Microsoft has better fundamentals, but buy Apple, says tech investor

Microsoft has better fundamentals, but buy Apple, says Heartland Financial CIO

Microsoft has better fundamentals, but buy Apple, says Heartland Financial CIO   11 Hours Ago | 02:58

Microsoft may have replaced Apple as the most valuable U.S. company, but don’t count Apple out, investor Nancy Tengler told CNBC on Friday.

“Clearly the fundamentals are better for Microsoft in terms of which space they’re in — the cloud space, the growth they’re experiencing — but I’m not willing to walk away from Apple at these levels,” the chief investment officer at Heartland Financial said on “Closing Bell.”

Microsoft’s market cap held an implied market valuation of $851.2 billion at Friday’s close, exceeding Apple’s market valuation of $847.4 billion.

Tim Cook, chief executive office of Apple Inc., speaks during an event at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Apple is making announcements in a bid to win back students and teachers from Google and Microsoft Corp. 

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Tim Cook, chief executive office of Apple Inc., speaks during an event at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Apple is making announcements in a bid to win back students and teachers from Google and Microsoft Corp.

Tengler, who owns shares of both Apple and Microsoft, said she’s closer to selling Microsoft and buying Apple right now. “This is an interesting time to be adding.”

“We have to get used to the recalibration of iPhone flat sales, no transparency, what’s the next big thing,” she said. “We’re going to find it’s services and something we haven’t thought of yet. Look at the Apple Watch, it’s just kind of been a stealth outperformer.”

Apple shares have had a few rough weeks, releasing disappointing earnings on Nov. 1. The tech giant also announced it would no longer break out iPhone, iPad and Mac sales figures, which garnered a swift response from Wall Street.

However, Tengler dismissed analysts’ concerns.

“Wall Street gets embarrassed. They’re like a woman scorned. When they don’t get the information they want, then they begin to pile on,” she said.

She is betting that Apple will make the successful transition to the next big thing and will bring the Street along. It just may take some time, she added.

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Coal India stock fails to impress, but government made a cool Rs 74,000 crore

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The BSE Sensex has climbed 231 per cent during the same period.
  • Centre to offer 99 lakh Coal India shares to staff at 5% discount
  • Institutional buyers offer bids worth Rs 4,300 crore for Coal India shares
  • Coal India OFS fully subscribed
Coal India, which made a smashing market debut eight years ago, has failed to live up to investor expectations till now.

The stock is down nearly 7 per cent at Rs 268.20 against its listing price of Rs 287.75. However, it’s up 9 per cent from the issue price of Rs 245.

Retail investors, who got around 5 per cent discount on the IPO, have gained around 15 per cent since the listing of the coal major.

The BSE Sensex has climbed 231 per cent during the same period.

But the underperformance of Coal IndiaNSE 0.63 % on Dalal Street has not stopped it from announcing a hefty dividend year after year since listing. The central government, the biggest shareholder in the PSU firm, has made Rs 74,267 crore by way of dividend during 2010-11 to 2017-18. Overall, the company announced a dividend of Rs 88,916.80 crore during the past eight years, according to data available with Ace Equity.

Total number of shares at the end of each financial year is considered for the calculation of dividend.

Coal India handed out a minimum of 39 per cent of dividend over its face value of Rs 10 in FY11 and a maximum of 290 per cent in FY14. It did not announce any stock split or bonus during these years.

The government held 78.32 per cent stake, or 4,86,16,80,228 shares, in the company as of September 2018.

The Centre on Friday announced an offer for sale of 99 lakh shares of Coal India reserved for its employees at Rs 252.7 per share. It is expected to fetch the government Rs 250 crore.

The current offer for employees is part of the divestment tranche that concluded last week in which the Centre divested 3.19 per cent of its stake at a final price of Rs 266 per share to financial institutions and retail investors.

The Centre is likely to raise Rs 5,267 crore through sale of 19.8 crore equity shares of the company from the recently concluded offer for sale. After last week’s sale, the government will continue to hold a majority stake of 75.13 per cent in the coal behemoth.

The state-owned firm is slated to announce its financial results for the quarter to September on Monday.

For 2018-19, the company posted 24 per cent year-on-year fall in consolidated net profit at Rs 7,019 crore against Rs 7,281.50 crore last year. It posted a net profit of Rs 14,267.90 crore, Rs 13726.60 crore and Rs 15111.60 crore in FY16, FY15 and FY14, respectively.

Last year, Coal India announced 165 per cent dividend on the face value. The figure was 199 per cent in FY17.

A report issued by CIMB Investment Bank Berhad, or CIMB, on November 2 assigned ‘Reduce’ rating to Coal India with a target price of Rs 245. However, it showed that the consensus has 26 ‘Buy’, 5 ‘Hold’ and 1 ‘Sell’ on Coal India.

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