Microsoft (MSFT) Receives Daily Coverage Optimism Score of 0.17

News stories about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the software giant an impact score of 44.7936006013401 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) traded down $0.04 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $90.10. 24,159,683 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 23,170,000. Microsoft has a one year low of $62.12 and a one year high of $90.79. 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 company has a market cap of $695,080.00, a P/E ratio of 30.44, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.06 and a beta of 0.99.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the 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 company had revenue of $24.50 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.57 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.76 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Microsoft will post 3.39 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business 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 dividend of $0.42 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.86%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is 56.76%.

MSFT has been the subject of several analyst reports. Oppenheimer set a $80.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, September 25th. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $94.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their price objective on shares of Microsoft from $80.00 to $85.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Goldman Sachs Group set a $88.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada set a $85.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and thirty-one have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $87.88.

In related news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.48, for a total value of $333,920.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 185,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $15,467,007.44. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total transaction of $1,261,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 116,205 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,770,516.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 45,000 shares of company stock worth $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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