Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Microsoft (MSFT) Share Price

News stories about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the software giant an impact score of 44.6875426299747 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

Shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ MSFT) traded up $1.61 during trading on Monday, hitting $91.61. The stock had a trading volume of 23,593,096 shares, compared to its average volume of 24,502,320. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a current ratio of 3.12. The firm has a market capitalization of $706,730.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.95, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.11 and a beta of 0.99. Microsoft has a twelve month low of $62.57 and a twelve month high of $91.62.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. The business had revenue of $24.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $23.57 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.23% and a net margin of 24.56%. The company’s revenue was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.76 earnings per share. equities research analysts expect that Microsoft will post 3.39 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be issued a $0.42 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.83%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 56.76%.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on MSFT. Vetr lowered Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $93.54 price objective for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, January 17th. Wells Fargo & Co restated an “outperform” rating and set a $100.00 price objective (up previously from $90.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $100.00 price objective on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday. Barclays set a $95.00 price objective on Microsoft and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Finally, UBS Group set a $105.00 price objective on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and thirty have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $88.32.

In other news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total transaction of $1,261,200.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 116,205 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,770,516.40. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.46, for a total value of $333,840.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 189,278 shares in the company, valued at $15,797,141.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 45,000 shares of company stock valued at $3,759,420. Insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

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Microsoft Company Profile

Microsoft Corporation is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices. The Company’s segments include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing. The Company’s products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers.

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