Though a company like Microsoft Corp.
(MSFT) should have no need for introduction at this stage in its lifespan, arguably one of the most pivotal and revolutionary technology
companies in contemporary history, the world’s largest independent software maker
does not appear to get the critical acclaim and the headlines that it did say 15 years ago. However, the recent stock price performance
been particularly newsworthy
over the past several quarters. Many investors
may wonder what has been holding MSFT shares back
The business outlook at Tesla Motors, Inc.
(TSLA) is intriguing. While the electric vehicle manufacturer has reported operating losses
in every year since its IPO, the company has certainly been exciting auto enthusiasts
. Much of the recent interest in the company is due to the introduction of its lower-priced Model 3
. The stock price
has been very volatile
over the last few quarters, but will it be able to climb steadily higher, thanks to the new Model 3? Are the shares are a good long-term investment
, given the fierce competition and production-related concerns? We will address these issues by performing an easy-to-follow SWOT analysis of the company
, evaluating its Strengths
, and Threats
The world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer, Wal-Mart Stores
, (WMT) reported better-than-expected revenues
, same-store sales, and earnings per share for the fiscal first quarter ended April 30, 2016 (years end January 31st).
The world's largest telecom equipment maker, Cisco Systems
, (CSCO) reported better-than-expected results for the April quarter
(year ends July 30th), while facing an uncertain macroeconomic backdrop. The shares are up moderately in response.
The Home Depot
(HD), the world's largest home-improvement retailer, once again delivered strong quarterly results
, prompting management to raise its full-year fiscal 2016 outlook. Nonetheless, investors were not too enthused
with the report and bid HD stock, which had been trading close to a 52-week high, slightly lower.
(KO) has one of the world’s most recognizable brands. The company’s portfolio of beverages includes 20 drinks that each generate at least $1 billion of annual sales. Lately, however, the Dow-30 component has faced numerous challenges.
Investors' concerns about subscriber trends, currency-translation headwinds, and rising costs in several segments overshadowed a favorable performance in the Studio Entertainment division, and Disney shares fell notably following the media conglomerate’s March-period earnings release.
If 2016 has taught us anything thus far, it’s that the U.S. stock market can be quite volatile in the short run
. With this in mind, investors
, hoping to sleep easy even in painful selloff periods would do well to hold a diversified equity portfolio
, including a healthy mix of growth stocks and more-conservative, defensive-oriented issues.
, (MRK) the New Jersey-based drugmaker and Dow-30 component, has reported first-quarter earnings of $0.40 a share
, versus $0.33 in the comparable period of 2015. The year-over-year increase was driven by continued reductions in marketing, administrative, and research and development costs
, which more than offset a low-single-digit pullback on the top line.
(PFE), the New York-based drugmaker and a Dow-30 component, has reported first-quarter earnings of $0.49 a share
, versus $0.38 in the comparable period of 2015. While the company spent considerably more on production, administration and marketing during the quarter, the impact was more than offset by a double-digit advance on the top line.