News headlines about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a coverage optimism score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave 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 impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:
- Watch Microsoft Corporation Stock, but Do Not Buy Now … – Investorplace.com (investorplace.com)
- Why Microsoft Could Have Over 25% More Upside in 2018 (feedproxy.google.com)
- Microsoft Says AI Advances Will Require New Laws, Regulations (finance.yahoo.com)
- 6 CEOs Who Beat the Odds to Reach the Corner Office (finance.yahoo.com)
- Canadian Business Leaders Must Enable A Culture of Creativity and Collaboration to Survive In the New World of Work (finance.yahoo.com)
A number of analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Morgan Stanley set a $100.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $99.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday. Vetr cut shares of Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $93.54 target price on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday. Credit Suisse Group reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $115.00 target price (up previously from $95.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday. Finally, Oppenheimer upped their price objective on shares of Microsoft to $115.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and thirty-one have given a buy rating to the stock. Microsoft currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $87.88.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ 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 analyst estimates of $23.57 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.76 earnings per share. Microsoft’s quarterly revenue was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Microsoft will post 3.39 earnings per share for the current year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be given a dividend of $0.42 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.86%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is 56.76%.
In related news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the 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 transaction, the insider now directly owns 116,205 shares in the company, valued at $9,770,516.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total transaction of $1,496,700.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420 over the last quarter. 1.49% of the stock is owned by company 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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