Stock market today, August 28, 2014: This morning, the U.S. Commerce Department revised second-quarter GDP upward to 4.2% growth, while jobless claims slipped to 298,000 for last week.
Last week, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi affirmed his commitments to Eurozone QE. Despite the optimism, many analysts remain divided on whether the ECB will act as soon as next week or wait until some point in the fall.
Here’s what you should know to make your Wednesday profitable…
Microsoft Stock Up on Job Cut News – and Headed for More Gains
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella announced today that the company will be cutting 18,000 jobs, a move that will eliminate 14% of the company's workforce. Following the news, Microsoft stock was up 3% in morning trading.
It's clear that the layoffs are meant to streamline Microsoft's business. Nadella also contends that the job cuts will help Microsoft modernize its engineering processes.That has investors bullish on Microsoft stock. But where is it headed long term? Here’s how MSFT will perform for the next several months…
Future of Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock Hinges on the Cloud
In his first “report card” since taking the reins of Microsoft Corp. in February, CEO Satya Nadella showed why he was exactly the right choice to get MSFT stock moving again.
Microsoft beat expectations in when it reported earnings Thursday mostly on the strength of its cloud computing products – Nadella’s area of expertise, and the single most promising business segment for the Redmond-Wash.-based tech giant.The small bump Microsoft stock enjoyed as a result is just the start, however. Here’s why MSFT could double from here.
Can Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) Stock Avoid the Microsoft Syndrome?
Although Apple Inc. stock is up about 8% on the strength of an earnings beat and several shareholder-friendly announcements, the real question is whether the tech giant can keep the stock moving higher.
But Apple today could easily turn into the next Microsoft Corp. in the last decade - a company making mountains of money with a stock that stayed flat.These similarities between Apple now and Microsoft then should be keeping Apple CEO Tim Cook up at night...
Why Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock Is Going to $100
It usually pays to heed the advice of Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani when looking for stocks to buy now.
Since Gilani, a retired hedge-fund manager who runs the Capital Wave Forecast and Short Side Fortunes advisory services here at Money Map Press, first recommended Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock last summer, MSFT is up about 16%.
But Gilani believes MSFT can get all the way to $100 a share.In this Q&A with Money Morning Executive Editor William Patalon III, Gilani explains why....
Tech Investing: A "Secret" Path to the Hottest Play in Silicon Valley
Last July, I told you about a great tech investing opportunity - a way to get two stocks for the price of one through corporate spin-offs.
You may recall that this is a process by which a parent company separates a business unit into a stand-alone outfit and then issues shares in the new operation to the public.a back door to a stock the Big Money will soon be bidding up to the sky...
Hot Stocks to Watch: Today's Biggest Gainers
U.S. stocks opened higher Friday, with all three major benchmarks comfortably in the green right out of the gate.To continue reading, please click here...
As has been the case over the last several Fridays, initial public offerings (IPOs) dominated market news, with six companies debuting today.
Dow Jones Industrial Average Advances on Today's Top Stock Market News
Stock market today, March 18, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 0.55% to finish at 16,336.19. The S&P 500 added 0.72% to end the day at 1,872.25, while the Nasdaq jumped 1.25% to close at 4,333.31.
The big news today includes a surge in U.S. food prices on the horizon, yet another U.S. bank settling for its bad behavior, Russia annexing Crimea, and a Microsoft swell to near-record levels not seen since 2000.Here's what you need to know after the bell...
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock at 14-Year High, Mobile Success Would Send It Higher
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock reached its highest price since 2000 today (Tuesday) following reports that the tech company will release a version of its "Office" software for Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad.
In morning trading, MSFT touched $39.90 per share. That was a 5% increase from yesterday's close.To continue reading, please click here...
Amazon Stock (Nasdaq: AMZN) Is About to Get a Lot of Play from Gaming
Today (Tuesday), reports are amassing that über-innovative online retailer Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) is not so secretly on a hiring spree to recruit gaming industry heavyweights, fresh off its February acquisition of Double Helix Games.
We're projecting huge growth for Amazon in 2014, and the gaming push will be a big part of it - expect a gaming console to compete with the likes of Sony (NYSE: SNE), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), and Nintendo (OTCMKTS: NTDOY); original games to go with it; and a set-top box to all hit the market this year.To continue reading, please click here...
Two Numbers Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Doesn't Want Investors to See
Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) new CEO Satya Nadella could bring the company what it's been missing, as we recently pointed out, but Nadella will have to tackle two very troubling numbers just reported for Microsoft.
These are figures that give us a glimpse of what could prevent MSFT stock from climbing in 2014 following its 40.9% rise last year.
These numbers were just released last week - and they're ugly.Here's the story...
- Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock Could Get a Lift From New CEO Nadella After showing some signs of life last year, Microsoft Corp. stock could get another boost in 2014 when a new CEO takes the helm - and the job could be going to a company insider. And while Satya Nadella may not be perfect, he has several strengths that could be just the tonic for Microsoft's stock...
Today’s Stock Market News And Earnings Calendar
Today's stock market news, Jan. 31: U.S. markets rose on Thursday, Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) reported strong earnings, and fourth-quarter GDP increased 3.2%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.7% to 15,848, and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index jumped 1.1% to 1,794. U.S. stock futures were down Friday before the bell after Eurozone inflation levels unexpectedly fell by 0.7%.To continue reading, please click here...
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock Jumps 4% on Earnings, but Didn’t Get This Key Info
MSFT stock fell 0.66% Wednesday to $35.93. The stock is down nearly 4% year to date.To continue reading, please click here...
- Make (Big) Money in Any Market So what if the market drops a little from time to time? That's inevitable, and in the long term, healthy. The fact remains we're in a bull market. We have been since March 2009. But now, especially with some early 2014 swings, investors may be wondering. How long does this bull have to run and what should we do next? I don't have a crystal ball... but I do have 30 years' experience - starting in 1982 on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, then running a big bank's hedge trading, then a Wall Street trading desk, and finally managing my own hedge funds. I know many investors stick to a buy-and-hold strategy or more actively trade. There's a place for both to maximize this market. But before you can start making money in the market, you need to know what's really happening...
Best Stocks to Buy Now: A Money Morning Weekly Roundup
Best stocks to buy for the week ending Dec. 13, 2013: With many investors taking a guarded stance ahead of the Dec. 17-18 Federal Open Market Committee meeting, both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index slipped 1.7% last week, logging a second weekly decline.
It was the benchmarks' first back-to-back weekly loss in more than two months. The Nasdaq also dipped, ending the week with a 1.5% loss.
However, 2013 has been good to investors overall. Stocks are up some 24.5% year to date, and deals on Wall Street are getting harder to find. Indeed, only 48 stocks in the broad-based S&P are recently in the red, according to Bespoke Investments.To continue reading click here...