What is Microsoft Corporation?
Microsoft Corporation was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington. It has since grown to become one of the largest and most influential tech companies in the world with global operations.
Microsoft develops, licenses and supports software, services, devices and solutions worldwide. The company operates a productivity and business process, intelligent cloud, personal computing and device segments as well as multiple strategic partnerships with companies such as Humana Inc, Nokia, Telkomsel, Swiss Re, Kubota Corp, and FedEx Corp. Microsoft has partnered with up to 17 American intelligence agencies to develop secure cloud computing technology.
Past performance of Microsoft stock price
Microsoft stock is listed on the NASDAQ exchange under the ticker symbol MSFT. The company went public in 1986 with an IPO price of $21. In the period since it has undergone a 2:1 stock split seven times as well as two 3:2 splits.
Microsoft rose to become one of the largest technology companies in the world with a market capitalisation of more than $1.3trn. It was ranked as the second-largest company in the world in terms of market capitalisation in May 2020. As you can see from the price chart, the Microsoft share price has risen substantially and its increases correspond with different events including business line expansion, stock splits and dividend policy which have shaped the growth of the company.
Those early to invest in Microsoft stock benefitted greatly from the tech boom that started in the 1980s through the 2000s. As growth slowed during the tech bust in 2000-2002 the company leaned on its core business units of supplying operating systems software and its Office suite of programs. The company began to issue dividends in 2003 in recognition of the period of slower growth in an effort to appease shareholders. Beginning in 2013 the company entered another growth phase powered by strategic acquisitions. Two of the largest and most well known acquisitions were LinkedIn for $26.2bn in 2016 and Skype Technologies for $8.5bn in 2011. These acquisitions coupled with strategic partnerships have helped to reinvent the company and continue to push it forward.
How to invest in Microsoft stock
Microsoft stock trading takes place on the NASDAQ exchange with an average daily volume of more than 40 million transactions per day. Those looking to invest in Microsoft stock can purchase shares directly through the exchange or an index such as the NASDAQ 100 or S&P 500 which MSFT is a constituent. They may also purchase derivatives based on MSFT such as options or CFD’s.
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