Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Earning Negative Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

News headlines about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been trending negative this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than six thousand news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a daily sentiment score of -2.10 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news stories about the software giant an news buzz score of 1 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Microsoft’s score:

A number of equities research analysts have commented on MSFT shares. Mizuho reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $160.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Wednesday, November 20th. Barclays set a $168.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, November 1st. Goldman Sachs Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $151.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a report on Wednesday, October 23rd. Jefferies Financial Group upgraded shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $160.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, October 7th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $167.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Monday, October 28th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, thirty have issued a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $159.45.

NASDAQ MSFT traded up $0.53 on Wednesday, hitting $149.84. 12,358,530 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 17,994,986. The company has a current ratio of 2.85, a quick ratio of 2.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $145.35 and a 200 day moving average of $137.76. Microsoft has a twelve month low of $93.96 and a twelve month high of $152.50. The company has a market capitalization of $1,143.25 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.55, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.37 and a beta of 1.23.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 23rd. The software giant reported $1.38 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.24 by $0.14. The business had revenue of $33.06 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.24 billion. Microsoft had a return on equity of 39.14% and a net margin of 31.66%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 13.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.14 EPS. As a group, equities research analysts expect that Microsoft will post 5.35 earnings per share for the current year.

Microsoft declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback program on Wednesday, September 18th that allows the company to repurchase $40.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the software giant to buy up to 3.8% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are generally a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 12th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 21st will be issued a dividend of $0.51 per share. This is a positive change from Microsoft’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.46. This represents a $2.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.36%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 20th. Microsoft’s payout ratio is presently 42.95%.

In related news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 2,500 shares of Microsoft stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $144.01, for a total value of $360,025.00. Following the transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 118,944 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,129,125.44. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Jean Philippe Courtois sold 11,345 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $145.06, for a total value 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 sold a total of 105,198 shares of company stock worth $14,588,720 over the last quarter. Insiders own 1.39% of the company’s stock.

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, 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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