|Bid||108.52 x 1400|
|Ask||108.53 x 1800|
|Day's Range||108.17 - 108.77|
|52 Week Range||71.70 - 111.15|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||50.82|
|Earnings Date||Oct 24, 2018 - Oct 29, 2018|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.68 (1.53%)|
|1y Target Est||121.70|
Chrome OS has come a long way in the past few years. Google is reportedly looking to address that, in part, by adding the ability for users to dual-boot in Windows 10. According to XDA-Developers, the company is actively courting Microsoft hardware certification for its flagship Chromebook, the Pixelbook.
Microsoft announced today that it's released Azure Stack for Azure Government at a time when it's battling rivals at Amazon and other cloud companies for the massive winner-take-all $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract known as JEDI. Azure Stack provides customers with a similar set of cloud services that they would get in the public cloud, but inside the cozy confines of the customer data center. For Azure cloud customers who are looking to manage across public and private environments, often referred to as a hybrid approach, it gives a common look and feel across both public and private.
Accenture’s (ACN) acquisition goals have been easily met by its FCF (free cash flow) generation. In the last five years, the tech giant has made ~$5 billion in acquisitions, maintaining a run-rate of ~$995 million per year. Meanwhile, it has generated an average FCF of $3.7 billion per year.
Oracle (ORCL) NetSuite, which offers a cloud-based business management platform to clients like ERP, financials, CRM, e-commerce, and inventory management, continues to gain market traction through new deals. On August 13, Oracle NetSuite entered into an agreement with Selecta Biosciences, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that deals with enzyme, oncology, and gene therapy.
To complement its Industry X.0 platform, Accenture (ACN) has bought hardware engineering company Mindtribe and signed a deal to acquire software company Pillar Technology. Mindtribe develops innovative connected hardware embedded with digital services to improve customers’ experience. Pillar Technology also combines physical products with digital services, which could help Accenture lure more clients.
About a week after Amazon (AMZN) reported record quarterly profits for the second quarter, CNBC carried a story that said Amazon was close to moving completely off Oracle (ORCL) databases. Amazon would rely exclusively on its internally developed database technologies. Amazon declined to comment for the CNBC story, but the story cited confidential sources that said Amazon was on track to move away from Oracle databases by 2020.
To stay competitive and gain market share, IBM (IBM) has continued to incur R&D (research and development) expenses. In the last five quarters, the tech giant has spent an average of 7% of its total revenue on R&D per quarter.
While tech behemoths like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may hog all the headlines, it has really been the companies powering their technologies—the semiconductor manufacturers—that have been garnering the attention of Wall Street. Indeed, as our “Computer and Technology” sector has gained about 22% over the past year, semiconductor companies have been a driving factor behind its growth. The aforementioned emerging tech trends have created new consumer demand, and the semiconductor makers are delivering.