It’s a relatively quiet Thursday on Wall Street as all three indexes are near flat and crude prices are modestly lower. With OPEC meeting in Vienna today and the correlation between crude and stocks still somewhat in tact, volatility could increase later in the day, however. Among the stocks in the spotlight today are Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Weatherford International Plc (NYSE:WFT), Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:OLLI), and Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE:GWRE). Let’s find out why each stock is buzzing and see how the world’s greatest investors are positioned among the stocks.
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Alibaba Group Prices Its SoftBank Buyback
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) is trending after the Chinese e-commerce giant disclosed that it will be paying $74 per share to buy back 27 million of its shares from SoftBank. SoftBank was an early investor of Alibaba and is planning on selling at least $7.9 billion worth of Alibaba shares to increase liquidity. The buyback price of $74 per share is the same price as the price of two other separate sell transactions that SoftBank engaged in with other parties. Many investors believe Alibaba shares hold great value, but there are some short term clouds due to the slowing Chinese economy. The number of elite funds with holdings in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) fell by 10 quarter-over-quarter to 67 at the end of March.
Microsoft Opens Up Windows Holographic
With demand for virtual reality devices expected to be around 80 million devices per year by 2020, it’s no surprise that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is trying to get ahead of the curve by opening up its Windows Holographic software platform to third party hardware companies. The software platform is the brains behind Microsoft’s HoloLens and Microsoft is opening the platform up to hardware firms to try and gain more market-share in the fast growing market. Bulls hope Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s HoloLens can be a hit product that further diversifies the software giant away from PCs. Jeffrey Ubben’s ValueAct Capital owned 56.6 million shares of Microsoft at the end of the first quarter.
On the next page, we examine Weatherford International, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, and Guidewire Software.