|Bid||154.31 x 2200|
|Ask||154.97 x 1200|
|Day's Range||153.17 - 157.15|
|52 Week Range||113.60 - 167.56|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.03|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||108.09|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
Salesforce said a technical issue on Friday left some customers unable to access the company's services. Co-founder Parker Harris said Salesforce is working to resolve the problems. Salesforce CRM said on Friday that a technical snafu resulted in customers losing access to some of the company's most popular online services.
Business software company Salesforce says it aims to provide skills training to 1 million people as part of a Trump administration push to boost career opportunities among Americans. Salesforce chairman Marc Benioff at first pledged that training for 500,000 people, but then doubled the figure during a Thursday event at its downtown Indianapolis offices with President Donald Trump's daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump. The San Francisco-based company says its free online platform Trailhead will offer tech training over the next five years toward credentials for Salesforce administrator, developer and marketing manager positions.
Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) reported earnings last night and investors are loving it. It spiked 3% on the headline and as of this writing, it's up 6% from yesterday's close. Today's write up is to share an opportunity to trade Cisco stock up from here -- but with a cautionary asterisk. The bottom line is that CSCO has technical and fundamental reasons to set new highs for 2019. This earnings report confirms that management can get the job done.Source: Shutterstock Let's first start with the investing environment: it's been volatile. Monday, equity markets panicked on headlines that China had retaliated against the new U.S. tariffs and the trade talks had completely broke down.In spite of it, CSCO stock bounced and recovered the dip. It even closed +.8% going into its earnings report. This is a sign of confidence from its investors especially when the rhetoric in the media is full of skepticism. Case in point, year-to-date Cisco stock is up 26% which is 70% better than the S&P 500. In 24 months, the difference is three fold.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsLast night, management delivered a report card that justified investors' confidence. CSCO beat on every metric that matters. They even guided sales above expectations. Cisco left nothing for the bears to sink their claws into. Selling this report makes no sense at this time.There were a few concern about margins but nothing that is going to last. The data suggest that the transition to cloud services and subscriptions is ongoing and according to plan. Completing this migration could fuel a longer rally to help Cisco stock set new multi-year highs or maybe even re-approach its Dotcom glory.Next, we examine the fundamentals -- and they are solid. CSCO sells at a 20 trailing P/E ratio which is cheap in absolute and relative terms. It is inline with Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) and 30% less expensive than Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). This is not a knock against MSFT's valuation, however. They have completed their transformation. CSCO is making headway, but still has some time to go. And that's the opportunity for the long term.But here is the opportunity for the short term. The CSCO chart technicals suggest that the spike here is the start of another leg higher. This probably won't be a straight shot to the target. Cisco stock will hit resistance at $54.40 so what happens in the next few days is important.If I am long the stock, then I stay in it and ignore the small dips in this rally. But if I am looking to start a new bullish position then I can either buy Cisco stock here and accept that I may suffer a few red ticks before gaining. Or, I would set a trigger to buy when it Cisco stock closes above $54.50 per share. If this is a trade not an investment then I should also set a stop loss because below $51 per share would bring momentum sellers to target $48 or lower. The Bottom Line on Cisco StockSo to summarize the opportunity today: For the past two weeks, CSCO stock price range tightened into a point and this looks like a breakout from it. CSCO should have legs as long as it holds the support.While I like the macroeconomic environment, I worry a bit about the geopolitical headline risk. China and the U.S. are in full economic war as they try to come to terms. This is likely to linger for a few months, but I bet we have a reprieve from new news until mid June. * 7 Stocks to Buy that Lost 10% Last Week Investors liked hearing from the Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins that the tariffs are no longer a threat. CSCO has shifted operations to avoid the headwinds that those would create. That is the perfect example of a management team that is mature and doesn't leave many things to chance. Robbins also reiterated his commitment to increasing the percent of business to come from software and subscriptions.The experts on Wall Streets agree that there is more upside in CSCO stock. Most analysts who cover the stock have a BUY rating on it and it is still trading well below their average price target.Nicolas Chahine is the managing director of SellSpreads.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him as @racernic on Twitter and Stocktwits. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 10 Stocks to Sell Before They Tank Your Portfolio * Top 7 Dow Jones Stocks of 2019 -- So Far * 5 Low-Priced, High-Potential Tech Stocks to Buy Compare Brokers The post After Earnings, $58 Is In Sight for Cisco Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Despite overvaluation concerns, the U.S. technology sector has had a stellar rally in the period between 2010 and so far in 2019, also popularly known as the twenty-tens.
The company, which makes Internet-based software used by the sales and marketing departments of businesses, said it would provide online training for up to 500,000 workers to get jobs that involve Salesforce's software systems. The White House's "Pledge to America's Workers" initiative was launched last year, with more than 200 companies participating in the program. Salesforce said that Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff planned to announce the news at an event with Ivanka Trump in Indiana, where Salesforce has nearly 2,000 employees.
In the latest trading session, Salesforce.com (CRM) closed at $155.06, marking a -1.9% move from the previous day.
David Tepper's Appaloosa LP bulked up its positions in technology companies and dropped two big financial institutions from its portfolio at the end of March, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday. Appaloosa added a million shares of Alibaba Group Holding , 165,000 shares of Amazon.com Inc. and 200,000 shares of Salesforce.com Inc. . It bolstered holdings in Facebook Inc. , Micron Technology Inc. , and PG&E while more than doubling its stake in Allergan PLC to 3.13 million shares from 1.15 million at the end of December. Appaloosa has been pressuring the drug company to split its chief executive and chairman roles as part of its effort to push Allergan to review its business strategy. Meanwhile, the hedge fund sold out of Wells Fargo & Co. , Bank of America Corp. , and NRG Energy Inc. , according to its 13F filing.
The stock market put together a decent rally on Wednesday, adding to Tuesday's gains as tech led the way higher. Bulls are hopeful that more gains are to come, while others may look at the rally as an opportunity get short or lighten up their long exposure. Let's look at some top stock trades ahead of Thursday. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 1: Alphabet Click to EnlargeDid investors sleep on this one too long? Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) has been a dog since its earnings report in April, but that's not what we saw on Wednesday. Shares are erupting more than 4% on the day, up about $50 apiece.The move forms a bullish engulfing candle, as shares took out Tuesday's lows before rocketing higher above the prior session's high. Now what?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 3 of the Best ETFs to Buy for a Play on Gold Stocks Just $15 above current levels and GOOGL will hit its 20-day moving average. This moving average was prior support over the past few months, gently guiding Alphabet stock higher. We'll see if there's a "change in tone" with the stock now if this moving average acts as resistance.If GOOGL is able to clear it, it will contend with the 50-day up near $1,200, a key level in itself. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 2: Tesla Click to EnlargeThe capital raise gave a temporary boost to Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) earlier this month. However, once TSLA broke below long-term range support near $250, we're now seeing this level act as resistance. That's emphasized by the chart's purple arrow.For now, Tesla remains trapped in a long-term downward channel. It will remain in that channel until either more downside breaks it down below support or bulls can rally through channel resistance. The issue for longs? They'll now have to get through downtrend resistance and the $250-ish level to undo much of this technical damage.First things first though, they need break TSLA above channel resistance. Then we'll re-examine. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 3: Bank of America Click to EnlargeMany banks are trading well, but we're not seeing the same "oomph" in Bank of America (NYSE:BAC). Shares are clinging to prior range support near $28 and haven't cleared the 200-day moving average in Wednesday's session.That gives me some concern. Below $28 and the $26.50 to $27 range from March may be in play. This is where BAC bottomed during the rate-inversion scare a few months ago. If $28 holds, look to see BAC get back through the 200-day and see how it handles $29.20 to $29.50. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 4: Zscaler Click to EnlargeThis is a breakout we flagged earlier in the week, as we were looking for stocks that were showing notable strength amid the market's recent correction. The 20-day moving average held as support for Zscaler (NASDAQ:ZS) all week, while the 50-day and uptrend support continue to guide shares higher.Last week the stock peeked its head over the $72.50 level, but Monday's selloff cut the rally short. After a few days of consolidation, we're seeing a nice move in ZS. See that $72.50 holds as support now. Below and bulls may want to wait for a retest of support before getting long again. Aggressive bulls may consider buying a retest-and-hold of $72.50-ish, provided the overall market climate warrants it.Notice how the RSI suggests shares aren't overbought and the MACD shows that momentum is now in bulls' favor (blue circles). If not for the trade-war worries, there would be much more confidence in this stock. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 5: Salesforce Click to EnlargeThis one is really interesting to me, as Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) is a name I was long for quite some time. Shares have been range-bound for a few months now, bobbing between $150 and $166 since February.Earnings aren't until June 4th and even though the trade war has little to no impact on CRM, the stock just doesn't have much mojo. Last week shares rallied off range support, but were stymied by the 20-day and 50-day moving averages (with the former crossing below the latter, indicating bearish short-term momentum). Downtrend resistance (blue line) has also keep a lid on the name. * 10 Retirement Stocks That Won't Wilt in a Bear Market Over $157.50 gets me interested, while a bounce over $160 gets me excited. Otherwise, bulls may want to wait for a pullback into the $152 range. Keep in mind that if CRM can't get above downtrend resistance, a break of range support may be in the cards. That puts a test of the 200-day immediately on the table, with lower prices to come should that fail as support.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long GOOGL. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 10 Retirement Stocks That Won't Wilt in a Bear Market * 5 Consumer Stocks Ready to Push Higher * 3 of the Best ETFs to Buy for a Play on Gold Stocks Compare Brokers The post 5 Top Stock Trades for Thursday: GOOGL, TSLA, BAC appeared first on InvestorPlace.
When looking for the best artificial intelligence stocks to buy, investors should expand their search to unexpected fields. Salesforce.com and Trade Desk are among AI stocks on IBD's radar.
For prospective interns looking to earn while they learn, it pays to start in Silicon Valley. Bay Area companies — almost exclusively in technology — accounted for half of the top 10 highest-paid internship programs in the U.S., and three of the top five according to a report on median monthly internship salaries released today by Glassdoor. All 10 of the Bay’s representative companies are in the top 25 nationwide and pay their median interns at least $4,500 per month.
The social network claimed the top spot once again on Glassdoor’s list of highest paying internships in the U.S. despite a tumultuous 2019.
Information Technology has faced a period of heightened volatility this year after nearly a decade of leading the market expansion since March 2009 lows. Concerns regarding slowing corporate earnings growth, inflated stock valuations, heightened regulatory pressure, and sector-specific headwinds like a downturn in the once red-hot chip industry, have dragged many IT stocks into correction territory.
Salesforce just disclosed that it has an investment in ride-hailing company Lyft, which is a departure from its focus on software.
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[Editor's note: This story was previously published in February 2018. It has since been updated and republished.]Now is a good time to be a financial advisor, and having the right technology at your disposal is one of the keys to success.Source: Salesforce InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe number of financial advisors in the U.S. has been falling yearly from its 2008 peak, as industry veterans retire. At the same time, wealth transfer has been creating an increasing number of millionaires in the Generation X and Generation Y populations. And they want your services.According to CNBC, 62% of those Gen X millionaires would like their financial advisor to provide more services, and they're willing to pay for it. In comparison only 25% of Baby Boomers are interested in additional services.The catch? 53% of the Gen X millionaires say they would ditch their financial advisor if they weren't using technology to enhance their services. * 10 Great Stocks to Buy on Dips To help you stay ahead of the curve and take advantage of the opportunities, here are five must-have tech tools for financial advisors. 5 Must-Have Tech Tools for Financial Advisors: Website Source: Weebly We're going to go out on a limb here and assume that you already have financial planning software. That's pretty much a given for a financial advisor. But do you have a website?And by a website, that doesn't mean a static page with your logo, office hours and contact info. Include aspects that will draw in visitors, with fresh and relevant content, like a blog. A professional, well-designed website helps to increase visibility 24/7, makes a great first impression and can help to position you as an expert. Hire a professional, or take a crack at it yourself with tools like Duda or Weebly.And while you're at it, make use of tools like Google Analytics to see how many visitors your website received, which pages they hit and where they came from. Doing so could help you to increase traffic, and more visitors means more potential clients. 5 Must-Have Tech Tools for Financial Advisors: CRMEvery professional who deals directly with customers on a regular basis needs good CRM (Client Relationship Management) software, and a financial advisor is no different.A good CRM does much more than store your client's contact info.You can begin to build a file on your client, filled with relevant dates. It can generate reminders that tell you when you should reach out to contact them. It can record the details of your last meeting or phone call with the client. It can also track performance. You want access from your smartphone, in case you need to contact a client when you're away from the office. In short, a CRM is far more than a computerized Rolodex, it's an invaluable high-tech tool. * 10 Great Stocks to Buy on Dips There are many CRMs to choose from, some that you buy outright, and some with a yearly licence. Popular options include Salesforce, ZOHO and Insightly. Most offer a free trial, or at least a web-based tutorial so you can check out the interface and capabilities to make sure it suits your needs. 5 Must-Have Tech Tools for Financial Advisors: Virtual Meeting SupportSource: Microsoft One of the most important tech tools for a financial advisor -- especially one with clients in a younger demographic -- is the ability to accommodate virtual meetings.Baby Boomers are accustomed to coming into your office for a meeting. But with younger generations, taking time out to drive across town and sit down in an office is less popular. Many companies have been using video conferencing tools for virtual meetings between offices for decades now. The technology is pretty much taken for granted at this point and has trickled down to the personal level. So make sure that you have a computer or mobile device equipped with a good camera, a place to hold virtual meeting (you don't want a table littered with dirty coffee cups in the background) and accounts with popular video conferencing software.Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Skype is the big name in video conferencing. Webex is a popular choice if you want to be able to share your screen with a remote client, so they can follow along with information displayed on your computer. 5 Must-Have Tech Tools for Financial Advisors: Social Media Management ToolsSource: Hootsuite Whatever you might think of social media, the reality is it's not going anywhere. And it's become a valuable marketing tool, as well as a way to interact with clients and potential clients.As a financial advisor, you'll want to have a social media presence. But to prevent social media from becoming a time drain and to get the most out of your accounts, you should also consider social media management tools. Popular options like Buffer and Hootsuite let you manage all your social media accounts from one interface. You can use these tools to schedule posts (so you remain active with fresh content even when you're busy). * 10 Great Stocks to Buy on Dips You can also analyze the performance of your posts so you can see what topics and channels have the greatest payoff. 5 Must-Have Tech Tools for Financial Advisors: Professional TabletSource: Apple With the emphasis on financial advisors being plugged-in and tech-savvy, the last thing you want a client to see is an aging beige PC sitting in your office. The latest generation of professional tablets is ideal for professionals like financial advisors.A powerful tablet like Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad Pro or Microsoft's Surface Pro are high performance computers in their own right. Add a keyboard case and they can replace a laptop. They're equipped with cameras for those virtual meetings and capable of running pretty much any software you might need -- especially the Surface Pro, that comes with Windows 10 Pro. They are even offered with optional LTE connectivity. Using a tablet shows clients that you are on top of current tech trends. The big display that can be handed over to someone sitting across from you makes an ideal presentation tool. It's also far lighter than a laptop if you visit a client at their home and with LTE, you have full online connectivity without having to ask for their Wi-Fi password…There's a lot of technology out there and this isn't a comprehensive list of everything a financial planner needs. But these five must-haves are a great starting point for taking full advantage of current industry trends.As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Great Stocks to Buy on Dips * 6 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 4 Mega-Cap Stocks to Sell Before They Melt Down Compare Brokers The post 5 Must-Have Tech Tools for Financial Advisors appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Cramer says he's heard a lot of people in the last few weeks complaining about the trade war. But the truth is that money managers have a hard time figuring out which companies will actually be hurt by the tariffs, and that's why we rallied today.