Can Microsoft Surge Higher?

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With shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) trading around $36, is MSFT an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Microsoft is engaged in developing, licensing, and supporting a wide range of software products and services. The company also designs and sells hardware and delivers online advertising to customers. It operates in five segments: Windows and Windows Live, Server and Tools, Online Services Division, Microsoft Business Division, and Entertainment and Devices. As a mature company, Microsoft is also offering a stable dividend, which is currently yielding around 3.32 percent annually.

Microsoft sold more than 3 million units of Xbox One since the launching of the game console in 13 countries last November 22. “It’s been incredible to see Xbox One selling at a record-setting pace for Xbox, and we were honored to see Xbox One become the fastest-selling console in the U.S. during our launch month in November,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Marketing, Strategy and Business, Xbox. Mehdi added that the demand for Xbox One has been strong, and the game console was selling out during the holiday shopping season in many retailers worldwide. According to him, the company is working hard to ship additional consoles to retailers as soon as possible.

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