The Latest Analyst Coverage For Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (AAP)

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares were trading higher by 0.16 percent ($0.12) at $74.61 a piece in Monday’s session. It had closed the previous session at $74.49. MSFT trades with a P/S ratio of 6.34. This is lower than the both industry’s 90.87 and the wider sector’s 13.55. A low price-to-sales ratio, typically less than 1.0, is considered a good value. Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 20.67 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 27.55. Shares of MSFT have uptrended 9.45% in the past three months, while the S&P 500 has moved 3.95% in that time. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has a market cap of $569.88 billion and over the last 12 months, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has gone stronger by 29.53%. During the last 52 weeks, the (NASDAQ:MSFT) price has been as high as $75.97 and as low as $56.32. Microsoft Corporation earnings have risen with an annualized rate of 6.3% over the last 5 years.

Microsoft Corporation (Mean Target Price: $80.51)

The average 1-year price target for Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) — averaging the work of different analysts — reveals a mean PT of $80.51/share. That’s a potential 7.91 increase relative to where Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been trading recently. The current price is seen ranging between $74.29 and $. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Consensus Recommendation

The collective rating of 2 for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) also leans strongly towards the neutral end of the spectrum. Of the 34 analysts surveyed by Reuters that track MSFT 8 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 26, though not evenly; between analysts who think you should buy Microsoft Corporation versus those who think you should sell it. A 25 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while1 believe that investors should either steer clear of MSFT or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

Is Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) Cheap From Peers?

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (AAP) pulled off a 0.16 percent gain and now trades for $99.36. AAP comes in with a P/S ratio of 0.78 that’s below 1, potentially implying that it could be cheap relative to the overall sector (13.55) and its peers (90.87). Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 16.2 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 19.84. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $177.83 and as low as $82.21. Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) earnings have risen with a quarterly rate of 9.2% over the last 5 years. Shares of AAP have sank -16.09% in the past three monthswhile the has dropped -18.16% in that time.

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (Price Objective: $103.93)

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) has a market cap of $7.36 billion and over the last 12 months, AAP has declined by -33.37%. The average 1-year price target for (AAP) reveals an average price target of $103.93 per share. That’s a potential 4.6 gain from where (NYSE:AAP) has been trading recently. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $82. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $154.

Analyst Thoughts About Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP)

The consensus recommendation — averaging the work of 26 analysts — of 2.5 for Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (AAP) points to moderate case. Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters that track Advance Auto Parts, Inc. 9 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 17 are split, though not evenly, between analysts who think you should buy its stock versus those who think you should sell it. A 14 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while 3 believe that investors should either steer clear of (NYSE:AAP) or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

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