The stock is trading at an all-time high on investor optimism about cloud services and other technology initiatives. But those are a small part of the overall business.
Recently, I speculated in print that shares of Amazon.com (AMZN) would drop after the Seattle company posted its quarterly earnings. I expected the online retailer to miss analyst estimates
Betting against Amazon has become a mug's game. Since the stock market bottom, in late 2008, the stock has risen steadily, from below $38 a share to its present high of $266.
IBM is quietly going about the business of building an indispensable suite of cloud applications. Meanwhile, the stock consistently rewards shareholders.
Over the last five years, owning shares of IBM (IBM) has been very, very good for investors.
Since November 2008 the stock has more than doubled in value; the dividend, which has been raised at regular intervals, now stands at 85 cents per share, yielding 1.7%. IBM can well afford the $1 billion quarterly payout -- profits range from $3 billion to $5 billion each quarter.
Despite this, all is not well at Big Blue, at least according to analysts.
From grove to glass, Coca-Cola's sophisticated Black Book model guides every aspect of orange juice production.
Don't let the name fool you. Coca-Cola's (KO) Simply Orange juice is anything but pick, squeeze and pour.
That cold glass of 100% liquid sunshine is the product of a sophisticated industrial juice complex. Satellite imagery, complicated data algorithms, even a juice pipeline are all part of the recipe.
"You take Mother Nature and standardize it," says Jim Horrisberger, director of procurement at Coke's juice packaging plant in Auburndale, Fla. "Mother Nature doesn't like to be standardized."
The social network posted impressive growth numbers in its most-recent quarter, but Wall Street worries the company is spending too much.
Facebook's (FB) fourth-quarter financial result beat estimates, but Wall Street pushed down the stock on concerns that the social network -- much like the rest of America -- has a spending problem.
Facebook did not provide guidance for the current quarter but executives did note that capital expenditures for 2013 will be around $1.8 billion as the company ramps up hiring and infrastructure spending.
David Ebersman, Facebook's chief financial officer, said total expenses, excluding stock-based compensation, will likely increase by around 50% this year. It will be worth watching where the expenses will be incurred -- Ebersman did not specify during the conference call with shareholders and analyst. But Fusion-IO (FIO), which supplies flash memory technology to Facebook as well as to Apple (AAPL), cut its 2013 revenue outlook, citing delayed orders from its customers.
Early impressions of Microsoft's newest operating system have focused on its touch-screen functionality and mobile devices. Helping transform the PC may be its bigger task.
When Windows 8 was released, last October, some early reviews were more memorable than fair.
One critic called it "a Christmas gift for someone you hate." Gaming executive Gabe Newell said Microsoft's (MSFT) new operating system "is like this giant sadness." Auto-complete suggestions at Google's (GOOG) search engine delivered comparisons to "a bad blind date." (Microsoft is the publisher of MSN Money.)
People talked about Windows the way they talk about Congress, and for basically the same reason. No one likes a compromise.
An important goal for Microsoft when it launched Windows 8 was to get its operating system onto tablets and other mobile devices. For years, PC manufacturers have been beating at the gates of mobile computing, experimenting with more portable designs like netbooks and ultrabooks, and finding only limited success. Windows 8 was to be the Trojan horse that got them in.
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