Microsoft (MSFT) Offering Possible 22.85% Return Over the Next 27 Calendar Days

Microsoft's most recent trend suggests a bullish bias. One trading opportunity on Microsoft is a Bull Put Spread using a strike $116.00 short put and a strike $111.00 long put offers a potential 22.85% return on risk over the next 27 calendar days. Maximum profit would be generated if the Bull Put Spread were to expire worthless, which would occur if the stock were above $116.00 by expiration. The full premium credit of $0.93 would be kept by the premium seller. The risk of $4.07 would be incurred if the stock dropped below the $111.00 long put strike price.

The 5-day moving average is moving up which suggests that the short-term momentum for Microsoft is bullish and the probability of a rise in share price is higher if the stock starts trending.

The 20-day moving average is moving up which suggests that the medium-term momentum for Microsoft is bullish.

The RSI indicator is at 77.1 level which suggests that the stock is neither overbought nor oversold at this time.

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LATEST NEWS for Microsoft

Google's Stadia Could Be the Long-Awaited "Netflix of Games"
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:30:00 +0000
But only if the tech giant keeps its eye on the prize.

Apple's New AirPods and iPad Air Are Priced to Move – Tech Check
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 22:13:00 +0000
launched its first phone with a $1,000-plus U.S. starting price (the iPhone XS Max), and it also launched new Macs, iPad Pros and Apple Watches that featured higher starting prices than comparable, prior-generation models. Given all of that, it wouldn't have been shocking to see Apple's second-gen AirPods, which bring with them (among other things) improved talk times and support for hands-free Siri activation, feature a higher starting price than the $159 price that the original AirPods have carried since launching in late 2016.

Microsoft (MSFT) Stock Moves -0.11%: What You Should Know
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 21:45:09 +0000
Microsoft (MSFT) closed the most recent trading day at $117.52, moving -0.11% from the previous trading session.

Google was slapped with another huge EU fine — and investors didn't bat an eye
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 20:16:00 +0000
Google was fined one-tenth of that amount by the European Commission on Competition. Alphabet's gains on Wednesday add to a 1-percent jump Tuesday, after the company's Google division announced its new video game streaming platform, Stadia. Google GOOGL was hit with another fine from EU antitrust regulators Wednesday, and investors didn't bat an eye.

Sony Stock Has Nothing to Fear From Alphabet’s Stadia
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:51:48 +0000
Before Japanese electronics firm Sony (NYSE:SNE) got its groove back, critics slammed Sony stock as an irrelevant investment. But one chapter of the book remained immensely viable: PlayStation. Even now, with shares comparatively out of the doldrums, SNE depends heavily on its gaming division.Source: Dalvenjah via FlickrUnfortunately, another titan put this segment on notice. Joining rival Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) announced on Tuesday its new gaming platform, Stadia.Based on streaming technology, Stadia will advantage Alphabet's cloud-computing networks to deliver hardware-free gaming. The idea here is to promote open-source entertainment, which would disrupt Sony and console-maker Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).InvestorPlace – Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsUnsurprisingly, SNE stock dropped more than 1% in the regular session, and shed nearly 2% during extended hours. Nintendo (OTCMKTS:NTDOY) also felt the heat. As a company levered mostly to consoles, Nintendo depends on a healthy gaming market. With Alphabet pushing its way in, NTDOY lost over 2%.Over many troubled years, Sony jettisoned several unprofitable businesses. A major reason why Sony stock became a turnaround success was management finally realized what works, and what doesn't. But the consistent winner throughout was PlayStation. If anything threats this iconic game console, it's presumably lights out for Sony stock. Two Scenarios for SNE stockGiven the recent announcement, most folks fall under two camps regarding SNE stock: either Alphabet (or Amazon, or both) eat Sony's lunch, or they fall short. Both sides of the debate find support from readily available evidence. * 10 Stocks on the Rise Heading Into the Second Quarter First, the bear case probably makes the most sense to passersby. One of the underlying themes of modernization is the de-cluttering effect. Back in the 1990s, owning the latest tech meant myriad wires bulging out of desks and other fixtures. Today, you can enjoy profound computing power condensed into a neat, little rectangle.Why, then, should our gaming apparatuses be any different? Amazon responded with their streaming-based gaming platform, and now we also have Google's Stadia.In addition, gaming transitioned into a serious economic proposition. Put another way, consoles are expensive. Many folks, particularly casual gamers, don't want to shell out $400 or $500 for yet another machine. This situation becomes more difficult during the holidays when companies prefer to release their flagship products.But with Stadia, the hardware is in the cloud, eliminating significant costs. Over time, Alphabet may eliminate Sony stock.However, Sony is deeply entrenched in the gaming world. While the consumer-tech firm has lost ground and credibility in several segments, it features a prized content moat.Kantan Games' CEO Serkan Toto wrote to CNBC that "gaming is a very nut to crack." While I respect Alphabet's ability to disrupt any tech sector, attacking Sony directly features a low probability of success. After all, the company sold a staggering 91 million-plus PS4s total. This figure utterly dominates Microsoft's and Nintendo's tally.These aren't two-bit players. So for Alphabet to disrupt SNE stock on gaming's turf? I just don't see it. Google Ironically Benefits Sony StockOverall, I wouldn't hit the panic button on SNE stock. While increased competition detracts nearer-term, the long-term picture remains incredibly viable for Sony.What casual observers don't understand is that the gaming equation isn't binary. Just because a disruptor like Alphabet or Amazon enters the fray doesn't necessarily spell doom for Sony stock. That's because the offered platform (i.e., streaming) is contextually inferior to the console.Earlier this year, I argued that Amazon's game-streaming venture was neat, but not a disruption. For instance, network latency represents a major problem and frustration for online gamers. But for Amazon to essentially stream the entire hardware via the net? It's possible but not at all practical. * 5 of the Best Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for Solid Dividends With Stadia, Google follows the same flawed playbook. But what's ironic and humorous is that Google went the streaming route to supposedly save gamers money on console purchases. How noble of them. However, they left out an important detail: to actualize their streaming vision requires more funds from gamers.Most of us probably assume that we have uniform network capabilities. But the reality is that network capacity (and prices) vary wildly across different regions. Therefore, gamers living in "underprivileged" communities must fork over additional money to practically advantage Alphabet's new platform.On the flipside, you only have to purchase a console once. This is especially true for casual gaming enthusiasts, the very market at which Google is aiming. Because why would a casual gamer shell out money in perpetuity (via high-speed internet subscriptions) to effectively play Stadia games?Ultimately, I'm staying the course with Sony stock. Like Amazon, Alphabet introduced an interesting concept. However, it's no match for SNE and its multiple decades of gaming infrastructure and expertise.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto was long SNE stock. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Invincible Stocks Leading The Bull Market Higher * 5 Dow Jones Stocks Coming to Life * 7 of the Best High-Yield Funds for 2019 and Beyond Compare Brokers The post Sony Stock Has Nothing to Fear From Alphabeta€™s Stadia appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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