Microsoft (MSFT) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Report Finds

Media headlines about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a news sentiment score of 0.82 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news stories about the software giant an news buzz score of 2 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is very unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Microsoft’s ranking:

MSFT has been the subject of several analyst reports. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $130.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a report on Tuesday, August 28th. Credit Suisse Group set a $125.00 price objective on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, August 27th. Oppenheimer reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $120.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a report on Monday, August 20th. Goldman Sachs Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $123.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a report on Monday, August 20th. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $117.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a report on Friday, August 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, thirty-three have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $121.88.

Shares of MSFT stock opened at $104.82 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $840.74 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.02, a PEG ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 1.25. Microsoft has a twelve month low of $83.33 and a twelve month high of $116.18. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88, a quick ratio of 2.85 and a current ratio of 2.92.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 24th. The software giant reported $1.14 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.96 by $0.18. The business had revenue of $29.08 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $27.92 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 39.86% and a net margin of 16.38%. Microsoft’s quarterly revenue was up 18.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.84 EPS. Equities research analysts expect that Microsoft will post 4.43 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 21st will be given a dividend of $0.46 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 20th. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.76%. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is currently 47.42%.

In related news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $107.18, for a total transaction of $214,360.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 64,676 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,931,973.68. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 20,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $107.70, for a total value of $2,154,000.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 66,676 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,181,005.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 299,255 shares of company stock worth $32,229,279 in the last 90 days. 1.49% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. Its company's Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, such as Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, including Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; LinkedIn online professional network; and Dynamics business solutions comprising financial management, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and medium businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises.

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