Posted February 02, 2019 06:11:00In a year of big tech, it’s hard to pick just one company that’s stood out from the crowd.
It’s been Apple and Microsoft, it has been Google, and it has stood out for its hardware and software.
Apple’s iPhone, for instance, is the world’s most-loved mobile phone and the company is valued at $1.5 trillion.
Microsoft’s Surface, too, is among the most valuable hardware products in history.
Microsoft is one of the most respected companies in the world and it’s one of our top three most valuable companies.
But what does a stock that’s been so valuable over the past year look like?
To find out, we turned to our experts to find out which companies have had the biggest breakout this year and which have had their stock tanked.
“Apple is the one I like most, because I think they’ve done some really good things, and I think their hardware is really good,” said Mike W. Johnson, a mining analyst with BTIG.
“Microsoft, they have some of the best software in the business.
And Apple, they’ve been doing well.”
A few companies are clearly going through a bit of a correction, Johnson said.
“The market is a little more worried about Intel’s hardware than Microsoft’s,” he said.
Apple and Microsoft are among the top three companies with the biggest share of the overall market.
But Apple’s shares are down more than 30 percent this year compared with the same period in 2018.
Microsoft’s shares have fallen as much as 37 percent this past year.
Both Apple and Apple’s biggest competitor, Intel, have been struggling to hold onto their market share, especially after Microsoft announced its $1 trillion plan to buy its chips.
“Intel’s hardware is good, but they’re going to have to be even better than they are,” Johnson said, adding that Microsoft’s “Microsoft Surface is pretty good.”
Johnson said Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Surface tablet computers were a boon to Apple’s iPhone sales, while Windows 10, Microsoft’s new operating system, is a huge success for Apple.
“I think Apple will continue to have a very strong hardware position,” he predicted.
“But that doesn’t mean they’re not going to get a big hit on Windows.”
Johnson also said Apple’s “high quality” iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will likely have a tough time staying competitive.
“If you look at Apple’s share of this market, they’re a bit ahead of Microsoft,” he added.
“Intel is definitely going to be doing better,” Johnson continued.
“And that’s why I think it’s good to be bullish on Microsoft.
If you look back at this past quarter, Intel has been pretty good.
And I think Microsoft is going to see a lot of that success.”
Johnson’s sentiment is backed up by the latest report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
The agency released data Thursday showing that Intel was up 2.9 percent to $1,247.83 per share.
Apple’s stock jumped 3.5 percent to just under $1 at $19.27.
Microsoft, meanwhile, fell 2.5% to $933.93 per share, with Apple’s market value down 6.3 percent to about $2.8 trillion.
The biggest drop in Microsoft’s market capitalization was in its common stock, which fell 4.4 percent to roughly $2 billion.
Apple shares also dropped by 1.5 percentage points to $5,928.43 per share in the latest trading.
Johnson and Wozniak are both mining investment analysts for BTIG, a financial services firm that specializes in mining stocks.
Johnson said he has a close relationship with both of the company’s founders, Bill and Peter Wozniewski, who run the firm.
“They’re great guys,” he noted.
“Their stock is up big and they’ve got a very high value.”
Johnson and Johnson are both experts in the mining industry.
The pair has been mining since the early 1990s, when they started mining for copper at a local copper mine in Texas.
They started mining at the same place in the late 1990s when they began to mine for gold, and they are both still doing so today.
Johnson has been in the industry since 1985, and Wzniak was in the company in the mid-1990s.
Both are in their early 20s.
Johnson said he believes Apple’s success is due to the combination of its technology and the right mix of people.
“It’s the combination,” he explained.
“That combination of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
And Bill is a brilliant guy, and Steve Jobs is a genius.
The combination of all those things is going a long way to making the company successful.”
Wozniaks father, Steve Jobs, also helped launch the company and built the computer company that became Apple.
Woz has a PhD