Why Microsoft Stock Topped the Market Today

Like many big companies, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) likes to grow even larger by acquisitions. The pace of the software giant's asset buys has slowed of late, but it's still got its eyes on attractively valued prizes. On Monday the company announced its latest acquisition, and investors greeted the news by trading Microsoft stock up by 1% to top the essentially flat S&P 500 index. Read More...

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Why AMD, Intel, and Nvidia Stocks Popped Monday

Certain semiconductor stocks do look attractive at their present prices. Intel stock, for example, costs less than 9 times trailing earnings currently. AMD and Nvidia, at 39 times and 60 times trailing earnings, respectively, may not be objectively cheap, but they are at least about 50% cheap-er than what they were selling for a year ago.

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