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MSFT - Microsoft Corp

Discussion in 'Stock Message Boards NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX' started by Cy McCaffrey, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. blypelako

    blypelako Active Member

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    Mfw the most exciting part of the conference to me was a stand alone Gwent card game from CD Projekt Red. Sony just destroyed MSFT this year at E3.
     
  2. LloydWCoutee

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    Microsoft's buy rating reiterated at RBC Capital.
     
  3. JerryM

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    By Jennifer Booton, MarketWatch

    Microsoft partners with KIND Financial to track legal cannabis

    First social media, now marijuana -- Microsoft Corp. is so hip these days.

    Three days after investing in LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) in a record-setting $26 billion deal (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/microsoft-buys-linkedin-for-262-billion-2016-06-13), the company announced its first venture into the world of marijuana, striking a partnership with KIND Financial to provide seed-to-sale software to state and local governments for the management of cannabis commerce and distribution.

    The deal makes Microsoft (MSFT) one of the first major technology companies--and one of the first major publicly traded companies -- to acknowledge the rapid legalization of marijuana, with recreational use already legalized in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington D.C., and up for vote soon in five other major states, including California.

    Major brands have been mute on the controversial topic, but more have started to show their support as acceptance has spread. Last month, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) posted a blog touting research showing the benefits of medical marijuana (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/walgreens-wants-to-talk-weed-2016-04-29), which is now legal in 24 states.

    The legal marijuana industry is expected to balloon in coming years. Sales of legalized marijuana are projected to hit $6.7 billion this year, compared with $5.4 billion a year ago, according to industry tracker ArcView Market Research.

    Also See: Marijuana sales on 4/20 hit record highs (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/marijuana-sales-on-420-hit-record-highs-2016-06-14)

    KIND Financial is using Microsoft's cloud platform to build out its services for government agencies. According to Marijuana.com., a team at Microsoft will help clients navigate regulations and laws, while tracking legal cannabis commerce and helping to stop product from reaching the black market.

    In a statement, a Microsoft spokesperson said the company "supports government missions to regulate and monitor controlled substances and items, from the Justice Department regulating tobacco and firearms to a state regulating legal cannabis."

    Also See: Data show an increase in employees testing positive for cocaine and marijuana (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/more-american-workers-are-failing-at-this-job-requirement-2016-05-18)

    The site for KIND Financial had been taken down as of Thursday afternoon.

    Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, complicating the development of the sector as federally-insured banks are reluctant to do business with companies that grow or distribute it. And many states do not have policies in place to allow for medical marijuana use. Last month, Nasdaq rejected MassRoots' listing, saying the marijuana technology company, which acts as an industry-specific social network, might be seen as "aiding and abetting the distribution of an illegal substance."

    Shares of Microsoft traded 1% higher to $50.17 Thursday afternoon. They are down 7.8% over the last three months, versus a 1.7% improvement for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

    Kathleen Burke contributed to this article.

    -Jennifer Booton; 415-439-6400; [email protected]

    (END) Dow Jones Newswires

    06-17-16 0344ET
     
  4. Gil Oren

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    Tracking weed is a business now?
     
  5. JerryM

    JerryM Active Member

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    I've been trying to get MSFT for the past week at 49.25 and it just won't drop down for me so I got tired of waiting today. Just sold a put option for July 22nd at 49 strike and got a premium of 127 bucks. So if it get's put to me at 49 (lower then I intended for entry) my cost basis will be 47.84 after transaction costs. I'll take that on a long term trade.
     
  6. fidelgeorge

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    Microsoft Downgraded to Sell by Sunglasses Etc citing virtually zero mobile market share - Price Target: $40
     
  7. JerryM

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    I doubt this is any kind of a legit analysis of MSFT. Mobile market share is a very tiny percentage of Microsoft's revenue and would barely put a dent in their revenue if it went away. Certainly not to the point of the price target you mention. Do you have a link to this analysis? If not, how about a link to Sunglasses Etc so I can see their history of stock analysis. Seriously, I have never heard of them and doubt they are a major player in the stock analysis game. :cool:
     
  8. blypelako

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    Sell with target price of $40? These guys at Sunglasses Etc could make nice stand-up comedians.
     
  9. anotherdevilsadvocate

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    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...t-to-1-billion-windows-10-device-goal-in-2018
    That failure in mobile is still poking its head around. Who are they trying to kid with that 1 billion number? Is Windows 10 even going to survive 3 more years, since they tend to "update" OS that often?
     
  10. JerryM

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    I do think Windows 10 will survive 3 years and most likely beyond that. I'm not a big pro Microsoft or anti-Apple type that you see in the tech discussions a lot. I have analyzed MSFT both as a tech company and one worthy of my investment dollars. I presently do not own any but do want to get in. I am holding off for a price of $49. Presently I'm making small amounts of money selling put options at the $49 strike price waiting.

    That said, I felt it necessary to get the below screen shot in again as a reminder that even though we think of Windows as a major driver of MSFT revenue as well as phones, that is really far from the case. Both of these items combined are 4% of their total revenue. When I watch for happenings in MSFT I'm watching for news on their Office and CRM software as well as server related news.

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    Win 7 has been out for 6 years and some people still use it. I can easily see Win 10 repeating the success.
     
  12. T0rm3nted

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    I prefer Windows 7 to Windows 10.
     
  13. Tiptopptrader

    Tiptopptrader Well-Known Member

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    I agree on that. The only exception for me is I bought a $49 refurbished desktop with Windows 10 and it runs the java application better on my trading platform than Windows 7...But I do prefer Windows 7 for everything else
     
  14. blypelako

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    I'd also say I liked Win 7 a bit better. If those Win 10 update notifications weren't so annoying I'd probably be still using it now. Win 10 is good especially compared to Win 8.
     
  15. leonx81

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    Earnings after the bell today. Got a small quantity of calls prior to the market closed.

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    Microsoft earnings beat: 69 cents per share, vs. expected EPS of 58 cents

    Microsoft reported quarterly earnings that beat analysts' expectations and revenue that beat estimates on Tuesday.

    The technology company posted fourth-quarter earnings per share of 69 cents. Revenue for the quarter came in at $22.64 billion.

    Analysts expect Microsoft to report earnings of 58 cents per share on revenue of $22.15 billion, according to a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate.

    Shares of the company popped nearly 4 percent after the report.

    Microsoft's earnings report marks its first since the announcement of its agreement to buy LinkedIn.

    Though it's too soon for LinkedIn to impact this quarter's earnings, analysts will be listening for commentary regarding the rationale behind the deal, timing and integration of the social media platform's rich array of data.

    Meanwhile, Wall Street will pay attention to information on the uptake of Office 365, which includes services like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook delivered over the internet across devices. A transition to a subscription-based business model is expected to accelerate sales growth in coming years, Cowen & Co said earlier this year.

    Also on tap will be more details on Microsoft's cloud business. The company's cloud business was up 120 percent last quarter as Microsoft closes the gap with market leader Amazon. Analysts Sarah Hindlian and Frederick Havemeyer of Macquarie Capital, for instance, say they are "highly focused on any room for upside in this segment."

    It all comes amid cost-cutting at Microsoft's money-losing phone business. By shuttering most of its hardware activities, Microsoft could save between $500 million and $800 million, said Stifel analyst Brad Reback.

    This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

    Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/19/microsoft-reporting-fiscal-fourth-quarter-earnings.html
     
  17. fidelgeorge

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    You will believe anything won't you? They spinned the ER to hide the real fact that they actually missed. Short this trash.
     
  18. Tiptopptrader

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    Wall Street set for records, boosted by Microsoft’s strong earning
    U.S. stocks futures climbed on Wednesday, setting the Dow industrials on track for a seventh straight day in record territory as Microsoft rallied premarket after better-than-expected earnings. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMU6, +0.24% rose 62 points, or 0.3%, to 18,539, after the index DJIA, +0.14% closed at an all-time high Tuesday for a sixth session in a row. Futures for the S&P 500 index ESU6, +0.19% gained 6.55 points on Wednesday, or 0.3%, to 2,165.25, while those for the Nasdaq-100 index NQU6, +0.25% added 14.75 points, or 0.3%, to 4,621.25. Earnings season: Both the S&P 500 SPX, -0.14% and Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.38% closed lower on Tuesday as the broader
    http://finance.yahoo.com/m/fa2e94d7-3339-3e4e-aba9-2f15a74a7609/ss_wall-street-set-for-records,.html
     
  19. Gil Oren

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    +5% amazing move!
     
  20. Gil Oren

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    Coming up on 2016 highs

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