4 Stocks Hitting 52-Week Highs: MSFT, ALXN, DLTR, LULU

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of these companies hit 52-week highs on Thursday: Microsoft ( MSFT), Alexion Pharmaceuticals ( ALXN), Lululemon Athletica ( LULU), Dollar Tree ( DLTR).

Each of these stocks received buy ratings from TheStreet Ratings.

Microsoft

The software company is handing out trial versions of Windows 8 computers with ARM Holdings ( ARMH) processors to try to better compete with Apple ( AAPL) and its iPad, according to Bloomberg.

"Our thesis on Microsoft remains unchanged, as we believe the stock is only reasonably undervalued at current levels; we don't expect to see much lift until Windows 8 is released and/or Windows Phone shows some traction in the Smartphone market," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a report on Jan. 20. "We believe multiple expansion is largely predicated on the company making demonstrable inroads in mobile computing."

Shares of Microsoft hit a 52-week high Thursday of $30.80. The stock's 52-week low of $23.65 was set on June 16.

Microsoft has an forward price-to-earnings ratio of 10.23X; the average for software companies is 32.14X. For comparison, Oracle ( ORCL) has a lower forward P/E of 11.21X and Intuit's ( INTU) forward P/E is 17.38X.

Of the 40 analysts who cover Microsoft, 26 rated it a buy. Thirteen analysts gave the software company a hold rating and one rated it a sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives Microsoft an A- grade with a $34.59 price target on the shares. The stock has risen 18.37% year to date.

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