News articles about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of 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 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the software giant an impact score of 45.3090528035061 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
Shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ MSFT) opened at $89.60 on Friday. Microsoft has a 12 month low of $62.03 and a 12 month high of $89.78. 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 cap of $691,070.00, a P/E ratio of 30.27, a P/E/G ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 0.99.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. Microsoft had a net margin of 24.56% and a return on equity of 35.23%. The firm had revenue of $24.50 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.57 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.76 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Microsoft will post 3.39 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be paid a $0.42 dividend. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.88%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. Microsoft’s payout ratio is presently 56.76%.
MSFT has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $76.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $77.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, September 18th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Monday, September 18th. Oppenheimer set a $80.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, September 25th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and thirty-one have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $86.97.
In other Microsoft news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total value of $1,261,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now 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 company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.44, for a total transaction of $333,760.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 184,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,376,156.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 45,000 shares of company stock valued at $3,759,420 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.
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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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