Headlines about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a coverage optimism score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the software giant an impact score of 45.4198040530616 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:
- Microsoft Intern’s Rape Claim Highlights Struggle to Combat Sex Discrimination (finance.yahoo.com)
- [$$] Clippy Is Not a Robot — Yet (finance.yahoo.com)
- ‘Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds,’ Xbox One And The Lie Of Early Access (finance.yahoo.com)
- Microsoft Searches For AI Case Studies: ‘Anyone? Buehler?’ (finance.yahoo.com)
- What Lies Ahead for Large-Cap Growth ETFs? (finance.yahoo.com)
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) traded down $0.66 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $84.69. The company had a trading volume of 19,302,221 shares, compared to its average volume of 22,513,127. The firm has a market capitalization of $660,214.63, a P/E ratio of 25.32, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.99 and a beta of 0.99. Microsoft has a fifty-two week low of $61.95 and a fifty-two week high of $86.20. The company has a quick ratio of 3.06, a current ratio of 3.12 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.23% and a net margin of 24.56%. The business had revenue of $24.50 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.57 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.76 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts expect that Microsoft will post 3.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be issued a $0.42 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.98%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is currently 57.14%.
MSFT has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and issued a $94.00 price target (up previously from $86.00) on shares of Microsoft in a report on Friday, October 27th. Atlantic Securities set a $83.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. UBS set a $105.00 target price on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Barclays reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $89.00 target price (up previously from $82.00) on shares of Microsoft in a report on Friday, October 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and thirty have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $85.28.
In related news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.44, for a total transaction of $333,760.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 184,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $15,376,156.32. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total value of $1,496,700.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420 in the last three months. 1.49% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
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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