MSFT - Microsoft Corporation

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
137.78
-1.01 (-0.73%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close138.79
Open138.66
Bid0.00 x 1800
Ask0.00 x 1000
Day's Range136.29 - 139.20
52 Week Range93.96 - 141.68
Volume18,709,662
Avg. Volume24,339,301
Market Cap1.052T
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.97
PE Ratio (TTM)27.23
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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  • Microsoft's contractors listening in on Xbox users, Google Play Store gets refresh
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    Microsoft's contractors listening in on Xbox users, Google Play Store gets refresh

    Today's major tech stories include a report that says Microsoft's contractors listened in on Xbox users, Google's visual refresh of the Play Store and autocorrect features hitting G Suite users.

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  • California companies drive up competition, cost for Seattle tech talent
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  • IBM Stock and Jim Whitehurst’s Toughest Test
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    IBM Stock and Jim Whitehurst’s Toughest Test

    After some brief excitement following the closing of its Red Hat deal, International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) stock is back in the doldrums.Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com Shares were due to open Aug. 22 at about $134.20. They're down 7.5% over the last year, and almost 30% over the last five years. Shareholders are still getting a $1.62 per share dividend that yields 4.84%, but Red Hat blew a huge hole in the balance sheet and IBM stock price. IBM debt on June 30 was over $58 billion. * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More IBM needs a new story to tell. Red Hat, and the "open hybrid cloud," is that story. IBM has created Open Shift "Cloud Packs" for all its hardware, with hopes of making all computers into clouds. This includes IBM Z-Series mainframes.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Whitehurst for IBM CEO?What analysts say they want from IBM stock is Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst in current CEO Virginia Rometty's chair. They want Red Hat running IBM.That wasn't the promise when this deal was put together. The promise was that Red Hat would get autonomy from IBM, not that IBM would lose its autonomy to Red Hat. But Whitehurst's concept of an Open Organization has excited analysts who don't even know what it is.If IBM became an Open Organization, these analysts think, it would replace the top-down structure IBM has used for a century with an organic system in which employees and customers are part of the product design process. Instead of selling gear or even solutions, IBM would become a corporate change agent.But IBM has spent decades getting to this low point, dumping older workers and paying those who remain less than competitors.Rometty's IBM is a hollowed-out shell, analysts think, dedicated solely to its dividend and hierarchies. Can Whitehurst really teach it to dance? Everybody Gets a CloudThe 2010s have become the "cloud decade" with $4.5 trillion of market cap locked inside just five companies with scaled networks of cloud data centers.Whitehurst's vision is that every company and organization gets its own cloud, using the clouds of Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) seamlessly, and only when needed.This is now IBM's vision. So, the analysts ask, why isn't Whitehurst running IBM?It's because IBM also has a host of other software and hardware platforms, including older, proprietary Unix operating systems, and the Z-Series software of its mainframes. They are on what senior Vice President for Cloud Arvind Krishna calls a "multi-year journey" toward compatibility.In short, it will take years for IBM stock to become what Whitehurst wants it to sell.IBM also has other irons in the fire besides cloud. The company has been spending big on artificial intelligence, on machine learning, and on blockchain. The Bottom Line on IBM StockInternational Business Machines has been run like an old-fashioned industrial organization for decades. Even if Whitehurst became CEO tomorrow, it would take him years to transform the company.IBM shareholders are income investors focused on the dividend, which costs IBM nearly $1.5 billion to service each quarter. Then there's the interest on that debt which, even at 5% would cost nearly $3 billion a year to service. So far, IBM's only financial response to Red Hat has been to halt its stock buybacks, on which it spent $1.2 billion in the last year.IBM earned $8.7 billion in 2018 and could hit that mark again, assuming its third quarter earnings come in as expected. Whether it can be transformed and perform like a real tech company is purely speculative at this point.But if it can, the gains would be huge. Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), considered stodgy by Silicon Valley standards, is worth $177 billion with sales of $40 billion. IBM is worth $113 billion on sales of $79 billion. IBM is a long-shot speculation with a 5% yield.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of the environmental story, Bridget O'Flynn and the Bear, available at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at danablankenhorn@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in AMZN and MSFT. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More * 11 Stocks Under $10 to Buy Now * 6 China Stocks to Buy on the Dip The post IBM Stock and Jim Whitehursta€™s Toughest Test appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Slack Stock: Will a ‘Buy’ Rating and Soros’s Entry Help?
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  • GameStop Jumps After Reports ‘Big Short's’ Burry is Long
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  • 5 Pros (And 5 Cons) About Apple Stock
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    5 Pros (And 5 Cons) About Apple Stock

    When it comes to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock over the past several years, I've worn many hats -- including both the bear's hat and the bull's hat.Source: View Apart / Shutterstock.com Today, though, I choose not to wear either hat. The risk-reward profile on AAPL stock at current levels seems balanced. That is to say, there are some things to like about Apple stock. There also some things not to like about Apple stock. The things to like largely cancel out with things not to like, and net net, neither the bull nor the bear thesis on AAPL stock looks all that compelling to me at the current moment.To be sure, long term, Apple stock will go higher. But, the near term will probably be choppy, and that choppiness isn't something I'm too interested in buying into.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsWithout further do, then, let's dive into five pros and five cons about AAPL stock, and see how the risks and rewards balance each other out here. 5 Pros About Apple StockIn no particular order, here are five pros about Apple stock right now.The Secular Growth Narrative Remains (Largely) Robust. Apple remains the Western world's favorite consumer technology company, with its products dominating the smartphone, laptop and smartwatch worlds. Sure, unit growth in those consumer hardware arenas is maxing out. But, Apple is successfully pivoting towards a software-driven growth narrative wherein Apple monetizes its extensive hardware install base with multiple subscription software services. Consumers are buying these services, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future because they are addicted to the iOS ecosystem. In the long run then Apple's revenues and profits should grind higher, as should AAPL stock. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential China Headwinds Are Easing. China has been a big problem for Apple because: 1) Apple's big growth engine is the China market, 2) China's economic growth is slowing, and 3) elevated trade war tensions between the U.S. and China create increased pricing risk for Apple's products. But, there are signs emerging that China's economy is starting to stabilize, and it appears elevated trade tensions are now cooling. Currency headwinds are also moderating. As such, Apple's China numbers should improve in the back-half of 2019.Big Services Catalysts Are on the Horizon. Apple has a few very big services catalysts on the horizon, including the launch of Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade in the last few months of 2019. If those services gain widespread traction quickly -- and they should, given that they have been hyped up and that Apple is pouring billions of dollars into them -- then investors will grow increasingly bullish on the long-term growth prospects of Apple's services business as we head into the close of 2019. That investor sentiment boost should provide a lift to AAPL stock. Click to EnlargeThe Chart Looks Pretty Good. In late 2018, Apple stock put in a multi-year bottom. Ever since, the stock has been a solid uptrend, forming a healthy multi-quarter support line which the stock has tested and held multiple times. So long as the stock keeps holding this support line, its technicals remain favorable for AAPL stock to stay in an uptrend.The Stock Is Cheap Relative to its Peer Group. AAPL stock presently trades at a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 16.6. That is about as cheap of a forward earnings multiple as you will find in big tech. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) all trade over 20x forward earnings. 5 Cons About Apple StockAlso in no particular order, here are five cons about Apple stock right now.Some Cracks Are Starting to Form in the Secular Growth Narrative, Especially on the iPhone Side. The secular growth narrative of Apple pivoting into software growth as hardware growth has maxed out looks good. But, it's built on this idea that Apple will maintain a huge hardware install base. There are signs that Apple's hardware install base is already shrinking, though, as multiple reports (see here and here) point to the iPhone actually losing global market share over the past several quarters. If this trend accelerates -- admittedly, a big "if" -- then Apple's secular growth narrative could weaken dramatically.China Is a Wildcard With More Turbulence Coming. Apple's China headwinds are easing right now. But, the U.S.-China trade war is cyclical. It goes from "things are progressing," to more tariffs, to "things are progressing, again" -- and cycles through those phases back and forth. As such, there is another shoe waiting to drop here, and when it does drop, AAPL stock could get hit.Holiday iPhone Sales Will Likely Be Weak. Apple's 5G iPhones are set to launch next year. What about this year's new iPhone? It won't incorporate 5G, and that's big because other smartphone manufacturers are launching 5G phones in 2019. Thus, this holiday season, the smartphone landscape will include non-5G iPhones, and 5G "other smartphones." That isn't a favorable backdrop for healthy iPhone sales.Antitrust Risks Loom Large. I mostly subscribe to the idea that the legal fight against big tech amounts to just noise. Nonetheless, noise creates uncertainty, and investors tend to shy away from uncertainty. Thus, antitrust risks are an optical negative for AAPL stock.The Stock is Expensive Relative to its Historical Standard. While AAPL stock may be cheap next to its peers, it's also expensive relative to its historical standard. Specifically, Apple stock's five-year-average forward earnings multiple is about 14X -- roughly 25% below the current forward earnings multiple. The premium is being warranted by this idea that Apple's new software-driven growth narrative is higher margin and has more stability. Thus, if this software-driven growth narrative deteriorates at all, AAPL stock could be due for a sizable valuation pullback. Bottom Line on Apple StockThere are things to like about AAPL stock here -- good growth, easing headwinds, big catalysts, favorable technicals and a relatively cheap valuation. There are also things not to like about AAPL stock here -- cracks forming in the growth profile, wildcard trade and antitrust risks on the horizon, weak iPhone sales expected this holiday season and an above-average valuation.Putting all that together, it becomes fairly clear that the risk-reward profile on Apple stock is balanced. Until it tips one way or the other, I'm content on watching the Apple show from the sidelines.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long FB, GOOG, AMZN and NFLX. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More * 11 Stocks Under $10 to Buy Now * 6 China Stocks to Buy on the Dip The post 5 Pros (And 5 Cons) About Apple Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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  • Can the Minecraft Deal Boost Microsoft's Gaming Segment?
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  • Don’t Sweat This Temporary Weakness in Amazon Stock
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    Don’t Sweat This Temporary Weakness in Amazon Stock

    Once again, the trillion-dollar curse has struck for Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). In July, Amazon stock cleared $2,000, and briefly touched the twelve-zero milestone. But as it did last year, the stock quickly pulled back; it's now down about 11% from its 52-week high.Source: mirtmirt / Shutterstock.com The major catalyst has been a disappointing Q2 report. Amazon's numbers for the quarter were below analyst expectations, while Q3 guidance suggested a reasonably sharp year-over-year drop in profit.It's a sign of the trust investors have in Amazon that AMZN stock didn't fall further. Few companies of any size could have their shares trade at 70x+ next year's earnings, guide for falling profits, and see their stocks decline less than 2% the following day.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut that's the point. Amazon's earnings aren't falling because it's losing market share, or because customers aren't satisfied. Rather, it's continuing to invest in its business precisely to please those customers. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential That's been the strategy that has built Amazon into a business worth, at the moment, almost $900 billion. And it's the same strategy that likely will get that market capitalization back to $1 trillion - and beyond. Earnings Worries for Amazon StockAmazon's sales for the second quarter were solid, with year-over-year growth just shy of 20% off a $53 billion base. It is margins and profits that might worry investors.Indeed, operating income for the quarter increased just 3.3%, with diluted EPS growth a touch lighter. And the outlook for the third quarter is even weaker: Amazon projects operating income of $2.1-$3.1 billion, a sharp decline from $3.7 billion in Q3 2018.But those profit declines are coming because Amazon has chosen to invest in the business. Most prominently, the company estimated an $800 million hit to second quarter earnings from its decision to roll out one-day shipping.Those costs will fade over time, as CFO Brian Olsavsky noted on the Q2 conference call. Amazon will improve its logistics and work through early issues, just as it did when it launched two-day shipping a few years back.Back out that spend and earnings growth looks solid for Q2, with margins actually expanding year-over-year. Those expenses in Q3 explain some, and maybe all, of the year-over-year decline.That said, the quarter wasn't perfect. Q3 guidance still looks weak even with the one-day shipping expenses (which likely were factored into Street models to at least some extent.)Amazon Web Services growth of 37% was impressive, but modestly lower than consensus. Some level of sell-off might have been expected - but I'd argue the long-term case still holds. The Bear Case for Amazon StockThe bear case for AMZN often comes down to valuation. This is a stock, after all, still valued at 75x the current consensus 2020 EPS estimate. On its face, that seems absurd.After all, margins here are thin. Competition is intensifying from Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT), with the latter company posting a blowout fiscal Q2 report this week. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG,NASDAQ:GOOGL), and IBM (NYSE:IBM), among others, are going after the cloud business.Between competition and sheer size, Amazon's growth almost has to decelerate. But the current valuation, on an earnings basis, hardly seems to price in much deceleration. Why Amazon Will Keep GrowingAs I've argued for some time now, simply using P/E to measure Amazon stock is short-sighted. For one, free cash flow metrics actually are pretty good. Trailing free cash flow, per the Q2 release, is $25 billion - suggesting a P/FCF multiple under 40x.More important, AMZN stock is expensive because Amazon.com chooses to make it expensive. The company didn't have to offer one-day shipping and incur an $800 million hit that took over $1 off the quarter's EPS. It doesn't have to take the big swings it does at ancillary markets - some of which, like AWS and Alexa, turn out to be huge winners.Amazon's margins and profits could soar if the company chose to focus on them. AMZN stock would look much cheaper - and maybe even cheap - in that scenario. But, wisely, management doesn't. It keeps re-investing in the business, driving growth and taking market share.This is a company that is dominant in U.S. eCommerce, with 47% market share. It's dominant in cloud. It's competitive in video, and private-label, and many other end markets. Amazon is likely on its way to becoming an online advertising giant.Is AMZN stock cheap? No. But consider that it could be. Amazon is spending billions every quarter on investments. Some will pan out. Some will not. But as the company matures, those investments will fade and provide returns. Earnings and, more importantly, cash flow, will continue to grow.A simple look at P/E doesn't account for that fact. It doesn't account for the fact that there is likely no more attractive business out there right now. Amazon is a global giant with massive reach. And as long as it keeps investing to maintain, and grow, that market share, AMZN stock is going to gain. And any sell-off will look like an opportunity.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. 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 Don't Sweat This Temporary Weakness in Amazon Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Microsoft Scores Points as it Solidifies its Video Gaming Ecosystem
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    Microsoft Scores Points as it Solidifies its Video Gaming Ecosystem

    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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    The rise of artificial intelligence comes with rising needs for power

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    Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Q3 Earnings Preview

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  • Should You Buy VMWare Stock Now?
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    Should You Buy VMWare Stock Now?

    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.

  • Western Digital's New Drives Offer Immersive Gaming Experience
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