Media coverage about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Microsoft Corporation earned a coverage optimism score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the software giant an impact score of 43.7908541273827 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. upped their target price on shares of Microsoft Corporation from $80.00 to $92.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday. Argus upgraded shares of Microsoft Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $57.28 to $95.00 in a report on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Microsoft Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $94.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday. Vetr upgraded shares of Microsoft Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $82.07 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus increased their price objective on shares of Microsoft Corporation from $85.00 to $90.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and thirty have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $82.61.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ MSFT) opened at 83.18 on Wednesday. The stock has a market cap of $640.67 billion, a PE ratio of 30.69 and a beta of 1.01. Microsoft Corporation has a 12 month low of $57.28 and a 12 month high of $86.20. The company has a 50-day moving average of $76.60 and a 200-day moving average of $72.32.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12. Microsoft Corporation had a net margin of 24.56% and a return on equity of 35.23%. The business had revenue of $24.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $23.57 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.76 earnings per share. Microsoft Corporation’s quarterly revenue was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts forecast that Microsoft Corporation will post $3.36 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 14th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 16th will be given a dividend of $0.42 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 15th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.02%. This is a positive change from Microsoft Corporation’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.39. Microsoft Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 53.06%.

In other Microsoft Corporation news, insider G Mason Morfit sold 7,000,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.56, for a total transaction of $507,920,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CFO Amy Hood sold 55,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.71, for a total transaction of $3,999,050.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 510,217 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $37,097,878.07. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 7,081,763 shares of company stock valued at $513,899,512 in the last quarter. 1.49% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Microsoft Corporation

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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