Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) most recently reported quarterly actual earnings per share of $0.69 for the period ending on 2016-06-30. Prior to the company reporting, consensus estimates based on data from Zacks Research projected the company to report EPS of $0.58. The difference between the estimate and the actual EPS was $0.11 creating a surprise factor of 18.97%. Currently, the company has an impact score of 72. The likelihood that the stock will move on news is greater with a higher impact score. According to Beta Research, the stock has a sentiment score of 0.163. On a scale between 1 and -1, a positive score tends to portray a favorable view of company results by news outlets. The opposite is true for a negative sentiment score.

In taking a look at where the stock might be headed, analysts have a consensus price target of $59 on the shares. The most bullish brokerage firm has a $65 target, while the most bearish sees the stock headed towards $36. This is according to the 21 estimates taken into consideration by Zacks Research.

In terms of Buy/Sell recommendations, analysts have a consensus rating of 1.65. This is according to a simplified scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell recommendation. There were 21 recommendations taking into account in order to arrive at this number. Of the 21, 15 have a Strong Buy rating and 2 are rating it a Buy.

Microsoft Corporation is engaged in developing, licensing and supporting a range of software products and services. The Company operates in five segments: Windows & Windows Live Division (Windows Division), Server and Tools, Online Services Division (OSD), Microsoft Business Division (MBD), and Entertainment and Devices Division (EDD). The Company’s products include operating systems for personal computers (PCs), servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and online advertising. It also designs and sells hardware, including the Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment console. In September 2013, Ericsson completed the acquisition of Microsoft’s Mediaroom business and TV solution. Effective October 23, 2013, Microsoft Corp acquired Apiphany Inc.

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