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Last week, investors drove up the market valuations of both Amazon.com and Microsoft by tens of billions of dollars based on excitement over the companies' "cloud computing" hosting businesses.
For both companies, cloud revenues and growth were the catalyst of the big moves.
Microsoft stock gained as much as 10% today (Friday) as the company's latest earnings report showed that its "mobile-first, cloud-first" strategy is gaining momentum.
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) reported its fiscal Q3 earnings yesterday (Thursday) after the market close.
Even with a decline in Windows sales, one of the company's traditional cash cows, Microsoft handily beat Wall Street expectations.
The last time Shah Gilani recommended Microsoft to Private Briefing readers as a "New Buy," I asked him if he had a Windows-powered crystal ball - or a listening device planted in the software firm's Redmond, Wash., headquarters.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) released a new, low-cost smartphone in an attempt to expand its offerings within emerging markets in light of flagging domestic sales.
This tech sector pioneer has a virtual reality product guaranteed to excite and enthrall millions. And NASA, even Minecraft, are involved in its creation.
It's not the stuff of science fiction... anymore.
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock is due for a quick rebound. The company's Q2 earnings had investors and Wall Street slashing its share price by 10% on Jan. 27.
But Satya Nadella - Microsoft's new CEO - is a visionary. He knows what it takes to compete against the other mega tech firms out there... and win.
Microsoft stock today is up 14.5% from where it was exactly one year ago when Satya Nadella took over as CEO of the tech giant.
But that understates the impact Nadella has had on Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock in his rookie year.
The fact is, Nadella has breathed new life into a moribund company that had lost its way under CEO Steve Ballmer. Under Ballmer's 14-year tenure Microsoft stock became a laggard, with returns consistently lagging the market
The Dow Jones today tumbled 291 points amid poor earnings reports and conflicting economic data ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announcement on Wednesday.
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) were two of the day's worst-performing stocks. Microsoft had its worst day since July 2013.
Tech stocks today helped lower the Dow Jones - but a couple of them are still "buys."
Two tech giants, including Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), are good picks while one construction equipment company should be avoided.
With high-tech corporations, there's always a group of young startups with hot innovations breathing down the Old Guard's necks.
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What can you expect for Microsoft stock in 2015?
As 2014 comes to close, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock has been red hot - up over 30%.
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is a laggard no more.
After more than a decade of bobbing around the $30 mark, Microsoft stock is up 70% since April of 2013.
Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani recognized the surprising turnaround early on, and started publicly recommending MSFT stock in July of 2013. But now that it has hit $50, is Microsoft stock a buy? Or should investors take their profits and move on?
Transition costs will weigh down Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq: MSFT) Q1 earnings, while continued strength in the company's cloud-based products could deliver enough oomph to engineer a beat.
The Q1 MSFT earnings are expected after the market close today (Thursday). Investors will find out how well CEO Satya Nadella is managing the transition to his "cloud first, mobile first" strategy.
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