Headlines about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a coverage optimism score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the software giant an impact score of 46.1515404650926 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) traded up $1.52 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $89.60. The company had a trading volume of 24,260,921 shares, compared to its average volume of 23,180,000. Microsoft has a 12 month low of $62.03 and a 12 month high of $89.78. The company has a market capitalization of $691,070.00, a P/E ratio of 30.27, a P/E/G ratio of 2.09 and a beta of 0.99. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a current ratio of 3.12.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings data 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 return on equity of 35.23% and a net margin of 24.56%. The company had revenue of $24.50 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.57 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.76 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Microsoft will post 3.39 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be issued a $0.42 dividend. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.88%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 14th. Microsoft’s dividend payout ratio is presently 56.76%.

MSFT has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Morningstar reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Evercore ISI increased their price target on Microsoft from $93.00 to $106.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, December 8th. UBS Group set a $105.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $88.00 price target (up previously from $85.00) on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Jefferies Group set a $57.00 price target on Microsoft and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and thirty-one have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $86.97.

In other Microsoft news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.46, for a total value of $333,840.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 189,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $15,797,141.88. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Frank H. Brod sold 18,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.15, for a total value of $1,496,700.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 45,000 shares of company stock valued at $3,759,420. Corporate insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

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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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