News articles about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Microsoft Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the software giant an impact score of 47.3086187384839 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
- Aldebaran Financial Inc. Has $300000 Position in Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) (vothemes.com)
- Analyst Research Roundup: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), AO Smith Corporation (AOS) (wobko.net)
- Saratoga Research & Investment Management Has Trimmed Microsoft (MSFT) Stake; Photomedex (PHMD) Sellers (wisdomsave.com)
- Microsoft Postpones Launch of Crackdown 3 to Spring '18 (finance.yahoo.com)
- Hearthstone’s Knights Of The Frozen Throne Expansion Has A Druid Problem (finance.yahoo.com)
Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) traded up 0.12% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $72.49. The company had a trading volume of 18,761,491 shares. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $72.16 and a 200-day moving average of $68.26. The firm has a market capitalization of $558.34 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.75 and a beta of 1.01. Microsoft Corporation has a one year low of $55.61 and a one year high of $74.42.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 20th. The software giant reported $0.98 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.71 by $0.27. The company had revenue of $24.70 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $24.29 billion. Microsoft Corporation had a net margin of 23.57% and a return on equity of 36.81%. The business’s revenue was up 9.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.69 EPS. Equities analysts predict that Microsoft Corporation will post $3.21 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 17th will be issued a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 15th. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.15%. Microsoft Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is presently 57.78%.
Several research analysts recently weighed in on MSFT shares. Vetr lowered Microsoft Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $69.32 price target on the stock. in a research report on Monday, April 24th. MKM Partners reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. Credit Suisse Group started coverage on Microsoft Corporation in a research report on Thursday, April 27th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $80.00 price target on the stock. Pacific Crest reissued a “buy” rating and set a $78.00 price target (up from $70.00) on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a research report on Friday, April 28th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets upped their price target on Microsoft Corporation from $71.00 to $75.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, April 28th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and twenty-nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft Corporation currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $76.26.
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In related news, insider Jean Philippe Courtois sold 26,763 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, July 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $74.00, for a total value of $1,980,462.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 544,080 shares in the company, valued at approximately $40,261,920. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider G Mason Morfit sold 7,000,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.56, for a total transaction of $507,920,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 7,057,855 shares of company stock worth $512,044,578 in the last 90 days. 2.99% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
Microsoft Corporation 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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