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  1. HP's Elite x3 Windows Smartphone Is Coming Soon

    July 18, 2016
    HP (NYSE: HPQ) will begin shipping its new flagship Elite x3 mobile device in the next two weeks. The high-end smartphone, ...
  2. Microsoft Backs Away From Windows 10 Goal (MSFT)

    July 18, 2016
    Microsoft backs off from its goal of reaching 1 billion devices to run on Windows 10 by the middle of 2018
  3. Who Wins In Google, LinkedIn Swap (GOOGL, MSFT)

    July 18, 2016
    The landmark property swap deal paves the way for building integrated campuses and offer a realistic solution to Silicon ...
  4. 7 Secrets You Didn't Know About Microsoft

    July 17, 2016
    Learn about the history of Microsoft and its founders, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, including some facts that most people might ...
  5. Microsoft Wins Privacy Case Versus US Government

    July 14, 2016
    The battle between privacy and security continues to heat up.
  6. Quantum is Coming

    July 13, 2016
    Alphabet's forthcoming Chrome Canary browser is just the "canary" in the coalmine--quantum computing is coming faster than ...
  7. GE, MGeneral Electric, Microsoft Become Cloud Partners (GE, MSFT)SFT)

    July 12, 2016
    GE's industrial operating system, Predix, will become available on Microsoft's Azure cloud.
  8. Microsoft COO Turner to Lead Citadel (MSFT)

    July 7, 2016
    Microsoft COO Kevin Turner is leaving to become the top executive at Chicago trading firm Citadel Securities.
  9. A Look Inside the Vanguard Value ETF (VTV, MSFT)

    July 7, 2016
    The Vanguard Value ETF, which has $41.6 billion in net assets, is designed to track the performance of the CRSP US Large ...
  10. 3 Potential Synergies In Microsoft's Purchase of LinkedIn (MSFT, ...

    July 6, 2016
    Discover AllianceBernstein's take on the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft, as well as the synergies that are likely to ...
  11. Ariel Investment's Latest Moves (ABX, MSFT)

    July 6, 2016
    John Rogers, manager of Ariel Investments, makes recent investment changes in ABX and MSFT.
  12. Why the British Pound Is Stronger Than the U.S. Dollar

    July 5, 2016
    Learn why the British pound is stronger than the U.S. dollar, despite the U.S. economy being larger than that of Britain ...
  13. Did Microsoft Acquire LinkedIn for the Cloud Business? (MSFT, ...

    July 3, 2016
    Explore why Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn goes beyond cloud computing, including the benefits to Dynamics CRM and the ...
  14. AWSHX: Mutual Fund With Mostly Blue Chip Stocks

    July 1, 2016
    Learn about the favorite investments of American Funds Washington Mutual Investors Fund Class A's portfolio managers, whose ...
  15. Time Running Out For Microsoft Bulls (MSFT)

    June 30, 2016
    Six tests at October 2015 breakout support have failed to attract buying interest, raising odds for a breakdown that ends ...
  16. 4 Reasons Soros' Philosophy Is Hard to Implement

    June 29, 2016
    Develop the skill to identify investments worthy of a significant portfolio allocation and build the self-discipline to exit ...
  17. What Did Microsoft See in LinkedIn? (MSFT, LNKD)

    June 28, 2016
    Explore reasons behind Microsoft's $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, including the savings resulting from borrowing ...
  18. Legal Risk Study: XLK, How Many Fines Have Component Companies ...

    June 27, 2016
    Learn how component companies of the Technology Select SPDR ETF's sector have recently had to pay fines for monopolistic ...
  19. 3 Cases Against Long-Term Investment in Stocks

    June 27, 2016
    Learn why a rapidly evolving technology landscape, slowing population growth and single-product dominance have made long-term ...
  20. Microsoft Enters NFC Mobile Payments With New Microsoft Wallet ...

    June 27, 2016
    Microsoft has relaunched its mobile wallet which allows Windows 10 Mobile Users Tap-To-Pay feature.
  21. Assessing Asset Bubbles: Microsoft in 2001 vs. Today (MSFT)

    June 24, 2016
    Understand the inner working of high-multiple stocks such as Microsoft, especially how earnings may play a role in the change ...
  22. Why LinkedIn Is Unlikely to Be the Next Nokia

    June 23, 2016
    Bernstein explains how Microsoft can utilize LinkedIn's most valuable assets: its professional network of people, relationships, ...
  23. Behind Microsoft's Shift to Cloud Technology

    June 23, 2016
    Learn about the challenges and competition Microsoft faces as it transitions from a traditional software company to a cloud ...
  24. CalPERS vs. CalSTRS: Assessing Their Portfolios

    June 23, 2016
    Monitor the success of CalSTRS toward achieving annual returns of 7.5% with the risk mitigation strategy, and compare to ...
  25. 3 Mutual Funds That Invest in U.S. Companies With Indian CEOs ...

    June 20, 2016
    Learn about Indian-born CEOs that are leading prominent U.S. companies. Discover three mutual funds that have large exposure ...
  26. Top 2 Holdings of Columbia Threadneedle's Mutual Fund (MSFT, ...

    June 18, 2016
    Discover the two AAA-rated by S&P top holdings of the Columbia Dividend Income fund: Microsoft Corp. and Johnson & Johnson.
  27. Microsoft Sees High Growth in Legal Marijuana (MSFT, LNKD)

    June 17, 2016
    The software giant is looking to blaze a trail in the realm of legalized marijuana.
  28. Is This the End of Apple's Growth Era? (AAPL)

    June 16, 2016
    Find out why Berkshire Hathaway made an uncharacteristic purchase of Apple stock and whether it implies Apple is no longer ...
  29. Twitter Set to Reward Long-Suffering Shareholders (TWTR, MSFT)

    June 15, 2016
    Twitter's positive price action this week is likely to signal a long-term bottom.
  30. Microsoft and Sony Announce New Products at E3 (MSFT, SNE)

    June 15, 2016
    Microsoft and Sony both announce new gaming consoles at this year's E3 Convention.
  31. Sony Sets PlayStation VR Release Date and Price

    June 15, 2016
    While virtual reality could turn out to be the next 3D TV -- a heavily hyped technology that consumers show little interest ...
  32. LinkedIn Stock Downgraded After Microsoft Deal (LNKD, MSFT)

    June 15, 2016
    Not all of Wall Street is applauding the $26.2 billion in cash Microsoft is willing to shell out for the professional social ...
  33. Microsoft Weighed Down By LinkedIn Bid (MSFT, LNKD)

    June 14, 2016
    Microsoft is testing support between 48 and 50 for the fourth time since January, raising odds for a breakdown that ends ...
  34. Microsoft LinkedIn Deal: Could it Cost their Aaa?

    June 14, 2016
    If Microsoft does lose its Aaa rating, this will leave Johnson & Johnson as the only non-financial company with an unblemished ...
  35. The Big Winners of the Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal (MSFT, LNKD)

    June 13, 2016
    The acquisition price of $196 a share—a 50% premium, has made some people a lot of money.
  36. Morgan Stanley Sole Advisor To MSFT In LNKD Deal

    June 13, 2016
    Morgan Stanley has been scaling back its fixed income, currencies and commodities (FICC) trading business business, while ...
  37. Microsoft To Buy LinkedIn For $26.2 billion (MSFT, LNKD)

    June 13, 2016
    Microsoft acquires LinkedIn for $26.2 billion
  38. LinkedIn Stock Soars on News of Sale to Microsoft

    June 13, 2016
    Shareholders of LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) have been suffering for much of 2016, after its dismal fourth-quarter and full-year ...
  39. Microsoft Races Towards the Cloud Amid PC Decline (MSFT)

    June 13, 2016
    Microsoft's board are worried about the long-term decline in the company's software business and are pushing for a more aggressive ...
  40. Why Tech Giants Are Acquiring Cyber Security Companies (SNE, ...

    June 12, 2016
    Explore the factors behind the rise and consolidation of the cyber security segment, and the reasons why tech companies are ...
  41. Which 2 U.S. Companies Are Still Rated AAA? (JNJ)

    June 7, 2016
    If there are only two U.S. companies with a AAA rating, then they should definitely be on your watch list.
  42. Tech Bubbles: How the Dot-Com Era Differs From 2016 (AAPL, CSCO)

    June 6, 2016
    Pay attention to the escalating valuations of pre-IPO companies in 2016, as several will rise above the $10 billion level ...
  43. Is Microsoft Out of the Driverless Cars Market? (MSFT)

    June 6, 2016
    Reports suggest that the tech giant might have no interest in entering the driverless cars market.
  44. Minecraft is Unstoppable

    June 5, 2016
    The super popular sandbox game has 40 million monthly users, and a hundred million strong community across 7 continents.
  45. Microsoft-Xiaomi Partnership is a Win-win (MSFT)

    June 2, 2016
    Microsoft has agreed to sell 1500 patents to Xiaomi. Here's what this means for the two companies and their businesses
  46. Microsoft Enters the VC Sphere with Microsoft Ventures

    June 1, 2016
    Microsoft announces their new venture capital arm, Microsoft Ventures.
  47. Microsoft Bans In-Game Marketing in Minecraft (MSFT)

    June 1, 2016
    Microsoft bans in-game advertising on the Minecraft platform.
  48. 5 Companies With Huge Cash Flow (AAPL,VZ,MSFT,WMT)

    June 1, 2016
    These five companies have major cash flow which makes them good long-term bets.
  49. Microsoft Cost Cutting Praised by Analysts (MSFT)

    May 31, 2016
    RBC Capital Markets analysts issued a bullish note Friday morning, citing several potential catalysts that can send shares ...
  50. Facebook, Microsoft to Build Trans-Atlantic Cable (FB, MSFT)

    May 27, 2016
    Both tech giants can benefit from faster internet speeds to support their respective services and platforms.
  51. Microsoft Bulls In Charge Despite Correction (MSFT, AAPL)

    May 26, 2016
    Microsoft relative strength cycles are slowly turning higher, setting the stage for a test of 5 month range resistance.
  52. Cash Report: Information Technology Still Hoarding Greenbacks ...

    May 26, 2016
    Read several theories about why the technology sector is stockpiling unprecedented amounts of cash reserves, rather than ...
  53. Layoffs Bode Ill for Microsoft's Phone Biz (MSFT)

    May 25, 2016
    The software giant's efforts to transform itself into a genuine player in the smartphone market may be failing as today's ...
  54. 5 Women Executives Who Are Shattering the Glass Ceiling (JPM, ...

    May 24, 2016
    Learn how these five women have successfully climbed to the top of the business world and are playing a large role in shattering ...
  55. Minimum Wage Increase: Will Technology Help Margins for U.S. ...

    May 24, 2016
    Discover why the $15 per hour minimum wage movement may unintentionally be sowing the seeds for a new crop of jobs-stealing ...
  56. Why Large Tech Companies Are Interested in Wall Street Executives ...

    May 23, 2016
    Watch for more large-cap technology companies to recruit investment banking executives for their own top-level management ...
  57. Is Microsoft Hanging Up on Mobile Phones? (MSFT, NOK)

    May 23, 2016
    The sale of its phone unit is part of Microsoft's yearlong plan to scale down arguably one of its most scrutinized business ...
  58. Amazon Cloud: Is AWS Really Outgrowing Its Competitors? (AMZN)

    May 21, 2016
    Learn about Amazon Web Services (AWS) and how the e-commerce giant’s cloud computing segment is growing much faster than ...
  59. 2 Vanguard Dividend ETFs Posed for More Growth (VIG, VYM)

    May 21, 2016
    Explore how the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF and the Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF pick stocks that gear them for ...
  60. Twitter Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (TWTR)

    May 21, 2016
    Learn about Twitter and discover the companies that are its key suppliers. Obtain a brief description and analysis of each ...
  61. Yahoo Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (YHOO)

    May 21, 2016
    Read about a handful of technology companies that serve as key customers for advertising space on the Yahoo family of Web ...
  62. Cash Is King: The Only S&P 500 Sector With Net Cash (APPL, GOOGL)

    May 20, 2016
    Explore the net cash positions of the largest companies in the technology sector, and discover why carrying large sums of ...
  63. Microsoft's Nadella to Meet India's CEOs, Tech Leaders (MSFT)

    May 20, 2016
    Soon after Tim Cook, Satya Nadella plans an India visit.
  64. Exxon Mobil Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (XOM)

    May 20, 2016
    Investigate Exxon Mobil's capital structure and understand how equity, debt capitalization and enterprise value interact ...
  65. The Market In 5 Minutes: Condoms, Rose, Condoms!

    May 18, 2016
    Below is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day -- it's a look at everything happening in the market, in ...
  66. Microsoft Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (MSFT)

    May 16, 2016
    Learn how Microsoft relies on many key customers to help sell and distribute its growing line of products to customers around ...
  67. Microsoft Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (MSFT)

    May 16, 2016
    Analyze Microsoft's capital structure to determine the roles of debt and equity in its financing, and explore what these ...
  68. Microsoft Stock to Trade Ex-Dividend (MSFT)

    May 16, 2016
    Microsoft will send its dividend payment on June 9 to shareholders of record as of May 19.
  69. Alphabet, Inc. Poised to Become Most Valuable Co. (GOOG, AAPL)

    May 12, 2016
    Alphabet, Inc. is poised to become the most valuable publicly traded company in America.
  70. Yahoo Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (YHOO)

    May 12, 2016
    Find out which companies generate the largest percentage of their revenue from Yahoo, and why their supplier relationship ...
  71. 3 Socially Responsible ETFs to Consider in 2016 (DSI, KLD)

    May 11, 2016
    Get an insight into three of the top-performing ETFs in 2016 that are available to investors in the category of socially ...
  72. 5 Mega-Cap Technology Companies That Invest in Venture Capital ...

    May 9, 2016
    Follow the successes of mega-cap technology companies with venture capital divisions as they reap benefits from turning startups ...
  73. MSFT to Start Charging Users for Windows Upgrade (MSFT, AAPL)

    May 9, 2016
    Microsoft will start charging for Windows 10 upgrades in July.
  74. 3 Large-Cap Value ETFs for Bull and Bear Markets (VTV, PWV)

    May 8, 2016
    Discover three value stock ETFs that have delivered double-digit returns for five years and that can add portfolio protection ...
  75. VV: An ETF Performance Case Study

    May 8, 2016
    Discover the seasonal trading patterns of the Vanguard Large-Cap ETF, including the three months of the year that have generated ...
  76. Williams Companies vs. Exxon Mobil: Which Is Better for My Portfolio? ...

    May 6, 2016
    Discover the key differences between Williams Companies and Exxon Mobil, as well as which company makes the best portfolio ...
  77. VWINX: Vanguard Wellesley Income Fund Performance Case Study

    May 5, 2016
    Learn basic information for the Vanguard Wellesley Income Fund, including historical performance and market return trends ...
  78. Microsoft to Store Data in DNA (MSFT)

    May 5, 2016
    Big data storage poses a challenge to the digital economy. As DNA sequencing becomes affordable and scalable, it serves as ...
  79. The Industry Handbook: Software Industry

    May 4, 2016
    Discover how the software industry has changed throughout the years to become a mainstay for businesses from programming ...
  80. 3 Dividend Trends in the S&P 500 Index (TSN, LUV)

    May 4, 2016
    Analyzing recent financial performance of companies demonstrating an inclination to issue consistent dividends to shareholders ...
  81. The 3 Largest Tech ETFs (XLK, VGT)

    May 4, 2016
    Peruse the holdings of the largest tech ETFs, and try not to have flashbacks about the dotcom bubble. Amazon is the only ...
  82. 3 Specialty ETFs Shedding Assets (XLF, XLI)

    May 3, 2016
    Study these specialty exchange-traded funds that suffered substantial outflows in 2015 and early 2016 to get a better sense ...
  83. AMD Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers

    May 2, 2016
    Learn about several important computer and gaming hardware companies that serve as key customers for Advanced Micro Devices ...
  84. QQQ: An ETF Performance Case Study

    May 2, 2016
    Explore how seasonal trading trends have helped the PowerShares QQQ ETF beat its tracking index since 2012, including the ...
  85. XLG vs. MGC: Comparing Mega-Cap ETFs

    May 2, 2016
    Discover how mega-cap stocks have fared in 2016 and read a comparative analysis of the Guggenheim S&P 500 Top 50 ETF and ...
  86. Can Nintendo Make A Comeback with NX Console? (NTDOY)

    May 2, 2016
    Can the new device reestablish Nintendo's status as a gaming powerhouse?
  87. DXD vs. DDM: Comparing Leveraged Dow Jones Equity ETFs

    May 2, 2016
    Discover two exchange-traded funds that give leveraged exposure to Dow Jones equity, and see a comparison of their structures, ...
  88. First Eagle Global Fund Performance Case Study (SGENX)

    May 2, 2016
    Discover the historical trends regarding the First Eagle Global Fund, including the fund's strongest, weakest and most consistent ...
  89. SSO vs. UPRO: Comparing Leveraged U.S. Equity ETFs

    May 2, 2016
    Discover how the leveraged exchange-traded-fund SSO compares to UPRO, and determine which one is the right fit for your portfolio ...
  90. GSLC: Goldman's Large Cap ActiveBeta ETF

    May 1, 2016
    Learn about Goldman Sachs' new ActiveBeta exchange-traded funds, and discover an analysis and the characteristics of the ...
  91. Income Fund of America Performance Case Study (AMECX)

    April 30, 2016
    Learn about The Income Fund of America, including an information overview, a historical look at the fund's returns and trend ...
  92. VBINX: Vanguard Balanced Index Fund Performance Case Study

    April 30, 2016
    Explore the consistent returns of the Vanguard Balanced Index Fund Investor Shares, including the reason behind its low volatility ...
  93. DODBX: Dodge & Cox Balanced Fund Performance Case Study

    April 29, 2016
    Explore the returns of the Dodge & Cox Balanced Fund since 2012, as well as the seasonal trading patterns when the fund registers ...
  94. The Chart of This ETF Suggests That Tech Stocks Are Headed Lower ...

    April 29, 2016
    Technology stocks have recently broken below key levels of support. These charts suggest that the next move is lower.
  95. American Funds American Balanced Fund Performance Case Study ...

    April 29, 2016
    Explore the performance of the American Funds American Balanced Fund, including how the fund limits volatility, as well as ...
  96. Fidelity Spartan 500 Index Fund Performance Case Study (FUSEX)

    April 28, 2016
    Explore the performance of the Fidelity Spartan 500 Index Fund since 2012 and discover the months when the fund is most likely ...
  97. CDC vs. DLN: Comparing Dividend-Oriented ETFs

    April 28, 2016
    Take a look at an overview and comparison of two dividend-oriented ETFs to learn the respective advantages and disadvantages ...
  98. QQQ vs. OEF: Comparing Large Cap ETFs

    April 27, 2016
    Discover and compare two large-cap exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Learn about their purposes, strategies, characteristics ...
  99. This Is What Mark Zuckerberg's Portfolio Looks Like (FB, MSFT)

    April 25, 2016
    Find out where the sixth-richest billionaire on the Forbes List, Mark Zuckerberg, invests his money to continue securing ...
  100. Microsoft Stock: An Earnings Case Study (MSFT)

    April 25, 2016
    Examine Microsoft's historic and forecast earnings. Analyze the factors driving recent EPS performance and shaping consensus ...
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