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Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT) announced the availability of Microsoft Office 365, the company's newest cloud service. Office 365 is now available in 40 markets, and it brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service, at a predictable monthly subscription.
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There are mega players in technology land that have been monsters in the past. These companies are still a force to reckon with, however, their stock prices have fallen drastically. The three main old school tech stocks are Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ).
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Does any takeover, or economic news in the market really even matter anymore? Today, Microsoft Corp.(NASDAQ:MSFT) bought Skype for $8.5 billion. The stock market does not care about that deal. The stock market only cares about the U.S. Dollar Index. If the U.S. Dollar Index dips or declines the major stock indexes will trade higher and vice versa. Nothing else even matters at this point.
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What executives cashed in and sold their company's stock last year? No. 1 Steve Ballmer sold $2 billion (!) of MSFT. In all, these 10 execs made over $6.5B from stock sales in 2010, according to an analysis by Equilar.
1. Steve Ballmer, $2 billion
CEO, Microsoft (MSFT)
No. of shares sold: 75 million
Price: $25.26 - $27.18
This morning the S&P 500 e-mini futures are declining lower by 5.00 to 1324.25 per contract. The advance in the futures from the March 17, 2011 low has been nothing short of extraordinary as the futures rallied 83.0 points in less than three weeks time. Last night the People's Bank of China (Chinese central bank) raised interest rates by 25 basis points to 3.25 percent.