News headlines about MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MSCI earned a news sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the technology company an impact score of 46.3177956610587 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on MSCI shares. Credit Suisse Group decreased their target price on MSCI from $105.00 to $94.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, May 15th. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 target price on shares of MSCI in a research report on Monday, May 15th. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on MSCI from $97.00 to $125.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, August 7th. BidaskClub upgraded MSCI from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Finally, Barclays PLC started coverage on MSCI in a research report on Tuesday, July 18th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $110.00 target price for the company. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $106.29.

MSCI (MSCI) opened at 112.09 on Thursday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $110.85 and its 200 day moving average price is $102.58. The company has a market cap of $10.09 billion, a PE ratio of 36.30 and a beta of 1.03. MSCI has a 12-month low of $76.52 and a 12-month high of $115.77.

MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The technology company reported $0.95 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.90 by $0.05. MSCI had a return on equity of 87.11% and a net margin of 24.01%. The firm had revenue of $316.08 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $314.03 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.77 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.8% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts anticipate that MSCI will post $3.80 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, August 31st. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 18th were paid a $0.38 dividend. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.36%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 16th. This is a boost from MSCI’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.28. MSCI’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 49.03%.

In other MSCI news, COO Cd Baer Pettit sold 2,083 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $111.16, for a total value of $231,546.28. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 178,266 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $19,816,048.56. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Insiders sold 6,249 shares of company stock valued at $686,890 in the last three months. Insiders own 2.26% of the company’s stock.

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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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