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Microsoft

Another tech leader that was rewarded investors nicely over the years has been Microsoft (MSFT). I purchased shares in the stock in late 2011 and early 2012. MSFT had been lackluster for a few years before I picked up the stock with Wall Street disappointed at the company’s late and ultimately ineffective move into the smartphone revolution that was taking place. Since I acquired the stock, it has appreciated a very nice 326%. The company corrected that mistake with regards to the new cloud computing revolution, where it has become a leader. Its software division remains solid, and emerging as a leader in the cloud space, analysts see Microsoft growing its profits by 12.3% a year over the next five years. MSFT trades at $96.95 with a $106.61 average price target.

Disclaimer: As of the time of writing, the author holds a long position in this stock.

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Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes is a financial writer who has been with the Fresh Brewed Media family since 2004. Over the course of his tenure with Fresh Brewed Media, he has worn many hats, including portfolio manager, options analyst, and writer. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Accounting and got his start in finance working as a stock trader for six years at Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Va.