Somewhat Positive News Coverage Very Likely to Affect MSCI (MSCI) Share Price

Headlines about MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MSCI earned a coverage optimism score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the technology company an impact score of 84 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is very likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for MSCI (NYSE:MSCI)

MSCI (MSCI) traded up 1.35% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $104.72. 841,176 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $101.35 and a 200-day moving average of $92.99. The stock has a market cap of $9.47 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 36.10 and a beta of 1.00. MSCI has a one year low of $71.51 and a one year high of $109.29.

MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 4th. The technology company reported $0.88 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.85 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $301.21 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $303.88 million. MSCI had a return on equity of 72.33% and a net margin of 23.31%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 8.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.68 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that MSCI will post $3.63 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, May 31st. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 19th were paid a $0.28 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, May 17th. This represents a $1.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.07%. MSCI’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 38.62%.

MSCI has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised MSCI from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $107.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, March 15th. Credit Suisse Group lowered their price objective on MSCI from $105.00 to $94.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, May 5th. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $100.00 price objective on shares of MSCI in a research note on Friday, May 5th. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on shares of MSCI from $93.00 to $98.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, May 8th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of MSCI from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. MSCI has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $95.20.

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In other MSCI news, COO Cd Baer Pettit sold 2,083 shares of MSCI stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $97.47, for a total value of $203,030.01. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 186,598 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $18,187,707.06. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Insiders sold a total of 6,249 shares of company stock worth $627,004 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 2.26% of the company’s stock.

MSCI Company Profile

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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