Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s mean target price, which is on a consensus basis according to Wall Street sell-side analysts is $63.045. The number is arrived at through the use of the mean estimate obtained from the 22 research firms that have issued reports on the company in the recent past. Analysts say that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) should give its report on the earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter of $0.77. This is done through consent on the mean estimate, which more often than not is based on the individual covering sell-side analysts’ reported numbers.
The last time the company reported earnings, which were $0.76 was within the period ending on 2016-09-30. Normally the average broker gives a recommendation. It is usually the arithmetical average of the individual ratings added together by sell-side analysts to produce a Consensus Analyst Rating for each stock. A scale of 1 to 5 is used whereby 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 is a Strong Sell. The ranking of the stock is at 1.54, which is based on 22 sell-side broker recommendations. While the most bullish of 22 analyst estimates sees the stock reaching $72 within the next 12 months, the most bearish analyst are expectant of having the stock at $43 within the year.
Sell-side analysts have a consensus mean earnings per share estimate of $2.92 which stands in for the current year. However, this is in long term growth prospects of the company. This time frame has a high end estimate of $3.15 but the low estimate is at $2.73. The company’s projection for the long term earnings per share estimate growth rate for the next three to five years is 8.13%. This is however based on 6 analysts providing estimates.