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As reported by Barron's and other outlets:

Microsoft Stock Was the Dow's Top Tech Performer in 2018. :confused: After 'The lost decade' with Balmer at the helm, it's nice to see what a swift change in leadership philosophy can do for an underperformer. Prediction: If Nadella leaves, the stock takes a 50% dip. :rofl:

Microsoft stock (ticker: MSFT) made it to the top of the heap this year thanks its successful transition to cloud computing and the subscription model.

With the year almost over, we're taking a look at all 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, starting with the worst performer- Goldman Sachs Group (GS)-and working our way up to the highest-flying stock in the benchmark- Merck (MRK). The rankings may shift before the close of 2018 trading, but the stories behind the stocks shouldn't.

Not only did Microsoft surpass Apple (AAPL) to become the most valuable publicly traded U.S. company in November, Microsoft also ranked as the top-performing technology stock in the Dow by reporting earnings above Wall Street's expectations for every quarter it reported in 2018.

On Friday, Microsoft had a market value of about $770 billion, enough to beat Apple's roughly $740 billion and Amazon's $730 billion.

The seeds of this year's revival for Microsoft started when Satya Nadella became CEO in 2014. Nadella shifted the company away from a focus solely on Windows to a strategy based on cloud computing and emphasizing subscriptions.

The bet on cloud computing was prescient as Microsoft became a major player in the burgeoning market. The company is now a clear No. 2, with 13% share of cloud-computing share behind Amazon.com 's (AMZN) Amazon Web Services at 52%, according to Gartner's 2017 figures. The gap is shrinking, as Microsoft's Azure cloud sales rose at a 76% clip in its most recent quarter, compared with AWS's 46%.
and, wouldn't THIS be nice?
He maintained his Buy rating and reiterated his $140 price target for Microsoft stock.The analyst predicts the company's Azure cloud computing segment will also drive its profitability higher as it achieves larger scale.
 

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What's a few dollars here and there? That's why both stocks are in my 401K.
 
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