BUZ INVESTORS Reversal About a decade ago, analysts started losing faith in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:(MSFT). Why? B

MSFT Stock: Analysts Didn’t See This Reversal Coming

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PC Sales Can Buoy Microsoft Stock

BUZ INVESTORS  Reversal  About a decade ago, analysts started losing faith in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:(MSFT). Why? Because smartphone sales were crushing PC sales. Since Microsoft’s business was built around personal computers, there was a legitimate fear that MSFT stock would crash and burn…

And, for a while at least, this argument was convincing.

How did it happen? How did investors wrangle triple-digit gains from a stock that was “destined” for the garbage heap of history? That was the question on my mind as I watched this tale unfold.

Here’s what I’ve come up with: Analysts care more about flash than function.



Reversal

MSFT Stock Hits All-Time High as PC Sales Rebound

According to IDC Research, Inc., first-quarter PC shipments in 2017 increased to 60.3 million. (Source: “Traditional PC Market Was Up Slightly,” IDC Research, Inc., April 11, 2017.)

Not only did this number beat expectations, but it was also a devastating blow to analysts that believed PCs belong in a museum.

It runs counter to their narrative.

They used to wave around declining sales as “proof” that PCs were dead. And, to be sure, there were many years that PC sales did indeed decline.

Conclusion

Microsoft stock has always been an “enterprise” play.

The company lost that identity for a few years (thanks a lot, Steve Ballmer), but re-discovered it when Satya Nadella became CEO. His commitments to cloud computing have single-handedly pushed MSFT stock to new highs.

Nadella knows that selling to businesses, rather than people, can make things a lot simpler. For one thing, companies tend to be more rational and forward-looking than individuals. They also aren’t as fickle.

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Microsoft Corp is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling devices, and online advertising. Its products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones and other devices.

Microsoft is a global provider of software, hardware, and services. Its business is organized into three segments: productivity and business processes (including Microsoft Office and Dynamics), intelligent cloud (including Azure, Windows Server OS, and SQL Server), and more personal computing (including Windows Client, Xbox, Surface, phones, and Bing search advertising). These segments represent 28%, 25%, and 46% of sales, respectively.

 

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MSFT Stock: Microsoft Corporation Had an Amazing Week

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Annual Rates (per share) 10 yrs* 5 yrs* 12 months*
Revenue Growth (%) 9.70 6.70 3.20
EBITDA Growth (%) 6.80 -0.30 41.30
Operating Income Growth (%) 4.30 -4.30 35.90
EPS without NRI Growth (%) 4.50 -5.90 72.00
Free Cash Flow Growth (%) 9.50 -0.10 20.50
Book Value Growth (%) 13.10 6.90 -5.00

 

*12-month growth rate is calculated with the quarterly per share revenue (EBITDA, FCF, earnings) of the last 12 months over the per share revenue (EBITDA, FCF, earnings) over the previous 12 months. 5-year and 10-year growth rates are calculated with least-square regression based on the 6-year and 11-year annual numbers. Please click Growth Rate Calculation Example (GuruFocus) to see how GuruFocus calculates Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT)’s revenue growth rate. You can apply the same method to get the growth rate you want.

Top Direct Holders

Holder Position Shares % of Shares
Outstanding
Report Date
Steven A. Ballmer N/A 333,254,734 4.32% 2014-08-19
William H. Gates,III Director 174,992,934 2.27% 2017-02-01
Mr. Jeffrey S. Raikes N/A 5,404,438 less than 0.1% 2007-07-31
Jon A. Shirley N/A 1,448,526 less than 0.1% 2008-11-18
Steven Sinofsky N/A 1,176,195 less than 0.1% 2012-09-10
Satya Nadella CEO 1,158,811 less than 0.1% 2017-02-28
Raymond E. Ozzie N/A 998,739 less than 0.1% 2009-11-18
B. Kevin Turner N/A 943,093 less than 0.1% 2016-06-30
Eric D. Rudder N/A 920,291 less than 0.1% 2014-06-30
Bradford L. Smith N/A 903,226 less than 0.1% 2017-02-28

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BUZ INVESTORS Apple vs Microsoft One of the greatest tech rivalries of all time is heating up. The Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) saga is long and storied

MSFT or AAPL: Who Will Win in the Battle of Apple vs Microsoft

Microsoft Stock vs. Apple Stock 

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BUZ INVESTORS  Apple vs Microsoft  One of the greatest tech rivalries of all time is heating up. The Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) saga is long and storied, and has been one of the main driving forces in the computer sector for decades.

While the two companies long ago parted ways in terms of the types of products they produce (that explains why you haven’t seen those Mac vs. PC commercials in a long time), the technologies that are currently in development by both companies may bring them back into a heated head-to-head conflict.

Microsoft Surface Studio vs. Apple Mac 

One of the biggest new additions to the Microsoft vs. Apple tale is the first-ever desktop computer made by Microsoft: “Microsoft Surface Studio.” Being billed as a direct competitor to Macs, the new Microsoft product seems to be taking what the Mac does best and is outperforming the long-held standard in desktops for creatives.




Apple vs Microsoft

Microsoft Surface Studio is a 28″ super-high-resolution desktop computer complete with touchscreen functionality, sixth-generation Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) processor options, and a dedicated graphics card. It’s being billed as the must-own tool for creative types, which is bad news for Apple Mac.

Computers sales have suffered in recent years. Among the top five computer vendors, Dell Technologies Inc (NYSE:DVMT) is the only one to see growth in 2016, with a 2.6% boost over the previous year. The industry more broadly saw a sales decline of 6.2% from 2015.

But AAPL stock is currently on a tear, regardless of its flagging computer revenue. The company shipped 8.7% fewer Mac units in 2016 than it did in 2015. (Source: “Gartner Says 2016 Marked Fifth Consecutive Year of Worldwide PC Shipment Decline,” Gartner Inc, January 11, 2017.)

Artificial Intelligence Tech in 2017

One of the most exciting developments in the tech sector is the focus on artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

The AI sector is likely to be one of the most transformative innovations we’ll see in the next few years. As such, whichever company can assert itself as the leader in the AI sector will likely see huge stock gains.

Which brings us to another new front in the Apple vs. Microsoft battle.

Both Microsoft and Apple ventured into the realm of responsive machines with voice-activated AI helpers. But, while Apple is focusing more on augmented reality (AR) these days, Microsoft seems to be pushing forward with AI in 2017.

Apple Investments May Push AAPL Stock Over MSFT Stock 

One big advantage that Apple has over Microsoft is a war chest that is fit to burst. Apple has a lot of money that it can play around with and, as such, the company has many targeted investment options that could dramatically alter the path of the AAPL stock price.

Perhaps the biggest rumor surrounding Apple is whether it will acquire the massive media mogul Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS). This would be a huge coup for Apple, were the acquisition to take place.

MSFT Stock vs. AAPL Stock 

With all that information out of the way, where does that leave us with MSFT stock and Apple stock?

The fact is that both companies have the ability to be profitable but, as they continue to step into each other’s industries, there will undoubtedly be more friction and, therefore, some strong dips and rises.

At this point, Apple looks to be in the better position than Microsoft from a share price perspective, but that can be misleading. While Apple stock has enjoyed strong gains in recent months, the company has acquired a lot of debt and faces declining sales in iPhones, as first adopters who can afford the expensive smartphone are shrinking.Like up on FACEBOOK


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BUZ INVESTORS Artificial Intelligence War A war is brewing in Silicon Valley, but not with guns and ammo.

AMZN, MSFT, GOOG: Who Will Win the Artificial Intelligence War?

Artificial Intelligence in 2017

BUZ INVESTORS Artificial Intelligence War A war is brewing in Silicon Valley, but not with guns and ammo.

BUZ INVESTORS Artificial Intelligence War A war is brewing in Silicon Valley, but not with guns and ammo.

This is a conflict of software code; of cutting-edge technology. Companies like Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are already locked in an arms race for supremacy in “AI.” (More on that later.)

Some of you may be rolling your eyes. I know artificial intelligence companies sound like science fiction, but it’s real, and what’s more, it is the biggest investment opportunity of the century. This is not an exaggeration.



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Artificial Intelligence War

No, I haven’t fallen down and hit my head on something hard. Investors should definitely keep an eye out for artificial intelligence stocks in 2017. AI is the new fountain of wealth, because it can be retooled for almost every industry.

What Is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is software that learns and adapts to new information.

It is designed around ideas like deep learning and neural nets. Although that list is not exhaustive, it is the simplest way of defining AI. At least from a technical perspective. Perhaps the technology is easier to understand if we talk about AI’s applications.

Narrow Artificial Intelligence

Tech companies have already mastered Narrow AI, so this article will mostly center on the potential of those developments.

In Narrow AI, programmers design a piece of software that works at a very specific task. Playing chess, trading stocks, recommending movies. Whatever the case may be, there is usually a Narrow AI to make the software improve and learn on its own accord.

General Artificial Intelligence

Even the titans of artificial intelligence—Google, Microsoft, and Amazon—haven’t mastered General AI. To put it simply, this form of AI would be as smart as a human. Not just for one specific task, but for everything. You could say that General AI is the next milestone for artificial intelligence companies.

Super Artificial Intelligence

This type of AI gets much closer to the dystopian vision of the future. There are experts who worry that an algorithm at Google, Amazon, or Microsoft will grow smart, 1000 times smarter than the average person. They worry that it will become a Super AI.

Amazon Stock Is Tasting the Fruits of AI

Over the last two years, cloud computing was the biggest driver of Amazon stock. That much is well documented and we have said so repeatedly on Profit Confidential. (See here and here for examples)

GOOG Stock Price Is Still Undervalued

I know this is hard to imagine, but the GOOG stock price is trading at a discount. Investors are only placing a premium on the company’s command of digital advertising revenues because that is how Google built an empire. 99% of its revenues still come from advertising.

However, Google has some of the best AI researchers on the planet, most whom it acquired through the $600.0 million purchase of DeepMind. It bought the AI startup in 2014, and it may be the smartest acquisition ever made.

MSFT Stock Could Be the Biggest AI Winner

While Google and Amazon have huge, consumer-facing businesses, Microsoft sells to other corporations. Sure, many of us buy licenses for Microsoft Office, but it’s still work or school related. Our interaction with Microsoft doesn’t have to be fun.

Our lives are on the brink of massive change, yet so few people are willing to accept that. That’s why they’ll miss out on artificial intelligence stocks in 2017.

Artificial intelligence is not a vague concept we picked up from a science fiction novel. It is the single biggest technology trend since the Internet, and the money-making potential is huge


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Buz Investors Microsoft Stock Is killing Apple One of the oldest and most heated rivalries in the tech world is about to add a whole new chapter. The Great Flame Wars of Apple Inc

MSFT vs. AAPL Stock: How Microsoft Stock Is killing Apple’s Mac

Windows Surface Studio Impacts MSFT vs. AAPL Stock Battle

Buz Investors Microsoft Stock Is killing Apple One of the oldest and most heated rivalries in the tech world is about to add a whole new chapter. The Great Flame Wars of Apple Inc

Buz Investors Microsoft Stock Is killing Apple One of the oldest and most heated rivalries in the tech world is about to add a whole new chapter. The Great Flame Wars of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has had a healthy amount of fuel dumped all over it, with the introduction of the “Windows Surface Studio.”

That desktop computer is looking to challenge the Apple “Mac,” creating one of the most exciting hardware duels in recent memory.

Apple has, for a long time, put its focus on crafting both hardware and software to compliment each other, while Microsoft opted to focus on the software side of things. This fateful decision has led to what is perhaps the biggest and most enduring schism in the tech world: personal computer (PC) or Mac?



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Microsoft Stock Is killing Apple

 

The Windows Surface Studio is a giant 28″ super-high-resolution desktop computer complete with touchscreen functionality, sixth-generation Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) processor options, and a dedicated graphics card. It’s being billed as the must-own tool for creative types, which is bad news for Apple Mac.

Apple has long held that Mac is preferable to PC when it comes to picture editing, sound design, art projects, etc. Apple owned that portion of the market, while Microsoft provided things like the “Office” suite that brought you such beloved applications like “Word,” “Excel,” and “PowerPoint,” among a host of other much-used programs. But Windows Surface Studio is looking to shake up that paradigm.

Windows Surface Studio has great functionality, powerful hardware, a gorgeous display, modern processors, and tons of storage. But there’s a catch: it’s expensive. Really expensive.

The basic model will run you $2,999, the mid-range $3,499, and the most decked-out model $4,199. For a lot of people, shelling out that kind of cash on a budget-rending computer is a one-way ticket to financial ruination, at least in the short term. So we can’t expect it sell like gangbusters, at least until (or if) a more affordable version becomes available.

Forecasts show relative stagnation in computer hardware sales up until 2020, but the Windows Surface Studio could alter those predictions if it has a sizable impact in its first year of its release. (Source: “Shipment forecast of laptops, desktop PCs and tablets worldwide from 2010 to 2020 (in million units),” Statista, last accessed March 24, 2017.)

Apple stock is up 21.67% since the beginning of 2017, and the share prices have hit all-time highs this year. While there is reason to be skeptical over just how real these gains are—Apple has acquired a lot of debt and has helped boost its stock through buybacks—it is still one of the best tech stocks to buy in 2017. Though, again, there are some worrying signs, like the fact that the company had its first year-to-year decline in revenue in well over a decade.

Both companies have pedigrees and product lines that are hard to top. While these two have been rivals since the beginning of the computer age, that doesn’t mean the market isn’t big enough to bear both brands.


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Buz Investors MSFT Stock Soaring (NASDAQ:MSFT) is updating its “Windows 10” software to put a greater focus on data privacy, something which it hopes will become the company’s trademark. These changes are more than cosmetic—they could spark a bullish run on Microsoft stock (MSFT stock).

Microsoft Corporation: “Data Privacy” Could Send MSFT Stock Soaring

Microsoft Corporation: “Data Privacy” Could Send MSFT Stock Soaring

  • Buz Investors MSFT Stock Soaring  (NASDAQ:MSFT) is updating its “Windows 10” software to put a greater focus on data privacy, something which it hopes will become the company’s trademark.
  • These changes are more than cosmetic—they could spark a bullish run on Microsoft stock (MSFT stock).
  • The new controls on privacy come in response to changing consumer preferences. Microsoft’s proposed “privacy dashboard” allows customers to choose what data is being collected, and tutorials on how to track their choices. It gives them the power to opt out.

MSFT Stock Soaring

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MSFT Stock Soaring “Many of you have asked for more control over your data, a greater understanding of how data is collected, and the benefits this brings for a more personalized experience,” wrote Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Windows and devices group, in a Windows blog post. “Based on your feedback, we are launching two new experiences to help ensure you are in control of your privacy.” (Source: “Our continuing commitment to your privacy with Windows 10,” Windows, January 10, 2017.)

 

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MSFT Stock Soaring

High-profile security breaches—at Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), the Democratic National Committee, and Sony Pictures (part of Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE))—have made people increasingly eager to keep their information private. Polls show that 90% of people think that “controlling what information is collected about them is important.” (Source: “Survey Says Americans Don’t Trust Government, Tech Companies on Privacy and Surveillance,” Security, May 20, 2015.)

So, while the small tweaks to Windows 10 may seem insignificant, it is emblematic of what makes MSFT stock so valuable. This company sees the giant “privacy gap” in the tech market, and it knows that bridging that gap can reap it enormous rewards. So it’ll do it.

 

Buz Investors Good Sign for MSFT Stock (NASDAQ:MSFT) is one of those companies that is so good and so big that it just blends into the background. Plenty of investors overlook the upside of Microsoft stock (MSFT stock) because they’re too busy looking for a small stock no one’s ever heard of before.

Microsoft Corporation: Fewer IPOs Are a Good Sign for MSFT Stock

Microsoft Corporation: Fewer IPOs Are a Good Sign for MSFT Stock

  • Buz Investors Good Sign for MSFT Stock (NASDAQ:MSFT) is one of those companies that is so good and so big that it just blends into the background.
  • Plenty of investors overlook the upside of Microsoft stock (MSFT stock) because they’re too busy looking for a small stock no one’s ever heard of before.
  • The idea that big tech stocks aren’t capable of extraordinary gains is just silly. Look at Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), which gained 177% over the last two years.

Good Sign for MSFT Stock

Buz Investors Good Sign for MSFT Stock <span data-recalc-dims=(NASDAQ:MSFT) is one of those companies that is so good and so big that it just blends into the background. Plenty of investors overlook the upside of Microsoft stock (MSFT stock) because they’re too busy looking for a small stock no one’s ever heard of before." width="300" height="225" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/investorsbuz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/MSFT-Stock-300x225.resized.jpg?resize=300%2C225&ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/investorsbuz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/MSFT-Stock-300x225.resized.jpg?resize=360%2C270&ssl=1 360w, https://i2.wp.com/investorsbuz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/MSFT-Stock-300x225.resized.jpg?w=640&ssl=1 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

Good Sign for MSFT Stock Or Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), both of which advanced more than 60% in the same time frame. Microsoft stock itself surged 36%, but those gains are simply the drizzle before the storm.

Large tech stocks like Microsoft stock are in fact some of the biggest winners on the stock market, mainly because they have enormous power in today’s economy. If you want proof of that, take a look at the IPO market.

 

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Good Sign for MSFT Stock

The number of initial public offerings—private companies that move onto the public stock market—hit a 13-year low in 2016. There were only 111 companies that sought listing on an exchange, a mere $24.0 billion in capital raised. It’s a 41% drop year-over-year. (Source: “Stock Market Rallied in 2016, IPO Market Didn’t,” The Wall Street Journal, December 27, 2016.)

This trend looks set to continue in the new year. According to Dealogic, only 26 companies have filed IPO papers with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), far lower than in previous years.

 

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Microsoft Corporation: Why MSFT Stock Is Breaking New Highs

Microsoft Corporation: Why MSFT Stock Is Breaking New Highs

Microsoft Corporation: Why MSFT Stock Is Breaking New Highs

  • Buz Investors MSFT Stock Is Breaking New Highs Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) keep breaking through previous highs as the company signs deal upon deal. It’s no surprise that MSFT stock is up 14.15% this year.
  • For instance, Microsoft just signed a $927.0 million contract with the Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD wants “Windows 10” installed on all four million of its computers within the next 12 months.
  • It’s not the sexiest deal in the world, but that shouldn’t bother serious investors. The bottom line is that Microsoft just scored an extra billion dollars worth of revenue for doing simple IT work.

MSFT Stock Is Breaking New Highs

Microsoft Corporation: Why MSFT Stock Is Breaking New Highs

MSFT Stock Is Breaking New Highs It’s not the sexiest deal in the world, but that shouldn’t bother serious investors. The bottom line is that Microsoft just scored an extra billion dollars worth of revenue for doing simple IT work. No matter how you slice, that has to be good for MSFT stock.

Then again, this contract shouldn’t come as a surprise. It is a direct reflection of the new and improved MSFT stock, but most investors haven’t noticed how remarkably different the company is from a decade ago.

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MSFT Stock Is Breaking New Highs 

He sat atop the Microsoft empire from January 2000 to February 2014, and during that time MSFT stock fell 22%. Bill Gates’s brainchild—once a monument to technological progress—had fallen into decay. As a result, Ballmer handed the reins over to Satya Nadella.

Less than three years later, MSFT stock was on the mend. The share price surged 65% since the executive shuffle, and Nadella’s list of accomplishments is growing longer every day. Here’s a brief look at some of his biggest wins:




MSFT Stock: Microsoft Corporation Had an Amazing Week

MSFT Stock: Microsoft Corporation Had an Amazing Week

MSFT Stock: Microsoft Corporation Had an Amazing Week

  • Buz Investors Microsoft Corporation Had an Amazing Week There must have been a party at the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) headquarters last week, because the company received two amazing pieces of news.
  • Both of these events suggest nothing but blue skies ahead for Microsoft stock (MSFT stock).First off, the European Union (EU) green-lit Microsoft’s $26.2-billion acquisition of LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD).
  • Since EU approval was the final hurdle for this particular merger, Microsoft is now in a position to move forward. The deal officially closed last Thursday. (Source: “Microsoft just finalized its deal for LinkedIn — here’s what happens next,” Business Insider, December 8, 2016.)

Microsoft Corporation Had an Amazing Week

MSFT Stock: Microsoft Corporation Had an Amazing Week

Microsoft Corporation Had an Amazing Week Magic Leap, Inc.—a startup which was trying to challenge Microsoft stock—was buried in scandal this week. The $4.5-billion dollar startup grossly exaggerated its technology while raising money, says Reed Albergotti from The Information. Now it is struggling to meet expectations. (Source: “The Reality Behind Magic Leap,” The Information, December 8, 2016.)

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Microsoft Corporation Had an Amazing Week

This development was unexpected and incredible for anyone who’s bullish on MSFT stock. The company was ready for a knock-down, drag-out fight with Magic Leap, but this scandal has left the young startup hobbled and weak. Microsoft has an enormous upper hand at this point.

Here’s the difference: virtual reality devices close off your vision. After strapping them on, you are immersed in the virtual world. Even if you turn left or right, all you can see is the video or game you’re plugged into. Augmented reality headsets, on the other hand, are see-through.

The AR devices make it seem like there are holograms around you, but only you can see them. You can still see your surroundings through the transparent glass, but the special lenses trick your eyes into believing the holograms are three-dimensional.