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Cloud Should Shine for Amazon, Microsoft Earnings

Posted by hkarner - 14. Januar 2019

Date: 13-01-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

The world’s two most valuable companies have high expectations to meet in the coming earnings season

Can Amazon.com and Microsoft keep their cloud businesses growing strong? It’s the new $1.6 trillion question.

The pair are now the two most valuable companies in the world, with Amazon having recently overtaken Microsoft for the top slot. But market values now at roughly $800 billion apiece mean that investors have placed rather large bets on both. Amazon shares have popped nearly 29% over the last year while Microsoft has gained about 17%. That is well ahead of most of their Big Tech peers. Apple Inc., valued at more than $1 trillion less than three months ago, is down 13% over the last 12 months.

High values come with high hopes for the coming fourth-quarter earnings season as well as for the full year. Many large tech companies, including Apple, Facebook and Google-parent Alphabet Inc., are watching costs rise faster than revenues, pressuring their bottom lines. Reflecting this, 58% of the tech companies on the S&P 500 that are slated to report results for the December-ending quarter are expected to show earnings growth lagging revenue growth for the period, according to an analysis of data from S&P Capital IQ.

Amazon and Microsoft, however, are expected to show the opposite. Amazon is seen reporting a 74% surge year over year in operating earnings for the fourth quarter compared with a 19% gain in revenue for the period. Microsoft’s operating income is estimated to have risen 18% relative to a 13% increase in revenue for the same period. Wall Street currently projects a similar pattern for the March quarter. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Amazon Takes Market Cap Crown, Cementing Tech Power

Posted by hkarner - 9. Januar 2019

Date: 07-01-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Software giant, at $797 billion, surpasses Microsoft with $784 billion in value

Amazon.com Inc. is the latest technology titan to claim the crown of world’s most valuable public company, signaling the industry’s enduring market dominance even after turbulent months in which investors pummeled their shares.

Amazon finished Monday’s session up 3.4% at $1,629.51, with a market capitalization of $796.78 billion, the first time the retailer has attained the market-cap title. It ended a weekslong reign by Microsoft Corp. , which finished up 0.1% with a value of $783.57 billion.

The software giant in late November supplanted Apple Inc., for years the leader before worries about iPhone sales—exacerbated by the company’s revenue warning last week—knocked its shares lower. Apple finished Monday at $701.99 billion, No. 4 behind Google-parent Alphabet Inc.’s $745.63 billion. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Best-Run U.S. Companies of 2018—and How They Got That Way

Posted by hkarner - 3. Dezember 2018

Date: 01-12-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Chip Cutter

Apple leads the pack, followed by fellow tech giants Amazon and Microsoft, in the Drucker Institute’s second annual Management Top 250 ranking

A trash hauler, a liquor giant, a maker of hip replacements and the company that brought us the iPhone all share one distinction: They are among the most effectively run U.S. companies today.

Those are some of the revelations of this year’s Management Top 250, a landmark ranking that uses the principles of the late management guru Peter Drucker to identify the most effectively managed companies.

Topping this year’s list is Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable publicly traded company. The iPhone maker climbed to the No. 1 spot in the 2018 ranking, dethroning Amazon.com Inc., by performing consistently well across each of the five main components of the overall ranking. Amazon places second this year, followed by Microsoft Corp. and chip makers Nvidia Corp. and Intel Corp. Other management highfliers include Google parent Alphabet Inc., consulting firm Accenture PLC and Johnson & Johnson , Nos. 6, 7 and 8, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 are Procter & Gamble Co. and International Business Machines Corp. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Microsoft Closes In on Apple as World’s Most Valuable Company

Posted by hkarner - 29. November 2018

Date: 28-11-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

The move represents a stunning reversal for the tech titan, which last held top spot in 2003

Microsoft Corp. briefly unseated longtime rival Apple Inc. on Tuesday as the world’s most valuable company, reflecting investors’ faith in its revival under Chief Executive Satya Nadella while the iPhone maker adjusts to slowing momentum for its most profitable product.

Shares in Microsoft opened at $106.27, pushing its market capitalization to $815.75 billion, elbowing past Apple’s opening value of $813.88 billion. After the first minute of trading, Apple was back on top. The two swapped spots several times later in the day before Apple at the close reclaimed the title it has held for most of the past seven years.

Apple finished with a market value of $826.84 billion while Microsoft was at $822.43 billion. Market values are calculated using data provided by FactSet, which draws information from public filings.

The move comes nearly four months after Apple became the first U.S. company to surpass $1 trillion in market value, an achievement since matched by Amazon.com Inc. Both companies’ shares fell below that mark in recent weeks as investors dealt tech a sharp blow. Apple peaked at $1.103 trillion on Oct. 3, but has shed nearly $300 billion in market value since, in part to do with investors’ concerns about the future of the iPhone. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Bill Gates: How Paul Allen Changed My Life

Posted by hkarner - 22. Oktober 2018

Date: 21-10-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Bill Gates

Gates describes the moment Allen showed him a new computer called the Altair 8800, which marked the end of Gates’s college career and the beginning of Microsoft

I met Paul Allen when I was in 7th grade, and it changed my life.

I looked up to him right away. He was two years ahead of me in school, really tall, and proved to be a genius with computers. (Later, he also had a very cool beard, the type I could never pull off myself.) We bonded over the teletype that some students’ mothers had bought for the school and had connected to a remote mainframe.

Eventually we were spending just about all our free time messing around with any machine we could get our hands on. At an age when other high school kids were sneaking out of the house to go partying, Paul and I would sneak out at night to go use the computers in a lab at the University of Washington. It sounds geeky, and it was, but it was also a formative experience, and I’m not sure I would have had the courage to do it without Paul. I know it would have been a lot less fun. (“Borrowing” computer time illicitly would become something of a theme for us. Later, when I was a student at Harvard, I got in trouble for letting Paul use the campus computer lab without permission.)

Even in high school, before most people knew what a personal computer was, Paul predicted that chips would get super-powerful and would eventually give rise to a whole new industry. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Cloud-Boom bescherte Microsoft kräftige Geschäftszuwächse

Posted by hkarner - 20. Juli 2018

Die Quartalszahlen übertrafen die Erwartungen deutlich. Der Konzern will nun weiter auf Innovationen setzen.

Der Software-Riese Microsoft hat Umsatz und Gewinn dank seines brummenden Cloud-Geschäfts kräftig gesteigert. Im vierten Geschäftsquartal (bis Ende Juni) legte der Überschuss im Jahresvergleich um knapp zehn Prozent auf 8,9 Milliarden Dollar (7,67 Mrd. Euro) zu, wie Microsoft am Donnerstag nach US-Börsenschluss am Konzernsitz in Redmond (US-Staat Washington) mitteilte.

Die Erlöse stiegen um mehr als 17 Prozent auf 30,1 Milliarden Dollar. Die Erwartungen der Analysten übertrafen die Quartalszahlen klar. Die Marktreaktion fiel dennoch relativ verhalten aus – nachbörslich drehte die Aktie nach anfänglichen Kursverlusten zwar rasch ins Plus, konnte aber keine großen Sprünge machen. Allerdings hatte der Kurs seit Jahresbeginn auch schon um rund 22 Prozent zugelegt. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Amazon Passes Alphabet as Second-Largest U.S. Company

Posted by hkarner - 21. März 2018

Date: 21-03-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Recent weakness in large technology stocks is reordering the list of the biggest U.S. firms.

During a selloff that has dragged down the broader market this week, Amazon.com Inc.’s market value passed that of Alphabet Amazon closed as the second biggest U.S. company on Tuesday, topping Alphabet for the first time ever, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Market Data Group.

Amazon closed up 2.7% at $1,586.51, giving it a market value of $768 billion, while Alphabet shed 0.4% to $1,095.80, lowering its market cap to $763 billion. Apple Inc. has the largest market cap, at $889 billion. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Microsoft boss: World needs more computing power

Posted by hkarner - 24. Januar 2018

Date: 24-01-2018
Source: BBC

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella

The world is rapidly „running out of computing capacity“, the head of tech giant Microsoft has warned.

Satya Nadella said at the World Economic Forum in Davos that superfast quantum computers were needed to solve some of the most difficult problems.

Mr Nadella cited the quest to create a catalyst that can absorb carbon, in order to help tackle climate change.

This, he cautioned, would likely not be achieved without an increase in computer processing power.

Moore’s Law is kinda running out of steam, Mr Nadella told assembled delegates, referring to the maxim that the power of computer chips doubles every two years.

He added that quantum computing was needed „to create all of these rich experiences we talk about, all of this artificial intelligence“.

The Microsoft chief executive also took aim at so-called „re-skilling programmes“ that don’t cater to the needs of the job market, calling them „one of the greatest wastes of money“. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Nasdaq Crests 7000 as Tech Giants Roar Into 2018

Posted by hkarner - 4. Januar 2018

Date: 03-01-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Tech-focused index jumped 28% in 2017, beating the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s 25% gain and S&P 500’s 19% rise

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Companies in the Nasdaq are trading at the highest multiples of their last 12months of earnings since 2004.

The Nasdaq Composite closed above 7000 for the first time Tuesday after racing to a fresh 1,000-point milestone in just over eight months—a pace not seen since the heights of the technology boom.

Many global stock indexes have hit records or multiyear highs in recent months, lifted by signs of a pickup in economic expansion around the world.

The Nasdaq has risen faster than other major U.S. indexes over the past year as investors, frustrated with low interest rates and tepid global growth, bet on the prospects of large technology companies such as Apple Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Microsoft Corp., all of which are heavily weighted in the index.

Those three companies, along with fellow heavyweights Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc., collectively contributed more than two-thirds of the points that carried the Nasdaq from one 1000-point milestone to another, according to stock-market research firm Birinyi Associates.

Such bets helped the Nasdaq jump 28% in 2017, beating the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s 25% gain and S&P 500’s 19% rise. The only two times the Nasdaq has passed 1,000-point milestones faster were the 38 trading sessions the index took to advance to 4000 in 1999 and the 49 sessions it needed to top 5000 in 2000—shortly before the dot-com bust. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Microsoft soll sich 45 Milliarden Dollar an Steuern „erspart“ haben

Posted by hkarner - 23. August 2017

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Der US-Konzern wurde auch in der Vergangenheit wiederholt wegen „Steueroptimierungen“ kritisiert

Redmond – Der US-Konzern Microsoft gerät durch seine „Steueroptimierungen“ in den USA erneut in die Kritik. Dies wirft auch in der EU Fragen zu effizienteren Maßnahmen im Kampf gegen Steuerflucht und Steuervermeidung auf. Das jüngste Beispiel von Microsoft macht die Tragweite solcher Praktiken für die betroffenen Staaten deutlich. Laut dem Anfang August veröffentlichten Geschäftsbericht hat das US-Unternehmen in den letzten zwei Jahren rund 43 Milliarden US-Dollar (36,5 Milliarden Euro) verdient. Davon seien allerdings nur etwa 0,3 Prozent (128 Millionen) in den USA erwirtschaftet worden. Das scheint nicht sehr plausibel, schreibt das Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). ITEP vermutet, dass ein Großteil der Gewinne des Konzerns auf Konten in Steueroasen liegt. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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