NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Microsoft ( MSFT) has been a favorite not only with Wall Street brokerage firms but also with TheStreet readers, who give the stock an A rating.
The stock is hitting on all four cylinders and recently reported solid gains in all four of its divisions. The recent softness in the market may be signaling an entry point for those who don't own Mr. Softy or those who would like to add to their holdings. If you consider this hourly trading chart provided by Barchart for the last month, you can see that after the company reported solid earnings there was a nice jump. But the stock has also fallen with the rest of the market in the past week: Over the last six months this stock has seemed to follow the market as measured by the Value Line Index: I think this might be a good entry point to buy a better-than-average stock at a below-average price, and I'll explain why. Microsoft develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. The company's Windows & Windows Live Division segment offers PC operating system that primarily includes Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems; Windows live suite of applications and Web services; and Microsoft PC hardware products. Its Microsoft's Server and Tools segment provides Windows Server operating systems, Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Azure, Windows Intune, Windows Embedded, Visual Studio, Silverlight, system center products, Microsoft consulting services, and product support services. This segment also offers enterprise consulting services; and training and certification to developers and information technology professionals, as well as builds standalone and software development lifecycle tools for software architects, developers, testers, and project managers. The company's Online Services Division segment provides online information and content through Bing, MSN portals, and adCenter, as well as Atlas online tools for advertisers. Its Microsoft Business Division segment offers Microsoft office; Microsoft Exchange; Microsoft SharePoint; Microsoft Lync; Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM; and Microsoft Office Web Apps, as well as office 365, an online service, offering Microsoft Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync.