Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Stock Price

News headlines about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Microsoft Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the software giant an impact score of 44.3946811169369 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 effected Accern’s rankings:

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 company’s 50 day moving average is $72.16 and its 200 day moving average is $68.26. Microsoft Corporation has a 52-week low of $55.61 and a 52-week high of $74.42. The stock has a market capitalization of $558.34 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.75 and a beta of 1.01.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The software giant reported $0.98 EPS 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 analyst estimates of $24.29 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.69 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 9.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Microsoft Corporation will post $3.21 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 17th will be issued a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.15%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 15th. Microsoft Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 57.78%.

A number of analysts have commented on MSFT shares. Vetr downgraded Microsoft Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $69.32 target price on the stock. in a research report on Monday, April 24th. MKM Partners reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a report on Tuesday, April 25th. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on Microsoft Corporation in a report on Thursday, April 27th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $80.00 price target for the company. Pacific Crest reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $78.00 price target (up from $70.00) on shares of Microsoft Corporation in a report on Friday, April 28th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets boosted their price target on Microsoft Corporation from $71.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, April 28th. Two 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 stock. Microsoft Corporation presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $76.26.

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In other 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 directly owns 544,080 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $40,261,920. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,927 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $68.75, for a total transaction of $338,731.25. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 214,080 shares in the company, valued at $14,718,000. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 7,057,855 shares of company stock valued at $512,044,578. Company insiders own 2.99% of the company’s stock.

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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