Stocks in Motion: Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Yolanda Curtis
February 15, 2017

The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) declined -0.09% yesterday to close its trading session at $64. The stock has been active on the tape, now trading at $64.72, up from yesterday's close by 1.13%. The high figure known in this time frame is $3.25 with the low being $2.8. Microsoft Corporation has a 52-week low of $48.04 and a 52-week high of $65.91. Asset Advisors Corp now owns 31,565 shares of the company's stock valued at $4,040,000 after buying an additional 840 shares during the last quarter.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) persuaded a judge not to let the US government out of a lawsuit alleging the company's free-speech rights are violated by a law that blocks it from alerting users to the clandestine interception of their e-mails.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) reported its last quarterly earnings on Dec 16 where the firm reported its Actual EPS of $0.83/share against the analyst consensus estimate of $0.79/share. The resulting difference was $0.04 creating a surprise factor of 5.06%. Microsoft Corporation has P/S value of 5.73 while its P/B value stands at 7.22. The company shows Gross Margin and Operating Margin of 61 percent and 22.8 percent respectively.

Microsoft Corporation will next provide financial results for the September 2017 quarter. Another firm also rated the stock on 11-Jan-17 where Wells Fargo Initiated the stock to Outperform. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating, twenty-five have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The mean forecast was for $25.28 billion and $0.79 a share, respectively. The average revenue estimate for the year ending December 2017 is $53.33B by 16 analysts. Research entities assess the varied financial aspects of a firm and then draft reports on shares. The company markets its products to the consumer, automotive, office automation, communications and industrial markets.

A number of analysts offered their Estimated Earnings analysis for Alphabet Inc. The median estimate represents a +1.55% increase from the last price of 70.90.

Average broker recommendation can be specified as the mean of separate ratings set by sell-side analysts to discern Consensus Rating. The highest target is now $80 and the most conservative target sees the stock hitting $45 within the year. The stock was trading on below-average volume. For MSFT, the company now has $7.37 Billion of cash on the books, which is offset by $25.72 Billion current liabilities. The stock has 52-week high of $841.95 and 52-week low of $663.28. Finally, Barclays PLC upped their target price on shares of Microsoft Corporation from $70.00 to $71.00 and gave the company an "overweight" rating in a research note on Friday, January 27th.

But if Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is part of the conversation, cloud-chasing with a modified, hedged position in Microsoft stock has rarely looked this good. The firm earned $9.94 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.88 billion. The institutional investor owned 13,896,503 shares of the company's stock after buying an additional 2,180,508 shares during the period. The Weekly and Monthly Volatility stands at 0.98% and 1.20%.

Microchip Technology Inc. has distance from 20-day Simple Moving Average (SMA20) of 3.99%, Distance from 50-Day Simple Moving Average of 7.45 percent and Distance from 200-Day Simple Moving Average of 20.89%. The stock has Return on Assets (ROA) of 8.3 percent.

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