MSCI (MSCI) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Finds

News coverage about MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing 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. MSCI earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the technology company an impact score of 46.798089708114 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Several research firms have issued reports on MSCI. Morgan Stanley lifted their price target on MSCI from $97.00 to $125.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, August 7th. UBS lifted their price target on MSCI from $125.00 to $141.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $126.00 target price on shares of MSCI in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded MSCI from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded MSCI from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. MSCI presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $127.17.

MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) traded down $1.38 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $127.57. The company had a trading volume of 597,245 shares, compared to its average volume of 506,223. The company has a current ratio of 2.05, a quick ratio of 2.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 5.77. The firm has a market capitalization of $11,614.38, a P/E ratio of 35.43, a P/E/G ratio of 3.37 and a beta of 0.89. MSCI has a twelve month low of $77.75 and a twelve month high of $130.58.

MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The technology company reported $1.00 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.97 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $322.10 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $322.96 million. MSCI had a return on equity of 106.15% and a net margin of 24.97%. MSCI’s quarterly revenue was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.77 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that MSCI will post 3.82 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, November 30th. Investors of record on Friday, November 17th were given a $0.38 dividend. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.19%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 16th. MSCI’s dividend payout ratio is currently 45.37%.

In related news, COO Cd Baer Pettit sold 2,083 shares of MSCI stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $121.26, for a total value of $252,584.58. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. 2.26% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About MSCI

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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