Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is still the stock to buy if you are looking for proven growth, resilience, and future potential. In just over 30 years of being a public company, it has continued to display leadership strength, an ability to adapt with the pace of the IT world, and, most importantly, the company has delivered returns for investors.
Microsoft’s Stock Value Growth for the Last Year
On early Monday morning, Microsoft’s stock was tracking at $100.79 on the NASDAQ. This figure is significant because it is 1.97% up on the previous after-hours value, and it is significantly higher than the stock was this time a year ago.
- At the same time last year, Microsoft stock was valued at just over $72 per share.
- Growth for the past 12 months is currently tracking at 40.45%
- Growth for all of 2018 is at 17.83%
It has gone from strength to strength, without feeling any real impact from the stock market volatility that so many analysts were worried about at the start of the year.
Things Could Get Even Better
There’s a lot of confidence in Microsoft because the company is performing well. They have a solid leadership team under CEO Satya Nadella, and they are making smart business decisions that should help them to adapt to a changing market and remain competitive in the future.
One notable piece of news to emerge in recent days is the story that it has acquired GitHub, an online website/service that hosts developer projects, documentation, and code examples. GitHub is widely used by independent developers as well as professional developers working on open source projects. As a repository for computer code, GitHub is worth up to $2 billion, and it generates around $200 million per year in paid registrations.
This is an important move because GitHub is a major part of the open source coding community, and Microsoft has shown in recent years that they are willing to move some of their own code to an open source model. This could create more trust in it from the developer community, which could be used for commercial benefits in the future.
Microsoft is Still a ‘Buy’ Stock
If you are looking for a long-term investment or even mid term gains, then it is a strong stock that is worth buying. The company ranks third in the world in terms of total market capitalization, with only Apple and Alphabet Inc. (Google) in front. Microsoft has returned significant sums to shareholders since the company went public in 1986.
If you don’t have a robust portfolio with Microsoft as one of your investments, then you need to ask yourself why. As one of the highest performing growth stocks, an investment in it comes with only mild risk and plenty of future potential.
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