Media headlines about MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MSCI earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the technology company an impact score of 46.3930452261327 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
- Bull of the Day: MSCI Inc. (MSCI) (finance.yahoo.com)
- Stratford Consulting LLC Increases Stake in Vanguard MSCI EAFE ETF (NYSE:VEA) (vothemes.com)
- Inc. MA Has $2481000 Stake in Vanguard MSCI EAFE ETF (VEA) (overnewsmagazine.com)
- IShares MSCI KLD 400 Social (DSI) Rises 0.02% for Aug 11 (iphonefresh.com)
- IShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx (eslforkids.net)
Shares of MSCI (NYSE MSCI) traded up 3.03% on Wednesday, reaching $112.19. 327,774 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $107.31 and a 200-day moving average price of $100.19. MSCI has a 12 month low of $76.52 and a 12 month high of $113.38. The stock has a market capitalization of $10.10 billion, a P/E ratio of 36.33 and a beta of 1.04.
MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The technology company reported $0.95 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.90 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $316.08 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $314.03 million. MSCI had a net margin of 24.01% and a return on equity of 87.11%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 8.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.77 EPS. On average, equities analysts expect that MSCI will post $3.80 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, August 31st. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 18th will be paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. This is a boost from MSCI’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.28. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.35%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 16th. MSCI’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 36.13%.
MSCI has been the topic of several recent research reports. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $100.00 price objective on shares of MSCI in a research note on Friday, May 5th. Credit Suisse Group lowered their price objective on shares of MSCI from $105.00 to $94.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on shares of MSCI from $93.00 to $98.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, May 8th. BidaskClub raised shares of MSCI from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. Finally, UBS AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $114.00 price objective (up previously from $99.00) on shares of MSCI in a research note on Friday, May 5th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $106.29.
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In other news, COO Cd Baer Pettit sold 2,083 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $103.97, for a total value of $216,569.51. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 182,432 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $18,967,455.04. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Insiders have sold a total of 6,249 shares of company stock valued at $663,581 over the last ninety days. Company insiders own 2.26% of the company’s stock.
MSCI Inc offers products and services to support the needs of institutional investors throughout their investment processes. Its segments include Index, Analytics and All Other segment. All Other segment comprises environmental, social and governance (ESG) and Real Estate segments. Its indexes are used in various areas of the investment process, including index-linked product creation and performance benchmarking, as well as portfolio construction and rebalancing, and asset allocation.
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