News coverage about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the software giant an impact score of 44.5153310562209 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

A number of equities analysts recently commented on the stock. Vetr lowered shares of Microsoft from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $93.77 price target on the stock. in a research report on Monday, December 11th. Evercore ISI raised their price target on shares of Microsoft from $93.00 to $106.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, December 8th. UBS set a $105.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 8th. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $100.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 7th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Monday, November 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and thirty have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $85.28.

Microsoft (MSFT) traded up $2.16 on Friday, hitting $86.85. 52,430,167 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 22,250,132. Microsoft has a one year low of $61.95 and a one year high of $87.09. The company has a current ratio of 3.12, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91. The firm has a market cap of $670,012.13, a P/E ratio of 25.70, a P/E/G ratio of 2.02 and a beta of 0.99.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.72 by $0.12. Microsoft had a net margin of 24.56% and a return on equity of 35.23%. The company had revenue of $24.50 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.57 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.76 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Microsoft will post 3.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be paid a $0.42 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.93%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is currently 57.14%.

In other news, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total value of $1,496,700.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 15,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.08, for a total transaction of $1,261,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 116,205 shares in the company, valued at $9,770,516.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 45,000 shares of company stock worth $3,759,420. 1.49% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices. The Company’s segments include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing. The Company’s products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers.

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