Microsoft’s Stock Is Boring Yet Tempting

E = Equity to Debt Ratio Is Strong

The debt-to-equity ratio and balance sheet for Microsoft are strong.

Debt-To-Equity

Cash

Long-Term Debt

MSFT

0.17

$66.64 Billion

$11.95 Billion

AAPL

0.00

$29.13 Billion

$0

GOOG

0.07

$48.09 Billion

$2.99 Billion

 

T = Technicals on the Stock Chart Are Mixed

Microsoft hasn’t done much during one of the biggest bull markets in history. It almost seems as though the company now lacks motivation to be the best. Microsoft has grossly underperformed Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) over the past three years.

1 Month

Year-To-Date

1 Year

3 Year

MSFT

-0.04%

1.27%

-5.20%

0.65%

AAPL

-13.89%

-15.83%

7.49%

128.50%

GOOG

6.13%

6.45%

29.62%

36.91%

 

At $27.23, Microsoft is trading above its 50-day SMA, and below its 100-day and 200-day SMA.       

50-Day SMA

27.02

100-Day SMA

28.43

200-Day SMA

29.33

 

E = Earnings Have Been Steady

Earnings had been improving since 2009, but 2012 saw a decline. However, revenue increased in 2012 and it has been increasing since 2009.

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Revenue ($)in billions

60.42

58.44

62.48

69.94

73.72

Diluted EPS ($)

1.87

1.62

2.10

2.69

2.00

 

We already know what happened this quarter. Now let’s take a look at previous quarters.  

9/2011

12/2011

3/2012

6/2012

9/2012

Revenue ($)in billions

17.37

20.88

17.41

18.06

16.01

Diluted EPS ($)

0.68

0.78

0.60

-0.06

0.53

 

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