123.90 +0.14 (0.11%)
Pre-Market: 6:23AM EDT
|Bid||0.00 x 900|
|Ask||123.99 x 2900|
|Day's Range||122.61 - 124.00|
|52 Week Range||90.28 - 124.00|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.01|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||28.71|
|Earnings Date||Apr 24, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.84 (1.56%)|
|1y Target Est||129.25|
Big company earnings reporting this week including Coca-Cola, Boeing, Amazon. This comes as analysts at Factset forecasting dim quarter one earnings. Payne Capital Management Finance Adviser Courtney Dominguez and The Sevens Report Research founder Tom Essaye joins Yahoo Finance's Seana Smith.
The stock has so far this year topped the gain in the S&P 500, even after the fiscal-second-quarter report disappointed in January. Here’s what’s in store for the fiscal-third-quarter report.
Jennifer Newstead steps into the role as Facebook battles intense criticism over data privacy and the spread of propaganda and misinformation on its platform.
When he’s not busy saving the world, banging out reading lists or playing bridge, “Bottle service” Bill Gates apparently likes to unwind at select Miami hotspots, where he might be found cutting the rug alongside a bevy of beauties and bodyguards. At least that was the case Friday night.
Oppenheimer analyst Rupesh Parikh recently visited a Kroger pilot store in Washington and was impressed with what he saw.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tech workers in China protesting a corporate culture of grueling work schedules are getting some support from their U.S. peers.
In March, Chinese computer programmers took to GitHub to complain about long work hours, a flash-point for the country’s tech giants and startups. The 996.ICU campaign went viral, creating a flurry of activity in China’s tech companies and an unusual open protest in the country. Microsoft employees are asking that it remain open, according to an open letter published on Monday on GitHub.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is enjoying a remarkable rally. In 2019, Dow stocks - a group of 30 American blue-chip companies - have soared 13.9% as a group. We now find ourselves within striking distance of the index's all-time high, and if earnings can clear a low expectations bar, further gains could be on tap.But not all Dow Jones stocks are created equal. So which ones should you be keeping an eye on right now?We have used TipRanks' new Stock Comparison tool to pinpoint the five Dow components with the highest ratings from Wall Street analysts right now. All five stocks share a "Strong Buy" Wall Street consensus based on ratings doled out over the past three months.Here are the five highest-rated Dow Jones stocks right now. Let's delve in and see why analysts are so optimistic. SEE ALSO: 50 Top Stocks That Billionaires Love
SEATTLE (AP) — Looking back at her time as an early Microsoft employee, Melinda Gates said the brash culture at the famously tough, revolutionary tech company made her want to quit, but that she didn't discuss it with her boyfriend, and later her husband, Bill Gates, the company CEO who embodied that culture.
Microsoft is under pressure to defend a campaign against long working hours at Chinese technology companies from censorship after it was blocked by a number of companies.
Tech companies are about to hit competition they can’t shake: Their slightly younger selves. Get ready for the phrase “tough compare” to be muttered by dozens of executives and analysts as earnings season hits high gear this week, because growth was so strong in 2018 that 2019 is bound to look bad by comparison. The first quarter for tech is often slower after the holiday rush, but not last year, when semiconductor companies flourished selling suddenly scarce memory and crypto-mining chips and profit was easy to find even in the famously profit-averse internet sector amid the tax-cut windfall.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), a tech colossus and one of the hottest stocks on Wall Street, is up 22% in 2019. Microsoft stock, which has recently seen a 52-week high at $123.52, is expected to release earnings on Apr. 24, after the close.Source: Shutterstock I believe that the strong performance of MSFT stock has been based on robust fundamentals, which I expect to continue in the rest of the year. With earnings season in full swing, let us look at the catalysts that are likely to provide tailwinds to the MSFT stock price. What to Watch for From Microsoft's EarningsAs one of the world's leading technology companies, Microsoft offers a wide range of software products, services and devices, as well as online advertising to a global audience.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIn its upcoming earnings report, Microsoft shareholders will pay special attention to three segments: * Productivity and business processes (includes its Office and Dynamics product lines, and LinkedIn platform) * Intelligent cloud (encompasses the company's server products, cloud services and enterprise services offerings) * Personal computing (includes Windows licensing revenue, Xbox-related gaming revenue and revenue from its Surface family of products and PC accessories)Overall, each segment is an important contributor to the company's bottom line and mostly eye-popping figures. When Microsoft reported its Q2 results on Jan. 30, it posted gains in revenue and earnings, buoyed especially by strong growth in its cloud-based services. The tech giant delivered $32.5 billion in quarterly revenue.This week, investors will want to see if there is any growth fatigue at the high-profile tech company. The tech giant is expected to report $1-per-share on revenue of $29.84 billion; the reported earnings-per-share for the same quarter in 2018 was 95 cents.Microsoft stock is momentum-driven, hence it usually experiences big price swings after reporting earnings. In other words, it can easily gap up if the numbers are better than expected, or if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down, too. * 10 Best Stocks to Buy and Hold Forever Microsoft Stock Has Excellent Long-Term Growth MetricsThe recent rise in Microsoft stock price shows that Wall Street believes in the company's growth narrative. MSFT now trades at about 29 times analysts' consensus 2019 earnings estimate. Let us look at how each of the above segments may continue to add to Microsoft's future growth as well as the stock price.Segment-wise, the earning report of Jan. 2018 showed that Microsoft's productivity and business processes revenue increased 13% to $10.1 billion. Investors also cheered the growth in LinkedIn's advertising and premium memberships numbers. Microsoft had acquired the social networking platform in 2016 for $26.2 billion. LinkedIn, whose revenue increased 33%, now has over 600 million total users and over 260 million monthly active users (MAUs). In other words, the deal is paying off well for Microsoft.In its January earnings report, the company's intelligent cloud segment got the majority of attention and for good reason. Revenue rose 20% to $9.4 billion. Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) data analytics platform, is now the world's second fastest growing cloud platform behind Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) AWS platform.Azure's 76% growth on a year-over-year basis indicates that Microsoft is gaining market share in one of the most important growth industries of the coming decade. Azure continues to incorporate applications that businesses that store data on Microsoft cloud also find valuable, including those driven by AI data analytics. In other words, Microsoft customers can use these AI algorithms to analyze data better so that their own bottom lines improve. Furthermore, the gross margin of the commercial cloud business has been increasing steadily over the past quarters -- a trend investors hope will continue.Microsoft's personal computing segment showed some weakness in the latest earnings numbers. Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood said that the revenue from copies of Windows software sold pre-installed on PCs fell 5%, as a result of a shortage of microprocessors. However, going forward, Wall Street is estimating relative stability in this segment. On a brighter note, gaming was a strong area in the sector and it is likely to remain so.Over the next five years, analysts on average expect Microsoft to grow earnings at an annual rate of 12.35% -- another reason why most Wall Street analysts are very positive on MSFT stock. In general, the company has been consistent in beating analysts' EPS and revenue estimates.Creating growth opportunities in the highly competitive tech space requires proactive management. And that's where one of Microsoft's strengths may lie. Under its CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has managed to move to a business model that centers around subscription-based products and services with regularly recurring revenue.And shareholders in this elite business, who also enjoy a 1.5% dividend yield, have been particularly rewarded. As a primarily subscription-based business, Microsoft now has a stable cash flow, another positive factor to consider for dividend investors. Short-Term Technical Analysis Over the past year, Microsoft stock is up almost 28%. Due to the recent impressive run-up in the stock price, short-term technical indicators have become somewhat over-extended. Investors who pay attention to short-term oscillators should note that Microsoft's technical message has also become "overbought."So, following its earnings report, there might be some profit taking in Microsoft stock. It's likely that a lot of good news has already been priced into the stock price. Microsoft stock's beta is 1.21, which means its volatility on average is 20% higher than that of the broader market. Therefore, if the industry or the overall market declines as other companies release earnings, the MSFT stock price may also be adversely affected. * 7 Strong Buy Stocks the Street Loves Several of Microsoft's competitors include Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL), Amazon, Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) and Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM). Therefore, as the market reacts to news and earnings numbers from any of these companies, MSFT's share price is likely to become choppy, too.If you already own Microsoft stock, you might want to hold your position. That said, if you are worried about short-term profit taking, then within the parameters of your portfolio allocation and risk/return profile, you may consider placing a stop loss at about 3-5% below the current price point, to protect your profits to-date.If you are an experienced investor in the options market, you may also consider using a covered call strategy with an approximately two-month time horizon. In that case, you may, for example, buy 100 shares of MSFT at a limit price of $123.37 (closing price on Apr. 19) and, at the same time, sell a MSFT June 21 $125 call option, which currently trades at $3.20.The $125 option is slightly out-of-the-money, offering some downside protection in case of volatility and a decline in MSFT stock. This call option would stop trading on June 21, 2019, and expire on June 22.I would not advocate bottom-picking in case of near-term price weakness. Yet, I find MSFT stock to be a compelling buy candidate and by the end of 2020, I'd expect the shares to reach $140. In other words, it's still a good time to be bullish on Microsoft. The Bottom Line on MSFT StockAs Microsoft gets ready to release its quarterly results this week, investors who are seeking capital appreciation should keep in mind the company's dominant position in the cloud sector. Earnings are likely to catalyze Microsoft stock in the coming months, but just as crucial is the visionary stature of management vis a vis its technology peers. I believe that MSFT is on solid track to reach a $1 trillion valuation in the coming months.As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Tech Stocks With Too Much Risk, Not Enough Upside * 7 Companies That Are Closing the CEO-Worker Wage Gap * 7 Video Game ETFs That Will Make You a Winner Compare Brokers The post Microsoft Stock Is Still One of the Best to Buy and Hold Forever appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Microsoft's (MSFT) third-quarter results are likely to benefit from enterprise strength, robust Office 365 & Azure adoption.
Nintendo Ltd/ADR (OTCMKTS:NTDOY) has enjoyed a resurgence over the past three years. Nintendo stock was in the doldrums during the era of the Wii U -- the followup to the Wii game console -- but it began to recover in 2016 with the release of Pokemon Go for smartphones and the company's announcement of the forthcoming Switch hybrid console. On Friday, Nintendo stock got its biggest single day boost since 2016 when it was announced the Switch will finally go in sale in China, the world's biggest video game market.Source: Nintendo Nintendo to Launch Switch in China On April 18, it was confirmed that Chinese gaming giant Tencent Holdings has received approval to sell the Nintendo Switch game console in China. Tencent is expected to bundle the switch with Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe game.This was a huge win for NTDOY and resulted in Nintendo stock closing Friday up 17%, the largest single day gain for the company since July, 2016. That's much more than the near 5% boost Nintendo stock saw when reports broke last month that it had two new Switch consoles in the pipeline.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Healthy Dividend Stocks to Buy for Extra Stability Why the excitement and investor enthusiasm? The Switch launched in March 2017 and has been a hit for Nintendo, but the company has been unable to gain approval to sell it in China. And China is the world's largest market for video games. The country may be focused largely on PC gaming, but mobile is also big and getting bigger. And the portable Nintendo Switch is seen as a mobile gaming powerhouse.Because the Switch hasn't been officially available in the Chinese market, that also means there is now a deep catalog of Nintendo game titles that will available to bolster sales -- and Nintendo's earnings. The Chinese Video Game Market and Nintendo's AdvantageWhen it comes to video game revenue, China tops the U.S. as the world's largest market. It's estimated that in 2018, the industry generated $34.4 billion in China in 2018. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) became the first company to release a video game console in China in 16 years when it launched the Xbox One there in 2014. In 2015, Sony (NYSE:SNE) followed, launching the Playstation 4 in the Chinese market.Both of Nintendo's key game console competitors have had several years to establish a presence in China, but have failed to achieve significant sales numbers. That's because that huge Chinese video game market is utterly dominated by PC and mobile gaming. In 2016 -- with both the Xbox One and PS4 available -- console sales and games accounted for just 1% of China's video game revenue. Why the surge in Nintendo stock then? Besides PC gaming, China's other video game obsession is mobile. The Xbox One and PS4 are traditional game consoles, but Nintendo's Switch is a hybrid that is a fully functional mobile gaming system with a bigger display than a smartphone, superior controls, Wi-Fi connectivity and the room to store multiple games.Mobile gaming is seen as a key advantage that will help Nintendo to sell Switch units in China where the competition has failed. Even better, NTDOY's Chinese distribution partner Tencent Holdings is expected to release some of its own popular Chinese game titles on the Switch, boosting its appeal.There are still some hurdles to overcome, though. The date when the console will go on sale in China has net yet been announced. And Reuters points out that games need to undergo a separate government approval process before release, and that could delay them.Nintendo stock has taken some hits since last fall, with Switch sales beginning to slow. However, 2019 is beginning to look like it could be a big one for NTDOY investors. * 7 Tech Stocks With Too Much Risk, Not Enough Upside The two new Switch models reportedly on track for release later this year should help to re-invigorate sales during the holiday season. And cracking the Chinese video game market -- with its growing appetite for mobile gaming and a big player partner in Tencent Holdings -- has the potential to boost sales and NTDOY revenue to new levels.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 * 7 Tech Stocks With Too Much Risk, Not Enough Upside * 7 Companies That Are Closing the CEO-Worker Wage Gap * 7 Video Game ETFs That Will Make You a Winner Compare Brokers The post Chinese Switch Release Leads to Nintendo Stock's Best Day Since 2016 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
U.S. stock futures are trading lower as traders return from the Easter holiday weekend.Ahead of the bell, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are down 0.39%, and S&P 500 futures are lower by 0.40%. Nasdaq-100 futures have shed 0.57%.In the options pits on Thursday, call volume led the charge, and overall volume levels ended slightly above average. Specifically, about 20.5 million calls and 17.9 million puts changed hands on the session.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsHowever, those calls didn't translate over to the CBOE, where the single-session equity put/call volume ratio ramped to 0.62 -- a one-week high. Meanwhile, the 10-day moving average held steady at 0.60.Here are three popular stocks landing atop the most-active options list: Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), Canopy Growth Corp (NYSE:CGC) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).Let's take a closer look: Pfizer (PFE)Weakness in the healthcare sector spilled into biopharma. Pfizer fell 6.4% over the final three trading sessions of the week to close at a new nine-month low. The groundswell in volume during Friday's swoon revealed panic was in the air and could help to spell a short-term low in the now deeply oversold stock.But with PFE submerged deeply beneath all major moving averages, expect any relief rally to be short-lived. * 10 Best Stocks to Buy and Hold Forever The next earnings release is slated for April 30.On the options trading front, puts ruled the roost. Activity jumped to 417% of the average daily volume, with 129,626 total contracts traded. Puts edged out calls to claim 53% of the day's take.The increased demand drove implied volatility higher on the day to 26%, placing it at the 60th percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are officially juiced and no price in daily moves of 65 cents or 1.7%. Canopy Growth Corp (CGC)Canopy Growth Corp shares saw heightened volatility on Thursday after the company reported a deal giving it the right to buy Acreage Holdings (OTCMKTS:ACRGF). Acreage Holdings operates in the U.S., and its purchase will allow CGC to expand into the country if the federal government ever decides to legalize cannabis.The initial surge on the news carried CGC stock up as much as 11.4%. However, by day's end, profit-taking pared the gain to 3.9%. For the past two months, Canopy Growth Corp shares have been locked in a trading range. Thursday's jump had the potential to finally break the stock out, but the substantial amount of selling that came in near resistance rejected the attempt. Until we see a proper breach of the ceiling at $47.50, CGC remains a tricky trade.On the options trading front, traders gobbled up call options. Total activity grew to 315% of the average daily volume, with 133,768 contracts traded; 71% of the trading came from call options alone.Implied volatility popped on the day to 56%, but remains near the lower end of its one-year range. Microsoft (MSFT)The technology sector has been a standout in recent months, and Microsoft is arguably the poster child for its strength. MSFT stock surged to a new record high on Thursday, bringing its year-to-date gains to 21.6%. The profits come as investors gear up for the software sultans next earnings release on April 24.The catalyst for Thursday's euphoria was Microsoft announcing its purchase of Express Logic.On the options trading front, calls outpaced puts by a wide margin. Activity climbed to 224% of the average daily volume, with 285,449 total contracts traded; 67% of the trading came from call options alone.Implied volatility remains at the low end of its range, which suggests investors have little fear heading into earnings. At 24%, implied volatility sits at the 20th percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are baking in daily moves of $1.85 or 1.5%.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 * 7 Tech Stocks With Too Much Risk, Not Enough Upside * 7 Companies That Are Closing the CEO-Worker Wage Gap * 7 Video Game ETFs That Will Make You a Winner Compare Brokers The post Monday's Vital Data: Pfizer, Canopy Growth Corp and Microsoft appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Dow Jones futures: Earnings reports will tackle key stock market questions this week. Can chips keep running and software rally? Will Facebook grow? How costly is the Boeing 737 Max mess?
So far 2019 has been spectacular for Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO). Cisco stock has risen 30% this year. That's the best performance in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, narrowly ahead of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Among the 27 stocks with a market capitalization over $200 billion, only Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has outpaced CSCO stock YTD.Source: Shutterstock The optimism makes some sense. Cisco's legacy networking business long has struggled with growth, but the company is shifting into areas of better growth. It's becoming more of a security play, giving it exposure to that hot sector. Growing recurring revenue from increasing software sales add to the case, and 5G offers yet another catalyst for Cisco stock.Again, the optimism here makes some sense. Indeed, I laid out the potential bull case for CSCO ahead of its fiscal first quarter report. But with Cisco stock up 25%+ since then, the concern is that even that bull case now is priced in.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 5 Dividend Stocks Perfect for Retirees The Cisco Stock RallyFrom a broad standpoint, there are four key drivers of the big gains in Cisco stock. First, the company's Catalyst 9000 switches have launched well, driving double-digit revenue increases. For a company that has struggled to increase sales (fiscal 2018 revenue was basically equal to FY16 levels) the new product is welcome, to say the least.Second, Cisco is adding more software to its legacy hardware products, including the Catalyst switches. That shift improves margins and adds the recurring revenue tech investors seek these days. It also allows Cisco to continue to monetize its hardware after installation, instead of receiving just a one-time sale.Third, the company continues to move into security. Like more focused players like Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW), here, too, Cisco has built out its software offering instead of focusing on just hardware. Cisco has integrated its SD-WAN products with cloud-based software, which drove double-digit growth in the second quarter.Finally, 5G is on the way, and that represents a real profit driver going forward. The adoption of that technology should help revenue, but Cisco already is investing in its development at the moment, meaning incremental costs should be lower.Obviously, there are other factors at play; this is a company that generates revenue of roughly $50 billion a year. These areas are where Cisco has an edge and an opportunity to accelerate revenue growth. Smaller rival Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) hasn't had the same success, and while CSCO stock has soared, JNPR has been flat for basically four years now. Cisco's moves explain much of the outperformance of its stock. The Concerns with CSCO StockIn sum, the moves make Cisco sound a bit like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) earlier this decade. Microsoft had similar growth questions, and relied on a legacy market (personal computers) that seemed to have little room for growth.Then new businesses like its Azure cloud platform, a go-to-market change for Office and Windows, and smaller efforts in gaming and hardware have dramatically changed the story. MSFT has more than quadrupled since 2013, thanks to earnings growth and multiple expansion.That said, there are two concerns here. The first is whether the Microsoft model actually is in play here. While there are growth opportunities going forward (perhaps most notably in 5G) the legacy business still is flat, if not shrinking. Security was just 6% of revenue in fiscal 2018, according to figures from the 10-K. Cisco itself is guiding for just 4-6% revenue growth in the third quarter.Growth might be improving, but it's not exactly torrid and certainly not yet. Meanwhile, Cisco stock's big rise has notably changed its valuation. As recently as last year, CSCO was pricing in basically zero growth.Now, Cisco stock trades at over 18x FY19 consensus EPS. Even with the Street projecting 10% growth in FY20, that's not a hugely attractive multiple. It suggests, at the least, that Cisco's recent success will continue for years to come. And it's worth noting that Cisco stock now has outrun the average analyst target.To be sure, that doesn't mean CSCO's run is definitely over or that the stock is a sell. Strong Q3 earnings, likely due next month, can lead those estimates and price targets up. The advent of 5G probably starts contributing next year, and its growth won't end any time soon.Still, the upside looks thinner, and Cisco really can't stumble back at a high-teen P/E multiple. Investors sticking with CSCO at this price had better be sure the transformation will continue.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 Dividend Stocks Perfect for Retirees * 7 Reasons the Stock Market Rally Isn't Over Yet * 10 S&P 500 Stocks to Weather the Earnings Storm Compare Brokers The post After an Impressive Run, Cisco Stock Is Starting to Cool Off appeared first on InvestorPlace.
First-quarter revenue at Huawei rose 39 per cent from the previous year to Rmb179.7bn ($26.8bn), an increase that suggests US efforts to persuade countries to ban the Chinese group’s telecoms equipment from their 5G networks have not tempered growth. Washington’s bid to sway other countries to join it in blocking Huawei on the grounds the company’s equipment creates a security risk has only been partially successful: while Australia and Canada have joined the US in blocking Huawei kit, several European countries have rolled back on initial hardline stances. Quarterly results on Monday indicated a minimal impact on Huawei’s finances.