Microsoft Corporation Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (MSFT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A-. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • MSFT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • MSFT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.20 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.53, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, MICROSOFT CORP's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • MICROSOFT CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, MICROSOFT CORP increased its bottom line by earning $2.60 versus $2.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.06 versus $2.60).

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and solutions worldwide. Its Windows division develops and markets PC operating systems, related software, and online services, and PC hardware products. Microsoft has a market cap of $265.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 19.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

You can view the full Microsoft Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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