165.70 +2.21 (1.35%)
Pre-Market: 8:08AM EDT
Commodity Channel Index
|Bid||165.11 x 1400|
|Ask||165.36 x 900|
|Day's Range||163.26 - 170.00|
|52 Week Range||119.01 - 190.70|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.96|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||28.48|
|Earnings Date||Apr 21, 2020 - Apr 26, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.04 (1.23%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||May 19, 2020|
|1y Target Est||186.61|
Dow Jones futures: The coronavirus stock market rally reversed lower, hitting bullish moves from Microsoft, Nvidia, Vertex and more. Here's a test to avoid being burned at the open.
Software growth stocks feasted on cloud computing, digital transformation and AI projects. But the coronavirus emergency will slow June quarter revenue growth for software stocks.
The novel coronavirus “really knows no boundaries in terms of who is getting impacted,” said Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, professor at GWU’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The work-from-home shift spurred by the Covid-19 pandemic has drawn investor attention to cloud computing stocks. Chief among them is software giant Microsoft, Wall Street analysts say.
BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager, has partnered with Microsoft Corp to have its Aladdin investment and risk management system hosted on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, the companies said on Tuesday. The migration to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform will take place over many months and Aladdin users are not expected to see any impact in the near term, BlackRock said. "Aladdin infrastructure deployed on Microsoft Azure’s cloud platform will provide BlackRock with enhanced capabilities to deliver the best outcomes for our Aladdin clients," Rob Goldstein, chief operating officer at BlackRock, said in a statement.
BlackRock and Microsoft Corp. have formed a strategic partnership to host BlackRock’s Aladdin infrastructure on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, bringing enhanced capabilities to BlackRock and its Aladdin clients, which include many of the world’s most sophisticated institutional investors and wealth managers.
(Bloomberg) -- The coronavirus pandemic has pressured nearly every corner of the global economy, but analysts continue to see sunny days ahead for cloud computing and the ecosystem that surrounds the technology.The sub-sector is seen as a rare bright spot in the current environment, particularly as the outbreak pushes more people to work remotely, contributing to a long-term trend of rising demand. The boost is expected to be broad based, helping software companies, communication firms, and chipmakers that focus on data-center products, which are processors used in cloud computing.“The lasting impact of Covid-19 could actually be a net positive,” wrote Richard Baldry, an analyst at Roth Capital Partners. Cloud-based communication companies “should see increased customer activity, at least once operational bandwidth returns to a somewhat more normal level for prospects.” He listed Five9, Medallia, eGain and LivePerson as names that could see stronger demand and which were trading at valuations he views as attractive.So far this year, the Global X Cloud Computing ETF -- an exchange-traded fund that tracks an index of companies involved in the space -- is down 6.4%. A different ETF, the First Trust Cloud Computing ETF, is down 9.2%. Both have outperformed the S&P 500’s drop of more than 15% over the same period.According to Wedbush, the pandemic has thrown “sales cycles, procurement/IT departments, and budgets into a tornado-like state of chaos,” resulting in unprecedented risks to IT spending. Even in this environment, analyst Daniel Ives wrote, “cloud remains a theme”; he expects $1 trillion to be spent on cloud computing over the coming decade.Ives named Microsoft as “the Rock of Gibraltar cloud stock to own,” but said the trend would also support the cloud-computing businesses of both Amazon and Alphabet.Earlier this week, Bank of America referred to cloud-focused chipmakers as a “shining house in [a] tough neighborhood,” referring to the headwinds facing other areas of the industry. Analyst Vivek Arya expects cloud capex to rise 13% in 2020. While this is down from a prior view of 16% growth -- the lower estimate reflects “the most current Covid-19 headwinds” -- it represents a “robust acceleration” from 2019, when capex grew just 3.5%.The firm listed Broadcom, Nvidia, Advanced Micro Devices, Marvell Technology and Intel among the chipmakers most exposed to this trend. Nvidia has been one of the rare semiconductor gainers this year, and analysts have pointed to its data-center business as a tailwind.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
It all started when International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) joined forces with the open-source software giant Red Hat. The deal was closed in July 2019, after IBM acquired Red Hat for $34 billion. This deal, one of IBM's biggest acquisitions ever, aimed to help the company increase its market share in the cloud infrastructure business, which has been stated as one of the company's four key growth segments, besides social, mobile and analytics.And the target is quite high - to reduce the gap between IBM and cloud industry leaders like Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT). IBM needed this after three consecutive quarters of declining revenues on a year-over-year basis. Changes In IBM After The Red Hat dealRed Hat became the "unit" of IBM's hybrid cloud division, leading to some changes in the C-Suite. Ginni Rometty, IBM's CEO who led the company since 2012 stepped down, but she will stay in IBM in the role of executive chairman of the Board until the end of 2020 when she plans to retire after spending almost 40 years in the company. For her successor, the company chose Arvind Krishna, who has been with the company since 1990. Krishna's previous position as IBM's senior vice president for cloud and cognitive software is more proof of the company's strategy in the cloud segment. He was the one responsible for IBM's acquisition of Red Hat for $34 billion.On top of that, Red Hat's CEO Jim Whitehurst, who joined IBM's senior management team to report to CEO Ginni Rometty, before she stepped down, was named IBM's president in late-January. His previous position in Red Hat was filled by Paul Cormier who has been with the company since 2001, and helped it grow to a multi-billion-dollar corporation.Collaboration With The Banking SectorAfter Arvind moved up to IBM's CEO position, he left the position of head of IBM's cloud business open. The company decided to hire Howard Boville for that position, who was chief technology officer at Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC). Boville was leading the team that built and ran the second-largest U.S. bank cloud solution. IBM has previously collaborated with Bank of America on the creation of a financial services-specific cloud solution.The Cloud Battle Is Just Heating UpOf course, the competition is not standing still. One of the two cloud market leaders, Microsoft, knows it must constantly work on new solutions and ideas to keep its current position and maybe increase market share. To do so, Microsoft announced its decision to acquire a company Affirmed Networks and its cloud-native, virtualized mobile network solutions. This will enable Microsoft to upgrade its work with the telecommunications industry and build a more secured and trusted cloud platform, which will be a new tailor-made solution for the operators and will help them to better manage their network workloads in the cloud segment.Between IBM's advancements in its cloud business, Microsoft's continued investment, and the looming threat of Amazon, it's clear that the cloud wars are just heating up. This article is not a press release and is contributed by Ivana Popovic who is a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure . Ivana Popovic does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases - If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: email@example.com Contributors - IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you're interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Questions about this release can be sent to email@example.comThe post IBM Is Getting Ready to Fight for a Place in the Cloud Universe appeared first on IAM Newswire.Photo by Carson Masterson on UnsplashSee more from Benzinga * Microsoft's Focus On The Cloud Makes It A Prime Recovery Candidate * Oil And Shale Are In A Tough Spot * Roland Garros Is Giving Us Hope – Shall We Dare to Dream?(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
When the year started, tech investors couldn't have imagined that markets would go the way they have through the first three months, especially since the year started off strongly for two of tech's biggest names. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) started the year $1,875 before quickly rising to a new all-time high of $2,185 on Feb. 11. Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) started the year at $158 before rising to $190 in February. Then the COVID-19 roller coaster began.All three stocks were at one point down 25% of more in March, and all experienced their worst quarter in years. But the past few weeks have been a different story. Shares of Microsoft are up 25% over the past two weeks while Amazon shares are up 24%, signaling that investors have been quick to bet on a potential rebound for the two largest cloud providers. And they have reason to be positive. Microsoft Cloud Solutions Vs Other SolutionsMicrosoft's CEO, Satya Nadella was appointed to the job in 2014. Considering his previous position was being the executive VP of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, his appointment was a clear commitment to Microsoft's strategy of launching further into the cloud. Besides the cloud, Microsoft's strength lies within cloud applications, though this "cloud-based" strategy has not come at a cost. The company spent $1 billion in capital spending last quarter as they've invested heavily in its cloud infrastructure. By providing a platform for other companies' online business, Microsoft managed to step in Amazon's backyard. Communication And Collaboration PlatformsMicrosoft's collaboration platform, Teams, is being heavily used during the COVID-19-induced "home office environment." The increase in use was so high, that Microsoft had to constantly work on expanding the capacity of the platform. However, Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) has experienced even more growth over the past few weeks by offering free meetings of up to 40 minutes, making itself a viable competitor to Microsoft's offering.Tech Stocks Seem To Be RecoveringNo matter the current stock price, most tech stocks have found a way to recover from their recent lows. All companies that are supporting millions of people so that they can work from their homes are helping both the economy to stay alive but also themselves by keeping their core business strong. Cloud solutions and e-commerce are the essential players in this scenario. This article is not a press release and is contributed by Ivana Popovic who is a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure Ivana Popovic does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases - If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Contributors - IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you're interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: email@example.com Questions about this release can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.orgThe post Recovering from COVID-19 - Tech Companies Know How! appeared first on IAM Newswire.Photo by Mohammad Rezaie on UnsplashSee more from Benzinga * Oil And Shale Are In A Tough Spot * Roland Garros Is Giving Us Hope – Shall We Dare to Dream? * Detroit's Big 3 Report Sales Declines, But Outperform Expectations(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
The major stock indexes pared early gains Tuesday morning amid rising coronavirus optimism. Vertex reversed lower.
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Amid a strong stock market rally, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Amazon.com, Microsoft, Seattle Genetics and Ciena all moved into buy zones Monday.
The Dow Jones futures surged early Tuesday after Monday's big advance strengthened the current coronavirus stock market rally.
Taiwan's cabinet has told government agencies to stop using Zoom Video Communications Inc's conferencing app, the latest blow to the company as it battles criticism of its booming platform over privacy and security. Zoom's daily users ballooned to more than 200 million in March, as coronavirus-induced shutdowns forced employees to work from home and schools switched to the company's free app for conducting and coordinating online classes. If government agencies must hold video conferencing, they "should not use products with security concerns, like Zoom", Taiwan's cabinet said in a statement on Tuesday.
(Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp. hired Apple Inc.’s former executive in charge of wireless technologies to work on mixed reality hardware and artificial intelligence technology.The Redmond, Washington-based technology giant appointed Ruben Caballero to a role as a corporate vice president, according to his LinkedIn profile. Caballero is working on hardware such as the HoloLens mixed-reality headset, according to his profile. The move underscores Microsoft’s investment in its growing hardware portfolio. Microsoft confirmed the hire.At Cupertino, California-based Apple, Caballero was a vice president of engineering in charge of developing wireless technology, such as antennas inside of devices like iPhones, iPads and Macs. He also oversaw Apple’s global wireless product testing efforts.Caballero worked at Apple from 2005 until early 2019 when his division’s work on modems -- chips that power cellular connectivity -- was subsumed by Apple’s custom chip division run by Johny Srouji. After leaving Apple, Caballero became an adviser at several Silicon Valley-area startups, including wireless company Keyssa and Humane, a startup run by former Apple employees.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Yahoo Finance's Tech Editor Dan Howley breaks down how cybersecurity officials feel about Zoom's cyberhacks and what other services people can use when working from home.