Microsoft (MSFT) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, InfoTrie Reports

News coverage about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a coverage optimism score of 0.82 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news headlines about the software giant an news buzz score of 2 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is very unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

NASDAQ:MSFT opened at $104.82 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 2.85, a current ratio of 2.92 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88. The stock has a market cap of $840.74 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.02, a PEG ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 1.25. Microsoft has a 52-week low of $83.33 and a 52-week high of $116.18.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 24th. The software giant reported $1.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.18. The business had revenue of $29.08 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $27.92 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 39.86% and a net margin of 16.38%. Microsoft’s quarterly revenue was up 18.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.84 earnings per share. On average, research analysts predict that Microsoft will post 4.43 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 21st will be issued a dividend of $0.46 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 20th. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.76%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is presently 47.42%.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on MSFT shares. Oppenheimer reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $127.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Monday, September 24th. Macquarie raised Microsoft from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $121.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Friday, October 12th. Jefferies Financial Group reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $75.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Monday, November 19th. Credit Suisse Group set a $125.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, August 27th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada set a $124.00 target price on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, September 10th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, thirty-three have issued a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $121.88.

In other Microsoft news, CEO Satya Nadella sold 203,418 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $106.68, for a total value of $21,700,632.24. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 1,014,247 shares in the company, valued at $108,199,869.96. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $107.70, for a total value of $2,154,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 66,676 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,181,005.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 299,255 shares of company stock valued at $32,229,279. 1.49% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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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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