This week, the Alpha Algorithm takes us back into Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), a stock which we recently booked a 16.39% gain in.
Founded in 1975 and based in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses and supports software products, services and devices worldwide. The company licenses Windows operating system and related software and Microsoft Office for consumers. It also provides Xbox gaming and entertainment consoles, Lumia phones and Skype.
Microsoft versus the S&P 500 over the past 6 months.
11 Investment Strategies Betting on Microsoft (MSFT)
- Momentum Factor
The stock is one of the top 120 large- and mid-cap U.S. stocks exhibiting relatively higher price momentum, as measured by a specific factor which historically has driven a significant part of companies’ risk and return.
- Goldman Sachs’ Active Beta
The stock is selected according to four factors — value, quality, momentum and low volatility. These, in turn, are based on criteria including book value, sales and cash flow scaled by share price, profit/assets or return on equity (ROE), risk-adjusted returns and daily standard deviation of returns.
- High-Quality Stock
The stock exhibits positive fundamentals, including high return on equity, stable year-over-year earnings growth and low financial leverage.
- Capital Strength
The stock is part of a strategy that seeks to outperform the market by selecting companies based on the strength of their balance sheets, long-term debt ratios and return on assets (ROA).
- Hedge Fund Alpha
Based on publicly available disclosures, successful hedge fund managers are investing in the stock.
- Fundamental Strength
It is a top U.S. stock based on fundamentals measured by book value, cash flow, sales and dividends.
- Hedge Fund Gurus
Microsoft is one of the top U.S.-listed equity positions reported on Form 13F by select hedge funds with concentrated top holdings.
- Morningstar’s Moat
This stock is included in a strategy that tracks an equal-weighted index of 20 companies that Morningstar determines to have the highest fair value among firms with a sustainable competitive advantage or “moat.”
- Small-Cap/Value Tilt
Selected using a multi-factor modeling approach, the stock is a smaller-cap or value stock designed to enhance portfolio risk/return characteristics.
- Large-Cap Momentum
The stock is part of a major hedge fund’s systematic strategy that invests in large- and mid-cap U.S. companies with positive momentum and that rank in the top third of total return over the prior 12 months, excluding the last month
- Large-Cap Growth
The stock is among the top 50 large-capitalization U.S. growth stocks generated through a rigorous 10-factor fundamental screening process.
Buy Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) at market today.
Place your initial stop at $61.00.
If you want to play the options, I recommend the MSFT May $65 calls (MSFT170519C00065000), which last traded at $2.12 and expire on May 19.
With your Texas Instruments (TXN) April $75.00 calls (TXN170421C00075000), up 52%, sell half of your position here to lock in these solid gains.
Nicholas A. Vardy