137.87 +2.18 (1.61%)
Pre-Market: 9:07AM EDT
|Bid||137.50 x 800|
|Ask||137.64 x 800|
|Day's Range||133.81 - 135.93|
|52 Week Range||93.96 - 135.93|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.05|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||30.15|
|Earnings Date||Jul 17, 2019 - Jul 22, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.84 (1.36%)|
|1y Target Est||143.16|
Hey there! The birthplace of Juul (and many other players in the vape world) is closing in on an e-cigarette ban, and while Adam Sandler remains one of Netflix's big-hitters, more Stranger Things and Queer Eye episodes are incoming. Kano made what's ostensibly a Microsoft Surface For Kids. Kano is graduating from Raspberry Pi boards.
When Microsoft introduced the Surface Book 2 in 2017, it added a 15-inch screen option. While that gave the Macbook Pro some serious competition, it still started at $2,499. Now, Microsoft is offering a 15-inch Surface Book 2 configuration for $1,999 -- a full $500 less than the previous entry point. As you'd expect, the price cut does come with a few trade offs.
Microsoft and Oracle ran hot early Thursday as rallying stock futues, oil prices and overseas markets helped drive the S&P; 500 index toward a new high.
Slack is set to go public, and its listing is turning heads -- and not just because it's a rare direct listing, either. The enterprise tech firm is planning a direct public offering (DPO) -- a listing that bypasses the traditional underwriting process -- on Thursday, June 20, and it'll be the latest unicorn to launch into the public markets. On Wednesday, the NYSE set a reference price of $26 per share, a figure that places Slack's valuation at roughly $16 billion.
On June 19, the Fed concluded its two-day meeting and provided a press release. As widely expected, the Fed kept the policy changes unchanged. The Fed indicated that it's open to interest rate cuts.
Slack primarily makes money selling annual or monthly subscriptions to large organizations. Slack says its product helps to increase collaboration, transparency and organizational agility. Apart from providing a chat room for office teams, Slack has become more of an operating system for the workplace. Just like Facebook is the foundation for many consumer logins, Slack’s chat interface has the potential to be the basis for digital services and apps used at work.
Microsoft's Linkedin, a social network for professionals, on Thursday said it would add 800 new jobs to its European headquaters in Dublin, the latest technology company to boost its presence in Ireland. The move underscores signs that hiring in Ireland remains robust despite neighbouring Britain's planned departure from the Europe Union and a slowdown in global economic growth.
Slack, the enterprise messaging tool that lets business colleagues trade words, work on projects together, share links and other things in real time, has come a very long way since launching in August 2013. After selling photo-sharing app Flickr to Yahoo in 2005, Canadian entrepreneur Stewart Butterfield started a new company with the intention of building a game. Years later Butterfield and his team realized that a chat app they had been building on the side showed great potential as an alternative to email and decided to focus on that instead.
(Bloomberg) -- Oracle Corp.’s shares climbed after the world’s second-largest software maker returned to sales growth and gave a forecast indicating the momentum may continue. For investors, the results were a reprieve amid the company’s uneven transition to cloud-based computing.Revenue increased 1.1% to $11.1 billion in the period ended May 31 from a year earlier, the Redwood City, California-based company said Wednesday in a statement. Analysts, on average, projected $10.9 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Oracle said sales will grow as much as 2% in the current period.Chief Executive Officers Safra Catz and Mark Hurd have sought to maintain Oracle’s large customer base as the company competes with a dizzying number of rivals in the cloud-computing space. The software maker’s stumbles against Amazon.com Inc. and others have spurred the company to seek help from unlikely sources. Earlier this month, Oracle announced an alliance with longtime rival Microsoft Corp., letting customers use their respective clouds.The period marked Oracle’s first year-over-year increase in total revenue since the fiscal first quarter.Oracle shares jumped about 5% in extended trading after closing at $52.68 in New York. The stock has gained 17% this year.Profit, excluding some expenses, will be 80 cents to 82 cents a share in the period that ends in August, Catz said on a conference call. The forecast is in line with Wall Street’s average estimate of 81 cents. Oracle reported an adjusted profit of $1.16 a share in the fiscal fourth quarter, compared with estimates of $1.07 a share.Pat Walravens, an analyst at JMP Securities, said Oracle’s sales and profit outlook brought relief to concerned investors.“These are small numbers but we seem to be making some progress,’’ Walravens said in an interview. “Oracle is doing a nice job on the applications side, but on the infrastructure side you’re competing against Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and the Google Cloud. That remains highly competitive.’’Larry Ellison, Oracle’s billionaire co-founder and executive chairman, said some corporate applications for the cloud are finally boosting overall growth, even as product lines like the company’s data-broker business declined.“We are focused on our star products and our star products are now driving the top line higher,” Ellison said on the call. “We have these other businesses that are melting away and we just don’t care.”Cloud license and on-premise license sales increased 12% to $2.52 billion, suggesting that Oracle is doing a better job of signing on new customers. The company said that revenue from NetSuite grew 32%, and Fusion HR and financial suites gained by the same amount. Hurd has been keen to chase growth by selling apps and set a target for attaining 50% market share to best rival SAP SE.Revenue from cloud services and license support was unchanged at $6.8 billion in the quarter, Oracle said. While that metric includes revenue from hosting customers’ data on the cloud, a large portion is generated by maintenance fees for traditional software housed on clients’ servers. The unit accounted for more than 60% of total revenue.Sales of Oracle’s servers declined 11% in the period. Catz said the company has chosen to “downsize our low-margin legacy hardware business,” which Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems.Oracle has been firing workers around the world to cut expenses. The company’s adjusted operating margin reached 47%, the highest in five years. The company’s costs related to restructuring also doubled to $168 million in the quarter compared with a year earlier.The deal between Oracle and Microsoft will allow mutual customers to connect databases on Oracle’s cloud to applications on Microsoft’s Azure cloud. The agreement signified a concession by Oracle that it won’t be able to compete against Amazon Web Services alone. AWS offers cheaper versions of the databases that make up Oracle’s core business.To contact the reporter on this story: Nico Grant in San Francisco at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org, Andrew Pollack, Molly SchuetzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Dell, HP and Microsoft, which together account for 52% of the notebooks and detachable tablets sold in the United States, said the proposed tariffs would increase the cost of laptops in the country. The move would hurt consumers and the industry, and would not address the Chinese trade practices that the Trump administration's office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) seeks to remedy, the four companies said in a joint statement posted online https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USTR-2019-0004-2010.
The renovation will add 2.5 million square feet of office space at Microsoft's Redmond campus, enough to accommodate an additional 8,000 employees.
Oracle earnings and revenue came in better than expected Wednesday, as the database software company continues a lengthy business-model transition to cloud computing. Oracle stock rose.
Microsoft, the world's most valuable company, got a boost Wednesday from an upbeat assessment by a Wall Street analyst. Microsoft stock notched a record high on the bullish report.
On June 18, Facebook (FB) launched Libra, its own cryptocurrency. On the same day, CoinDesk published another piece of blockchain news that didn’t receive as much fanfare as Facebook’s Libra news. Was the timing a coincidence? We think not.
Strong growth for cloud computing and software companies alongside unusual buy signals could drive additional gains for Microsoft stock.
Following the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the video game industry's biggest conference of the year, two things have become abundantly clear. Cloud gaming is the future of the gaming industry and that future is coming soon.Cloud gaming is broadly defined as the ability to stream video games through the cloud, without any chunky hardware or lengthy downloads, and play those video games on any internet-connected device, like a smart TV, computer or smartphone. It's basically Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), but for video games. Consumers pay a monthly fee to play video games through the cloud. And, much like Netflix uprooted traditional television due to its pricing and convenience advantages, cloud streaming services will uproot the traditional video game industry due to the same price and convenience advantages.As such, cloud gaming is inevitably the future of the gaming industry.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThat future is coming soon … very soon. At E3, many of the leading players in this industry announced that their cloud gaming services would have limited roll-outs later this year, and full launches in 2020. Thus, it seems inevitable that the video game industry in the early 2020's will be one dominated by a shift from traditional video game consumption, to cloud gaming consumption. * 10 'Buy-and-Hold' Stocks to Own Forever The investment implication of that shift? Stocks on the right side of the cloud gaming shift should win big in the early 2020's. With that in mind, let's take a look at six cloud gaming stocks to buy to play this secular pivot. Alphabet (GOOG)Source: Shutterstock For all intents and purposes, it looks like internet search and cloud giant Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) has taken the lead in developing a true cloud gaming service.Alphabet first announced its cloud gaming service, dubbed Stadia, in March. At it's pre-E3 event, Alphabet divulged more details about Stadia. Broadly, there are two parts here. First, the hardware, which is just a controller to play the games. Second, the software, which is Stadia Pro and enables gamers to stream a library of video games to multiple devices. The controller costs about $70. Pro costs about $10 per month, so similar to Netflix pricing. The service presently supports about 30 games, but will grow over time. All of this is set for a limited roll-out in November 2019, and a full launch in 2020.All in all, Alphabet is set to launch its true cloud gaming service Stadia later this year. That early launch will give Stadia a first mover's advantage in this market. Further, Alphabet has a big enough data center network around the world that Stadia should be able to turn that first mover's advantage, into a long-term advantage, meaning Stadia does project as an important player in the cloud gaming world at scale.Is that a reason to buy GOOG stock? Yes. Cloud gaming will help lessen Alphabet's reliance on advertising revenues, and broaden and lengthen Alphabet's growth narrative. That will ultimately push GOOG stock higher. Microsoft (MSFT)Source: Shutterstock Right behind Alphabet in the cloud gaming world is peer global tech giant Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).Microsoft just announced its Project xCloud, which is the company's cloud gaming initiative that launches in October 2019 and allows gamers to stream Xbox games across a variety of different devices. Project xCloud is different from Stadia in many ways. First, we don't have many details on xCloud. Second, xCloud is more of a cloud extension of Microsoft's Xbox console than anything else. Third, the goal of xCloud isn't to create a consolidated cloud gaming platform; rather, it's to get gamers to play Xbox games more frequently across multiple different devices.As such, xCloud in its current status will serve as a perfect cloud complement to the Xbox. Naturally, that positions xCloud to get a big early user base through current Xbox owners. Further, Microsoft has a large enough global hyper-scale data-center presence to support xCloud being arguably the best performing cloud gaming service in the world. * 7 Fantastic Fidelity Funds for a Range of Investors Will MSFT stock move higher because of xCloud? Perhaps. MSFT stock goes as its cloud businesses go and xCloud is a cloud business. Traction in xCloud could consequently excite the investor base, and push Microsoft stock higher. Apple (AAPL)Source: Shutterstock There are four big tech companies with $700 billion-plus market caps. Three of them are jumping into the cloud gaming space. We've already talked about two of them: Alphabet and Microsoft. Now, let's talk about the third -- Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).Apple is jumping into cloud gaming with its Apple Arcade service. In short, Apple is taking all the best games in the App Store, putting them in a gaming library in the cloud, and allowing consumers to access that library for a monthly fee. That monthly fee hasn't been announced yet, but will probably wind up somewhere around $10 per month. Also, gamers can access Apple Arcade on mobile or through a computer.This is a big move for Apple. The company's bread-and-butter, the iPhone business, is running out of growth runway. Apple is rapidly pivoting into the software and services space to help offset slowing hardware growth. This pivot is working … to a degree. But, it will work a whole lot better if Apple can successfully turn Arcade into a mobile/PC gaming equivalent of Netflix.Is that possible? Sure. Apple has huge market share in smartphones and computers, and they will leverage that huge physical presence to help push their software services, which should increase adoption and help these relatively new services scale quite quickly. As Arcade does scale quickly, the Services business will get a boost, and AAPL stock will move higher. Electronic Arts (EA)Source: Shutterstock The dark horse in the cloud gaming wars is video game publisher Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), which announced its cloud gaming platform Project Atlas back in 2018.Details on Project Atlas are scant, and from a media coverage and announcements perspective, it seems to have fallen behind Stadia, xCloud and Apple Arcade. Nonetheless, EA has a leg up here because it is a video game publisher that owns the content that many gamers want to play. As we've seen with Netflix and the video streaming wars, content is everything. Thus, EA comes into the cloud gaming world with a winning hand.Will that winning hand help EA create a market-leading cloud gaming platform? Perhaps. We still don't know what this market will look like in the future. But, we do know that whatever the market does end up looking like, EA will be a part of the picture, either as a cross-platform content provider, or a cloud gaming platform owner. * 7 Renewable Energy Stocks to Buy for Sunny Long-Term Returns Either way, the cloud gaming pivot is a good thing for EA. It will push revenues higher, increase revenue visibility and help expand the multiple on EA stock. All three of those things will help move EA stock higher in the long run. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)Source: AMD The first four companies on this list were potential providers of cloud streaming service. This fifth company, however, is the chip giant that is powering those cloud streaming services behind the scenes.Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) is a CPU and GPU company that services many different end markets. One of those end market is gaming. AMD does pretty well in gaming with its GPU chips. For example, the company's GPU chips have long been the fuel behind Microsoft's Xbox gaming consoles. Now, as tech giants are pivoting their gaming services to the cloud, many of them are tapping AMD to power their cloud gaming platforms, too.Namely, Microsoft's xCloud streaming service and Alphabet's Stadia streaming service will both be built on AMD GPUs. Those are the two premiere, leading cloud gaming services, and both of them are tapping AMD for their GPU power.That's impressive. If AMD can maintain this trend of being the go-to GPU power behind the cloud gaming industry, then AMD's revenues and profits will see a nice lift. That nice lift could provide an equally nice lift to AMD stock in the long run. Nvidia (NVDA)Source: Shutterstock Last, but not least, in this list of relevant cloud gaming stocks to buy is Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), the chip giant that has dual exposure to the cloud gaming market.On one end, Nvidia has already built its own cloud gaming service, called GeForce Now. According to most accounts and sources, GeForce Now is probably the best cloud gaming service out there right now. But, it's limited. It focuses exclusively on computer games, and is in a beta, invite-only phase. Nvidia has not mentioned any intentions to open the floodgates for GeForce Now. As such, while Nvidia has built one of the world's best cloud computer gaming platforms, that platform isn't set for a commercial roll-out just yet.Perhaps that's because on the other end, Nvidia makes the GPU chips that are the building blocks for cloud gaming services. Nvidia has long been considered the king of the GPU market, and king of the data-center market. Naturally, that positioning makes them seem like the obvious choice to power cloud gaming platforms.Net net, Nvidia has established dominance in the markets which are the fundamental building blocks for cloud gaming. In the long run, Nvidia will either leverage that dominance to build the best game streaming platform, or be the best provider of game streaming building blocks. * 10 Tech Stocks to Buy Now for 2025 Is this a big deal for NVDA stock? Absolutely. Nvidia's long-term growth narrative is all about cloud, AI and data, and cloud gaming is a big part of that narrative. As such, cloud gaming should be one of the many reasons why NVDA stock heads higher in the long run.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long NFLX, GOOG, AAPL, EA and NVDA. 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