Snapchat’s speed filter for a crash that left him with traumatic brain injuries, according to a new lawsuit.The plaintiff, Wentworth Maynard, was merging onto a four lane highway outside of Atlanta, Georgia when his car was struck “so violently it shot across the left lane into the left embankment,” his lawyers contend. Christal McGee was allegedly driving the car that struck him. The lawsuit says that she was on her phone trying to use the Snapchat speed filter at the time of the accident.

Seems that Volkswagen was looking to cheat as far back as 2006 – A presentation discovered as part of the investigations into Volkswagen provides a direct link to the genesis of the deception, involving vehicles equipped with software to cheat on the tests.

Thoughts on the current Presidential campaigns?

Is this a good thing? The Bank of Japan may become an even bigger shareholder of the nation’s equities if policy makers decide to boost stimulus this week. The central bank’s holdings have been rising since it began buying Japanese exchange traded funds at the start of the decade, and now account for **more than half of those ETFs**. (also now the largest shareholder in many of the stocks listed on the Nikkei 225)

What is Dvorak writing about for PC Magazine?

Twist – Electric vehicles in Hong Kong may indirectly be the cause of almost **20 percent** more carbon dioxide emissions than gasoline-fueled motors, undermining the city’s efforts to get ‘green’ cars on the road, according to Sanford C. Bernstein.

Last week’s TDI Podcast – introduced a new way for investors to track their results and have opportunity to gain outside funds to manage with Jack Schwager. Pretty cool concept.

See this week’s stock picks **HERE**

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $407.64B, finished yesterday at $52.11. Today, shares have traded between $52.22 and $52.35 per share and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past year.

Priced at 19.52x this year’s forecasted earnings, **MSFT** shares are relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.73x forward p/e ratio. And for those looking to make a return holding the stock, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.78%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 30 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.59 per share, which would be $0.01 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.11 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $2.67 which would be a $0.21 better than last year’s full-year earnings. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.23 Billion. If realized, that would be a 0.23% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. The average price target for MSFT shares by the analysts covering the stock is $57.86, which is 11.03% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, currently valued at $410.33B, opened this morning at $51.78. Looking at today’s trading action, the company’s one day range from $51.63 to $52.10 with its 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

Priced at 19.32x this year’s forecasted earnings, **MSFT** shares are relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.73x forward p/e ratio. And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.78%.

According to a consensus of 30 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.59 per share would be $0.01 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.11 sequential decrease. In looking at the bigger picture, the full-year EPS estimate of $2.68 would be a $0.22 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.28 Billion. If realized, that would be a 0.45% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Investors should keep in mind is that the average price target is $58.02, which is 12.05% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, with a current value of $409.54B, opened this morning at $52.04. During today’s session, MSFT traded between $50.77 to $52.43 and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past 12 months.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 20.28x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.23x forward p/e ratio. And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.55%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 29 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.66 per share, which would be $0.06 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $2.75, which would be a $0.29 better than last year. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $23.04 Billion. If reported, that would be a 3.88% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. The average price target for MSFT shares is $58.89, which is 13.16% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $441.18B, opened this morning at $55.58. Looking at the stock, its one day range is $55.42 to $56.23 with its 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

**Microsoft (MSFT)** shares are currently priced at 20.21x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.23x earnings multiple for the same period. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.55%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 29 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.05 sequential decrease. Furthermore, our analysis shows the full-year EPS estimate to be $2.75, which would be a $0.29 improvement when compared to the last year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.09 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.66% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. When considering if the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $58.89, which is 5.96% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, with a current value of $440.55B, started the session at $56.29. Looking at the stock, its one day range is $55.67 to $56.49 with a one year range of $39.72 to $56.85.

Priced at 20.51x this year’s forecasted earnings, **MSFT** shares are relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 21.02x forward p/e ratio. And for those looking to make a return holding the stock, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.59%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 29 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.05 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.75 is a $0.29 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.09 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.66% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $58.89, which is 4.62% above than it opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $445.21B, started the session at $56.67. A quick look at the market, the company’s stock traded between $55.68 and $56.77 with a trailing 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

Priced at 20.53x this year’s forecasted earnings, **MSFT** shares are relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 21.02x forward p/e ratio. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share in dividend income per year, for a current yield of 2.59%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 29 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. Furthermore, our analysis shows the full-year EPS estimate to be $2.75, which would be a $0.29 better when compared to the last year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.10 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $58.80, which is 3.76% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $445.06B, opened this morning at $55.40. A quick look at the market, the company’s stock traded between $55.25 and $56.59 with its 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

**Microsoft (MSFT)** shares are currently priced at 20.24x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 21.19x earnings multiple for the same period. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.59%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 29 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. Furthermore, our analysis shows the full-year EPS estimate to be $2.75, which would be a $0.29 better when compared to the last year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.11 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.75% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. When considering if the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $58.80, which is 6.14% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, with a current market cap of $440.91B, opened at $55.30. Looking at the equity, the company’s one day range is $55.12 to $55.92 with its 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 20.13x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 20.70x forward p/e ratio. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share in dividend income per year, for a current yield of 2.63%.

According to a consensus of 29 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.64 per share would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.75 is a $0.29 improvement when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.11 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.75% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. The average price target for MSFT shares by the analysts covering the stock is $58.80, which is 6.33% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $438.18B, began trading this morning at $55.31. Looking at today’s market, MSFT one day range is $55.07 to $55.57 and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past year.

Priced at 20.13x this year’s forecasted earnings, **MSFT** shares are relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 21.00x forward p/e ratio. And for those looking to make a return holding the stock, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.65%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 29 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.75 is a $0.29 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.11 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.75% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Investors should keep in mind is that the average price target is $58.80, which is 6.31% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $437.78B, started the session at $55.12. A quick look at the market, the company’s stock traded between $54.89 and $55.44 and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past year.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 19.87x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 21.00x forward p/e ratio. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share in dividend income per year, for a current yield of 2.65%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 29 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.75 is a $0.29 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.11 Billion. If reported, that would be a 1.75% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $58.80, which is 6.68% above than it opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, currently valued at $432.24B, started trading this morning at $54.37. Looking at the stock, its one day range is $53.76 to $54.78 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $39.72 to $56.85 over the last 52 weeks.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 19.75x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 20.83x earnings multiple for the same period. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.65%.

According to a consensus of 29 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.64 per share would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. In looking at the bigger picture, the full-year EPS estimate of $2.75 would be a $0.29 improvement when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.11 Billion. If reported, that would be a 1.75% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $58.80, which is 8.15% above than it opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $433.30B, opened at $54.49. Today’s price range has been between $54.44 and $55.15 per share and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past year.

**Microsoft (MSFT)** shares are currently priced at 19.79x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 20.83x earnings multiple for the same period. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.65%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 29 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.75 is a $0.29 improvement when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.11 Billion. If reported, that would be a 1.75% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. The average price target for MSFT shares by the analysts covering it is $58.80, which is 7.91% above where the stock opened.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $431.83B, began trading this morning at $54.72. Looking at today’s trading action, the company’s one day range from $54.49 to $55.28 and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past 12 months.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 19.73x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 19.98x forward p/e ratio. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share in dividend income per year, for a current yield of 2.64%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 29 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 is a $0.30 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.10 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $58.80, which is 7.46% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $430.74B, began trading this morning at $54.69. During the trading session, MSFT traded between $54.23 to $54.91 and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past year.

Priced at 19.77x this year’s forecasted earnings, **MSFT** shares are relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 19.98x forward p/e ratio. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.59%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 29 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 is a $0.30 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.10 Billion. If reported, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. The average price target for MSFT shares is $58.80, which is 7.52% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $435.96B, began trading this morning at $54.36. Looking at the equity, the company’s one day range is $54.21 to $55.20 with its 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 19.77x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.35x forward p/e ratio. And for passive income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.59%.

According to a consensus of 29 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.64 per share would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. Furthermore, our analysis shows the full-year EPS estimate to be $2.76, which would be a $0.30 improvement when compared to the last year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.10 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Investors should keep in mind is that the average price target is $58.80, which is 8.17% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $431.53B, started the session at $55.13. Today’s price range has been between $54.46 and $55.30 per share and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past 12 months.

Priced at 20.08x this year’s forecasted earnings, **MSFT** shares are relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.35x forward p/e ratio. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.59%.

According to a consensus of 29 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.64 per share would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 is a $0.30 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.10 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. The average price target for MSFT shares is $58.80, which is 6.66% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $436.95B, opened at $55.41. Today, shares have traded between $55.00 and $55.66 per share with a one year range of $39.72 to $56.85.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 20.13x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.35x earnings multiple for the same period. And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.59%.

According to a consensus of 29 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.64 per share would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 is a $0.30 improvement when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.10 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Investors should keep in mind is that the average price target is $58.80, which is 6.12% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, currently valued at $436.91B, started trading this morning at $55.11. During today’s session, MSFT traded between $54.57 to $55.25 with a one year range of $39.72 to $56.85.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 20.01x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.05x forward p/e ratio. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share in dividend income per year, for a current yield of 2.69%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 29 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 is a $0.30 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.10 Billion. If reported, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. The average price target for MSFT shares by the analysts covering it is $58.73, which is 6.57% above where the stock opened.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, with a current market cap of $437.38B, opened this morning at $54.95. Looking at the equity, the company’s one day range is $54.82 to $55.40 with its 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 19.95x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.40x earnings multiple for the same period. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share in dividend income per year, for a current yield of 2.69%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 29 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. In looking at the bigger picture, the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 would be a $0.30 improvement when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.10 Billion. If reported, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. The average price target for MSFT shares by the analysts covering it is $58.73, which is 6.88% above where the stock opened.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, with a current value of $436.59B, started the session at $54.93. Today, shares have traded between $54.86 and $55.64 per share with a one year range of $39.72 to $56.85.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 19.82x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.40x earnings multiple. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share in dividend income per year, for a current yield of 2.66%.

According to a consensus of 29 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.64 per share would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. Furthermore, our analysis shows the full-year EPS estimate to be $2.76, which would be a $0.30 better when compared to the last year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.10 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $58.73, which is 6.92% above than it opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $433.41B, started the session at $53.58. Looking at the equity, the company’s one day range is $53.45 to $54.86 and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past 12 months.

Priced at 19.40x this year’s forecasted earnings, **MSFT** shares are relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.40x forward p/e ratio. And for those looking to make a return holding the stock, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.66%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 29 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 is a $0.30 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.10 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $58.73, which is 9.61% above than it opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $424.06B, started trading this morning at $54.21. A quick look at the market, the company’s stock traded between $53.60 and $54.29 with its 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

Priced at 19.64x this year’s forecasted earnings, **MSFT** shares are relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.40x forward p/e ratio. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.66%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 29 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 is a $0.30 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.10 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $58.73, which is 8.34% above than it opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $428.76B, started the session at $53.85. Looking at the stock, its one day range is $53.73 to $54.33 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $39.72 to $56.85 over the last 52 weeks.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 19.64x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.40x earnings multiple. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share in dividend income per year, for a current yield of 2.66%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 29 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $2.76 which would be a $0.30 better than last year’s full-year earnings. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.10 Billion. If reported, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. The average price target for MSFT shares by the analysts covering it is $58.73, which is 9.06% above where the stock opened.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, with a current market cap of $428.26B, started the session at $53.85. Today, shares have traded between $53.74 and $54.33 per share with its 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

Priced at 19.55x this year’s forecasted earnings, **MSFT** shares are relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.55x forward p/e ratio. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share in dividend income per year, for a current yield of 2.67%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 29 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. In looking at the bigger picture, the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 would be a $0.30 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.10 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. With the above information in mind, readers should note that the average price target is $58.73, which is 9.06% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, with a current market cap of $427.22B, started trading this morning at $54.03. Looking at today’s market, MSFT one day range is $53.74 to $54.24 with a one year range of $39.72 to $56.85.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 19.59x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 20.60x earnings multiple. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share in dividend income per year, for a current yield of 2.69%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 29 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. In looking at the bigger picture, the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 would be a $0.30 improvement when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.10 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $58.73, which is 8.70% above than it opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, with a current value of $426.86B, opened at $53.72. Today’s price range has been between $53.46 and $53.97 per share with the price of the stock fluctuating between $39.72 to $56.85 over the last 52 weeks.

Priced at 19.51x this year’s forecasted earnings, **MSFT** shares are relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 20.60x forward p/e ratio. And for those looking to make a return holding the stock, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.69%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 29 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 is a $0.30 improvement when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.10 Billion. If reported, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $58.73, which is 9.33% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $425.99B, opened this morning at $53.33. Shares have traded today between $52.93 and $53.93 per share with its 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 19.80x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 20.60x forward p/e ratio. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share in dividend income per year, for a current yield of 2.69%.

According to a consensus of 29 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.64 per share would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 is a $0.30 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.10 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. The average price target for MSFT shares by the analysts covering the stock is $58.73, which is 10.13% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, with a current market cap of $423.07B, opened this morning at $54.92. Today’s price range has been between $53.45 and $54.97 per share and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past year.

**Microsoft (MSFT)** shares are currently priced at 19.80x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.79x earnings multiple for the same period. And for those looking to make a return holding the stock, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.65%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 29 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 is a $0.30 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.10 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.70% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $58.73, which is 6.94% above than it opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $432.32B, started the session at $54.21. During the trading session, MSFT traded between $54.00 to $54.75 with its 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 19.23x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.79x forward p/e ratio. And for those looking to make a return holding the stock, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.71%.

According to a consensus of 29 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.64 per share would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $2.76, which would be a $0.30 better than last year. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.08 Billion. If reported, that would be a 1.61% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $58.55, which is 8.01% above than it opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, currently valued at $429.71B, opened at $53.45. Today, shares have traded between $53.40 and $54.60 per share with a trailing 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 19.23x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.79x earnings multiple. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.71%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 29 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.05 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.76 is a $0.30 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.08 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.61% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. Investors should keep in mind is that the average price target is $58.55, which is 9.54% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, valued at $423.86B, started the session at $52.80. Today, shares have traded between $52.74 and $53.59 per share and has traded between $39.72 and $56.85 over the past 12 months.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 19.23x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.79x earnings multiple. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.71%.

According to a consensus of 29 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.64 per share would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.05 sequential decrease. Furthermore, our analysis shows the full-year EPS estimate to be $2.76, which would be a $0.30 better when compared to the last year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.08 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.61% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. The average price target for MSFT shares by the analysts covering it is $58.55, which is 10.89% above where the stock opened.

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**Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)**, currently valued at $420.90B, started trading this morning at $52.84. During today’s session, MSFT traded between $52.63 to $53.59 with a trailing 52-week range being $39.72 to $56.85.

**MSFT** shares are currently priced at 19.23x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 13.96x forward p/e ratio. The company pays shareholders $1.44 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.71%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 29 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.64 per share, which would be $0.03 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.05 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $2.76, which would be a $0.30 better than last year. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $22.08 Billion. If reported, that would be a 1.61% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Macquarie Initiated MSFT at Neutral (Mar 4, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded MSFT from Equal-Weight to Overweight. With the above information in mind, readers should note that the average price target is $58.55, which is 10.81% above where the stock opened this morning.

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