Media stories about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, 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 news headlines about the software giant an impact score of 46.0760872807324 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- Hitachi Solutions Named a Global Leader in Forrester Wave Report on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Services (prweb.com)
- KnowBe4 Completes Rigorous SOC 2 Data Security Audit (prweb.com)
- Nvidia And Microsoft Lay Foundation For Photorealistic Gaming With Real-Time Ray Tracing (finance.yahoo.com)
- Former Microsoft executive Chris Liddell named White House deputy chief of staff (cnbc.com)
- Former GM, Microsoft CFO named senior White House policy official (feeds.reuters.com)
A number of brokerages have issued reports on MSFT. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Vetr lowered shares of Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $94.20 target price on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, February 6th. UBS set a $110.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Deutsche Bank restated a “buy” rating and set a $115.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $94.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and thirty-one have issued a buy rating to the company. Microsoft has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $99.41.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The software giant reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.41% and a net margin of 11.72%. The business had revenue of $28.92 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $28.42 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.83 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 11.9% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that Microsoft will post 3.65 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, May 17th will be issued a dividend of $0.42 per share. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.81%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 16th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is presently 115.07%.
In related news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.00, for a total transaction of $325,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 174,778 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $16,254,354. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.30, for a total value of $279,900.00. Following the sale, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 178,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $16,633,337.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 10,000 shares of company stock valued at $930,900. Corporate insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.
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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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