Media headlines about Morningstar (NASDAQ:MORN) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Morningstar earned a news sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 47.5658545771169 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Morningstar (MORN) traded down $0.27 during trading on Friday, reaching $96.42. 89,910 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 58,197. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a current ratio of 1.69 and a quick ratio of 1.69. Morningstar has a 12 month low of $68.43 and a 12 month high of $99.11. The stock has a market cap of $4,090.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.72 and a beta of 0.78.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 31st. Investors of record on Friday, January 5th will be given a $0.25 dividend. This is a positive change from Morningstar’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.23. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.04%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 4th. Morningstar’s dividend payout ratio is 23.59%.

Morningstar announced that its board has authorized a share buyback program on Friday, December 8th that permits the company to repurchase $500.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the business services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are often a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

In other Morningstar news, Director Steven N. Kaplan sold 2,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $96.91, for a total value of $242,275.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 42,021 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,072,255.11. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Gail S. Landis sold 500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.00, for a total transaction of $42,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 7,381 shares in the company, valued at $627,385. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 26,000 shares of company stock worth $2,267,100 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 57.40% of the company’s stock.

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Morningstar Company Profile

Morningstar, Inc is a provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The Company focuses to create products that help investors reach their financial goals. It offers a range of data, software, research, and investment management offerings for financial advisors, asset managers, sponsors, and individual investors.

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