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How to buy Skype (Microsoft) stock

Skype isn't publicly traded, but you can invest in its parent company.

The coronavirus outbreak continues to impact the global economy, including the stock market. Many popular stocks have seen their share price rise and fall as investors consider which stocks to buy and sell.

As the work-from-home trend continues for some and becomes permanent for others, video conferencing services such as Skype are likely to remain popular as a way for people to connect with friends, family and colleagues. Skype Technologies is a telecommunications company specializing in video chat, online voice calls and instant messaging.

Can I buy Skype shares?

While you can’t invest directly in Skype, you can buy shares in Microsoft, which owns Skype. Microsoft is listed on the Nasdaq with stock code MSFT.US. The current share price is $310.2 (25 minute delay).

Skype is owned by Microsoft (MSFT), a leading Software business based in the USA. It opened the day at $304.25, after a previous close of $304.8. During the day, the price has varied from a low of $303.75 to a high of $310.8. The latest price was $310.2 (25 minute delay).

Skype (MSFT) is listed on the Nasdaq and employs 181,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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Skype overview

Skype is an online messaging and video conferencing platform that’s free to use and compatible across phones, tablets, PCs and Macs. Make video calls, voice calls, send online messages, reply to SMS messages, share files and more through Skype.

Skype was released in 2003 and Microsoft acquired it in 2011.

How does Skype affect Microsoft stock?

You can’t invest in Skype directly — if you want to back the company, buy shares of its parent company, Microsoft. Because of this relationship, Skype can impact Microsoft’s stock. Skype’s overall platform performance, user feedback and news headlines about the video conferencing platform may all affect Microsoft’s stock value.

And Skype isn’t the only company that can impact Microsoft’s stock. Xbox, LinkedIn, GitHub — any company Microsoft owns, really — may affect their parent company’s stock. Buying Microsoft stock is a bet on the entirety of Microsoft’s portfolio.

Microsoft Corporation stock price (NASDAQ: MSFT)

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Microsoft Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-15.
Latest market close$310.20
52-week range$210.86 - $349.67
50-day moving average $330.98
200-day moving average $291.56
Wall St. target price$371.23
PE ratio 34.7019
Dividend yield $2.3 (0.81%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $8.94

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Microsoft Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $310.2 from 2022-01-14

1 week (2022-01-10) -1.30%
1 month (2021-12-14) N/A
3 months (2021-10-14) 2.46%
6 months (2021-07-16) 10.49%
1 year (2021-01-15) 45.87%
2 years (2020-01-17) 85.64%
3 years (2019-01-18) 188.00%
5 years (2017-01-18) 396.32%

Microsoft Corporation overview

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. Its Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Security and Compliance, and Skype for Business, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CAL); Skype, Outlook. com, OneDrive, and LinkedIn; and Dynamics 365, a set of cloud-based and on-premises business solutions for organizations and enterprise divisions. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses SQL, Windows Servers, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs; GitHub that provides a collaboration platform and code hosting service for developers; and Azure, a cloud platform. It also offers support services and Microsoft consulting services to assist customers in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions; and training and certification on Microsoft products. Its More Personal Computing segment provides Windows original equipment manufacturer (OEM) licensing and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system; Windows Commercial, such as volume licensing of the Windows operating system, Windows cloud services, and other Windows commercial offerings; patent licensing; Windows Internet of Things; and MSN advertising. It also offers Surface, PC accessories, PCs, tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, and other devices; Gaming, including Xbox hardware, and Xbox content and services; video games and third-party video game royalties; and Search, including Bing and Microsoft advertising.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Microsoft Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.062% of Microsoft Corporation shares are held by insiders and 71.827% by institutions.
How many people work for Microsoft Corporation?
Latest data suggests 181,000 work at Microsoft Corporation.
When does the fiscal year end for Microsoft Corporation?
Microsoft Corporation's fiscal year ends in June.
Where is Microsoft Corporation based?
Microsoft Corporation's address is: One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, United States, 98052-6399
What is Microsoft Corporation's ISIN number?
Microsoft Corporation's international securities identification number is: US5949181045
What is Microsoft Corporation's CUSIP number?
Microsoft Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 594918104

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