MSFT - Microsoft Corporation

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
136.77
-2.02 (-1.46%)
As of 11:31AM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close138.79
Open138.66
Bid136.87 x 800
Ask136.91 x 900
Day's Range136.29 - 139.20
52 Week Range93.96 - 141.68
Volume7,349,122
Avg. Volume24,339,301
Market Cap1.056T
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.97
PE Ratio (TTM)27.03
EPS (TTM)5.06
Earnings DateOct 22, 2019 - Oct 28, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.84 (1.33%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-08-14
1y Target Est154.41
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    A little less than a year ago, yours truly underscored the idea that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was getting very serious about video games. Though it had been in the business for decades to various degrees, it had never been a priority that made a meaningful impact on MSFT stock. Not even the launch of the first Xbox in late-2001 proved to be major piece of its revenue puzzle.Source: Shutterstock Every few months though, the company takes a solid leap forward down the gaming path. The latest leap? Microsoft says it's no longer going to release any "Xbox exclusive" games for rival consoles like the Switch, from Nintendo (OTCMKTS:NTDOY), and the Sony (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation.Tuesday's announcement superficially answered a lingering question about Microsoft's recent acquisition of game publishers like Double Fine and Obsidian. Both had been platform-agnostic, developing titles for any platform of their choice. From now on, they'll only be making video games for the Xbox.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Exclusive PlansThe announcement admittedly calls into question Microsoft's understanding of the word "exclusive." The message delivered goes beyond the words, though. The fact that the company made a point of saying anything at all on the matter makes it clear the software giant has a very specific plan for its video game business. It wants to cultivate its own gaming ecosystem, so to speak.That's part of a significant evolution, too, namely Microsoft's relatively nascent willingness to bring in outside coders, publishers, and ideas into their inner circle and then close the gate. It's not only a financial risk, but a reputational one as well.It's the shape of things to come for the video gaming industry though, now that websites like Steam have democratized the business, and now that sites like GOG.com (Good Old Games) have made a universe of older but still play-worthy titles available at a fraction the original game prices. Protectionism is the new norm because it has to be.Just ask game publishers like Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), both of which have rethought their business models from the ground up. * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall EA is wading deeper into subscriptions and streaming, while snagging outfits like Industrial Toys, GameFly and Respawn Entertainment. Activision Blizzard has seemingly figured out where it went wrong with gamers last year as well. Even Nintendo, which is generally considered a console maker but also develops many of the games played on its console, has rolled out the red carpet for indie game developers, and has introduced subscription-based productsIn all cases, video game companies are slowly moving towards a model that excludes other hardware and software providers, and cultivates self-serving, one-stop shops. Potential Impact on Microsoft StockRefusing to offer its home-grown games on other platforms isn't an earth-shattering development. There were only a couple of games from Microsoft that crossed that line -- Ori and the Blind Forest, along with Cuphead, for example -- and Microsoft never suggested it would be otherwise.Still, the company has proverbially burned the boat. It won't be readily facilitating any sort of revenue growth for any sort of rival.It's not the first step the Redmond-based outfit has taken in this direction. Less than a year ago, it launched a subscription-based service called Xbox All Access, which included a lease-to-own Xbox console. By that time it was already offering Game Pass and Live Gold, both of which also made gaming affordable on a relatively expensive Xbox console.Then in June of this year, the company revealed that its next Xbox would be able to play games that were playable four versions of the Xbox ago. The generous retro-playable option makes a huge vault of older and largely inaccessible titles suddenly playable again, further drawing gamers back into the ecosystem where they can be monetized in multiple ways.It still won't make a meaningful dent, for better or worse, in the value of MSFT stock. The company is still mostly about cloud-based productivity software and Azure. Though the company doesn't disclose much in the way of details, it was willing to divulge $10 billion worth of annual gaming revenue had been generated as of the middle of last year. That's roughly one-tenth of its total business. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential By doubling down again on becoming a self-contained soup-to-nuts gaming name, though, this piece of Microsoft's total revenue could readily ramp up to a fifth of its top line in the foreseeable future. Looking Ahead for MSFTGaming is not a reason to buy Microsoft stock … at least not yet. And, it's certainly not a reason to hold your breath waiting for the day video games become the breadwinner for the company.The clear decision to leverage the addition of indie developers Double Fine and Obsidian for its own (and only for its own) purposes, though, is another piece of evidence of Microsoft's gaming ambitions. If this works out as well as other efforts made by the company, like the penetration of the cloud computing arena on the back of Azure, there's much for current and would-be owners of MSFT stock to be excited about. At stake is a bigger piece of a video gaming market that's expected to be worthShareholders just need to be patient.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about him at his website jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill * 8 Biotech Stocks to Watch After the Q2 Earnings Season * 7 Unusual, Growth-Oriented REITs to Buy for Your Portfolio The post Microsoft Scores Points as it Solidifies its Video Gaming Ecosystem appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    VMWare (NYSE:VMW) has seen a number of iterations over its long Silicon Valley history (a long history by tech firm standards, that is).Source: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com It was founded in 1998 in Palo Alto, California. Just a few years later, EMC -- which is now a part of the Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) family -- acquired VMWare, adding enterprise-level cloud-based platforms to the arsenal of a well-established tech firm. EMC had been a pioneer in the data storage space and then expanded into networked storage platforms. VMWare Stock's Long HistoryVMW stock started trading in 2007, as an adjunct to the slow and steady business that EMC had developed. VMW stock was the growth component for the future. Shortly after, Dell purchased Perot Systems for $3.9 billion to add some gravitas in the data storage space. Then Dell just kept growing.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIn 2015, Dell Technologies purchased EMC. At $67 billion, it's still considered the largest acquisition in the tech space. The move was to help Dell get more involved in the enterprise market since its personal computers business was changing as mobile and enterprise-level cloud computing were making their potential known. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential By 2018, Dell was making headlines once again. It returned as a publicly traded company after six years as a private business and tried to manage a reverse merger between itself and VMWare -- which it acquired through EMC. The deal didn't happen and VMWare still remains an independent subsidiary of Dell.The company is still controlled by Dell but it operates on its own. And given its recent activities, it is hungry to carve a niche in the enterprise cloud and hybrid cloud sectors. What's in Store for VMW?Basically, there are public clouds like Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Amazon Web Services, Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Azure and Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google. And then there are private clouds, set up by companies that only allow employees to access them.Now that the cloud is such a large part of many businesses, the hybrid cloud is becoming the next step. It allows customers to access the data they need through the public cloud and allows the company to share data from the private cloud or its data centers.This is far more complex than it sounds and it takes a significant amount of security and engineering to work seamlessly.VMW has been on a buying spree recently. In June it said it was buying cloud-application delivery firm Avi Networks. In July it was artificial intelligence chip virtualization company Bitfusion.And less than a week ago, VMW announced it was buying Pivotal Software (NYSE:PVTL), a cloud-based software and IT development firm. Dell already owns a big stake in Pivotal, and VMW owns some as well. This deal is a situation where one owner is buying the stake of the other owner, who in turn controls the buyer.Once you work through that one, suffice it to say that VMW stock is looking to stake a claim in the burgeoning world of cloud-based systems. The Bottom Line on VMW StockThe stock is off 3% for the year but up 5% year-to-date. Some of the trouble has been the U.S.-China trade war and the fact that enterprise purchases are expected to slow. But VMW stock has been consolidating its position during this lull, which can be a good time to buy quality cheaply.My Portfolio Grader rates VMW stock a "B" here. It's a good value for a long-term growth investor but the short term may not be smooth.Louis Navellier is a renowned growth investor. He is the editor of four investing newsletters: Growth Investor, Breakthrough Stocks, Accelerated Profits and Platinum Growth. His most popular service, Growth Investor, has a track record of beating the market 3:1 over the last 14 years. He uses a combination of quantitative and fundamental analysis to identify market-beating stocks. Mr. Navellier has made his proven formula accessible to investors via his free, online stock rating tool, PortfolioGrader.com. Louis Navellier may hold some of the aforementioned securities in one or more of his newsletters. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill * 8 Biotech Stocks to Watch After the Q2 Earnings Season * 7 Unusual, Growth-Oriented REITs to Buy for Your Portfolio The post Should You Buy VMWare Stock Now? appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    (Bloomberg) -- Three companies — Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc. — quietly dominate the world of cloud computing.With more more than 100 giant data centers worldwide, they rent out computing power to all manner of customers, making billions of dollars along the way. In fact, cloud computing has done more to fuel Amazon’s earnings in recent years than its e-commerce business.But there’s a threat looming on the horizon, quite literally at the edge of the network. With so many mobile devices and sensors now connected to the internet — and relying on artificial intelligence — more people and companies need their computing power close to them. For everything from fast analysis of road conditions to streaming holographic concerts, remote data centers are just too far away.That’s going to hand a huge opportunity to wireless carriers, which are building fast 5G networks to handle the task. And create a threat for the dominant cloud-computing players, according to telecom analyst Chetan Sharma. “Over time, cloud will be primarily used for storage and running longer computational models, while most of the processing of data and AI inference will take place at the edge,” said Sharma, who just wrote a report on the topic sponsored by software provider AlefEdge Inc. He pegs the size of this so-called edge-computing market at more than $4 trillion by 2030.Wireless carriers and the owners of cell towers have a big advantage in the edge-computing race: Not only do they control access to high-speed telecommunications networks, they have valuable real estate, such as tens of thousands of cell sites all over the country.Cloud computing isn’t going away by any means. But there’s more pressure on the industry’s Big Three to team up with wireless carriers, so they’re not left out of the burgeoning edge market.“The big players realize that at a minimum they need to partner up with operators to get access to their real-estate property,” Sharma said.Already, AT&T Inc. — the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier — has joined forces with Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp., two cloud providers.“Our goal is that our partners are wildly successful,” said Sam George, a cloud executive at Microsoft. “If our partners are wildly successful, we’ll be wildly successful. There’s a lot of money to be made for partners.”Amazon and Google declined to comment on their plans.AT&T has hundreds of workers focused on edge computing, and it’s “a core part of our 5G strategy,” said Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer of AT&T’s business division.“This is one that takes a village.”IBM, meanwhile, is also working with carrier Vodafone Group Plc in Europe.“The networks are essentially themselves becoming a cloud,” said Steve Canepa, IBM’s global managing director for the telecom industry. “The telcos today have a point of presence at the edge, and that becomes a great place to have an extension of the platform.”Cloud providers in China — such as Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. — invested in carrier China Unicom two years ago. And more such investments and partnerships could be coming, Sharma said.For other tech companies, including chipmakers like Intel Corp., the hope is the shift leads to a bigger opportunity for everyone.“We see a rapid convergence between the cloud providers and connectivity providers,” said Caroline Chan, a general manager at Intel. “In our view, it’s a bigger pie.”Other telecom players are angling to team up with both carriers and cloud providers. Crown Castle International Corp., which owns fiber lines as well as more than 40,000 cell towers in the U.S., is in talks with the two camps, said Paul Reddick, a vice president at the company.Crown Castle also is an investor in startup Vapor IO, which is deploying edge computing this year in six metro areas, including Chicago.“I would say this is one that takes a village,” Reddick said.Other projects are already well underway. At CenturyLink Inc., about 100 facilities that used to store telecom equipment are now outfitted with servers. And it’s making them available to corporate customers in sectors like retail and industrial robotics.“We’ve already sold these facilities to a number of customers that need to get that compute closer to the network edge,” said Paul Savill, a senior vice president at CenturyLink. “We’ve seen enough activity in this space that we can confidently build out this infrastructure.”To contact the author of this story: Olga Kharif in Portland at okharif@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Nick Turner at nturner7@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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    Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) reported its Q2 earnings last Thursday and the results propelled Nvidia stock to big gains: nearly 15% over the next several days. That rally ran out of steam on Tuesday, though. NVDA closed the day at $167.87 for a 1.7% loss.Source: Hairem / Shutterstock.com Will the recovery continue or will Nvidia stock price drop further? The Market Loved NVDA Q2 Earnings Last Thursday, Nvidia reported its Q2 earnings.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsRevenue of $2.58 billion was down 17% year-over-year, and adjusted earnings per share of $1.24 were down 36% compared to last year. NVDA issued guidance for Q3, calling for revenue of $2.90 billion plus-or-minus 2% (compared to third-quarter revenue of $3.18 billion last year).The market reaction was swift. Nvidia stock immediately surged, and shares gained nearly 15% before hitting a wall yesterday. Lowered Expectations for Nvidia StockOf course, the question has to be asked: why were investors so excited about NVDA when the company's revenue and EPS were both down significantly compared to last year? A big part of that is lowered expectations.Nvidia and graphics card rival Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) have both been hit hard in 2019 by the bottom falling out of the crypto currency mining market. And both have been affected by the ongoing trade war with China. Those two factors have reset expectations about NVDA earnings.The money spent on graphics cards used to "mine" Bitcoin and other crypto currencies was an unexpected boost to Nvidia and AMD last year. At one point in 2018 the industry was generating 10% of NVDA's total revenue -- and when the crypto market tanked, so did Nvidia stock price.In addition, like many tech companies, Nvidia stock has been caught in the crossfire of the trade war between the U.S. and China.With these two big factors in play, analysts were expecting lower numbers from NVDA and the company delivered numbers in line with those expectations. Sequentially, there were signs of improvement, with revenue up 16% compared to Q1, while EPS gained 41%. But there was a more to the Nvidia stock rally than that … Some Positives + Big News for NVDA StockBoosting the positive reaction to Nvidia's earnings were some wins within key segments. In particular, Nvidia's Automotive division posted 30% revenue growth compared to last year, hitting quarterly record revenue of $209 million. The Professional Visualization division also saw 4% growth to $291 million. In addition, every one of Nvidia's divisions posted sequential quarterly revenue growth compared to Q1. Gross margins also saw a quarterly improvement at 60.1% compared to 59% in Q1.NVDA investors were also reacting to a number of timely events that bode well for the company. At the Gamescon conference on Monday, Nvidia and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced that ray tracing support will be coming to the PC version of "Minecraft." Given that "Minecraft" is the best-selling video game in the world (over 176 million copies sold) and only Nvidia's GeForce RTX graphics cards are capable of real-time ray tracing, this is seen as a big win for the company. At a higher level, a 90-day extension of the reprieve of the U.S. trade ban against Huawei was announced on Monday, and that has been seen as possibly signalling an attempt by the U.S. to cool tensions and the trade war with China.Yesterday at Gamescon, NVDA announced new drivers for its GeForce RTX cards that it claims will improve frame rates by up to 23% on a number of popular PC games, which would be a huge win. That announcement failed to impress investors - given the 1.7% Nvidia stock drop -- but gamers are excited.In short, Nvidia stock still has room for growth and it has some momentum. The stock is up around 29% since the start of the year, but even after the 15% post-earnings run NVDA still far from the $192 level it hit in April. Given the stream of good news for the company, odds are that Tuesday's loss was a speed bump.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 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill * 8 Biotech Stocks to Watch After the Q2 Earnings Season * 7 Unusual, Growth-Oriented REITs to Buy for Your Portfolio The post Nvidia Stock Rally Stalls, but There's Still Room for Growth appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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