Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), the world’s biggest software maker, is in talks to purchase a social network operator for businesses Yammer Inc, according to two persons knowledge about the matter.
One person, who refused to be identified as the negotiations are private, stated that Microsoft may pay over $1 billion, and a contract may be reached as soon as Thursday.
Adding Yammer into the world’s biggest software maker would assist the company to add social-networking tools to the suite of products it offers corporate users.
A agreement with Yammer also would increase rivalry against salesforce.com, inc (NYSE:CRM), which added social-marketing tools through its $745 million acquisition of Buddy Media Inc prior current month, and Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), which newly acquired Vitrue Inc and Collective Intellect Inc.
Shifting readers focus to broader market, let’s consider market performance of other stocks that significantly affect same sector. Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) plunged -0.04% to settle at $27.02, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) moved down -0.71% to end at $561.09 while Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) decreased -0.69% to finish on Wednesday at $572.16.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) began the last trading session with a price of $29.22 and throughout the session climbed at a high of $29.44 but when day-trade ended the stock finally decreased -0.55% to $29.13.
MSFT had a trade volume of 32.98 million shares was lower as compared to average trading capacity of 45.79 million shares.
The stock is ahead its 52 week low with +26.55% and lagging behind from its 52 week high price with -11.02%. MSFT last month stock price volatility remained 1.86%. In its share capital MSFT has 8.40 billion outstanding shares among them 7.56 billion shares have been floated in market exchange. MSFT stock institutional ownership remained 67.16% while insider ownership included 5.76%.
Shares price of MSFT moved down from its 20 days moving average with -0.56% and remote negatively from 50 days moving average with -4.23%. MSFT current year earnings per share experienced an addition with +28.20% while its current quarter performance remained -10.53%. Company’s beta coefficient included 1.01. Beta factors measures the amount of market risk associated with market trade.
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