News headlines about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, InfoTrie reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a news impact score of 0.95 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave headlines about the software giant an news buzz score of 4 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Microsoft’s analysis:
- Microsoft is too big to rely on a single cloud provider (mspoweruser.com)
- Super Bowl Stocks: Which Company Should Win the MVP Award? (finance.yahoo.com)
- Is Microsoft’s Biggest Growth Engine Losing Its Mojo? (fool.com)
- Microsoft: It would be cruel to stop government agencies using facial recognition software (businessinsider.com)
- Tech Stocks This Week: Apple and Facebook Pop As Microsoft Pulls Back (fool.com)
MSFT has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Sanford C. Bernstein reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $137.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. Barclays reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $121.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. Macquarie reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $125.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $120.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. Finally, Nomura set a $115.00 target price on Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, thirty-one have assigned a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $122.11.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, January 30th. The software giant reported $1.10 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.09 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $32.47 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.53 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 40.65% and a net margin of 28.31%. The company’s revenue was up 12.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.96 EPS. On average, analysts forecast that Microsoft will post 4.43 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 14th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 21st will be issued a $0.46 dividend. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.79%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 20th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is presently 47.42%.
In other Microsoft news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $111.77, for a total value of $1,117,700.00. Following the sale, the chief marketing officer now owns 177,931 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $19,887,347.87. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Kathleen T. Hogan sold 36,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $111.28, for a total value of $4,061,720.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 226,801 shares in the company, valued at approximately $25,238,415.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 54,500 shares of company stock worth $6,033,420. Company insiders own 1.38% of the company’s stock.
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Microsoft Company Profile
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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