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  • Don't underestimate Google

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    It may seem odd to call a company that's worth $285 billion, has a dominant share of its market, and projections of 15% annual earnings growth for the next few years an underdog. But MORE

    - Aug 29, 2013 1:25 PM ET
  • Microsoft plunges 11%, worst day since 2009

    It was a bloody day for technology stocks on Wall Street, as investors punished the entire sector after Google and Microsoft both delivered disappointing earnings results.

    Microsoft (MSFT) took the worst beating, plunging more than 11% -- its worst one-day drop since January 2009. The company badly missed Wall Street's profit forecasts after taking a huge write-down on its Surface tablet last quarter.

    That bad news as was a hot topic among MORE

    - Jul 19, 2013 4:01 PM ET
  • HP, Cisco and other tech dinosaurs roar

    Not extinct yet! Even though some think old tech companies are boring, investors love HP, Cisco, Intel and Microsoft.

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    This column is not about what the Federal Reserve is going to do next or MORE

    - Jun 18, 2013 1:01 PM ET
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  • Verizon stock rises despite privacy scandal

    The government may hear Verizon customers now. But investors don't seem worried.

    There is clearly a lot of anger about the growing U.S. government snooping scandal. But investors aren't expressing any of it.

    Despite a report that showed the NSA got a court order to receive phone records from telecom Verizon (VZ), shares rose nearly 3.5% Thursday. That made it the Dow's best performer. The stock was up again Friday.

    Overnight, MORE

    - Jun 7, 2013 11:45 AM ET
  • Microsoft gives Ballmer a reason to dance again

    Will Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer do the 'Monkey Boy' dance again? He should be excited. The stock is red hot.

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    Windows 8 and the Surface tablet haven't exactly set the world on fire. Microsoft's MORE

    - May 30, 2013 12:34 PM ET
  • Apple prices record $17 billion bond sale

    Apple sold $17 billion worth of bonds late Tuesday in the largest sale of corporate bonds ever.

    The company offered both fixed and floating rate bonds, with maturities of of 3, 7, 10 and 30 years.

    At $17 billion, the offering trumps Roche Holdings' $16.5 billion bond sale in 2009, according to data from Dealogic.

    Apple saw strong demand for its bonds, which were rated Aa1 by Moody's and AA+ by Standard & MORE

    - Apr 30, 2013 11:24 AM ET
  • Apple's tax dodge

    Instead of using its own cash hoard to reward shareholders, Apple plans to go into debt for the first time ever.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook said late Tuesday that the company will double the amount it returns to shareholders through share buybacks and dividends by 2015, but will "access the debt market" to pay for it.

    Borrowing money seems odd for a company like Apple (AAPL), which has $144 billion in cash. But more than MORE

    - Apr 24, 2013 2:47 PM ET
  • Microsoft and other tech dinosaurs rally

    It may no longer be the growth stock it once was. But investors seem to like Microsoft and its big fat dividend yield.

    Dinosaurs are extinct. But dinosaur tech stocks? They're thriving lately.

    Microsoft (MSFT) was up 2% Wednesday and shares passed $30 for the first time since October. That move comes after a nearly 4% rise on Tuesday. Intel (INTC), the chip yin to Microsoft's operating system yang in MORE

    - Apr 10, 2013 12:23 PM ET
  • Apple isn't only company with too much cash

    Tech giants are hoarding cash. Even if they use some on acquisitions, do they really need this much? Investors want bigger dividends.

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    Issuing preferred shares that pay a big dividend may not be the MORE

    - Feb 12, 2013 12:01 PM ET
  • Investors hoping Microsoft lives up to the hype

    Microsoft (MSFT) reports earnings after the bell and investors are hoping the tech giant hasn't overpromised.

    Shares were up about 1% Thursday afternoon. The stock has had a rough year, what with flagging Windows sales and all, but Microsoft is hoping to turn things around. And this may be its time to shine.

    Windows sales have slowed for four straight quarters (year over year), but the advent of MORE

    - Jan 24, 2013 2:33 PM ET
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