Microsoft (MSFT) closed the most recent trading day at $121.05, moving +0.08% from the previous trading session. This move outpaced the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.06%. At the same time, the Dow lost 0.1%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.1%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the software maker had gained 5.55% over the past month. This has outpaced the Computer and Technology sector's gain of 5.14% and the S&P 500's gain of 4.3% in that time.
Investors will be hoping for strength from MSFT as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be April 24, 2019. On that day, MSFT is projected to report earnings of $1 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 5.26%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $29.83 billion, up 11.24% from the year-ago period.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $4.41 per share and revenue of $123.87 billion, which would represent changes of +13.66% and +12.24%, respectively, from the prior year.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for MSFT. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.
Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.
The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.14% higher within the past month. MSFT currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
Looking at its valuation, MSFT is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 27.4. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 31.39, which means MSFT is trading at a discount to the group.
Investors should also note that MSFT has a PEG ratio of 2.22 right now. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but this metric also takes the company's expected earnings growth rate into account. The Computer - Software was holding an average PEG ratio of 2.21 at yesterday's closing price.
The Computer - Software industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 10, putting it in the top 4% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank includes is listed in order from best to worst in terms of the average Zacks Rank of the individual companies within each of these sectors. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.
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