Microsoft Corp. stock trades under the ticker MSFT & has shown recent bullish behavior that traders & investors should research deeper into.
MSFT stock closed at $239.23/share on 1/14/2023.
Microsoft Corp. MSFT Stock’s Technical Performance Broken Down
MSFT Stock Price: $239.23
10 Day Moving Average: $232.52
50 Day Moving Average: $239.84
200 Day Moving Average: $256.79
On Friday, MSFT stock completed a bullish MACD crossover, closing +0.3% on the day.
Despite having decent volume compared to the year prior & 6 straight days of gains, Friday’s hanging man candle implies a bearish movement on the horizon for them, which may offer new entries into positions.
MSFT stock has support at the $233.87 & $232.52/share price level, as they try to break out above the $239.84 & $240.32/share resistance levels.
Microsoft Corp. MSFT Stock As A Long-Term Investment
Long-term oriented investors will like MSFT stock’s 25.75 P/E (ttm), but will find their 10.27 P/B (mrq) to be higher than they’d normally like.
They recently reported 10.6% Quarterly Revenue Growth Y-o-Y, with -14.4% Quarterly Earnings Growth Y-o-Y.
Their balance sheet looks strong, with $107.24B of Total Cash (mrq) & $77.14B of Total Debt (mrq).
MSFT stock pays a 1.06% dividend, which appears to be sustainable in the long-run, with a 26.7% payout ratio.
73.35% of MSFT stock’s outstanding share float is owned by institutional investors.
Microsoft Corp. MSFT Stock As A Short-Term Trade Using Options
Traders who are interested in shorter time frames can use options to profit from MSFT stock’s price movements, while hedging their portfolio against broader market volatility.
I am looking at the contracts with the 2/17 expiration date.
The $235, $230 & $225 calls are all in-the-money, listed in order of highest to lowest level of open interest.
The $240, $245 & $250 puts are also all in-the-money, with the former being more liquid than the latter strikes.
Tying It All Together
MSFT stock has many interesting characteristics that traders & investors should find appealing.
Investors will like their healthy balance sheet & dividend yield.
Traders will like their recent technical performance & their liquid options market.
All-in-all, it is worth taking a closer look into how MSFT stock fits into your portfolio strategy.
*** I DO NOT OWN SHARES OF NOR OPTIONS POSITIONS AROUND MSFT STOCK AT THE TIME OF PUBLISHING THIS ARTICLE ***