News articles about Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than six thousand news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Microsoft earned a news impact score of 1.25 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news coverage about the software giant an news buzz score of 3 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Microsoft’s score:

Shares of NASDAQ:MSFT opened at $117.52 on Thursday. Microsoft has a twelve month low of $87.08 and a twelve month high of $118.75. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 3.08 and a current ratio of 3.12. The company has a market capitalization of $905.88 billion, a P/E ratio of 30.29, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 1.21.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 30th. The software giant reported $1.10 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.09 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $32.47 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.53 billion. Microsoft had a net margin of 28.31% and a return on equity of 39.52%. Microsoft’s quarterly revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.96 EPS. On average, analysts forecast that Microsoft will post 4.41 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 13th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, May 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.46 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 15th. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.57%. Microsoft’s payout ratio is 47.42%.

MSFT has been the subject of several analyst reports. Credit Suisse Group set a $125.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 23rd. ValuEngine lowered shares of Microsoft from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, March 1st. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $137.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 31st. Royal Bank of Canada set a $124.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 31st. Finally, KeyCorp restated a “buy” rating and set a $125.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a report on Tuesday, January 29th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, thirty-one have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $122.51.

In other news, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 10,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $111.48, for a total transaction of $1,170,540.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 156,866 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,487,421.68. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $110.46, for a total value of $552,300.00. Following the transaction, the chief marketing officer now owns 156,866 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,327,418.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 333,667 shares of company stock worth $35,657,016 in the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 1.38% of the company’s stock.

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About Microsoft

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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