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|Bid||106.26 x 800|
|Ask||106.37 x 1300|
|Day's Range||104.76 - 106.62|
|52 Week Range||83.83 - 116.18|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.11|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||43.71|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.84 (1.78%)|
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Microsoft has hinted it could reveal the long-awaited HoloLens 2 next month. It sent out invites to a press event taking place on February 24th, which CEO Satya Nadella, CVP Julia White and technical fellow Alex Kipman will host. Given the names involved, it seems Microsoft has something significant up its sleeve.
At a time when tech companies are being blamed for creating housing shortages in cities across the country, Microsoft told the Seattle Times it will make a $500 million pledge, its largest ever, to create affordable housing around Seattle. Microsoft’s pledge comes half a year after Seattle City Council failed to pass a “head tax” that would have required companies making more than $200 million a year to pay $275 per employee in taxes. Amazon is based in Seattle, but also planning new headquarters in Arlington, Virginia and Long Island City, New York.
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Microsoft's president and chief legal officer said on CNBC that it's too early to say if the shutdown is hurting Microsoft's own business.
SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area.
The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist writes in the Wall Street Journal that the $10 billion he invested in three particular companies through the Bill & Melina Gates Foundation has brought much better returns than the S&P 500.
The comments come a month after a report about a consumer version of Microsoft 365. The Microsoft CEO talked up Microsoft's opportunity in gaming. Microsoft MSFT is working on a new bundle of software for consumers, following the launch of its Microsoft 365 package for workers.
As investors prepare for Amazon's Q4 earnings, its AWS, subscriptions, and growing digital advertising businesses are likely to be the stars of the show as its overall revenues slow.
Border Wall and Trump’s Obsession with National SecurityBorder wall The US government shutdown, which started on December 22, has entered its 27th day. The shutdown, which is already the longest in history, has seen President Trump take on
Microsoft said the cost of housing has surged 96 percent in the past eight years, making the Greater Seattle area the sixth most expensive region in the United States.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) cannot escape the negative sentiment surrounding its iPhone. The company began the year on news of an iPhone-induced revenue miss and a 7.5% decline in Apple stock. It won one of its court cases against Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) regarding their ongoing patent dispute. However, the company has seen little else to celebrate as iPhone revenues continue to take a beating. Still, amid the bad news, investors should remember that AAPL stock holds the largest cash hoard in corporate America. Even if AAPL languishes in the near term, the recent decline should eventually become a lucrative buying opportunity as the company works to replace lost iPhone revenues. ### Apple Stock Finally Received Some Good News News regarding the iPhone and rumors that Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) has pursued its SVP of hardware development has dominated the headlines on Apple stock recently. Still, AAPL got something it has not received in a while -- good news. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips A court in Germany dismissed a patent suit against Apple by Qualcomm. The court ruled Apple had not infringed on Qualcomm patents. This represents the first win for Apple in a series of patent suits Apple launched against Qualcomm in many countries. * Top 10 Global Stock Ideas for 2019 From RBC Capital Although this boosts morale for Apple, it does not change the fact that the Apple-Qualcomm relationship has suffered irreparable damage. Apple has moved on and produces its latest iPhone models without Qualcomm chips. Hence, I question whether this will have a lasting effect on Apple stock. ### Lower iPhone Revenues Could Become Permanent It also does not change the fact that AAPL stock will probably have to adjust to the reality of lower iPhone revenues. The iPhone accounted for over 59.1% of Apple's sales in the fourth quarter. This means Apple's fortunes rise and fall with the iPhone. The recent revenue miss also hints at what will likely come. Moreover, as my colleague Brad Moon points out, "batterygate" could have contributed to this decline. More customers than expected rushed to take advantage of $29 battery replacements, delaying the need for a new iPhone. Still, that may have actually kept more customers in Apple's iOS ecosystem. Yes, aging phones and the rise of 5G will eventually force some future upgrades. However, consumers can now find unlocked phones for a much lower cost in the Android ecosystem. Sometimes, these phones sell in the $200 range for a company's latest release. The lowest-cost model of the newest iPhone costs no less than $749. Many higher-end models retail for over $1,000. Given that cost differential, one has to expect that Apple will lose more iPhone users in the coming years. ### Do Not Count Apple Stock Out Yet Despite this decline, investors should also remember that few companies have more ability to redefine themselves than Apple. The company's $237 billion in cash creates numerous options. If Apple cannot invent its next revenue source, it can buy it. Former CEO John Sculley believes that Apple will become a gamechanger in the healthcare industry. Its advances with the Apple Watch point in that direction. Whatever the source, cash-rich companies such as archrival Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have shown an ability to come back after sales fell in their core product. One has to assume Apple can engineer a similar comeback amid an iPhone revenue decline. Apple stock has also reached a compelling multiple. The price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio stands at just over 12.8. Looking back over the past ten years, the average annual P/E has never fallen below 11.4. That low might explain why Apple bounced off of the $142-per-share low it saw on Jan. 3. In the two weeks since that time, Apple stock has risen by about 9%. Time will tell if that low forms a more permanent bottom. However, for now, AAPL has stopped falling. If healthcare or another business turns into a revenue catalyst, AAPL stock should return to growth mode. ### The Bottom Line on Apple Stock Apple stock has dealt with declining revenues in its core product in recent months. However, Apple's ability to reinvent itself could ultimately rescue AAPL. Yes, winning one lawsuit against Qualcomm boosts morale. However, it does not change the fact that falling iPhone revenues have severely damaged Apple. Although AAPL stock bounced off of a recent low, the company may struggle to gain traction in the near term. * 7 Best ETFs for Novice Investors However, the P/E ratio of Apple stock has begun to flirt with multi-year lows. The company also holds the largest cash position in corporate America, giving the company numerous options. AAPL could languish for some time to come. Still, with its low multiple and its large cash position, Apple stock has become a buying opportunity in need of a catalyst. Investors should treat it as such. 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 * 10 Growth Stocks With the Future Written All Over Them * 7 Reasons Why Buffett's Bet on Apple Stock Is a Good One * 10 Companies That Could Post Decelerating Profits Compare Brokers The post Apple Stock Needs to Declare Independence From iPhone Dependence appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Microsoft President and chief legal officer Brad Smith joins CNBC's "Closing Bell" to discuss Microsoft pledge of $500 million to tackle Seattle's housing crisis. The pledge is the largest in the company’s 44-year history, and, according to the company...