Morningstar (MORN) Given Media Sentiment Score of 0.27

Media headlines about Morningstar (NASDAQ:MORN) have been trending positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Morningstar earned a coverage optimism score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the business services provider an impact score of 47.6870809955102 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of Morningstar (MORN) traded down $0.73 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $96.59. The company had a trading volume of 44,178 shares, compared to its average volume of 44,470. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a quick ratio of 1.69 and a current ratio of 1.69. The company has a market capitalization of $4,138.99, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.70 and a beta of 0.77. Morningstar has a 1 year low of $68.43 and a 1 year high of $99.11.

Morningstar (NASDAQ:MORN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The business services provider reported $0.79 earnings per share for the quarter. Morningstar had a return on equity of 15.43% and a net margin of 19.11%.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 31st. Stockholders of record on Friday, January 5th will be issued a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 4th. This is a positive change from Morningstar’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.23. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.04%. Morningstar’s dividend payout ratio is 25.58%.

Morningstar declared that its board has approved a stock buyback plan on Friday, December 8th that authorizes the company to buyback $500.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the business services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are usually a sign that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

Separately, BidaskClub raised Morningstar from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd.

In other news, Director Gail S. Landis sold 500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $87.00, for a total transaction of $43,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 47,921 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,169,127. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Steven N. Kaplan sold 2,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $96.91, for a total value of $242,275.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 42,021 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,072,255.11. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 25,500 shares of company stock valued at $2,224,600 over the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 57.40% of the company’s stock.

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Morningstar, Inc is a provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The Company focuses to create products that help investors reach their financial goals. It offers a range of data, software, research, and investment management offerings for financial advisors, asset managers, sponsors, and individual investors.

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