How Microsoft became the market’s indispensable stock once again

You say you want to play the emerging cloud-services quasi-duopoly without having to worry about what it costs Amazon to ship a pair of flip-flops overnight? Microsoft is the stock for you. Interested in high-return businesses and generous distribution of cash through buybacks and dividends? Microsoft enjoys mid-30s percent profit margins, has repeatedly reloaded a $40 billion buyback plan and pays out more than $15 billion a year in dividends.

Link: How Microsoft became the market’s indispensable stock once again
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