Microsoft stock price hits 52-week high, suggests market approves of Nadella

The stock market is a finicky beast. While daily movements in share price often defy conventional logic, broader trends are generally representative of the confidence that the markets have in an organization. With that in mind, Microsoft's stock has hit a 52-week high today at $41.66, suggesting that Wall Street appears to approve of Nadella's direction for the company.

Sure, we know that most of what Nadella has released has been a carry-over from the Ballmer era and that Satya is still crafting his strategy but he also deserves some measure of credit for the stock price. With new, lower-cost versions of Windows and a more substantial push with Windows Phone, the company seems to headed in the right direction and its stock price now reflects this too.

Microsoft's fiscal year-end is June 30th and we will be curious to see how the company's fourth quarter turns out as they have introduced a lower priced Xbox, dropped licensing costs for small Windows devices and phones, and their new Salesforce with Azure link-up will likely boost adoption of their cloud platform.

With the new 'One Microsoft' strategy in full swing, the early signs appear to be quite positive, and with a stock price nudging upwards, shareholders should be quite happy too.

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It is one thing to orate a lot of verbiage. It is quite another thing to produce products that truly satisfy all, or at least a majority, of one's customers' needs and requirements. We shall see what actually happens over the next 6 to 12 months. Playing "catch-up ball" is always difficult, not to mention regaining lost momentum.

For all the people that rant on MS all the time they make a ton of money and are one of the healthiest companies in the world financially.

And they help a lot with non-corporate things for the world too which most other corporations don't do, that's the beauty of Microsoft.

j2006 said,
And they help a lot with non-corporate things for the world too which most other corporations don't do, that's the beauty of Microsoft.
One of the few that also spends vast fortunes on research. Best yet, most of that is free to use for anyone. One of the main reasons why I like Microsoft, they actually try to give some back. Sure they make billions and such. But at least they give some of it back instead of hogging it all up like any "normal" company.

Yup, I remember when Bill Gates was on Jimmy Fallon's show, Jimmy said Gates donated over 28 billion dollars to charities. Amazing. One of the few individuals in history who can say he actually changed the world. Incredible person.

The stock market tends to care only about explosive growth that will make them more money, but there's no doubt MS is making some good decisions lately and building momentum.

If the stock market believes that MS is on the edge of a new explosive-growth cycle, then so much the better.

92GTA said,
No one gives ###### who is CEO, only what next quarters earnings will be, don't delude yourself.

Uh, lots of people do.

92GTA said,
No one gives ###### who is CEO, only what next quarters earnings will be, don't delude yourself.

Geese dude. Do you get angry often?

92GTA said,
No one gives ###### who is CEO, only what next quarters earnings will be, don't delude yourself.

Wanna know how I know you don't follow markets?