Microsoft (MSFT): Earnings Whisper?

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) is set to announce its 4Q/15 earnings after the market close on Tuesday, July 21st. Analysts expect the software giant to report earnings per share of $0.57 and revenue of $22.06 billion. That would be 5c lower the $0.62 per share posted last quarter and 5c higher the $0.52 posted in the 3Q/14. Revenue is projected to be $1.32 billion lower than the $23.38 billion posted in the same period a year earlier. Meanwhile, ticker’s earnings whisper number calls for EPS of $0.56 on revenue of $22.06 billion.

Stock action: Shares of Microsoft ended this week at $46.60. The software firm is currently priced at 19.35x this year’s forecasted earnings compared to the industry’s 18.01x earnings multiple. The company’s current year and next year EPS growth estimates stand at (8.00%) and 17.40% compared to the industry growth rates of 17.50% and 24.10%, respectively. MSFT has a t-12 price/sales ratio of 3.98. EPS for the same period registers at $2.41.

M’soft shares have advanced 1.41% in the last 4 weeks and 12.74% in the past three months. Over the past 5 trading sessions the stock has gained 4.51%.

The Redmond, Washington-based company, which is currently valued at $378.23 billion, has a median Street price target of $52.00 with a high target of $60.00. MSFT is up 7.46% year-over-year and 1.74% year-to-date.

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