Microsoft (MSFT) Receives a Buy from UBS

UBS analyst Karl Keirstead maintained a Buy rating on Microsoft (MSFTResearch Report) today and set a price target of $243.00. The company’s shares closed last Tuesday at $213.25.

According to, Keirstead is a 5-star analyst with an average return of 17.7% and a 69.0% success rate. Keirstead covers the Technology sector, focusing on stocks such as Citrix Systems, Veeva Systems, and Salesforce.

The word on The Street in general, suggests a Strong Buy analyst consensus rating for Microsoft with a $248.13 average price target, a 17.3% upside from current levels. In a report issued on October 13, Wells Fargo also maintained a Buy rating on the stock with a $250.00 price target.

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Based on Microsoft’s latest earnings release for the quarter ending June 30, the company reported a quarterly revenue of $38.03 billion and net profit of $11.2 billion. In comparison, last year the company earned revenue of $33.72 billion and had a net profit of $13.19 billion.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 90 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is negative on the stock. This means that over the past quarter there has been an increase of insiders selling their shares of MSFT in relation to earlier this year.

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Microsoft Corp. engages in the development and support of software, services, devices, and solutions. It operates through the following business segments: Productivity and Business Processes; Intelligent Cloud; and More Personal Computing. The Productivity and Business Processes segment comprises products and services in the portfolio of productivity, communication, and information services of the company spanning a variety of devices and platform. The Intelligent Cloud segment refers to the public, private, and hybrid serve products and cloud services of the company which can power modern business. The More Personal Computing segment encompasses products and services geared towards the interests of end users, developers, and IT professionals across all devices. The firm also offers operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games; personal computers, tablets; gaming and entertainment consoles; other intelligent devices; and related accessories. The company was founded by Paul Gardner Allen and William Henry Gates III in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, WA.