Investors who’ve waited patiently for shares of Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) to get cheap have gotten their chance. Despite stronger-than-expected growth in the company’s commercial cloud business during its fiscal third quarter, Microsoft shares are down more than 4% in after-hour session Thursday.
Microsoft’s cloud-first strategy, implemented by under CEO Satya Nadella, has paid huge dividends for the company, whose shares were near all-time highs heading into Thursday’s results. But valuation concerns had crept in, suggesting that growth expectations were too high. Microsoft, at least for one quarter, couldn’t deliver. Let’s go through the numbers.
The Quarter that Was
For the quarter that ended March, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant earned a net income of $3.76 billion, or 47 cents a share, which declined from $4.99 billion, or 61 cents a share in the year-ago quarter. On an adjusted basis, when taking out one-time gains and costs, the company earned 62 cents a share, which was 2 cents shy of Street estimates.
Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2016: Imprivata, Inc.(IMPR)
Imprivata, Inc. provides information technology security and identity solutions to the healthcare industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. Its security and identity platform provides authentication management, fast access to patient information, secure communication, and positive patient identification products to address critical security and compliance challenges faced by healthcare organizations. The company principally offers Imprivata OneSign, an integrated enterprise single sign-on, authentication management, and workflow automation platform that enables secure access and workflow optimization to workstations and applications. It also provides Imprivata Cortext, a cloud-supported secure communications platform that provides healthcare organizations and healthcare providers with secure SMS texting and messaging capabilities in compliance with applicable data privacy and security regulations. In addition, the company offers Imprivata Confirm ID that simplifies provider identity proofing, enables supervised enrollment, and enforces two factor authentication requirements, as well as integrates with electronic health record systems and offers multiple drug enforcement administration-approved two-factor authentication options for prescription signing. Further, it provides Imprivata PatientSecure, a software-based positive patient identification solution, which helps improve patient safety, revenue cycle efficiency, and patient experience by reducing duplicate medical records and overlays, as well as helps reduce the risk of identity theft and insurance fraud. Additionally, the company offers professional, customer support and education, and customer advocacy services. Imprivata, Inc. was incorporated in 2001 and is headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Imprivata Inc (NYSE: IMPR) got a boost, shooting up 31 percent to $19.01 as the company reached a definitive deal to be bought by an affiliate of Thoma Bravo, LLC, a private equity firm, for $544 million
Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2016: International Paper Company(IP)
International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The company operates through three segments: Industrial Packaging, Printing Papers, and Consumer Packaging. The Industrial Packaging segment manufactures containerboards, including linerboard, medium, whitetop, recycled linerboard, recycled medium, and saturating kraft. The Printing Papers segment produces printing and writing papers, such as uncoated papers for end use applications, including brochures, pamphlets, greeting cards, books, annual reports, and direct mail, as well as envelopes, tablets, business forms, and file folders. This segment sells uncoated papers under the Hammermill, Springhill, Williamsburg, Postmark, Accent, Great White, Chamex, Ballet, Rey, Pol, and Svetocopy brand names. It also produces pulp for manufacturing printing, writing, and specialty papers , as well as towels and tissues, filtration products, diapers, and sanitary napkins. The Consumer Packaging segment offers coated paperboard for various packaging and commercial printing end uses, such as food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, computer software, and tobacco products under the Everest, Fortress, and Starcote brand name. This segment also produces cups, lids, food containers, and plates. The company sells its packaging products, paper products, and other products directly to end users and converters, as well as through agents, resellers, and paper distributors. International Paper Company was founded in 1898 and is based in Memphis, Tennessee.
- [By Diane Alter]
The last time a Dow shake-up caused such a stir was in April 2004, when AT&T (NYSE: T), Eastman Kodak (currently in bankruptcy proceedings), and International Paper Co. (NYSE: IP) were removed and replaced with American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ).
- [By Mike Deane]
On Tuesday, International Paper (IP) announced that it has raised its dividend 17% and that its board of directors has approved up to $1.5 billion in common stock repurchases.
The paper and packaging company declared a quarterly dividend of 35 cents, a 5 cent increase from its previous dividend of 30 cents. The dividend will be payable on December 16th, 2013 to all stockholders of record on November 15th, 2013. The ex-dividend date is November 13th, 2013.
The company also announced a share buyback plan of up to $1.5 billion in common stock. The buyback is planned to happen over the next two to three years.
IP shares were up 12 cents, or .24%, at Tuesday’s market close. YTD, the company’s stock is up 21.39%.
- [By John McCamant, Editor, Medical Technology Stock Letter]
SGMO continues to create strong intellectual property (IP), which is the core strength of the company. We also expect SGMO to continue translating their strong IP into solid revenue streams.
- [By Dr. Duru]
The U.S. Postal Service is engaged in a well-publicized battle for survival in this era of digitization. With the closure of its paper mill in Courtland, Alabama, International Paper (IP) has further underlined the inexorable drive of digitization. On September 11, 2013, IP announced the following:
Top Long Term Companies For 2016: Jabil Circuit Inc.(JBL)
Jabil Circuit, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides electronic manufacturing services and solutions worldwide. The company offers electronics and mechanical design, production, product management, and after-market services to companies in the aerospace, automotive, computing, consumer, defense, industrial, instrumentation, medical, networking, peripherals, solar, storage, and telecommunications industries. Its services comprise integrated design and engineering; component selection, sourcing, and procurement; automated assembly; design and implementation of product testing; parallel global production; enclosure services; and systems assembly, direct-order fulfillment, and configure-to-order services. The company also provides set-top boxes, mobility products, and display products, as well as peripheral products, such as printers and point of sale terminals; and aftermarket services consisting of warranty and repair services. Jabil Circuit, Inc. was founded in 196 6 and is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Analysts expect Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) to post its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $4.50 billion. Jabil Circuit shares fell 0.83 percent to close at $21.42 yesterday.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $4.50 billion.
Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $657.59 million.
- [By Amber Hestla, Michael J. Carr]
Another Apple supplier to consider is Jabil Circuit (NYSE: JBL), a company that offers a number of manufacturing services to customers in the technology sector.
Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2016: NiSource, Inc(NI)
NiSource Inc., an energy holding company, provides natural gas, electricity, and other products and services in the United States. It operates through two segments, Gas Distribution Operations and Electric Operations. The company provides natural gas service and transportation to residential, commercial, and industrial customers; generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and provides wholesale and transmission transaction services. It serves approximately 3.4 million natural gas customers and 463,000 electric customers in in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, and Massachusetts. The company also owns and operates 3 coal-fired electric generating stations with a net capability of 2,540 megawatts (MW), 3 gas-fired generating units with a net capability of 196 MW, and 2 hydroelectric generating plants with a net capability of 10 MW, as well as a combined cycle gas turbine plant with a capacity of 5 35 MW. The company was formerly known as NIPSCO Industries, Inc. and changed its name to NiSource Inc. in April 1999. NiSource Inc. was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 2.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), down 9 percent, and NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), down 5 percent.
Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2016: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated provides healthcare services in the United States. Its Health Benefits segment offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services to national employers, public sector employers, mid-sized employers, small businesses, and individuals; and non-employer based insurance options for purchase by individuals. It also provides health and well-being services for individuals aged 50 and older; and for services dealing with chronic disease and other specialized issues for older individuals, as well as health plans for the beneficiaries of acute and long-term care Medicaid plans. This segment offers its services through a network of 730,000 physicians and other health care professionals, and 5,300 hospitals. Its OptumHealth segment provides health, financial, and ancillary services and products that assist consumers through personalized health management solutions; benefit administration, and clinical and network management; health-based financi al services; behavioral solutions; and specialty benefits, such as dental, vision, life, critical illness, short-term disability, and stop-loss product offerings. The company?s Ingenix segment offers database and data management services, software products, publications, consulting and actuarial services, business process outsourcing services, and pharmaceutical data consulting and research services. Its Prescription Solutions segment provides integrated pharmacy benefit management services comprising retail network pharmacy contracting and management, claims processing, mail order pharmacy services, specialty pharmacy, benefit design consultation, rebate contracting and management, drug utilization review, formulary management programs, disease therapy management, and adherence programs to employer groups, union trusts, managed care organizations, Medicare-contracted plans, Medicaid plans, and third party administrators. The company was founded in 1974 and is based in Minn e tonka, Minnesota.
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- [By Reuters]
Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday. The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges. The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1. “What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear. Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance. Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012. By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015. Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Netflix tumbled 13% to $94.34 after gaining far fewer overseas subscribers than it had forecast. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was able to offset International Business Machines’ (IBM) 5.7% drop to $143.98 with gains from Goldman Sachs (GS), which gained 2.5% to $162.71, UnitedHealth Group (UNH), which rose 2.1% to $130.50, and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), which advanced 1.6% to $112.67. IBM was hit by disappointing guidance, while Goldman Sachs shrugged off a low quality beat, Johnson & Johnson lifted guidance, and UnitedHealth easily topped earnings forecasts.