The Securities and Exchange Commission last year charged a senior portfolio manager at Microsoft Corporation and his friend and business partner with insider trading ahead of company announcements. The SEC alleged that Brian D. Jorgenson, who lives in Lynwood, Wash., obtained confidential information about upcoming company news through his work in Microsoft’s corporate finance and investments division.  Jorgenson tipped Sean T. Stokke of Seattle in advance of the Microsoft announcements, the most recent occurring in October.  After Stokke traded on the inside information that Jorgenson provided, the two equally split the illicit profits in their shared brokerage accounts. They made joint trading decisions with the goal of generating enough profits to create their own hedge fund. After court hearing, Jorgenson was sentenced to two years in prison today after pleading guilty to charges of insider trading. “I cheated,” Jorgenson said at court today. “I tried to take a shortcut for my own financial gain…. ...

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Last month, Microsoft China released chatbots named “Xiaobing” in Chinese which allowed WeChat users to have conversations like how Windows Phone users do with Cortana based on pre-stored data or Bing’s web search. Xiaobing also brings reminder, search, weather, horoscopes, travel, entertainment, food and drinks info to users via WeChat. However, Tencent (parent company of WeChat) banned Microsoft’s chatbots of WeChat citing privacy concerns that Xiaobing could leak details of private user conversations and hence “violating the platform’s regulations and harming the user experience.” Yesterday, Microsoft China announced that its chat robot Xiaobing has been revived on the Sina Weibo platform. We are yet to find more info on how it works in the revived version. Source: ecns via: Liveside ...

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  Today Microsoft was rated listed in the “Top Dividend Stock Of The Nasdaq 100″ by  Dividend Channel. In the latest report of DividendRank, they noted that MSFT shares displayed both attractive valuation metrics and strong profitability . Microsoft is one of the most underrated tech stocks and it has returned nearly  $170 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases over the past 10 years. As Forbes cites,  For example, the recent MSFT share price of $24.47 represents a price-to-book ratio of 3.5 and an annual dividend yield of 3.3% — by comparison, the average dividend paying stock in the Nasdaq 100 yields 2.0% and trades at a  price-to-book ratio of 3.9. The report also cited the strong quarterly dividend history at Microsoft Corporation, and favorable long-term multi-year growth rates in key fundamental data points. You can read the full report on Top Ranked Nasdaq 100 Components here. Source: Forbes ...

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