MICROSOFT: London Stock Exchange Group

By Staff Reporters


Microsoft plans to buy a 4% stake in the London Stock Exchange Group as part of a 10-year partnership to migrate the exchange’s data platform and tech infrastructure to the cloud and develop its data and analytics business.

The exchange will spend at least $2.8 billion on cloud-related products with Microsoft throughout the decade-long arrangement.




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  1. MSFT 1986

    Value of a $1,000 investment in Microsoft’s IPO today

    Microsoft completed its initial public offering (IPO) on March 13, 1986, at a price of $21 per share. Since then, the company has grown so valuable, and its stock price has soared so high, that management opted to conduct nine stock splits over time to ensure its shares remained accessible to small investors.

    Had you invested $1,000 in Microsoft at its IPO, you would have acquired 47 shares at $21 per share. Adjusting for the stock splits, you’d actually have 13,536 shares today with a cost basis of $0.0729 per share. 

    Given Microsoft now trades at $238.73 per share, that translates to a return of 327,401%.

    In dollar terms, that $1,000 investment in 1986 would be worth a whopping $3.23 million today. But it gets better, because Microsoft has paid a dividend since 2003 — and assuming you never sold a single share along the way, you’d have also received $341,513 in dividends.

    Given Microsoft continues to pay a quarterly dividend of $0.68 per share, you would still be collecting a cool $36,817 each year, or 36 times your initial $1,000 outlay. That’s the power of long-term investing.



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