1. As of noon trading, Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) is up $0.26 (0.9%) to $27.06 on light volume Thus far, 13.3 million shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 55.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.68-$27.11 after having opened the day at $26.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.81.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $228.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Microsoft Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Microsoft Corporation Ratings Report now.

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A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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