Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Extremely Likely to Impact Msci (MSCI) Stock Price

News coverage about Msci (NYSE:MSCI) has trended somewhat positive recently, InfoTrie reports. InfoTrie identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Msci earned a media sentiment score of 1.50 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news articles about the technology company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Msci’s score:

Msci stock opened at $206.99 on Friday. Msci has a 1-year low of $134.28 and a 1-year high of $207.33. The company has a quick ratio of 1.77, a current ratio of 1.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 6.80. The firm has a market capitalization of $17.46 billion, a PE ratio of 38.69, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.40 and a beta of 1.16.

Msci (NYSE:MSCI) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 31st. The technology company reported $1.31 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.30 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $361.69 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $360.95 million. Msci had a return on equity of 196.12% and a net margin of 35.42%. As a group, equities research analysts expect that Msci will post 6.07 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 22nd were paid a dividend of $0.58 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 21st. This represents a $2.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.12%. Msci’s payout ratio is 43.36%.

A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. Morgan Stanley reduced their target price on shares of Msci from $172.00 to $159.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, January 8th. Macquarie set a $188.00 price target on shares of Msci and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, March 1st. BMO Capital Markets set a $190.00 price target on shares of Msci and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, February 2nd. UBS Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $196.00 price objective (up previously from $159.00) on shares of Msci in a research report on Friday, February 1st. Finally, Barclays reduced their price objective on shares of Msci from $175.00 to $165.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, January 7th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $186.56.

In other news, insider Scott A. Crum sold 19,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $175.14, for a total transaction of $3,327,660.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 96,999 shares in the company, valued at $16,988,404.86. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 3.10% of the company’s stock.

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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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