Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Receives Daily Media Impact Score of 2.04

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News articles about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have trended positive on Thursday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a news impact score of 2.04 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave press coverage about the software giant an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Microsoft’s ranking:

Microsoft stock opened at $163.18 on Thursday. Microsoft has a 12-month low of $102.17 and a 12-month high of $163.94. The company has a market capitalization of $1,244.87 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.35, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.53 and a beta of 1.23. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a current ratio of 2.85 and a quick ratio of 2.81. The firm’s fifty day moving average price is $156.07 and its 200 day moving average price is $143.58.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 23rd. The software giant reported $1.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.24 by $0.14. Microsoft had a net margin of 31.66% and a return on equity of 39.14%. The firm had revenue of $33.06 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.24 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.14 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 13.7% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts forecast that Microsoft will post 5.36 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 12th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 20th will be paid a dividend of $0.51 per share. This represents a $2.04 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.25%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 19th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 42.95%.

Microsoft announced that its board has initiated a stock buyback program on Wednesday, September 18th that permits the company to buyback $40.00 billion in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the software giant to buy up to 3.8% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are often a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on MSFT. Evercore ISI reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $170.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a report on Monday, December 16th. Wells Fargo & Co lifted their price target on shares of Microsoft from to and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday. Cleveland Research reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft in a report on Friday, October 18th. Credit Suisse Group lifted their price target on shares of Microsoft from $155.00 to $180.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Wedbush reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $195.00 target price (up previously from $185.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, January 9th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, thirty-one have given a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $165.97.

In related news, EVP Margaret L. Johnson sold 35,000 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $150.01, for a total transaction of $5,250,350.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 62,423 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,364,074.23. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Jean Philippe Courtois sold 13,074 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction on Friday, October 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $141.00, for a total transaction of $1,843,434.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 611,855 shares in the company, valued at approximately $86,271,555. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 66,919 shares of company stock worth $9,817,790 in the last ninety days. 1.39% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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, 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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