117.57 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 4:12PM EDT
|Bid||117.47 x 800|
|Ask||117.48 x 4000|
|Day's Range||114.59 - 117.61|
|52 Week Range||87.08 - 117.61|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.02|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||27.27|
|Earnings Date||Apr 24, 2019 - Apr 29, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.84 (1.59%)|
|1y Target Est||126.36|
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Shares of Microsoft Corp. rose 0.8% in afternoon trade Monday, putting them on track for a 7th-straight gain toward a 2nd-straight record close. The win streak would be the longest since it rose for 8-straight sessions as of Aug. 9, 2018. The software and cloud-computing company continues to hold its lead as the largest U.S. company by market capitalization, ahead of second-place Apple Inc. , third-place Amazon.com Inc. and fourth-place Alphabet Inc. . Wall Street analysts are overwhelming bullish on Microsoft's stock, as 31 of 34 analysts surveyed by FactSet rate it the equivalent of buy, 2 rate it a hold and just one rates it the equivalent of sell. The average price target of $126.37 implies an 8.1% climb from current levels. Microsoft shares have soared 24% over the past 12 months, while Apple's stock has gained 5.5%, Amazon shares have tacked on 11% and Alphabet shares have edged up 4.6%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 3.7% the past year.
Microsoft is the largest company by market capitalization and is a major component of all three of the major averages. Microsoft closed Friday up 14.1% so far in 2019, in bull market territory 23.4% above its Dec. 26 low of $93.96. The S&P 500 closed Friday up 12.6% year to date, in bull market territory 20.3% above its Dec. 26 low of 2,346.58 when it dipped into bear market territory.
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The past six months have been tough ones for video-game stocks like Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ:TTWO) and Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI).Source: Via RockstarActivision shares are off nearly 50% from their September peak, while Take-Two stock is down about 35% during the same time period. Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) has lost nearly a third of its value even after rebounding strongly from December's lows. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade And to be fair, much of the stocks' plunge was deserved. Most of these names were overextended by the middle of last year, and investors were shocked to see just how easily the free online game Fortnite came out of nowhere and was so disruptive to the status quo.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsEverything about the video-game market is fluid, though, including its stocks. This dip, however, is an opportunity to step into the smallest but arguably the best-of-breed in the business… Take-Two stock. TTWO Wins the Console Loyalty WarsTake-Two is the name behind hits like Red Dead Redemption and the Grand Theft Auto series. Although its Grand Theft Auto franchise is the most successful video-game series ever in terms of revenue, TTWO has developed many fewer games than rivals like EA and Activision.TTWO also produces distinctly different kinds of game that may be counterintuitive on the surface. However, they are great money makers.Contrary to popular belief, gaming consoles like Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox and PlayStation from Sony (NYSE:SNE) are still a big deal. Although it is true that PC gaming is growing, console-play is also still growing, and its rising tide is lifting all boats.The industry's response to the expansion of the PC-games market has largely been to attempt to be all things to all people. EA now offers subscription-based access to PC-only games via its Origin Access program, while Microsoft now enables subscribers to its Game Pass service to access PC-based games.TTWO has tiptoed down the same path too, although not as much as its competitors. Over the course of the past three quarters, 85% of its revenue came from console players.It's a detail some investors find interesting, if not outright concerning. There's a method to Take-Two's madness, though.Rather than spreading its wings too far, the company has thus far focused on what it knows it does best: making great console games.A PC version of Grand Theft Auto V was eventually released, but it wasn't a priority. Meanwhile, although there are rumors that a PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released, it also doesn't appear to be a priority for the company.The strategy is effective and positive for Take-Two stock, even if it ultimately limits the company's top line. Staying in the Good Graces of GamersMost investors who aren't avid video-game players may not realize it, but regular players will readily recognize another not-so-subtle shift in the gaming business: the advent of in-game purchases called microtransactions. The latter phenomenon has grown from being a fun and easy way to enhance game-play for a couple bucks to a full-blown profit center in and of itself.The matter reached a fever-pitched frenzy in late-2017, after EA launched a new game. Gamers quickly learned the hard way that to be able to use some of the coolest weaponry or play as some of the coolest characters required either a massive amount of playing time or $80. That's more than buying the game cost.In-game purchases haven't gone away since then. Although most game developers have pushed them less aggressively recently, they're still a problem. The industry hasn't yet seemed to figure out what's fair when it comes to in-game purchases and where gamers draw the line.Take-Two has exercised considerably more restraint than its rivals have, however. Through the first nine months of the recently-ended fiscal year, only about one-third of the company's revenue came from what TTWO described as "recurrent consumer spending." The other two-thirds was driven by selling games.For perspective, a year ago Activision Blizzard reported that it had taken in more money from microtransactions than it did from actually selling video games.Many players claim they don't like the new normal, and some vowed to boycott EA in response to what they saw as its overly aggressive microtransaction tactics. But most complainers never follow through on their promises.On the flip side, it's also quite likely that many gamers haven't complained -- vocally -- at all, yet gravitate toward games like Take-Two's that don't cost quite so much to make the most of and are seen as a much better value. If that's the case, it's certainly a positive attribute for Take-Two and Take-Two stockTTWO CEO Strauss Zelnick has made a point of advancing the microtransaction minimization strategy explaining last year "Are you a monetization company or are you an entertainment company? We're an entertainment company and when we get that right, everything else flows from it." The Bottom Line on Take-Two StockWhile TTWO has worked its way into the upper echelon of game-publishing outfits by being the least typical company in the business, it's not bulletproof. It suffers the same cyclical swings that its rivals and console technologies do. The recent selloff of Take-Two stock illustrates that point.Nevertheless, Take-Two seems to fare better against headwinds than its rivals, and Take-Two stock bounces back better than the shares of its rivals do when disruptions like Fortnite come down the pike.Not every investor has to own Take-Two stock. But for investors who have to own a video-gaming name, Take-Two stock is an easy name to buy and just let simmer. It's even easier to buy TTWO stock on a dip like the one it just experienced.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 * 5 of the Best Stocks to Buy Under $10 * 7 Single-Digit P/E Stocks With Massive Upside * 7 Best Quantum Computing Stocks Trading Today Compare Brokers The post 2 Reasons Take-Two Stock Is the Easy Pick to Own in the Video-Game Business appeared first on InvestorPlace.
U.S. stock futures are trading mixed in early morning trading. Pre-market weakness in Boeing (NYSE:BA) is weighing on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, while the other major U.S. Indexes are circling unchanged.The Dow is down 0.19% and S&P 500 futures are higher by 0.04%. Nasdaq-100 futures have shed 0.02%.Options expiration lit a fire under trading activity on Friday, with call volume winning the day by a large margin. Specifically, about 23.4 million calls and 18.4 million puts changed hands on the session.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe call surge slammed the CBOE single-session equity put/call volume ratio down to 0.57 - roughly the middle of its 2019 range. Meanwhile, the 10-day moving average once again remained sticky at 0.65.Here were three stocks that commanded the attention of call lovers. Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB) tacked on additional gains to its recent Peltz-inspired breakout. Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) swooned and then soared after reporting earnings. Finally, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was flooded with activity as it rocketed to a new record high.Let's take a closer look: Aurora Cannabis (ACB)Recent news that Aurora Cannabis nabbed Nelson Peltz as a strategic advisor continues to benefit its stock price. ACB shares rallied another 6.9% on Friday amid optimism that the billionaire activist investor will help accelerate the company's expansion. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade If its entrance into the new year is any indication, 2019 is setting up to be a banner year. ACB stock is already up 93% year-to-date, and its price action has been tremendously healthy.While the stock could do with some digestion after such a meteoric run over the past week, any dips should prove buyable.On the options trading front, traders came after calls with a vengeance. Activity ballooned to 305% of the average daily volume, with 167,036 total contracts traded. An impressive 81% of the tally came from call options alone, showing just how dominating bulls were on Friday.Implied volatility remained subdued, hovering at 75% which is near the lower end of its range. Oracle (ORCL)Oracle shares saw a volatile session after reporting earnings that surpassed the Street's estimates. For the third quarter, the tech giant raked in earnings of 87 cents per share on $9.61 billion in revenue. The EPS metric beat expectations by 3 cents while revenue essentially met them.Shareholders will be happy to note the company decided to increase their quarterly dividend payouts from 19 cents to 26 cents.ORCL gapped lower on the day, but buyers emerged to bid the stock back to unchanged on the day. The rapid upside reversal proves buyers' willingness to defend the uptrend and should bode well for the stock going forward.On the options trading front, Oracle was the second most active stock in the market. Activity climbed to 522% of the average daily volume, with 119,866 total contracts traded. Calls accounted for 61% of the total.The post-earnings volatility crush was particularly potent, with ORCL ending essentially unchanged on the day. Implied volatility fell to 18%, placing it at the 6th percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are now pricing in daily moves of 61 cents, or 1.2% per day. Microsoft (MSFT)The fourth-quarter beatdown in Microsoft is all but a distant memory. On Friday, the sultan of software notched a new closing high at $115.91. It's also on a six-day winning streak. Volume surged to 54.6 million shares which is roughly double the daily average.With the breakout, MSFT stock is firmly positioned for more gains. It's effectively spent the past six months in pause mode. Consider the multi-month base a sound foundation for MSFT to build its next bull run on.Not surprisingly, the burst to record highs buoyed up options trading with calls leading the way. Activity ramped to 214% of the average daily volume, with 277,248 total contracts traded. Calls added 65% to the sum.The increased demand drove implied volatility slightly higher on the day to 18%. Still, it remains at a lowly 3rd percentile of its one-year range, so fear and uncertainty has all but abandoned MSFT stock. Premiums are now baking in daily moves of $1.34 or 1.2%.As of this writing, Tyler Craig didn't hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Check out his recently released Bear Market Survival Guide to learn how to defend your portfolio against market volatility. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 of the Best Stocks to Buy Under $10 * 7 Single-Digit P/E Stocks With Massive Upside * 7 Best Quantum Computing Stocks Trading Today Compare Brokers The post Monday's Vital Data: Aurora Cannabis, Oracle and Microsoft appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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