MSFT - Microsoft Corporation

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
151.13
-0.23 (-0.15%)
At close: 4:00PM EST
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Previous Close151.36
Open151.29
Bid151.00 x 1400
Ask151.49 x 800
Day's Range150.77 - 151.89
52 Week Range93.96 - 152.50
Volume16,481,060
Avg. Volume22,263,964
Market Cap1.2T
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.23
PE Ratio (TTM)28.52
EPS (TTM)5.30
Earnings DateJan. 28, 2020 - Feb. 3, 2020
Forward Dividend & Yield2.04 (1.35%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-11-20
1y Target Est160.38
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Later that month, Trump “doubled down” on that rhetoric when he tweeted television coverage that characterized the JEDI contract as a “Bezos bailout,” the lawsuit says.As Trump’s criticisms persisted, Amazon alleges, the Pentagon took numerous actions to “artificially level the playing field” between the company and its competitors during the bidding process, including a decision in mid-2018 to refuse to evaluate past contract performance. For example, the lawsuit alleges that months after the Pentagon initially reviewed Amazon’s proposal, the Defense Department changed one of its requirements for hosting sensitive data, which prevented Amazon from leveraging its existing data centers and increased its total proposed price.The Seattle-based company also contends the Pentagon ignored critical aspects of its proposal while overlooking Microsoft’s deficiencies on concerns regarding security, price and its ability to offer a marketplace of third-party technology products.While no law prohibits a president from weighing in on a contract, federal agencies must follow strict rules about what they can and can’t consider when making an award decision. Agencies must choose vendors based on the criteria outlined in their requests for proposals to avoid inviting a successful legal challenge, according to procurement experts.Still, the experts have said loosing bidders such as Amazon face steep odds to successfully overturn a contracting decision on the legal basis of political or vendor bias.A study conducted by Rand Corp. found that the U.S Court of Federal claims sustained just 9% of contract protests against the Defense Department from 2008 through 2016. 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