MSFT - Microsoft Corporation

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
126.24
+0.06 (+0.05%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close126.18
Open126.91
Bid126.21 x 2200
Ask126.36 x 800
Day's Range125.98 - 127.41
52 Week Range93.96 - 131.37
Volume14,123,358
Avg. Volume24,624,000
Market Cap967.354B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.03
PE Ratio (TTM)28.05
EPS (TTM)4.50
Earnings DateJul 17, 2019 - Jul 22, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.84 (1.41%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-05-15
1y Target Est143.16
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    Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is a worldwide phenomenon. That much is something few can argue about. In the past three years, AMZN stock is up 164%, and that includes all the hiccups and rallies. That's nearly 54% annual gains. And if you go back even further, that growth trend continues.Source: Shutterstock It's this regularity of outsized performance that keeps AMZN stock in the portfolios of all the major hedge funds, mutual funds and institutional portfolios.But this universal love wasn't always there. Historically, Amazon stock always got a sideways glance from big investors. The company would (and still does) pump most of its profits back into growth projects -- entertainment, groceries, cloud storage, supply chain management, etc. -- rather than banking some for a rainy day or giving it back to investors as a dividend.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThat is what traditional companies have done. And when AMZN started growing, it was assumed it would do the same. It didn't.Every quarter analysts waited for results and would trade the stock for every tick up and down in its earnings and revenue, never quite sure whether to buy in deeper or run far, far away. * 10 Tech Stocks Walloped by the Huawei Ban But after a number of years, and especially after its Amazon Web Services started printing money, analysts got on the bull train for the long run. AWS launched in 2006, and is now the world's largest cloud provider.Granted in recent years, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been growing market share, as has IBM (NYSE:IBM), but AWS is so massive, it's even working joint ventures with its competitors.Last year, AWS was responsible for 58% of AMZN's operating income. The division generates about $26 billion, a 45% increase from 2017. Given that margins are around 30%, that's a lot of cash that gets dumped back into new products and services.Its moves into artificial intelligence (AI) via its Alexa platform is a good illustration on the big-thinking that powers AMZN stock.These devices are compelling on their own and are beginning to power many partnerships with delivery services, subscription services and the like. But AMZN sees beyond that. The company has partnered with a builder in Southern California that is currently doing a pilot project with AMZN to build smart houses powered -- and protected -- by AMZN AI.Also, coincidentally, Amazon is starting to sell DIY houses on Amazon.com for $20,000. Free shipping of course. And you can bet that in coming iterations, there will be pre-wired Alexa-friendly houses in the mix.As for its retail operations, there may some issues as the trade war heats up, which means there will be selling now in anticipation of a quarter or two of earnings disappointments. But that has never stopped AMZN in the past.It is still the one to beat when it comes to e-commerce, with retail players like Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT) still playing catch-up.Yes, there may be some turmoil for AMZN stock near term, but that just makes it a better buy long term.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 * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 5 Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer * The 5 Best Telecom Stocks to Buy Now * 6 Innovative Stocks With Big Long-Term Growth Potential Compare Brokers The post Not Even a Trade War Can Stop Amazon Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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  • Microsoft Stock Takes Aim at $150
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    Do you want market-weight exposure with less chance of being on the losing side of the trade war off and on our price charts? Then look no further than Nasdaq heavyweight Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and get ready to buy MSFT stock. Let me explain.Source: Shutterstock For more than a few years, if investors wanted above-average market returns and growth leadership from one of the market's mega-capitalization stocks, there was no better bet than Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).But in today's stock market it's all about MSFT stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThere was a time when Microsoft felt like the slow, out-of-shape kid waiting to get picked in a schoolyard game -- the one that nobody really wanted on their team. The period largely coincided with AAPL stock's heyday and legendary bull run out of 2009's financial crisis abyss. Don't get me wrong though, MSFT stock still rallied alongside the broader market and enjoyed outsized gains of its own.Still, MSFT stock was certainly no Apple. In fact it took a gain of 300% from the March 2009 bottom through October 2016 before Microsoft even managed to claim new all-time-highs and shed its dot-com bubble high of $60 a share. But in today's market, Microsoft has transformed itself into the world's largest capitalization company. Much of this success is attributed to what I like to call a rebooted Microsoft Version 2.0. * 5 Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer In the past few years, Microsoft has successfully branched out from being simply, albeit a dominant a PC software company into leaner and meaner entity that's winning in exciting growth markets like the cloud with its Azure platform or artificial intelligence. The numbers speak for themselves, most recently a month ago, when MSFT stock delivered another profit-topping report backed by solid growth prospects.The performance is all the more impressive as it's happened despite the trade war between China and U.S. and what's become a definite drag on many diverse market heavyweights like Apple, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). And Microsoft's story becomes even better in today's market if investors simply look at the MSFT stock price chart. MSFT Stock Weekly ChartIt was during last winter's ubiquitous market correction where MSFT stock really began to demonstrate its technical leadership. First, in a good sort of way, shares of Microsoft failed to match the broader indices' descent into bear market territory. Specifically, its corrective move of 19% fell short of the 20% benchmark and compared favorably to the Nasdaq's loss of around 23%.Secondly, at their lows shares of Microsoft also managed to find support above its 38% retracement level. At the same time, the Nasdaq sunk deep enough to test prices from October 2017.Now and as the Nasdaq has pulled back beneath its October highs after a fleeting and narrow capture of fresh all-time-highs, MSFT has been quietly and more constructively consolidating in a symmetrical triangle continuation pattern. Trading Microsoft StockFor traders agreeable with our bullish outlook, the recommendation is to put MSFT stock on the radar for buying above $130.50. This entry is marginally above the prior week's bullish engulfing candlestick and looks to position as shares stage an upside breakout through angular pattern resistance.As a continuation pattern breakout play, I'd estimate $150-$165 is the eventual price target. This price area more or less mirrors the rally from the December bottom to the April high.Bottom line though or more aptly the squiggly price line, if an entry does trigger I'd also recommend exiting below $124. In the event this particular triangle doesn't pan out as intended, closing the position at that point looks more than reasonable as far as exposure is concerned, both off and on the price chart.Investment accounts under Christopher Tyler's management do not currently own positions in any securities mentioned in this article. The information offered is based upon Christopher Tyler's observations and strictly intended for educational purposes only; the use of which is the responsibility of the individual. . For additional market insights and related musings, follow Chris on Twitter @Options_CAT and StockTwits. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 5 Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer * The 5 Best Telecom Stocks to Buy Now * 6 Innovative Stocks With Big Long-Term Growth Potential Compare Brokers The post Microsoft Stock Takes Aim at $150 appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    In 2015, a year after Satya Nadella became its CEO and committed his company to the cloud, I put some Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares in my retirement account and forgot about them. My patience has been rewarded. A $53 investment in MSFT stock is worth almost $127 now, and reinvesting dividends has brought me more shares, which have also risen in value.Source: Shutterstock With a market cap of $972 billion, Microsoft is now the world's most valuable company, and despite his earnest philanthropy, co-founder Bill Gates is worth over $100 billion.The question is how long can the company keep growing without getting into the same monopoly penalty box that kept it from reaching its 1999 highs until 2016?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThat's Nadella's challenge now. Spreading Bets Through CloudThe key is to continue spreading the company's bets, using the Azure cloud, growing as humbly as it can. * 10 Names That Are Screaming Stocks to Buy The humility is evident in the company's numbers. Growth returned just two years ago, and net income was lower in fiscal 2018 than in 2017. But Nadella was using the time to build infrastructure and relationships. The big benefits have begun appearing in the last six months. At its present pace, Microsoft will bring in well over $120 billion of revenue and over $30 billion of net income during fiscal 2019, adding to a cash pile that had reached $131 billion at the end of March. Microsoft has already piled up over $21 billion in operating cash flow through the first half of the fiscal year. Forget it becoming IBM (NYSE:IBM), Microsoft is now Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).The key lies in partnering with other companies and not trying to consume them. Microsoft has over 200 cloud partners, most of which you have never heard of, for whom its tools are essential. Microsoft has deep relationships with companies like Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) and SAP (NYSE:SAP). But it has avoided a big acquisition that might lead rivals to compare it with Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), which bought many of its database channel partners in the 2000s, then demanded monopoly rents.The best evidence for how well this works is a recent announcement with Sony (NYSE:SNE) on gaming and streaming. The two firms' consoles have battled each other for decades. But in the new field of cloud gaming, they position themselves as underdogs against Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL), which are already in the field. Good to Not Be KingThe strength of other cloud czars is Microsoft's secret weapon in any battle with regulators.Windows is no longer a monopoly thanks to Google Chromebooks. Skype is barely mentioned in video calling -- the focus is all on Zoom Video (NASDAQ:ZM). No one worries about LinkedIn because Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is so dominant.The acquisitions Microsoft is making are on the bleeding edge, in the Internet of Things, where it trails Chinese giants like Alibaba (NASDAQ:BABA). Microsoft was seen as a good home for Github, the open source repository, because it's seen as more neutral than other potential acquirers, like IBM, might be. The Bottom LineIn his most recent conference call, Nadella emphasized areas like security, hardware and social, where the company clearly trails market leaders.But Microsoft Azure is the most profitable cloud. Microsoft booked $9.7 billion of revenue as "intelligent cloud" during the quarter, with margins of over 20%, putting $3.4 billion of new capital to work there. Again, thank goodness for Amazon. No one is screaming about an "Azure monopoly."So long as Nadella can keep spreading his bets, Microsoft and investors like me will keep smiling all the way to the bank.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of a new environmental story, Bridget O'Flynn and the Bear, available now 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 MSFT, AMZN and AAPL. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 5 Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer * The 5 Best Telecom Stocks to Buy Now * 6 Innovative Stocks With Big Long-Term Growth Potential Compare Brokers The post The Real Reason Microsoft Stock Stands Out Among Other Big Tech Names appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    Okta is not a household name Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA). It's clients are though. Over 6,100 organizations across industries, including Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN), Slack, and Teach for America, use Okta to protect and manage the identities of their workforces and customers. Although this doesn't tie Okta stock to those companies' fortunes, it does give one a sense of its reach.From a technical perspective, investors might look to that 20-day moving average for resistance, which it bounced nicely off of early last week. Overall, OKTA stock has proved resilient. The company's YTD and 3-month returns speak volumes: 72 percent and 34 percent, respectively.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsMore telling is that in the past one month, when trade war headlines have caused market turmoil, bringing the NASDAQ down almost 3 percent, OKTA stock has returned close to 15 percent. When it comes to picking winners, buying strength is a good idea in the late stage of the business cycle. * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend OKTA Stock Finishes 2019 with a BangOkta's performance has been driven by real results and focused execution.Okta grew revenue grew 56 percent year-over-year. Importantly, subscription revenue grew 57% year-over-year. Recurring revenue increases indicate more stable income streams and new customers, demonstrating that their product continues to gain traction. In the fourth quarter, Okta saw a 50 growth in customers with over $100,000 annual recurring revenue. This is finishing off the fiscal year in extremely good form.Okta's investments in their early platform and the Integration Network have paid off. Increasingly, large corporate customers are going to Okta as the identity standard for both their workforce and customers. The Okta Identity Cloud is uniquely positioned to both help organizations realize their digital transformation initiatives and adopt a Zero Trust security posture.Q4 operating cash flow margin improved 860 basis points year-over-year; free cash flow margin improved 690 basis points year-over-year. Improved pricing and volume should result in continued margin increases.For the full year fiscal 2020, the company expects to grow revenues at a rate of 33 to 34 percent year-over-year. This is readily achievable and perhaps even on the conservative side. Okta Stock TAM Is UnlimitedFor the workforce, it used to be that identity was part of the stack. Currently, it is an independent and neutral platform. In the future, it will be an integrated, universal platform, and Okta is primed to be that provider.The cloud has changed everything on the customer side as well. It used to be that companies built identity management platforms themselves. Now, it has become a microservice with many providers. In the future, the trend is moving toward one standard, just like with the concept for the workforce. Here again with its hyper focus on its customer experience, the numbers prove that Okta is well-positioned to be that standard.Overall, the addressable market is huge. Enterprises and consumers covers everyone. So, that executing on that vast addressable market leaves ample growth runway for the company. Network effects are at play and should accelerate that expansion. M&A PotentialGiven OKTA's expansion and the popularity of its Active Directory, there a decent chance of OKTA stock getting acquired. I would put odds at fifty fifty that this catalyst occurs in the next few years. Something to keep in mind, at any rate.Recall that just last year Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) acquired MuleSoft, a similarly cloud-neutral company that built application networks. Its Anypoint Platform ended up becoming a part of the Salesforce Integration Cloud.At this point, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) would be a likely buyer. Both companies have similar philosophies on cloud and on-premises software, and under new management MSFT has demonstrated over the past several years that it has shifted its stance from away from an ultra proprietary attitude. As of this writing, Luce Emerson did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post What Makes OKTA Stock a Solid Bet Is both Growth and M&A Potential appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    What's interesting about Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) is that it has been a much better company than an investment. It's hard to argue that Alibaba hasn't lived up to expectations since its IPO nearly five years ago. Yet it hasn't done all that much for the BABA stock price.Source: Shutterstock Since its first-day close just under $94, Alibaba stock has risen about 69%. That's good performance, certainly, suggesting roughly a 12% annual appreciation. But over that stretch, BABA has actually underperformed large-capitalization tech stocks, as measured by the NASDAQ 100. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) has returned 472%. The 179% return in Tencent Holdings (OTCMKTS:TCEHY) is more than double the increase in BABA shares.Yet it's hard to argue that Alibaba as a business has been a disappointment. It's clearly, as many hoped five years ago, the dominant e-commerce player in China. Revenue for fiscal year 2019 (ending March) was more than seven-times higher than it was in fiscal 2014. Sales have grown an average of 48% over that period, including a 51% increase in FY19. Margins have compressed somewhat, but adjusted net income still has risen 230%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend Alibaba has done its job, but it doesn't feel like it's been rewarded enough. The question is when, or if that will change. Recent trading suggests it might take quite a bit of time. Alibaba Stock Slumps After EarningsThe reaction to Alibaba earnings last week seems to highlight the problem for BABA. By any measure, Q4 earnings were close to spectacular. Both profits and revenue crushed analyst expectations. Dana Blankenhorn wrote that the report "blast[ed] away the bears". Luce Emerson said the quarter was "stellar."Those analyses all seem dead on. Yet the BABA stock price increased just 1.5% after the release. In the five sessions since, it's dropped over 10%. Shares are down 20% just since May 3rd.The obvious culprit is fear of a trade war and what it might do to the Chinese economy. But that's not the only explanation. Alibaba's chief e-commerce rival, JD.com (NASDAQ:JD), has seen its shares drop just 11% since the third of this month, with a strong earnings report of its own. Even Tencent shares are down less than 17%.One might think given its scale, its massive user base -- 654 million customers last year -- and its clear dominance in e-commerce, Alibaba stock might have some insulation from those broader fears. Yet it's underperforming other publicly traded Chinese companies. The Long-Term Problem for BABA StockBut, again, this isn't a one-time issue. Alibaba simply hasn't been that impressive an equity over time. Basically, investors have had one good year. That was 2017, when the BABA stock price skyrocketed 96%. Shares are now below where they traded before the beginning of 2018.One issue may be that some investors simply see too many risks with Alibaba stock. Indeed, I'm one of them, as I've written in the past. The Chinese economy still looks worrisome and remains Communist-controlled. A steadily weakening yuan certainly hasn't helped BABA or other China plays of late. Alibaba's accounting is opaque, to say the least. The VIE structure means U.S. investors don't actually own shares of Alibaba, but a Cayman Islands-listed entity.Those risks may be short-sighted as some bulls argue. But they also mean that every time the market gets nervous, BABA stock is going to sell off. The trading action of the last week isn't anything new. Alibaba shares, 2017 aside, simply haven't been able to maintain a consistent rally. How to Play BABAWhat's interesting about the long-running problem is that bulls very well could -- and likely do -- see it as a good thing. Continual pressure on the share price might cause short-term frustration. However, it also presents repeated buying opportunities.After all, there's a case that Alibaba stock is going to rise eventually as long as it keeps performing. And is it really that impossible to believe that BABA could at some point pass the likes of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and become the world's most valuable company? That's the uber-bull case for BABA: dominant share in the world's largest market means it could become the world's biggest company at some point.But even if Alibaba can get there, it's going to take some time, and quite a bit of patience. The risks here are real, and it's clear at this point that BABA stock is going to react to external factors as much as, if not more than its own performance. Put another way, if BABA stock can't gain after this type of earnings report, it's difficult to see what catalyst there might be.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post BABA Stock Will Need Some Help to Move Higher appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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