|Bid||0.00 x 0|
|Ask||0.00 x 0|
|Day's Range||148.54 - 152.58|
|52 Week Range||139.13 - 176.33|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||24.27|
|Earnings Date||Apr 16, 2018 - Apr 20, 2018|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||6.00 (3.95%)|
|1y Target Est||170.75|
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Accenture’s (ACN) uninterrupted dividend payment strategy on a half-yearly basis has made the stock attractive to its investors. It continues to enhance shareholder wealth through regular dividend payments. In fiscal 4Q17, Accenture raised its semiannual dividend by 10% to $1.33 per share.
Accenture (ACN) continues to boost its shareholder returns via share buybacks and regular dividend payments. At the end of fiscal 1Q18, the company had paid back more than $1.4 billion worth of capital to its investors through buybacks and dividend payments compared to $1.37 billion last year during the same period. In fiscal 2018, the company expects to return nearly $4.3 billion to its shareholders through share buybacks and dividend payments compared to $4.5 billion in fiscal 2017.
European utilities plan to begin some direct trades with one another using blockchain technology within months, hoping to stay ahead in a world in which individuals may eventually sell green energy to one another. The distributed ledger technology that underpins the bitcoin currency has already been tested by energy operators for wholesale trading, but it will go live with just a few selected electricity and gas contracts to start with. The initiative, Enerchain, is a forerunner of more possible uses of the technology by established energy players and wider options explored by a raft of start-ups to harness its potential - many of them years away from execution.
Leaders of Apple Inc., Google and other U.S. technology giants head to China this weekend to pursue a familiar goal: To do more business in the world’s most populous nation. The effort has had mixed results, ...
Accenture (ACN) continues to expand its market presence driven by inorganic growth. The company makes a huge number of acquisitions every year. Strong free cash flow and lower leverage have acted as strong catalysts for the company’s sustaining such an impressive acquisition trend over the years.
Lawmakers pushing legislation aimed at preventing China from acquiring sensitive U.S. technology have proposed relaxing elements of the measure after lobbying by high-tech firms but will tighten another portion, according to a draft revision seen by Reuters. The bill in the Senate and a companion measure in the U.S. House of Representatives would broaden the reach of the inter-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in hopes of halting Chinese efforts to acquire sophisticated U.S. technology. The bipartisan legislation has the support of President Donald Trump's administration.
Shares of International Business Machines (IBM) today closed up 49 cents at $156.69 after third day of its “Think 2018” conference in Las Vegas. One of the individuals attending there who came away with a positive view was Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty, who today reiterated her Overweight rating on IBM, and her $198 price target, after hearing customer success stories that suggest to her “growing evidence of Watson adoption,” referring to the company’s artificial intelligence technology.
Each year, IBM showcases “5 in 5” technologies coming out of IBM Research’s global labs — five technologies that the company expects to fundamentally reshape business and society in the next five years.This year, a “5 in 5 at a Science Slam” was held at Think 2018 in Las Vegas. One of the 5 in 5 breakthrough technologies presented in Las Vegas is ultra-miniaturized cryptographic anchors.Lead developer Andreas Kind heads the "Industry Platform and Blockchain" team at IBM Research Zurich, which contributes to the Hyperledger Blockchain Project and develops privacy and cloud security technologies. According to IBM, the new cryptographic anchors are the world's smallest computers to date. The devices are smaller than a grain of salt; contain several hundred thousand transistors; will cost less than 10 cents to manufacture; and can monitor, analyze, communicate and even act on data. IBM stated that the first models could be made available to clients in the next 18 months.“They’ll be used in tandem with blockchain’s distributed ledger technology to ensure an object’s authenticity from its point of origin to when it reaches the hands of the customer,” said Arvind Krishna, head of IBM Research. “These technologies pave the way for new solutions that tackle food safety, authenticity of manufactured components, genetically modified products, identification of counterfeit objects and provenance of luxury goods.”“Crypto-anchors extend blockchain’s value into the physical realm,” claims IBM. The devices have an embedded security code that can be used to authenticate a product with a cryptographically secure, tamper-proof signature.The cryptographic anchors project is considered a starting point for developing technologies complementary to the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain solutions for medical devices and pharmaceutical products, able to provide scalable end-to-end security across a supply chain — from the manufacturers right down to consumers and patients.A typical application envisioned by IBM is fighting product fraud. IBM’s crypto-anchors can authenticate a product’s origin and contents, ensuring it matches the record stored in the blockchain.According to data provided by the company, counterfeit products in complex global supply chains, which extend across multiple countries with a large number of actors, cost the global economy more than $600 billion a year.The risks of counterfeit products extend beyond finance. For example, in some countries, nearly 70 percent of certain life-saving drugs are counterfeit. But crypto-anchors can be embedded, for example, into an edible shade of magnetic ink, which can be used to dye a pill. “The code could become active and visible from a drop of water letting a consumer know it is authentic and safe to consume,” notes IBM.In another science-fictional demonstrator developed by IBM scientists, a crypto-anchor is combined with an optical sensor and Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms are able to rapidly identify materials and detect the presence of DNA sequences.“[Within] the next five years, advances in microfluidics, packaging platforms, cryptography, non-volatile memory and design will take all of these systems from the lab to the marketplace,” states IBM.A video recording of all presentations is available here. This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.
IBM's new blockchain product is a cheaper alternative its current enterprise plan for firms looking to develop blockchain applications.
The European Commission proposed rules on Wednesday to make digital companies pay more tax, with U.S. tech giants such as Google (GOOGL.O), Facebook (FB.O) and Amazon (AMZN.O) set to foot a large chunk of any bill. Under the Commission's plan, companies with significant digital revenues in Europe will pay a 3 percent tax on their turnover on various online services in the European Union, bringing in an estimated 5 billion euros ($6.1 billion).
Salesforce.com has reached a deal to buy Mulesoft Inc. for $6.5 billion, a massive bet on the connective software that increasingly runs through the digital world. Mulesoft is all about helping companies ...