|Bid||117.05 x 1000|
|Ask||117.12 x 1100|
|Day's Range||117.04 - 119.59|
|52 Week Range||87.51 - 120.82|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.02|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||27.15|
|Earnings Date||Apr 24, 2019 - Apr 29, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.84 (1.53%)|
|1y Target Est||126.36|
The dream of the '90s was alive in Microsoft Teams this week when Microsoft's old office assistant, Clippy, showed up. If you used Microsoft Office between 1997 and 2001, you likely remember Clippy as the animated paperclip that popped up and offered tips for using the software. Microsoft did away with Clippy in 2001 , so people were surprised to see Clippy stickers appear in Microsoft Teams this week. And they were even more surprised when, just a day later, Microsoft offed the little guy again.
The Stadia platform may eventually face competition from Microsoft and Nvida and will need to develop its own hit games.
Competitors include Cisco, Google and Microsoft. Zoom , which provides video-conferencing software that can be used across devices, filed its IPO prospectus on Friday, joining a crop of Bay Area start-ups preparing to hit the public markets. Unlike most tech companies at this stage, Zoom is profitable.
Mario Draghi: Is another ‘Whatever It Takes’ Moment at Hand?Mario Draghi Today, we got another round of dismal data points from Europe (VGK)(EZU). According to a Markit survey, Germany’s (EWG) March PMI Composite Output Index fell to a
ORLANDO, Fla., March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- At Enterprise Connect 2019, Microsoft Corp. was awarded top honors for its new vision for Microsoft Teams, which is focused on making communication and collaboration easier for the entire workforce, including those on the Firstline. This is the second year in a row that Microsoft has been chosen for the Best of Enterprise Connect Overall award, which is presented to a company making significant technology advancements within the enterprise communications and collaboration industry. "It is because of our customers that Teams has become what it is today," said Lori Wright, Microsoft general manager of Workplace Collaboration.
Given the 10% gain AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) logged on Tuesday, many investors are optimistic about the latest news. But I don't personally believe the company's role in a new streaming-game platform developed by Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) is a reason to buy AMD stock.Source: Matthew Rutledge via Flickr Some investors will disagree with me -- although most of those investors will tout AMD optimism for any and all reasons. Advanced Micro Devices stock has been terribly rewarding since turning around in 2016. Traders have largely convinced themselves the foreseeable future is going to look a lot like the past. A closer, critical look at the new video game service from Google, however, reveals AMD's role is the least important one in a platform that may or may not be a smashing success. It's ComplicatedHardcore gamers may understand the implications better than the average non-gamer, but for the rest of us: Even as Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox or Sony (NYSE:SNE) Playstation move toward downloaded games and away from physical discs, their games are played -- and processed -- on the consoles themselves. Meanwhile, on Google's Stadia, games will be played entirely from Google's servers using a high-speed internet connection.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Retail Stocks That Will Continue to Rebound in 2019 AMD's role in the new service? It handles the heavy-duty graphics processing from the cloud, rather than offloading that work onto a graphics card that would normally be installed on a console.See, with Stadia, there is no physical console. The cloud is the console, meaning its games can be reasonably played on any device.It's actually a rather savvy and gutsy move from Alphabet. Microsoft can create a complete, self-contained gaming experience on an Xbox. Ditto for Sony. Not so with Stadia though. While it can handle most aspects of game-play, Google and AMD are still ultimately relying on the speed and quality of the internet connection its gamer customers subscribe to.Surprisingly, it's not been a problem yet. Initial tests of the service's latency -- or the lag between pushing a button on a controller and seeing the result on a screen -- suggest Google has figured out how to make the Stadia experience almost as good as that of console game-play. Google, meanwhile, has developed a custom game-controller to further abate potential latency.There's a rub for current and would-be owners of AMD stock, however. Of all the major hurdles that Stadia has to clear to work well, Advanced Micro Devices' is the easiest.It would also be the easiest piece of the puzzle to replace. Are Google's Plans Too Expensive?That's not to say AMD could be replaced by a rival like Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) or Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) with just the flip of a switch.The architecture powering Stadia is based on AMD's Radeon GPU, but customized to meet Google's specific needs. Each card is capable of handling up to 10.7 teraflops of data at a time, handily topping the graphics-processing loads being handled by even the newest consoles like the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X.The end result? Stadia will be able to deliver 4K quality at the 60 frames per second most gamers expect from high-end games. When the time comes, Google promises 8K quality and 120 frames per second.AMD's GPU prowess may not matter, however, for a handful of reasons.One of them is the aforementioned lag, or latency, of an internet connection. Connections as fast as 50 or even 100 megabits per second are quickly becoming the new norm, and the advent of 5G promises even wider access to ultra-high speed connectivity. Still, for streaming gaming, that connection has to be consistent, and free of any glitch.There's also the not-so-small matter that to deliver 4K, 1080p 60FPS images that can accept and process constant user input (button-mashing), Google will have to establish 7500 edge-nodes all over the world. And, it appears that to achieve the maximum quality of graphical display, multiple GPUs will be needed per one single player. The company's gaming data centers will, most likely, 'share' graphics cards simultaneously with multiple gamers, but even the best GPUs can only do so much at one time.That makes the hardware and node-management needed to make Stadia work an expensive proposition, which in turn could make Stadia an expensive service to utilize.To that end, there comes a point when gamers stop needing 'more' visual realism to enjoy a game to its fullest. Prepping for an 8K, 120 FPS future is arguably an expensive overkill. So if they're looking to cut costs, Google might opt for a cheaper alternative to AMD's superior GPUs.And of course there's the X-factor: Can Google get developers on board with yet another platform that facilitates even more competition? Bottom Line for AMD StockBuy AMD stock, or don't buy it. There's a bearish and bullish case to be made. Neither of those cases, however, are significantly altered by the advent of Stadia.And, even to the extent Stadia does gain traction when launched, a couple of pros point out the prospect should have already been built into the price of AMD stock. * 7 Beaten-Up Stocks to Buy as They Reverse Course "We don't know why AMD was up so much as most analysts knew of this win already," said Susquehanna analyst Chris Rolland, while RBC's Mitch Steves explained "We are surprised by the stock price move as we believed this was a well known win."As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Retail Stocks That Will Continue to Rebound in 2019 * 5 Stocks To Buy for the Happiest Employees * 7 ETFs for a Millennial Portfolio Compare Brokers The post Google's Gaming Platform Is Not a Reason to Buy AMD Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Microsoft and Google are locking horns in the burgeoning game streaming market, and are planning to release competing streaming services this year. Here's what we know about Google Stadia and Microsoft ...
The rise of artificial intelligence is rapidly changing the workplace. And while there's less demand for basic cognitive, physical and manual skills, the job market is still electric. Here are the types of interviews questions employers ask to determine whether you have the skills that will be the most in-demand by 2030.
Fed’s Dovish Stance Surprised Jeffrey GundlachFed’s dovish tone While talking to CNBC on March 21, the “bond king” and DoubleLine founder, Jeffrey Gundlach shared his views on the Fed’s recent meeting and what it could mean for the
This Friday morning the equity markets are under pressure after an extended run and on the news that the yield curve is likely to invert soon. But Zuora (NYSE:ZUO) has its own reasons to fall today.Source: Shutterstock Last night, management reported earnings and investors did not like what they saw. Zuo stock is falling 13% on the headline so they were clearly disappointed with the results. But luckily for the bulls, the stock came into the earnings event up 35% year-to-date and 25% since inception last April. This can be good news from that perspective but it also suggests that there could be more room to fall.First, let's examine the business model. Fundamentally, ZUO should have a prosperous future for years to come. It provides subscription software services to cloud-based businesses. There will be ample supply of potential customers as the whole globe is seeking to operate in the cloud.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSalesforce (NYSE:CRM) launched the trend and it is now a thesis that is growing exponentially with no chance or reversion. All the major mega-tech companies like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) completely shifted their models to it and the rest of the world is in hot pursuit.Management delivered results that met or beat the expectations for the past quarter. But they failed to wow Wall Street with the next one and full-year guidance. These days that's almost all that matters to traders. * 10 Stocks on the Rise Heading Into the Second Quarter Most often, if the company thesis is still intact, the short-term reaction to the stock is only temporary. There is a let-down effect from a disconnect on expectations. This is a momentum stock and they usually overshoot in both directions, up and down. This makes them difficult to trade because when they are falling like Zuora stock is today, they look like they are headed to zero.Luckily we can find the important levels on the chart to guess where there will be a support to find proper entry points. How to Approach ZUO StockThose who want to own the shares long term need not worry about this drop. Today's dip in price doesn't change the ongoing thesis. And if I already own the shares, I would not sell out of them today.Shorter term, there are important lines that matter from the technical aspect.This morning, ZUO stock is falling into the $21 per share zone. This has been pivotal since its inception. After the IPO, the stock rallied to $37 per share, then corrected sharply back to today's level fast. Then, when the stock markets in general collapsed into Christmas, ZUO made new lows to $15 per share. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth.Based on the volume profile, both bulls and bears agree on the current zone as a value area. So they will fight it out hard here, thereby creating congestion in price. This usually lends support to the stock. Click to EnlargeThe December low for ZUO was a double bottom of sorts, so it makes for solid footing set on very sour sentiment on Wall Street. While the zone between $20 and $21 per share seems strong, $19 played an important role for the last few months. So I expect that if this first line of defense fails, the bottom end of the next one will also be secondary support at $18.20 area. These are not forecasts, but rather, where I can expect potential support.The ZUO stock bulls will need the technicals to lend help because the fundamental value of the stock probably won't.Yes, this is an exciting stock in the hot area of business, but it is still too rich from the traditional sense. But it is now trading about where it came out of the IPO, so for those who missed out on the entry, this would be their chance.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 * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Specialty Retail ETFs to Buy the Industry's Disruption * 5 Stocks To Buy for the Happiest Employees * 3 Out-of-Favor Consumer Stocks to Buy Compare Brokers The post This Is Your Best Chance to Get Into Zuora Stock After Its IPO appeared first on InvestorPlace.
On CNBC's "Mad Money Lightning Round," Jim Cramer said he doesn't want to touch Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR ) because its yield is too high. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) has been trading ...
Microsoft is working on a game streaming service of its own, called Project XCloud, and may have a few tricks up its sleeve as competition in the space heats up. Microsoft executives ran through several demonstrations on how to make games "cloud-aware" as well as adaptive to touch, which would be needed for the game to work on a phone or tablet. Not unlike Google's Stadia, the idea behind Microsoft's XCloud project is to make it possible to play any game on any device, with whomever you choose, all in a seamless experience amongst devices or surfaces.
Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google unveils Stadia, its long-awaited browser-based video game streaming service that leverages cloud computing and YouTube.
Sunnyvale has become a hotspot for tech titans and real estate developers, but no one anticipated how fast one business district in the city would reach a boiling point.
Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed over 3.4% in morning trading Thursday as buzz builds regarding the highly anticipated unveiling of its new streaming video service that hopes to challenge Amazon Prime (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), and Disney (DIS). The climb is part of a larger 2019 comeback, which begs the question is now the time to buy Apple stock?
SAP's resilient Cloud and Software business, act as staple growth drivers. Impressive growth in S/4HANA and other Cloud initiatives are other positives.
Powell Halts Rate Hikes, Trump Might Not Be Pleased(Continued from Prior Part)Economy After its two-day meeting, the Federal Reserve signaled no more rate hikes in 2019. In December, the Fed projected two rate hikes in 2019. The Fed has also toned
Apple Inc.'s stock surged 1.3% in premarket trade Thursday, after a Needham upgrade to strong buy, which put the company on track to retake its position as the most valuable U.S. company by market capitalization. With 4.715 billion shares outstanding as of Jan. 18, according to the latest SEC filings, Apple's stock gain is set to raise its market cap to $898.5 billion from $887.2 billion on Wednesday. That would knock Microsoft Corp. down to second place, as the software giant's premarket stock drop of 0.4% implies a market cap of $898.0 billion, down from Wednesday's $901.6 billion. Amazon.com Inc.'s stock is down 0.1% ahead of the open, which would keep the e-commerce and cloud giant in third place with an implied market cap of $881.7 billion. Apple's stock has surged 19.3% year to date, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 10.4%.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) continues zooming to record highs. As the Redmond, Washington-based software giant takes a dominant position in the cloud, investors have renewed their interest in Microsoft stock.Source: Shutterstock The recent run-up has put the near-term buy case for MSFT in doubt. However, due to its solid balance sheet and renewed growth, the case for holding MSFT stock has become more robust than ever. Microsoft Stock Is BackOnce written off as a company trapped in a declining PC business, Microsoft has successfully redefined itself. MSFT has now reached a market cap of $900 billion. This takes it to a record high for the equity. It has also regained the title of world's largest market cap.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 5 Cloud Stocks to Help Your Portfolio Fly To be sure, this is not the Microsoft that pushed me into Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Mac ecosystem. No longer reliant on a PC monopoly of declining importance, it has turned itself into a leader in an increasingly influential cloud sector. Together with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), it has become increasingly dominant in the enterprise information technology sector.The cloud in itself does not constitute a significant moat. Despite this, more than 800 CIOs cited Microsoft and Amazon as preferred vendors in over half of the top 30 IT products. Both companies have attracted this business--and built a moat--by continuously expanding their services.Thanks to a cash hoard that stood at $127.66 billion as of the end of 2018, MSFT can easily afford such expenditures. Last year, the company made $9.2 billion in corporate IT investments. Why MSFT Is a HoldAs a result, Microsoft has set records, rising for an eighth consecutive day. Despite its run, I do not think MSFT stock has become overvalued. The recent move higher takes its forward price-to-earnings (PE) ratio to just under 24 as of the time of this writing.Investors should also note that the company has placed itself on track to maintain double-digit profit growth. Analysts forecast profit increases of 14.2% for this year and 12.6% for fiscal 2020.Moreover, its cash position helps to give MSFT one of the strongest balance sheets in corporate America. That balance sheet has helped the company attain a AAA credit rating, a feat matched only by Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ).The key question is not whether one should buy Microsoft, but at what level. I agree with my InvestorPlace colleague Bret Kenwell who calls MSFT "a must-buy stock on a pullback." At these levels, I find it hard to conclude that Microsoft is anything but fairly valued. The forward PE ratio of almost 24 closely matches overall averages for the S&P 500.Still, I would buy if the stock stagnates for a few months or if it declines by at least 10%. I would also encourage long-term investors to stay put. In addition to the solid balance sheet, holders of Microsoft stock have benefitted from 15 straight years of dividend growth.This places it ten years away from dividend aristocrat status. It almost assures investors long-term holders that yields will rise from the more modest 1.6% levels of today. Though the buy case may appear tenuous for now, the hold case appears more solid than ever. The Bottom Line on Microsoft StockThe recent move higher in Microsoft has weakened the buy case for the equity, but its cloud dominance and strong balance sheet make MSFT a solid hold.Once written off as a laggard in a declining industry, a move into the cloud has again brought investors back to Microsoft stock. The stock continues to rise, and it has regained the title of world's largest market cap.However, its 14.2% growth rate combined with its forward PE of almost 24 places MSFT at fair value. A massive cash hoard, growing dividend, and solid balance sheet reinforce the case to stay in the stock. However, now is not the time to add to positions.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Invincible Stocks Leading The Bull Market Higher * 5 Dow Jones Stocks Coming to Life * 7 of the Best High-Yield Funds for 2019 and Beyond Compare Brokers The post Microsoft Stock Is Just Too Good to Buy Right Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
At the time, this was a private preview, but starting today, any enterprise user who wants to try out what using a virtual Windows 10 desktop that's hosted in the Azure cloud looks like will be able to give it a try. You're not going to use this to play Apex Legends on a virtual machine somewhere in the cloud. The idea here is that a service like this, which also includes access to Office 365 ProPlus, makes managing machines and the software that runs on them easier for enterprises.