Somewhat Critical Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Msci (MSCI) Stock Price

Headlines about Msci (NYSE:MSCI) have been trending somewhat negative recently, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Msci earned a news impact score of -1.65 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news articles about the technology company an news buzz score of 4 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Msci’s ranking:

Shares of MSCI traded up $1.63 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $153.29. 960,503 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,081,164. The firm has a market capitalization of $13.04 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 38.52, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.81 and a beta of 1.09. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 6.80, a quick ratio of 2.75 and a current ratio of 2.75. Msci has a twelve month low of $124.08 and a twelve month high of $184.22.

Msci (NYSE:MSCI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 1st. The technology company reported $1.35 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.29 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $357.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $359.91 million. Msci had a return on equity of 121.45% and a net margin of 29.87%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 11.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.00 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Msci will post 5.27 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 30th. Investors of record on Friday, November 16th will be issued a dividend of $0.58 per share. This represents a $2.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.51%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 15th. Msci’s payout ratio is currently 58.29%.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Msci in a report on Wednesday. BMO Capital Markets lowered their price target on Msci from $180.00 to $178.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, November 5th. Barclays lowered their price target on Msci from $175.00 to $165.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Morgan Stanley set a $172.00 price target on Msci and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 15th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald raised their price target on Msci to $192.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday, August 3rd. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $175.29.

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Msci Company Profile

MSCI Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides investment decision support tools for the clients to manage their investment processes worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Index, Analytics, ESG, and Real Estate. The Index segment primarily provides equity indexes for use 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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