Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Microsoft (MSFT) Stock Price

Media stories about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a coverage optimism score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the software giant an impact score of 44.5202049998157 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) traded down $0.23 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $85.35. The stock had a trading volume of 21,463,397 shares, compared to its average volume of 22,515,016. The stock has a market capitalization of $659,790.00, a PE ratio of 25.22, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.99 and a beta of 0.99. Microsoft has a 1 year low of $61.95 and a 1 year high of $86.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a current ratio of 3.12.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. The firm had revenue of $24.50 billion for 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%. Microsoft’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.76 earnings per share. research analysts expect that Microsoft will post 3.38 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed 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. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.97%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. Microsoft’s payout ratio is currently 56.76%.

Several analysts recently weighed in on the company. Vetr lowered Microsoft from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $93.77 price target on the stock. in a report on Monday. Evercore ISI upped their price objective on Microsoft from $93.00 to $106.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, December 8th. UBS set a $105.00 price objective on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 8th. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $100.00 price objective on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 7th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $100.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Monday, November 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 stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $85.28.

In other Microsoft news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the firm’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 sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.46, for a total value of $333,840.00. Following the completion of 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. Over the last three months, insiders sold 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420. 1.49% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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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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