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

News coverage about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the software giant an impact score of 44.8339677048471 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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Shares of NASDAQ:MSFT traded down $0.81 on Wednesday, reaching $92.31. The company had a trading volume of 33,729,257 shares, compared to its average volume of 32,739,424. Microsoft has a 52-week low of $67.14 and a 52-week high of $97.24. The company has a market capitalization of $734,175.25, a PE ratio of 27.89, a P/E/G ratio of 2.21 and a beta of 1.07. The company has a current ratio of 2.89, a quick ratio of 2.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The software giant reported $0.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.41% and a net margin of 11.72%. The business had revenue of $28.92 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $28.42 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.83 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 11.9% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts predict that Microsoft will post 3.64 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, May 17th will be issued a $0.42 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 16th. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.82%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is presently 50.76%.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Microsoft from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. Credit Suisse Group set a $115.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a report on Monday. Goldman Sachs set a $103.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, April 20th. Finally, Vetr downgraded Microsoft from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $106.32 price target on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, April 18th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and thirty-one have issued a buy rating to the company. Microsoft presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $100.19.

In other news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.00, for a total value of $325,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 171,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,928,854. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.30, for a total value of $279,900.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 178,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $16,633,337.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 10,000 shares of company stock worth $930,900 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

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Microsoft Company Profile

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company's Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network.

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