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Microsoft (MSFT) closed at $ 314.27 in the last trading session, marking a movement of + 0.07% from the previous day. This move topped the S&P 500’s 0.14% daily loss. At the same time, the Dow Jones lost 0.45% and the highly technological Nasdaq lost 0.02%.

Before today’s stock market, shares of the software maker had lost 8.32% in the past month. This delayed the loss of 5.82% of the computer and technology sector and the loss of 0.13% of the S&P 500 during this period.

Investors are hoping for strength from Microsoft as the next publication of its results approaches. The company is expected to post EPS of $ 2.29, up 12.81% from the previous year quarter. Our most recent consensus estimate projects quarterly revenue of $ 50.32 billion, up 16.82% from the previous year.

For the full year, our Zacks consensus estimates project earnings of $ 9.13 per share and revenue of $ 194.98 billion, which would represent changes of + 14.55% and +16. %, respectively, from the previous year.

Investors should also note any recent changes in analyst estimates for Microsoft. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. With this in mind, we can take positive estimate revisions as a sign of optimism about the company’s business prospects.

Our research shows that these changes in estimate are directly correlated with short-term stock prices. Investors can take advantage of this by using the Zacks Ranking. This model takes into account these changes in estimate and provides a simple and workable scoring system.

Zacks’ ranking system ranges from # 1 (strong buy) to # 5 (strong sell). It has a remarkable track record of externally verified success, with the No.1 stocks generating an average annual return of + 25% since 1988. Over the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has risen 0.1% . Microsoft is currently a Zacks Rank # 2 (Buy).

In terms of valuation, Microsoft is currently trading at a futures P / E ratio of 34.39. This represents a discount to its industry’s average forward P / E of 39.08.

We can also see that MSFT currently has a PEG ratio of 2.86. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely used P / E ratio, but this metric also takes into account the expected profit growth rate of the company. IT – Software stocks have, on average, a PEG ratio of 2.84 based on yesterday’s closing prices.

The Computing – Software industry is part of the Computing and technology sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 100, which places it in the top 40% of the 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rankings include is ranked from best to worst in terms of the average Zacks rankings of individual companies in each of these industries. Our research shows that the top 50% of industries top the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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