Media coverage about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been trending negative recently, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. InfoTrie identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a coverage optimism score of -2.10 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media stories about the software giant an news buzz score of 1 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Microsoft’s analysis:
- Millions of Microsoft users are reusing passwords – TechRadar (techradar.com)
- Qualcomm and Microsoft want to build the office of tomorrow – TechRadar India (techradar.com)
- SoftBank Will Have ‘Last Laugh’ With WeWork Deal, Bernstein Says (finance.yahoo.com)
- Microsoft Defender ATP Brings EDR Capabilities to macOS – Dark Reading (darkreading.com)
- Microsoft Stock Gets Price-Target Hike On Cloud Profit Outlook – Investor’s Business Daily (investors.com)
MSFT opened at $149.93 on Friday. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $145.72 and its 200-day moving average price is $137.96. The company has a market cap of $1,143.79 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.56, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.37 and a beta of 1.23. Microsoft has a 52-week low of $93.96 and a 52-week high of $152.50. The company has a quick ratio of 2.81, a current ratio of 2.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 12th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 20th will be paid a dividend of $0.51 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 19th. This represents a $2.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.36%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is currently 42.95%.
Microsoft announced that its board has approved a stock buyback program on Wednesday, September 18th that authorizes the company to repurchase $40.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the software giant to reacquire up to 3.8% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are often an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.
Several brokerages recently issued reports on MSFT. BidaskClub raised shares of Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 13th. ValuEngine lowered Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 2nd. Jefferies Financial Group raised Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $160.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, October 7th. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $174.00 target price on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday. Finally, Nomura set a $161.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 15th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, thirty have given a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Microsoft currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $159.69.
In other news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 2,500 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $142.89, for a total transaction of $357,225.00. Following the sale, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 133,944 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $19,139,258.16. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, EVP Jean Philippe Courtois sold 11,345 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $145.06, for a total transaction of $1,645,705.70. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 611,855 shares in the company, valued at $88,755,686.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 80,919 shares of company stock worth $11,197,660 in the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 1.39% of the company’s stock.
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, 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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