The shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been pegged with a rating of Buy by Nomura in its latest research note that was published on January 31st, 2019. The research company has also assigned a $113 price target. Nomura wasn’t the only research firm that published a report of Microsoft Corporation, with other equities research analysts also giving their opinion on the stock. Citigroup advised investors in its research note published on January 31st, 2019, to Neutral the MSFT stock while also putting a $110 price target. The stock had earned Buy rating from BofA/Merrill when it published its report on October 25th, 2018. That day the BofA/Merrill set price target on the stock to $140. The stock was given Buy rating by BofA/Merrill in its report released on October 22nd, 2018, the day when the price target on the stock was placed at $135. Wedbush was of a view that MSFT is Outperform in its latest report on October 19th, 2018 while giving it a price target of $140. Macquarie thinks that MSFT is worth Outperform rating. This was contained in the firm’s report on October 12th, 2018.
Amongst the analysts that rated the stock, 1 have recommended investors to sell it, 2 believe it has the potential for further growth, thus rating it as Hold while 19 advised investors to purchase the stock. The consensus currently stands at a Hold while its average price target is $125.79. The price of the stock the last time has raised by 25.55% from its Week high price while it is raised higher than its 52-Week low price. A look at the stock’s other technical shows that its 14-day RSI now stands at 49.29.
The shares of the company dipped by -0.40% during the trading session on Monday, reaching a low of $104.965 while ending the day at $105.25. During the trading session, a total of 18.12 million shares were traded which represents a 53.11% incline from the average session volume which is 38.65M shares. MSFT had ended its last session trading at 105.67. Microsoft Corporation currently has a market cap of $804.44B, while its P/E ratio stands at 24.48, while its P/E earnings growth sits at 6.79, with a beta of 1.20. Microsoft Corporation debt-to-equity ratio currently stands at 0.85, while its quick ratio hovers at 3.10. MSFT 52-week low price stands at $83.83 while its 52-week high price is $116.18.
The company in its last quarterly report recorded $1.10 earnings per share which is above the $1.09 predicted by most analysts. The Microsoft Corporation generated $32,471.00 million in revenue during the last quarter, which is slightly lower than the $32,512.20 million predicted by analysts. In the second quarter last year, the firm recorded $1.14 earnings per share. Compared to the same quarter last year, the firm’s revenue was down by -3.64%. Microsoft Corporation has the potential to record 4.30 EPS for the current fiscal year, according to equities analysts.
Investment analysts at Credit Suisse published a research note on February 11th, 2019 where it informed investors and clients that Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF) is now rated as Neutral. Their price target on the stock stands at $17. Citigroup also rated RF as Reiterated on January 31st, 2019, with its price target of $110 suggesting that RF could surge by 11.88% from its current share price. Even though the stock has been trading at $15.44/share, analysts expect it to surge higher by -0.52% to reach $17.43/share. It started the day trading at $15.57 and traded between $15.36 and $15.36 throughout the trading session.
A look at its technical shows that RF’s 50-day SMA is 14.72 while its 200-day SMA stands at 17.43. The stock has a high of $20.21 for the year while the low is $12.39. The company’s P/E ratio currently sits at 11.24, while the P/B ratio is 1.20. The company’s average trading volume currently stands at 14.64M shares, which means that the short-interest ratio is just 1.27 days. Over the past seven days, the company moved, with its shift of -0.71%. Looking further, the stock has dropped -12.33% over the past 90 days while it lost -20.33% over the last six months.
The change in the stock’s fortunes has led to several institutional investors altering their holdings of the stock. The Vanguard Group Inc sold more RF shares, decreasing its portfolio by -0.43% during the last quarter. This move now sees The Vanguard Group Inc selling -540,038 shares in the last quarter, thus it now holds 126,462,987 shares of RF, with a total valuation of $1,692,074,766. SSgA Funds Management Inc meanwhile bought more RF shares in the recently filed quarter, changing its stake to $776,218,235 worth of shares. BlackRock Fund Advisors followed the path by decreasing its RF portfolio by -1.23% in the quarter. This means that BlackRock Fund Advisors sold -683,617 shares in the last quarter and now controls 54,681,053 shares of the RF stock, with the valuation hitting $731,632,489.
Similarly, Boston Partners Global Investors decreased its Regions Financial Corporation shares by -13.34% during the recently filed quarter. After selling -4,174,320 shares in the last quarter, the firm now controls 27,124,223 shares of Regions Financial Corporation which are valued at $362,922,104. In the same vein, Millennium Management LLC decreased its Regions Financial Corporation shares by during the most recent reported quarter. The firm sold -3,617,747 shares during the quarter which decreased its stakes to 16,654,036 shares and is now valued at $222,831,002. Following these latest developments, around 0.10% of Regions Financial Corporation stocks are owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.