Msci (MSCI) Earning Somewhat Critical Media Coverage, Report Finds

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Media stories about Msci (NYSE:MSCI) have trended somewhat negative on Saturday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. InfoTrie identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Msci earned a news sentiment score of -1.40 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media headlines about the technology company an news buzz score of 7 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Msci’s ranking:

Shares of MSCI opened at $224.81 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $18.71 billion, a P/E ratio of 42.02, a PEG ratio of 3.52 and a beta of 1.19. Msci has a one year low of $134.28 and a one year high of $230.43. The company has a current ratio of 1.63, a quick ratio of 1.63 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 6.80.

Msci (NYSE:MSCI) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, May 2nd. The technology company reported $1.55 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.40 by $0.15. The firm had revenue of $371.38 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $371.48 million. Msci had a net margin of 39.27% and a return on equity of 813.48%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.31 EPS. On average, research analysts expect that Msci will post 6.27 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 31st. Investors of record on Friday, May 17th will be issued a $0.58 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 16th. This represents a $2.32 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.03%. Msci’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 43.36%.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on MSCI. Morgan Stanley set a $216.00 price target on shares of Msci and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, May 3rd. Barclays reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $240.00 target price on shares of Msci in a report on Sunday, May 5th. Cantor Fitzgerald lifted their target price on shares of Msci from $188.00 to $247.00 in a report on Friday, May 3rd. UBS Group lifted their target price on shares of Msci to $234.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 8th. Finally, Macquarie set a $188.00 target price on shares of Msci and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, March 1st. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. Msci currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $209.22.

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Msci Company Profile

MSCI Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides investment decision support tools for the clients to manage their investment processes worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Index, Analytics, ESG, and Real Estate. The Index segment primarily provides equity indexes for use in various areas of the investment process, including index-linked product creation and performance benchmarking, as well as portfolio construction and rebalancing, and asset allocation.

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