Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, software behemoth Microsoft
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Microsoft's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Redmond, Wash. (1975)|
|Market Cap||$253.8 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$73.0 billion|
|Management||CEO Steven Ballmer (since 2000)
CFO Peter Klein (since 2009)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||41.3%|
|Cash/Debt||$58.2 billion / $13.2 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 87% of the 15,550 members who have rated Microsoft believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Despite the fact that every one complains about the products, they still buy them. Yes there are threats galore, "the cloud", Google, Facebook, open source, etc, but despite all of that [Microsoft] thrives. Explosive growth is over, but I don't see any indications of a slow or rapid decline.
So stable business, dominant in several of their spaces, OK dividend which is regularly raised, lots of cash, lots of staying power, this stock will let me sleep at night and with dividend reinvestment, hopefully retire with a reasonable income stream.
If there was ever a buy and hold, this looks like it.
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