Andreas Pouros: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the company to watch out for in 2013

One industry executive named Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) as the company to keep an eye on in 2013, claiming that the software giant’s newly launched PC, tablet, smartphone and gaming ecosystems will provide it a competitive edge.

Andreas Pouros, chief operating officer at marketing agency Greenlight, writes in Econsultancy that it will begin to use its leading spot on the desktop and in gaming to build a stimulating ecosystem that will make Microsoft a convincing choice for consumers.

The ecosystem has been built from the very beginning. The company has used a range of services including Xbox Music and SmartGlass that could help really resound with consumers in the coming year.

Pouros said for him overall trends indicate that Microsoft has been stealthy like a ninja, making significant inroads into its competitors businesses whilst the world’s has been watching out for Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), and Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) over the last 12 months (Source)

To have a quick look on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s price history, beta used to measure the volatility or systematic risk in comparison to the market as a whole was 1.17 and the percentage change in the price over the last fifty two weeks remained at +8.23%. The price range in those 52 weeks had a highest hit of $32.95 on Mar 16, 2012 while lowest level during that period was $25.16 on Dec 02, 2011.

Among others, Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) moved up 19.84% in this year and its price history showed most recently beta was at 1.26. Overall during the last 12 months, the percentage change in the price was +24.83%, hitting the highest of $34.78 on Apr 02, 2012 while lowest level in that period was $26.25 on Dec 14, 2011.

Verisign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN)’s shares rallied 12.12% so far in 2012. The stock most recently had a beta value at 0.82 and the percentage change in the price over the last fifty two weeks remained at +18.25%. The price range in that 1-year period had a best hit of $50.15 on Oct 05, 2012 while lowest level in the same period was $32.56 on Dec 14, 2011.

So far, the share price of 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) jumped 235.83% in this year and stock’s price history revealed that beta was maintained at 2.22 and the percentage change in the price over the last fifty two weeks remained as 213.82%.

 

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