Media headlines about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the software giant an impact score of 46.0485063499549 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

Microsoft (NASDAQ MSFT) traded up $0.95 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $89.13. The stock had a trading volume of 35,711,662 shares, compared to its average volume of 32,600,000. Microsoft has a 52-week low of $63.62 and a 52-week high of $96.07. The company has a quick ratio of 2.85, a current ratio of 2.89 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01. The stock has a market capitalization of $687,600.00, a PE ratio of 60.63, a P/E/G ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 1.06.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The software giant reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09. Microsoft had a return on equity of 35.41% and a net margin of 11.72%. The firm had revenue of $28.92 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $28.42 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.83 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that Microsoft will post 3.62 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be paid a $0.42 dividend. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.88%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is currently 114.29%.

A number of equities analysts have commented on MSFT shares. Morningstar reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $85.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Goldman Sachs Group set a $88.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their price target on Microsoft from $80.00 to $85.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $94.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Friday, October 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, thirty-one have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $99.14.

In related news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.44, for a total transaction of $333,760.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 184,278 shares in the company, valued at $15,376,156.32. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total value of $1,496,700.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 26,000 shares of company stock valued at $2,164,380 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

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Microsoft 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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