Analysts following Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) expect an average increase of 26.63% over the next twelve months. These same analysts give the stock an average rating from Strong Buy.
This average rating gives Microsoft Corporation an analyst ranking of 78, which means it ranks above 78 stocks, according to data compiled by Investor Observer.
Why are analyst ratings important?
Analysts know the inner workings of the companies they follow better than anyone except the management of the companies. You can learn a lot about a company by studying the financial statements, but analysts ask questions during conference calls and understand the intricacies of each of the companies they cover. Analysts understand how bad weather in one part of the world can disrupt supply chains or disrupt buying habits. This allows traders to make decisions before a quarterly report which could be worse than expected.
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What’s going on today with Microsoft Corporation Stock?
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) shares are trading at $ 152.12 at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, up $ 3.78, or 2.55% from the previous closing price of $ 148.34. The stock has traded between $ 144.44 and $ 154.33 so far today. The volume is today 54,186,358 against an average volume of 65,307,781.