MSFT - Microsoft Corporation

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
136.13
+2.45 (+1.83%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close133.68
Open134.88
Bid136.07 x 1100
Ask136.14 x 3200
Day's Range134.72 - 136.45
52 Week Range93.96 - 141.68
Volume25,026,151
Avg. Volume24,384,423
Market Cap1.039T
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.97
PE Ratio (TTM)26.90
EPS (TTM)5.06
Earnings DateOct 22, 2019 - Oct 28, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.84 (1.38%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-08-14
1y Target Est154.41
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    Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) stock has continued to fall along with the market. For the most part, the decline is not the fault of the company. An intensified U.S.-China trade war and the yield curve inversion have made investors uneasy, weighing on AMZN stock and most other equities.Source: Shutterstock However, problems unique to AMZN have also hurt the stock. Moreover, the company does not pay a dividend, and its valuation exceeds that of other mega-tech companies. Given these factors, the price-earnings (PE) ratio of Amazon stock appears set to fall further. Beware of Falling ValuationsThe yield-curve inversion has an effect on AMZN and other hot tech stocks that receives little attention. Specifically, the inversion facilitates multiple compression.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAmazon stock has traded at an elevated PE ratio, often reaching PE ratios of 100 or higher. Investors can attribute much of its recent swoon to the law of large numbers. However, in recessionary environments, even the hottest of companies struggle to hold onto their premium valuations. * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On The forward PE of AMZN stock has now fallen to about 53. Even after the company's disappointing earnings report issued in July, analysts still, on average, expect profit growth of 16.6% this year and 41.4% next year. Typically, given the high profit-growth estimates, the elevated PE would not concern me. However, I see disturbing signs coming from the company itself.Specifically, analysts' profit estimates for AMZN continue to fall. Analysts, on average, had previously expected earnings for the fiscal year to come in at $27.46 per share. Due to AMZN's lowered guidance, they now forecast $23.49 per share. Moreover, the company's cloud unit, which accounts for the majority of its profits, has been hurt by stronger competition from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG). The cloud unit generated $8.38 billion of revenue last quarter, versus analysts' average outlook of $8.48 billion .That should worry investors because they have treated and valued AMZN more like a cloud company than an e-commerce firm. Other Challenges Facing Amazon StockThe antitrust investigation that's likely to include AMZN as well as Alphabet, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) will also weigh on Amazon stock.But I question whether the probe will hurt AMZN stock over the long-term. Jeffries & Co. analyst Brent Thill estimates the value of the cloud business as a standalone company at $400 billion. I think a spin off of the cloud unit would unlock a significant amount of value. But the probe will breed more uncertainty in the short-termAmazon has also been blamed by President Trump for the losses of the United States Post Office (USPS). Thus far, the decision by FedEx (NYSE:FDX) to not deliver Amazon packages has probably hurt FedEx more than it has AMZN. Still, I think FedEx's move will be worrisome for AMZN if the President criticizes the retail giant's use of the USPS again.None of these challenges will undermine the company's operations. Still, investors now have a lot more reasons to question the multiple of AMZN stock, making the shares a poor bet in the shorter-term. The Bottom Line on Amazon StockMany signs suggest that the valuation of Amazon stock will drop. First, the inverted yield curve indicates that a recession is looming. Stock valuations tend to fall when recessions are looming. Moreover, the slowing growth of the cloud unit and the underwhelming growth of other divisions could lead investors to doubt the attractiveness of Amazon stock at its current levels. .I also agree with the assertion of another InvestorPlace columnist, James Brumley that Amazon will emerge as a winner after the slowdown runs its course. I also do not expect AMZN to be broken up, despite President Trump's feelings about the company.However, since AMZN does not pay a dividend and the outlook of AMZN stock is dimming, I would not recommend buying AMZN stock at this time.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Amazon Stock Looks Poised to Be Hit by Multiple Compression appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    It could have been worse. At one point on Thursday, the S&P 500 was down as much as 0.5% before rallying back to end the session up a quarter of a percent. Investors entertained doubts about the idea that the recent yield curve inversion has to lead to a recession.Source: Shutterstock Walmart (NYSE:WMT) gets the bulk of the credit for yesterday's gain. Shares of the retailer jumped more than 60% after the company delivered second-quarter numbers that exceeded expectations. E-commerce revenue remains particularly impressive for the world's biggest retailer.Yet, though the broad market made gains, the number of advancers was only slightly higher than the number of decliners, and bearish volume was actually greater than buying volume.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsWeighing stocks back more than any other name was General Electric (NYSE:GE), down more than 11% on accusations that it has been doctoring its accounting statements in a way that covers up a great number of liabilities that will cost the company billions. Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) plunged nearly 9% after serving up lackluster guidance stemming from the tariff war underway with China. * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On As the last trading day of the week kicks off, however, it's the stock charts of Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) that merit the closest looks. Here's why. Freeport-McMoRan (FCX)Although most stocks bounced back from recent weakness on Thursday, it's not surprising that Freeport-McMoRan didn't. Shares have been trapped in a downtrend for years, and that selloff was renewed at the beginning of last year when a rising support line was snapped.It's possible, however, yesterday's 4% tumble may have also served as a capitulation that ends up becoming the low point of the current bearish swing. That dip pulled the stock back to an established floor, forcing the bulls and the bears -- if not both -- to finally make a commitment. * Click to EnlargeAlthough you have to go back to 2017 to see the initial low that serves as the first node of a falling support line, plotted in blue on both stock charts, it's clear that FCX has been getting pushed toward the tip of a converging wedge pattern. * The weekly chart also indicates Freeport-McMoRan shares broke below what had been a technical floor at $9.50, marked in yellow on the weekly chart that also plots the rising support line, in red, that snapped in the middle of last year to let a new pullback take shape. * Although technically weak and suffering from bearish momentum, Thursday's kiss of the lower boundary of a descending wedge pattern opens the door to the possibility FCX could attempt to rebound from here. The upper boundary of the wedge, in white, remains intact though. Microsoft (MSFT)Giving credit where it's due, Microsoft shares have impressively stood up to marketwide weakness that started to seriously undermine other stocks late last month. Since peaking in July, MSFT shares have only fallen less than 6%. The S&P 500 is also still decidedly below most of its key moving average lines, while Microsoft is still above its key lines, or only modestly below the ones it's under.Microsoft shares are slowly slipping into a funk, however, putting pressure on key support levels, and failing to find support at others. One, perhaps two, more bearish days could push MSFT over the proverbial cliff and pull the rug out from underneath this name that has rallied about as far as it can feasibly go for the time being. * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul * Click to EnlargeThe key floor now under attack is the straight-line span connecting February's, June's and now this month's low, plotted as a light blue line on the daily chart. * Zooming out to the weekly chart of Microsoft it becomes clear that this year's rally has pushed MSFT stock to the upper edge of a rising bullish channel, where it has started to fade. Notice the weekly chart's MACD line is now below zero, after several weeks of lower lows. * Assuming history will repeat itself, MSFT shares are now positioned to slide back to the lower edge of that range plotted with a yellow line on the weekly chart. It now stands at $111.70, but is rising quickly. Coca-Cola (KO)Finally, Coca-Cola shares have been on a rampage since March, rallying more than 20% for the five-month stretch. More than that though, the advance has pushed KO stock out of a long-term trading range and into uncharted waters. Although overbought, shares even confirmed the strength of this breakout thrust by pulling back, finding support at a key line in the sand and then bouncing back above a long-term technical ceiling.While the momentum is undeniable, the scope of the rally thus far is unnerving. The risk of a wave of profit-taking is abnormally high. The good news is, the make-or-break line in the sand has already been identified and verified. * Click to EnlargeThe support level in question is the 50-day moving average line, plotted in purple on the daily chart. That line prompted the reversal that materialized two weeks ago, and is highlighted on the daily chart. * Backing out to a weekly chart, the basis of the worry becomes clear. Just in the past few weeks, KO stock has broken above a technical ceiling that has kept shares in check since 2013. It's plotted in white. * Although there's plenty of risk of a pullback that would bring Coca-Cola stock back to the trading range's floor near $46, marked in yellow, there has been an impressive amount of buying volume persistently through this unparalleled advance.At the time of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. To learn more about James, visit his site at jamesbrumley.com, or follow him in twitter at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Friday: Freeport-McMoRan, Microsoft and Coca-Cola appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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As the controversy hit, the contract was reportedly about to be awarded, with the final competitors being Amazon Web Services Inc (the heavy, heavy favorite) and Microsoft Corp.The twin investigations were spurred by pressure from three sources: disgruntled competitors who felt they were out of the running; Congressional actors representing districts and states from where those competitors have a presence; and the Oval Office itself. President Donald Trump said in mid-July that he intended to review the JEDI contracting after receiving “tremendous complaints” about the process from “some of the great companies in the world,” including IBM, Microsoft and Oracle – each of which bid on the JEDI contract.None of this, other than direct interference by the commander in chief, is particularly out of the ordinary for big defense acquisitions, given the byzantine procurement process in the Pentagon. As a newly selected one-star rear admiral in 2000, I was assigned to manage a complex agency-wide telecommunications contract that included creating a new constellation of satellites. By the time it was finally awarded, I had long transferred out of the Pentagon. And in 2013, as I was a grizzled four-star Admiral about to finish up my career, I was still wondering why the satellite constellation wasn’t yet fully operational. The short answer is that at the nexus of big money, political influence and uncertain technology, delays are a certainty.All of this begs the questions of why the U.S. military is pursuing this system, and how it can be brought on line rapidly – by whomever eventually wins the contract.JEDI will be an absolutely vital part of America’s future warfighting capability, especially in the increasingly complex new 5G environment. At heart, the vast cloud would allow a much more efficient information-technology system, replacing the hodgepodge of thousands of hand-tooled, inefficient networks that exist today. This is especially critical for the military, where so many personnel transfer every two to three years, often taking with them a hands-on knowledge of an individual network or complex of software. For a vast organization like the Department of Defense -- the largest “company” in the world – JEDI’s efficiency at scale will be crucial to optimizing expensive resources and operating efficiently.It’s not just about efficiency, though: JEDI should vastly improve resiliency and security. Instead of individual networks and organizations backing up their information locally, everything is stored in a much more defendable cloud structure - just as your personal data and photographs likely exist in the Microsoft or Apple Inc clouds today. The data can be seamlessly transferred, even in the intense crucible of combat. Cybersecurity experts tell us that there is great strength in reducing the number of individual portals that can be attacked and overcome; streamlining and unifying the defenses of the entire department make sense. This reduction of “threat surfaces” is crucial.Finally, from an operator’s perspective, there is great allure in one-stop shopping to stream data (a sort of military Netflix,), to record and store it, to create simple systems to “patch” software, and to build an infrastructure that permits constant monitoring of the entire department’s networks. Lieutenant General Jack Shanahan, head of the Pentagon’s Artificial Intelligence Center, commented recently on the operational capabilities necessary for the emerging era of great power competition, with China in particular.“Imagine the speed of operations in a fight in the Pacific, where you just do not have time to figure out, ‘How do I get my data, clean my data, move it from point A to point B.’” Shanahan said. “If I’m a warfighter, I want as much data as you could possibly give me. Let my algorithms sort through it at machine speed. It’s really hard for me to do that without an enterprise cloud solution.” His comments were echoed by the department’s chief information officer, Dana Deasy, in a rare on-the-record co-briefing to the press they held last week.In order to move quickly to find efficiencies, create new resiliency, and provide a single point of contact for all IT operations, the Department of Defense needs to thoroughly but quickly complete these investigations. If there are real instances of malfeasance, they should be uncovered and the perpetrators punished forthwith. Frankly, Secretary Esper has an unattractive set of options, including starting the competition over; pressing forward to award despite the external pressure; or searching for some middle ground that may satisfy nobody. Whether he can power through all the sand in the gears here will be the first test of his leadership abilities, and will be among the most important he will face.In the likely scenario that all this smoke reveals not much fire but rather disgruntled competitors and political angst (and a strong component of anti-Amazon influence from the White House, where Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is despised), Esper should press through to a contract award as soon as is legally appropriate. Warfighting in the 21st century will be “brain on brain” combat, and a large, singular cloud structure is the gray matter the U.S. military needs.To contact the author of this story: James Stavridis at jstavridis@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Tobin Harshaw at tharshaw@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.James Stavridis is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He is a retired U.S. Navy admiral and former supreme allied commander of NATO, and dean emeritus of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is also an operating executive consultant at the Carlyle Group and chairs the board of counselors at McLarty Associates.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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Bolstering his image as the "sheriff," President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese goods for various acts of malfeasance, particularly intellectual property theft.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsHowever, the Trump administration may have miscalculated Beijing's resolve. With each side refusing to budge, then stepping up their retaliatory tariffs, the matter has seemingly spiraled out of control. On paper, that's pernicious for Microsoft stock. Outside of the U.S., China is the tech giant's biggest revenue stream. * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul As if that weren't enough, the constant back-and-forth between the two nations may have exacerbated domestic economic weaknesses. Recently, the benchmark yield curve inverted when the yield for 10-year Treasuries slipped underneath the 2-year yield. In other words, investors are getting less reward for accepting greater time risk.It makes no sense. And not surprisingly, this dynamic represents a warning about a coming recession. Thus, investors see little reason to hold more "risk on" names like MSFT stock. No Need to Panic on MSFT Stock YetEven with a preponderance of negative news items, it's still tricky to figure out what to do with a blue-chip name like Microsoft stock. Clearly, this is no time to load the boat with the company's shares. With multiple headwinds cascading down like rainwater, you don't want to be a premature contrarian.That said, I also don't think it's a time to panic on MSFT stock. First, let's have a quick rundown about the yield-curve inversions and their implications. What this trend truly suggests is that the markets are very nervous about incoming events. Essentially, Wall Street is dealing with a math problem where key constants are replaced with variables.If you never liked calculus class, you can appreciate the sentiment. However, the increase of variables does not necessarily mean that everything is going to Hades all at once. As Credit Suisse reported, it takes on average 22 months following a "2-10" yield-curve inversion to spark a recession. Therefore, we may have some time to work things out.Optimists may note that next year is a key presidential election cycle. Thus, even a tough sheriff like Trump sees the value of seeking a peaceable solution. Naturally, that would bode very well for Microsoft stock, along with tech peers like Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN).And positive signs do exist. Unexpectedly, the president delayed a ramp up in tariffs until after the Christmas shopping season starts. That's an important acknowledgement that the White House recognizes our economy's global interdependence.However, a trade war resolution may be some months off. In the meantime, stakeholders of MSFT stock can rely upon the underlying company's secular businesses, such as its dominance in endpoint management. Challenges for Microsoft Stock Drive EfficienciesFinally, I'd like to point out that a silver lining exists in this trade war malaise. Under bullish conditions, there's not as much incentive to push for corporate efficiencies. With the money flowing in, it's easy to get complacent.However, in a distressed ecosystem, every dollar of revenue counts. That's why if you own MSFT stock, you've got to love Microsoft's new "outsourcing" license policy as it pertains to its cloud business.Long story short, Microsoft is cutting a loophole that enables Amazon's and Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) cloud customers to bring with them their existing Microsoft enterprise software licenses.For years, Amazon promoted such "bring your own licenses" capabilities to prospective clients. This gave Amazon and Alphabet comprehensive usability at Microsoft's expense. Now, this loophole is closed, which should help Microsoft stock at least mitigate some volatility.Still, it's probably going to be a rough ride in the coming months. If you have a large position in MSFT stock, a little trimming makes sense. Otherwise, if you're looking to buy in, wait. Almost certainly, we'll see a better entry point for this iconic tech firm.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall * 5 Stocks to Avoid Amid the Ongoing Trade War * 7 5G Stocks to Buy Now for the Future The post Microsoft Stock Is in Watch Mode, Not Panic Mode appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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  • Alphabet Stock: GOOGL and the Antitrust Police
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    Alphabet Stock: GOOGL and the Antitrust Police

    Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) is the ultimate tech company.Google is a self-service cash machine that delivers incredible free value yet generates enormous revenue. In its June earnings report, GOOGL stock showed net income of nearly $10 billion, $14.21 per share fully diluted, on revenue of almost $39 billion.Despite its scale, Google is growing at 19% per year. The company's cash hoard is now listed at $117 billion. That's more than Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Shares jumped on the news.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall To this proof of American economic leadership, the government's response is more like: "Nice business you got there, a shame if something happened to it." The Federal Trade Commission is seriously talking about breaking this company up. The Cloud and the ServicesWhat would such a breakup look like?The most logical form, in the case of Google, would be to separate services from the cloud. Have YouTube, Google, and every other service rent cloud capacity and make it on their own. Maybe the enterprise-focused Google Cloud business might stay, but that would be it.That wouldn't be enough for some rivals. They claim every aggregation of Google search has an antitrust violation. "You do the work, and let us take the profit" is their attitude. But would these companies really stay in their lanes if Google didn't exist?The clouds of Google and the other Cloud Czars - Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Apple and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) - were built on the cash flow of free or cheap services. Their investment, with no guarantee of profit, created $4.5 trillion of market cap.Turning clouds into landlords would mean building tech with debt, as companies like Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX) do. It would also mean throwing off all profits as dividends, which is the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) model. After watching AT&T (NYSE:T) take government subsidies for decades without investing in new technology, while Google exploded past it without one government dime, do we really want to go back to that 20th century business model?Even the trade groups Google belongs to, like the Internet Association, are not rushing to its defense. That's because the companies being crushed by Google's expanding services, including Yelp (NASDAQ:YELP) and Trip Advisor (NASDAQ:TRIP), are also members of these groups.Combine the jealousy of cloud tenants, the liberal fear of scale, and the right's desire for ideological compliance, and you get a perfect regulatory storm. Buy Alphabet Stock Now?For people who focus on the numbers, like our Bret Kenwell, GOOGL stock is a screaming buy. Google is achieving all this growth while its cloud business still measures its market share in the single digits.For those who follow politics, however, there are warning signs. The companies that should be Google's friends aren't stepping up in support. European regulators treat the Cloud Czars as ATMs. American regulators want government to take the internet's power from the marketplace. The Bottom Line on GOOGL StockThe regulatory goals of the Cloud Czars are different from those of every other tech company. But each of the Czars works through these things on their own.This keeps those who built the clouds from speaking with one voice in its defense. A smart Google lobbyist might point to how the company is using its cash to fight kidney disease, or how it has pioneered in car safety technology. They might point out that every company shocked by Google's use of data is doing the same thing with it.But if that is happening, I don't see it. If the clouds won't defend themselves, no one else will.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of the environmental story, Bridget O'Flynn and the Bear , available at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at danablankenhorn@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in AAPL, MSFT and AMZN. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall * 5 Stocks to Avoid Amid the Ongoing Trade War * 7 5G Stocks to Buy Now for the Future The post Alphabet Stock: GOOGL and the Antitrust Police appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    Deutsche Bank Bets on Mesa Air Group (MESA) and Microsoft (MSFT) Stocks

    If you are looking for investing inspiration, Deutsche Bank analysts have some valuable tips. The banking giant has recently released a few reports advising investors to pull the trigger and load up shares of US airline Mesa Air Group (MESA) and tech giant Microsoft (MSFT). Let's delve deeper into these reports to see why MESA and MSFT are poised to outperform:Mesa Air Group Still Strong Buy After Weak EarningsIt’s no secret that the commercial aviation company struggled during its June quarter. While shares have declined 25% year-to-date, 5-star Deutsche Bank analyst Michael Linenberg tells investors to block out the bearish noise surrounding Mesa's lackluster Q3 earnings release.On August 8, MESA reported adjusted EPS reached $0.30, coming in below Linenberg’s $0.45 estimate. Operating expenses also exceeded the analyst’s original $149 million prediction, totaling $163 million. Management attributed this to higher than expected flight operations costs.MESA faced operational issues that included a ground damage incident and longer c-check turn times on its CRJ-900s. This resulted in three of its planes being sidelined for the entirety of the third quarter. More bad news followed after an industry-wide failure left MESA unable to meet the performance criteria under its capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with American Airlines (AAL), causing two planes to be removed from the agreement.Linenberg points out that prior to the operational disturbances, MESA had a 99.6% controllable completion factor, exceeding the requirements of its American agreement. He also notes that the company should be able to extend its contract to continue operating its Embraer E175 planes for United Continental (UAL), which is set to expire sometime between August 31 and December 31.“We continue to favor MESA for its low-cost structure, ample supply of pilots and attractive growth prospects. We believe the company's earnings trajectory is being underappreciated by the market, as MESA remains the most attractively priced airline stock in our coverage universe, trading at approximately 3.2x our 2019 EPS estimate,” Linenberg noted.As a results, the analyst reiterates a Buy rating on Mesa stock, with $17 price target, which implies about 195% upside from current levels.As always, we like to give credit where credit is due. According to TipRanks, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform, Linenberg has yielded a yearly average return of 19.7% with a 61% success rate. Notably, Linenberg is ranked 152 out of 5,232 analysts.All in all, the rest of the Street mirrors the analyst’ sentiment. MESA has a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus and a $12 average price target, indicating 94% upside potential. (See MESA’s price targets and analyst ratings on TipRanks)Microsoft Stock Has More Room to ShineMicrosoft has recently became the target of criticism after it placed restrictions on the transfer of Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Server licenses to third party clouds. Both Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOGL) were quick to call out MSFT for forcing customers into using a single vendor.Starting October 1, Microsoft’s customers will need to acquire “license mobility” or pay an additional fee to deploy the licenses on rival cloud infrastructures. Deutsche Bank's Karl Keirstead writes that it’s unclear exactly what the “license mobility” cost will be, but that it will likely be enough to keep customers using its Azure cloud infrastructure. He argues that the restrictions are part of MSFT’s efforts to simplify licensing as well as increase demand and revenue for Azure.“The impact seems small as long as these higher fees only apply to single-tenant services. We believe it is highly unlikely that MSFT makes bolder moves to raise the cost of deploying MSFT licenses on AWS or Google multi-tenant services, as this would be highly disruptive to MSFT customers and jeopardize a material MSFT-on-AWS revenue stream,” added Keirstead.MSFT could even get a boost from these restrictions. The analyst points out that some customers may want to add new MSFT licenses before October 1 to avoid the new fees.Overall, Keirstead’s bullish thesis remains unchanged. He reiterates a Buy rating on MSFT stock, with $155 price target, implying 16% upside potential. (To watch Keirstead's track record, click here)All in all, this 'Strong Buy' stock is no Wall Street secret. After all, in just three months, MSFT has attracted 20 'buys from best-performing analysts. With a return potential of 15%, the stock's consensus price target stands at $153.52. (See MSFT’s price targets and analyst ratings on TipRanks)