Microsoft Corp (MSFT)

MSFT (NASDAQ:Computer Software & Services) EQUITY
$49.94
pos +0.00
+0.00%
Today's Range: 0.00 - 0.00 | MSFT Avg Daily Volume: 32,317,800
Last Update: 05/05/16 - 4:00 PM EDT
Volume: 0
YTD Performance: -10.00%
Open: $0.00
Previous Close: $49.94
52 Week Range: $39.72 - $56.85
Oustanding Shares: 7,860,466,856
Market Cap: 392,001,482,109
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TheStreet Ratings Grade for MSFT
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A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E+ E E- F
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Analysts Ratings
Historical Rec Current 1 Mo. Ago 2 Mo. Ago 3 Mo. Ago
Strong Buy 13 11 13 13
Moderate Buy 2 1 2 2
Hold 5 4 4 4
Moderate Sell 1 1 1 1
Strong Sell 0 0 0 0
Mean Rec. 1.71 1.71 1.65 1.65
Latest Dividend: 0.36
Latest Dividend Yield: 2.89%
Dividend Ex-Date: 05/17/16
Price Earnings Ratio: 37.78
Price Earnings Comparisons:
MSFT Sector Avg. S&P 500
37.78 38.70 12.90
Price Performance History (%Change):
3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Y
-0.46% 4.92% 49.09%
GROWTH 12 Mo 3 Yr CAGR
Revenue 7.80 0.30 0.08
Net Income -44.80 -0.30 -0.10
EPS -43.80 -0.30 -0.10
Earnings for MSFT:
EBITDA 34.13B
Revenue 93.58B
Average Earnings Estimates
Qtr (06/16) Qtr (09/16) FY (06/16) FY (06/17)
Average Estimate $0.59 $0.70 $2.69 $2.91
Number of Analysts 13 7 14 13
High Estimate $0.71 $0.74 $2.82 $3.16
Low Estimate $0.56 $0.67 $2.63 $2.73
Prior Year $0.62 $0.67 $2.63 $2.69
Growth Rate (Year over Year) -4.47% 4.90% 2.36% 8.09%
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Today's Trades Real Money Pro($)

I covered my Morgan Stanley (MS), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Microsoft (MSFT) short rentals.

My Takeaways and Observations Real Money Pro($)

The U.S. dollar strengthened. Crude oil fell by a quarter to $43.40. Nat gas was a nickel to the good. Gold fell by $12.60 to $1,279 and it continues to look like $1,300 is a formidable hurdle. Agricultural commodities quieted down, with wheat and corn moving small. Soybeans +8.50 and oats -3.50. Lumber +1.50. Bonds lifted in price and dropped in yield for the second day in a row. The yield on the 10-year and long bond dropped by two basis points to 1.78% and 2.64%, respectively. Municipals flattened. Closed-end municipal bond funds were mixed. The high-yield market was off somewhat. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) was down a penny to $13.95. Banks got whacked -- fortunately, as I remain short Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) at good prices. Drops of 2% to 3% for the major money center banks. Deutsche Bank (DB) continues lower. Let's watch this and the poor performance of the European banks closely in the weeks ahead. Life insurance stocks also got schmeissed -- again, a good thing for me as I am short Lincoln National (LNC) and MetLife (MET), both down by about a beaner. Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) was lower after yesterday's $2+ decline. Brokerages also got hit, with MS down 65 cents and GS down $3.10. I covered my trading short rentals today on this weakness. Old tech was mixed. I covered my MSFT trading short (I didn't like the quality of the earnings report) for a $2 gain this morning. Retail was mixed, but my sole exposure -- short Nordstrom (JWN) -- was down $1.20, continuing its recent weakness. Again, a good thing! Former retail longs Macy's (M), Best Buy (BBY) and Bed, Bath & Beyond (BBBY) were taken to the woodshed today. Consumer staples strengthened. Autos continue their sloppy streak -- I doubled my shorts recently. Ford (F) was down 15 cents and General Motors (GM) down 65 cents. Even Phish (Let Trey Sing!) knows about Peak Autos! Bummed is what you are in "Contact" when your auto stocks are towed. Energy stocks were lower, with Schlumberger (SLB) down $2 and Exxon Mobil (XOM) off 35 cents. I like, others don't. Media made for uninteresting viewing, with Disney (DIS) and Comcast (CMCSA) lower. Biotech continues as a bio wreck. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) was down nearly $8, or almost 3%. Speculative biotech was annihilated, with Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) down 7% and Portola Pharmaceuticals (PTLA) off nearly 6%. (T)FANG was weighed down by a $9 loss in Tesla (TSLA) as management departures and a Chanos diss on "Fast Money Halftime" impacted the security. Earnings are after close and I am going into it with my small short. TSLA is on my Best Ideas List. NOSH all up, but small. CRABBY was crabby, led by declines in Radian Group (RDN), Citigroup (C) and Alleghany (Y). In miscellaneous action, Twitter (TWTR) had an unaccustomed up day, but Potash (POT) stayed in jail (and I don't see a reason why it will get a "Get Out of Jail" card over the short term with weakening fundamentals). Radian was lower, Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) continues its two-day loss of leaves, Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) is burdened by its brothers and sisters in the insurance space (I am buying more on weakness), and fav DuPont (DD) continues its decline (but it's too early to add to). Apple gives up much of yesterday's gains, down a beaner. Here is some great analysis from today's Real Money Pro: Jim "El Capitan" on the good health of the broadcasting industry.  Jeremy LaKosh looks for a potential entry point in automaker Ford.  I already have mine – and it's on the short side! RevShark's got the seasonal and Fed fever and jitters. Another good one from Rev on the absence of fear in the marketplace.  Ed Ponsi "Scheme" on trading a lower currency. No Ponsi Scheme in this column!  Divine on the issue of "giddiness."  She's always a great read and makes me think more outside of the envelope.
I've covered my shorts this morning of Microsoft (MFST), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS).

My Takeaways and Observations Real Money Pro($)

The U.S. dollar continues to weaken. Crude oil fell by $1.05, trading at $44.87. Nat gas was a dime lower. Gold rose by another $5 and is approaching $1,300. The precious metal did trade over $1,300 earlier in the day. Agricultural commodities: wheat -4.50, soybean +8.00, corn -3.75 and oats flat. Lumber -2.60. Bonds got taken to the woodshed. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) was down about a beaner. The yield on the 10-year U.S. note added three basis points to 1.85% and the long bond climbed four basis points in yield to 2.70%. Municipals sold off, but closed-end municipal bond funds were mixed to higher. High yield sold off. However, Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) traded up a nickel and is approaching $14. Banks prospered, led by JPMorgan Chase (JPM). Brokerages were strong -- Morgan Stanley (MS) up 20 cents and Goldman Sachs (GS) $2.50. Life insurance responded well to higher rates and lower bond prices, with smart gains in Lincoln  National (LNC), MetLife (MET) and HIG. Energy stocks were mixed. Schlumberger (SLB) was a standout loser, though Exxon Mobil (XOM) was up 50 cents. Old media was mixed. IBM (IBM), despite Warren's endorsement, was slightly lower, while Microsoft (MSFT) was up 50 cents. Retail stocks rebounded, with short Nordstrom (JWN) recovering a portion of Friday's big loss. Media thrived. Disney (DIS) was up $1.10 and Comcast (CMCSA) 55 cents. Consumer staples did well, led by former long Procter & Gamble (PG). Biotech, the object of affection to value players this year, continued to be pressured. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) was down a couple. VRX recovered two-thirds of its nearly $4 loss today. My biotech basket continues to roll over. Autos were up small -- General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) a dime higher, each. Ag equipment was flat. (T)FANG recovering well, led by Amazon (AMZN), which seemingly got an endorsement from Warren Buffett over the weekend and was up $23. By contrast, Tesla (TSLA) was down by $2, though it was lower. NOSH had all four components to the good, including Starbucks (SBUX), a short. CRABBY's six components also were all higher. In terms of miscellaneous stocks, Apple (AAPL) continues to be rotten to the core, down 50 cents. Twitter (TWTR) was awful and Potash (POT) was not much better, though rival Monsanto (MON) was up. Radian Group (RDN) and Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) were flat, as was DuPont (DD) after a big upside move. Warren's fav (but my short!) Coca-Cola (KO) was up 30 cents. iShares China Large-Cap ETF (FXI), last week's Trade of the Week, was off a dime after a very weak Friday. Here is some good stuff on Real Money Pro today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer on the U.S. dollar.   Robert "Not Rita" Moreno on the dreaded Coppock Curve!  Bret "Meet George" Jensen on four possible biotech targets.  The Count's take on the Berkshire Hathaway meeting.  RevShark on ... what is the market theme and on the lack of clear market leadership (a theme others like Jimmy and myself are concerned about)? 
A break below $48 could precipitate a deeper decline to the next support level -- around $44.
Watch out for currency and earnings moves this week. 
The tech giant appears to have lost its superstar status.
Try this low-stress approach to trade after earnings are reported.
A put spread using an at-the-money long strike and out-of-the-money short leg looks attractive.

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