Somewhat Positive News Coverage Likely to Affect Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Stock Price

News coverage about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring 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 closest to one being the most favorable. Microsoft Corporation earned a news impact score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the software giant an impact score of 74 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ MSFT) opened at 72.79 on Wednesday. The company has a market capitalization of $561.07 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.86 and a beta of 1.01. Microsoft Corporation has a 12 month low of $55.61 and a 12 month high of $74.42. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $71.41 and its 200-day moving average price is $67.60.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The software giant reported $0.98 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.71 by $0.27. Microsoft Corporation had a net margin of 23.57% and a return on equity of 36.81%. The firm had revenue of $24.70 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $24.29 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.69 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 9.1% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that Microsoft Corporation will post $3.22 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 17th will be given a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 15th. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.14%. Microsoft Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 57.78%.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on MSFT shares. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) upped their price target on Microsoft Corporation from $72.00 to $78.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, April 28th. Morningstar, Inc. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a report on Friday, April 28th. Morgan Stanley reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $72.00 target price on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a report on Thursday, April 20th. Pacific Crest reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $70.00 target price on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a report on Thursday, April 20th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $81.00 target price on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a report on Friday, April 28th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and twenty-seven have issued a buy rating to the company. Microsoft Corporation presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $76.15.

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In other Microsoft Corporation news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,927 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $68.75, for a total value of $338,731.25. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 214,080 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,718,000. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Jean Philippe Courtois sold 26,165 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.00, for a total transaction of $1,805,385.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 570,843 shares in the company, valued at approximately $39,388,167. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 7,060,855 shares of company stock valued at $512,251,908. 2.99% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

About Microsoft Corporation

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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